New Westminster – The City of New Westminster is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa Leblanc as the new Director of Engineering. Lisa joined the City in September 2015 as Transportation Division Manager in Engineering Services, leading a dynamic team tasked with delivering the City’s vision for sustainable and accessible transportation in New Westminster. Lisa succeeds the previous Director of Engineering, Jim Lowrie, after his retirement earlier this year.
“Lisa has been an integral part of our engineering team, working on the council priority delivering sustainable transportation initiatives in response to the climate emergency and achieving net zero emissions by 2050,” said Lisa Spitale, the City’s Chief Administrative Officer. “I’m excited to welcome Lisa as our new Director of Engineering and look forward to her leadership as we continue to forge ahead to create a more livable and sustainable city for all.”
Prior to joining New Westminster, Lisa worked in progressively senior engineering roles, beginning at Metro Vancouver in Water Supply Policy and Planning, and then at the City of Vancouver in Active Transportation and Strategic Transportation Planning. Lisa is a Professional Engineer who holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science Degree in Planning and Development.
”The City of New Westminster is a dynamic, complex and important place, and the Engineering Department is foundational to delivering the services that support the community,” said Lisa Leblanc. “I am excited by this opportunity to lead this department in serving the City’s sustainability goals.”
During her time at the City, Lisa has been committed to removing barriers to universal accessibility, expanding and improving the greenway and bikeway network, and providing a reliable connection between the Quayside and Queensborough neighbourhoods via the Q to Q Ferry. As director, she looks forward to leading the Engineering Department to ensure that the City’s critical infrastructure is thoughtfully planned and delivered, and that the core operational services that are foundational for serving the public are well maintained.