Board Members

Chief Seymour and Mayor Lefebure are Co-Chairs of the Cowichan Watershed Board.

Jon LefebureMayor Jon Lefebure - North Cowichan

Jon holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Carleton University, and together with his wife Marlene, operates a successful design and build construction business. Jon and his family have lived in Chemainus for more than 20 years.

Jon was elected as a councillor for one term before becoming Mayor of North Cowichan and is now in his fourth term as Mayor. Jon currently sits as Chair on the Regional District Board.

Jon views the Cowichan Watershed Board and its accomplishments as being particularly important.  He is proud to Co-Chair it with Chief Seymour as a truly collaborative, leading edge partnership between Cowichan Tribes and the CVRD that benefits residents of the CVRD and beyond.

Calvin Swustus ("Swutth'tus")Chief William Seymour - Cowichan Tribes

Chief William (Chip) Seymour (Squtxulenuhw) served as a Cowichan Tribes Councillor from 2005 to 2013. In 2013 he was elected Chief. He grew up exploring the Cowichan watershed, the river and its tributaries. As Chief his primary focuses are education, employment, training, culture, housing and working to re-establish a sense of hope among young people. In his role of Co-chair of the Cowichan Watershed Board he intends to reinforce the importance of whole of watershed thinking and collaborative approaches to achieving the Watershed Board’s targets. He is particularly concerned about the impacts of forest practices on water quality, fisheries and other resources. Chief Seymour has coached sports for over thirty years initially coaching lacrosse and then soccer.

Cowichan - Koksilah Watershed 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.


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