The Cowichan Watershed Board

The Cowichan Watershed Board (CWB) was announced on January 28, 2010.

The (CWB) is a recommendation of the Cowichan Basin Water Management Plan (the Plan) that was completed in March 2007. The CWB’s mandate is to provide leadership for sustainable water management to protect and enhance environmental quality and the quality of life in the Cowichan watershed and adjoining areas.

Board Members

Ladysmith Mayor Rob HutchinsMayor Rob Hutchins - Ladysmith

Rob Hutchins is currently serving his seventh term as Mayor of the Town of Ladysmith, having first been elected in 1993. He is also chair for the second time of the Cowichan Valley Regional District Board. Mr. Hutchins retired at the end of 2011 as a school teacher and counsellor. With his family, he also operates a small business – “The Old Town Bakery" - in the heart of downtown Ladysmith.

Calvin Swustus ("Swutth'tus")Calvin Swustus (Swutth'tus) - Cowichan Tribes

Calvin Swustus was elected Councillor in 2011 for his 8th term. Calvin was raised around the Cowichan River, in his Village of Quamichan. Calvin is committed to resilient communities and the resiliency of the Cowichan watershed which nourished Cowichan people for centuries physically, socially, culturally and spiritually. Calvin’s interests include youth and education, restorative justice, policing and cultural involvement. As Co-chair of the Watershed Board he advocates strongly for collaborative approaches to achieving the Watershed Board’s targets.

Councillor Swustus and Mayor Hutchins are Co-Chairs of the Cowichan Watershed Board.

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)


  • To be a trusted source of expertise and knowledge for sustainable water management in the Cowichan Watershed.
  • To provide balanced and considered technical advice to the Cowichan Watershed Board (CWB) and through it to elements of the community at large.
  • To draw upon members’ diverse knowledge and technical expertise to develop options and recommendations for the CWB and to implement actions needed to achieve the goals of the Cowichan Water Basin Management Plan.