COVID-19 Update:

MVCA’s offices are open to the public. The wearing of masks by employees and visitors in MVCA buildings is optional except where two meter physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Please note that the Planning & Regulations department is receiving a higher than normal volume of planning applications and is working as quickly as possible to respond to them all.

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Board of Directors

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The role of the Board of Directors is to establish policies of the Authority, define programs and services to achieve its mandate, determine and monitor annual expenditures, direct management, and advocate for the work of MVCA in their community.  There are 11 municipalities in MVCA’s jurisdiction, each of which has at least one member on the MVCA Board of Directors.  The number of municipal appointees to the Board is based upon the population of the municipality, as outlined in section 2(2) of the Conservation Authorities Act.   The townships of Central Frontenac, North Frontenac, Addington Highlands, Greater Madawaska, Tay Valley, Beckwith, Drummond/North Elmsley, and Lanark Highlands each have 1 representative.  Carleton Place and Mississippi Mills have two members each.  And the City of Ottawa has five members.

Eli El-ChantiryCity of Ottawa
Glen GowerCity of Ottawa
John KarauCity of Ottawa
Janet Mason - Vice ChairCity of Ottawa
Phil SweetnamCity of Ottawa
Kirby ThompsonTownship of Addington Highlands
Faye CampbellTownship of Beckwith
Jeff Atkinson - ChairTown of Carleton Place
Andrew TennantTown of Carleton Place
Cindy KelseyTownship of Central Frontenac
Paul KehoeTownship of Drummond/North Elmsley
Chuck RigelhofTownship of Greater Madawaska
Bill KingTownship of Lanark Highlands
Bev HolmesMunicipality of Mississippi Mills
Christa LowryMunicipality of Mississippi Mills
John InglisTownship of North Frontenac
RoxAnne DarlingTay Valley Township
Steven LewisAgricultural Representative

2021 Committees

Finance & Administration

  • Janet Mason, Ex-officio
  • Jeff Atkinson, Ex-officio
  • Eli El-Chantiry
  • Paul Kehoe
  • Bill King
  • Christa Lowry
  • Phil Sweetnam
  • Andrew Tennant

Regulations Committee

  • Janet Mason, Ex-officio
  • Jeff Atkinson, Ex-officio
  • RoxAnne Darling
  • Paul Kehoe (alternate)
  • Christa Lowry
  • Kirby Thompson

Policy & Priorities Committee

  • Janet Mason, Ex-officio
  • Jeff Atkinson, Ex-officio
  • Faye Campbell
  • RoxAnne Darling
  • Bev Holmes
  • John Inglis
  • John Karau
  • Cindy Kelsey
  • Kirby Thompson
  • Chuck Rigelhof
  • Glen Gower

Mill of Kintail Advisory Committee

  • Wayne Morrison (Chair)
  • Jeff Atkinson
  • Wendy Bridges
  • Lucy Carleton
  • Dr. James Copeland
  • Kathy Duncan
  • Bev  Holmes
  • Darcy Moses
  • Kathy Stewart

Mississippi Valley Conservation Foundation

  • Paul Lehman (President)
  • Michael Cleland (Vice-President)
  • Louis Antonakos
  • Duncan Abbott
  • Sally McIntyre
  • Rob Sutherland

Conservation Ontario

  • Janet Mason, Voting Member
  • Jeff Atkinson (First Alternate)
  • Sally McIntyre (Second Alternate)

Article: MVCA's longest-serving Board member Phil Sweetnam recognized for 40 years of dedication to conservation.

Upcoming Meetings

The regular MVCA General Membership meeting schedule is being maintained; however, meetings will be held virtually.

Board of Directors Meeting

October 19, 2022

Board of Directors Meeting

December 7, 2022


Click here to view Minutes from past meetings.