Kevin Lagan: A legacy of rainwater management leadership and innovation in the Comox Valley


Kevin Lagan (centre), retiring City of Courtenay City Engineer, receives Lifetime Membership in the “Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC” from Kim Stephens (right) while Courtenay CAO David Allen (left) observes


A Champion for “CAVI-Convening for Action on Vancouver Island”

In June 2013, Kevin Lagan retired from local government after 20 years of service with the City of Courteny as Director of Operational Services. His professional career commenced in England and spanned 47 years. To learn more about his career, click here to download a newspaper article.

“Kevin Lagan was an early champion of both the Water Balance Model and CAVI-Convening for Action on Vancouver Island initiatives in 2003 and 2007, respectively. The success of each has contributed to the success of the other,” stated Kim Stephens, Executive Director of the Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC, when he presented Kevin with a Lifetime Membership in the Partnership.

“Commencing with the 2007 Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation Series, his vision has guided collaboration of local government staff in the Comox Valley. Their collaboration is now formalized as the CAVI-Comox Valley Leadership Team.


A Water-Centric Approach to Land Development

“Through collaboration, the four Comox Valley local governments are now striving for a coordinated approach to watershed-based rainwater management in the Comox Valley and across boundaries. There is region-wide commitment to develop Watershed Blueprints. Kevin’s leadershiphelped make this possible,” states Derek Richmond, CAVI Chair and Manager of Engineering with the City of Courtenay.

“In a very real sense, Kevin’s ultimate legacy resides in the soon-to-be released A Guide to Water-Wise Land Development in the Comox Valley. He has imparted his vision to others, and this reflected in the Guide. It establishes expectations for watershed management and identifies initiatives and tools to achieve watershed goals.”


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