Vankleek Hill resident Sebastien Levesque has been named as the new Director of Public Works for Champlain Township.

Reporting to Paula Knudsen, Chief Administrative Officer for Champlain Township, Levesque will be required to provide leadership and strategic direction to a portfolio of operations services to maintain and enhance the township’s transportation infrastructure, water and sewer services, facilities and dry waste disposal site. The Director of Public Works plays a key role in ensuring service delivery is provided in a customer-focused and efficient manner to achieve standards established by Council and provincial legislation. Levesque will also be responsible for ensuring integration with other departments, managing risk and protecting the municipality’s assets.

The new Director of Public Works succeeds James McMahon, who has accepted new challenges in the private sector after 14 years of service to the township.

“We wish Mr. McMahon the best of luck in his new position and thank him for his loyalty and dedication over the past years,” said Normand Riopel, Mayor of Champlain.

Born and raised in Longueuil, Quebec, Levesque holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and has worked in the field for many years, notably as a process engineer and quality manager at PPG Industries from 1993 to 2007. He has worked as continuous improvement lead and project manager for the new WebGen product at Orica in Brownsburg, Quebec, for the past 14 years.

“Mr. Levesque’s background and personality are directly related to the profile we were looking for to fill this important position on the management team,” Knudsen said. “Moreover, he has expressed a keen interest in our community and in serving the population. His expertise and his knowledge will clearly be put to good use in the efficient management of services. He is a great addition to our team!”

” I take great pleasure in assuming this new role and am eager to contribute to the well-being of our community,” Levesque said. “As a resident of Vankleek Hill, I was attracted to the opportunity to make a difference in the region.”

“I was impressed by Champlain’s dynamic administrative team and am fortunate to be surrounded by an experienced, dedicated and competent public works team. My priority is teamwork and ensuring to encourage the growth and professional development of my team. Together, we will continue to deliver quality service to the public.”

Levesque’s hiring was made official at the May 10, 2021, Champlain Township Council. He assumed his new role on May 26.