MVCA Welcomes New General Manager

October 30, 2018, CARLETON PLACE – A new era is taking shape at Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) with a change of staff leadership for the first time in 30 years.

General Manager Paul Lehman will be retiring and handing the reins over to Sally McIntyre, a Registered Professional Planner and Owner/Consultant of McIntyre Solutions.

“On behalf of the MVCA Board of Directors, we are pleased to welcome Sally McIntyre to the organization,” said Duncan Abbott, Chair of MVCA’s Board of Directors. “With her extensive background in environmental planning and management, as well as a proven track record in monitoring and stewardship, the position of General Manager is a natural fit.”

MVCA’s new GM, Sally McIntyre

Ms. McIntyre brings a wealth of knowledge to the role, stemming from a B.A. Honours, Interdisciplinary Studies from Carleton University and a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership from York University. Her 25-year career as an environmental planner includes 13 years as a manager within the Environmental Services Department at the City of Ottawa where she led numerous initiatives including cooperating with local Conservation Authorities on Ottawa’s Water Environment Strategy, Intake Protection Zone studies, the Rural Clean Water Program and public education and outreach on water resource protection.

“The MVCA is leading edge in assessing the potential impacts of climate change on water flows and habitat in the watershed,” said Ms. McIntyre. “I look forward to working with municipal and community partners to ensure protection of people, property and habitat within the Mississippi watershed now and in future.”

Mr. Lehman started working for MVCA in 1983, first as Water Resources Engineer, and then as General Manager in 1989. He spent the next three decades leading the organization through a number of ups and downs such as funding and program cuts, the Carp River Restoration Project and precedent-setting climate change initiatives to name a few.

“There will always be challenges and set-backs and we have had our share of them. But if there is one thing that 35 years with one organization can provide, it is a perspective on how far MVCA has evolved as an organization and the extensive accomplishments which have been achieved,” said Lehman. “There are so many interesting and challenging things happening right now that the future for CA watershed programs and services are more relevant and important than ever. I know MVCA staff will continue to meet these challenges and accomplish the important work they do.”

Ms. McIntyre’s first day will be February 25, 2019 while Mr. Lehman’s final day is February 28, 2019.

MVCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario. Formed in 1968, MVCA’s mandate is to manage the watershed’s resources in partnership with our eleven member municipalities and the Province of Ontario. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and like us on Facebook.


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