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There are eleven municipalities in MVCA’s jurisdiction and each is entitled to appoint at least one member to the Board of Directors.  The number of municipal appointees to the Board is based upon the population of the municipality within the watershed.  Municipalities may appoint elected and unelected members to the Board.

In addition, the province has appointed an independent Agricultural Representative to the Board.  There are 18 Board Members in total, as set out below.

MunicipalityMemberContact
Addington Highlands, Township ofHelen Yanch, Councillorehyanch@gmail.com
613-336-8774
Beckwith TownshipRichard Kidd, ReeveRkidd@twp.beckwith.on.ca
613-257-1539
Carleton Place, Town ofJeff Atkinson, Councillorjatkinson@carletonplace.ca
613-301-5823
Carleton Place, Town ofDena Comley, Councillordcomley@carletonplace.ca
613-250-0484
Central Frontenac, Township ofCindy Kelsey, Councillorckelsey@centralfrontenac.com
613-336-8277
Drummond/North Elmsley, Township ofPaul Kehoe, Councillorpauljdar@gmail.com
613-200-1272
Greater Madawaska, Township ofTaylor Popkie, Councillortpopkie@greatermadawaska.com
613-433-4457
Lanark Highlands, Township ofAllison Vereyken, Councillorvereykenward3@outlook.com
613-281-8463
Mississippi Mills, Municipality ofBev Holmes, Councillorbholmes@mississippimills.ca
613-316-0501
Mississippi Mills, Municipality ofMary Lou Souter, Councillormsouter@mississippimills.ca
613-256-2064
North Frontenac, Township ofRoy Huetl, Councillorroyfhuetl@gmail.com
613-812-9462
Ottawa, City ofGlen Gower, CouncillorGlen.Gower@ottawa.ca
613-580-2476
Ottawa, City ofCathy Curry, CouncillorCathy.Curry@ottawa.ca
613-580-2474
Ottawa, City ofClarke Kelly, Councillorckelly@ottawa.ca
613-580-2475
Ottawa, City ofJohn Karau, citizen app.jhkarau@gmail.com
613-722-4945
Ottawa, City ofJanet Mason, citizen app.masonjl@xplornet.com
613-276-1066
Ottawa, City ofPhil Sweetnam, citizen app.Phil@pbcsweetnam.com
613-836-3005
Tay Valley TownshipAndrew Kendrickakendrick.councillor@tayvalleytwp.ca
613-862-3109
Provincial Agricultural RepresentativeSteven Lewislewisfarms@storm.ca
613-978-1589


Executive Committee

The mandate of this committee is to:

  • Review and provide guidance regarding agenda.
  • Annual work planning and performance review of the General Manager. 
  • May approve the tender and award of WECI-funded contracts falling within budgets approved by the Board.
  • While in a state of Emergency Operations, may also carryout items B) 1. c) ii, iv, vi, and xv on behalf of the Board.  

Current members are the following:

  • Board Chair, Jeff Atkinson
  • Board Vice Chair, Janet Mason
  • Chair of the Finance & Administration Committee, Vacant
  • Chair of the Policy & Planning, Vacant


Finance & Administration (F&A)

The mandate of this committee is to consider and make recommendations to the Board regarding:

  • Annual budget, audit, and financial statements
  • Borrowing and reserve fund management
  • Wages, benefits, per diems, honorariums, and mileage rates
  • Fee setting and other cost recovery
  • Personnel matters
  • Organizational structure
  • Employee Manual policies
  • H&S Manual policies
  • Procurement policies

Current members are the following:

  • Committee Chair, Vacant
  • Committee Vice Chair, Phil Sweetnam
  • Paul Kehoe
  • Bill King
  • Jeff Atkinson, ex-officio
  • Janet Mason, ex-officio


Policy & Planning (P&P)

The mandate of this committee is to consider and make recommendations to the Board regarding:

  • Conservation Authority legislative and regulatory matters, and policies and plans thereunder that are not financial in nature.  This includes resource management, conservation and other matters falling under Sections 20 and 21 of the Act.
  • All Administrative By-law matters and policies and plans thereunder that are not addressed by the F&A Advisory Committee.

Current members are the following:

  • Committee Chair, Vacant
  • Committee Vice Chair, John Inglis
  • Glen Gower
  • Bev Holmes
  • Cindy Kelsey
  • Jeff Atkinson, ex-officio
  • Janet Mason, ex-officio


Regulations

This Committee is an Administrative Tribunal within the definitions of the Statutory Powers Procedure Act.  Section 28(3) of the Conservation Authorities Act allows for a hearing before this Committee before an application is refused.  It is the purpose of the Regulations Committee to evaluate the information presented at the hearing by both Conservation Authority staff and the applicant and to decide whether the application will be approved or refused.

Current members are the following:

  • Paul Kehoe
  • Jeff Atkinson, ex-officio
  • Janet Mason, ex-officio


Other

MVCA has two citizen advisory committees:

  • Mississippi River Watershed Plan Public Advisory Committee (PAC); and
  • Mill of Kintail Museum Advisory Committee (MAC)

Mississippi River Watershed Plan PAC

The role of the PAC is to:      

  • help gauge community interest in specific actions;
  • provide input to the annual prioritization of actions;
  • disseminate and collect information within their target sectors and communities to support project design and delivery;
  • support community uptake and project implementation by engaging with member municipalities and community partners; and
  • provide constructive feedback regarding implementation successes and challenges.

Current PAC members are the following:

  • John Karau, Board member liaison and Co-chair
  • Katie Surra, Co-chair
  • Doreen Donald
  • Ed Giffin
  • Ken Grant
  • Gord Harrison
  • Terry MacHardy

Mill of Kintail Museum Advisory Council

The purpose of the museum advisory committee is to advise the Authority on the protection, promotion and presentation of the Dr. R. Tait McKenzie Collection and James Naismith Collection, and help to facilitate the development of the Mill of Kintail site and programming.

Current MAC members are the following:

  • Bev Holmes, Board member liaison and Co-chair

This Committee was suspended post Bill 108 and has not convened since the pandemic.

Scheduled Meetings

FEB
22

55th Annual General Meeting

February 22, 2023
MAR
15

Board Meeting

March 15, 2023
APR
19

Board Meeting

April 19, 2023
MAY
17

Board Meeting

May 17, 2023
JUN
21

Board Meeting & Watershed Tour

June 21, 2023
JUL
19

Board Meeting

July 19, 2023
SEP
20

Board Meeting

September 20, 2023
OCT
18

Board Meeting

October 18, 2023
DEC
6

Board Meeting

December 6, 2023

Agendas & Minutes

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