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Exploring the Changing Role of the Natural Resource Sectors in Canadian Water Governance Workshop – February 1, 2010 – Toronto, Ontario

Workshop overview

The National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) is undertaking a two year research program on Water Sustainability and the Future of Canada’s Natural Resource Sectors. The program will examine the demands and reliance of agriculture, forestry, mining, and energy sectors on water, and the implications for the sustainability of our economy and ecosystems of the water demands of these sectors. As part of the research agenda, the NRTEE is collaborating with the Water Policy and Governance Group  on a workshop designed to explore the changing landscape of water governance in Canada, focusing on implications for industries in the natural resource sectors. The workshop seeks to foster a dialogue across natural resource sectors that addresses the following three questions:

  • How do sector representatives view their roles in collaborative water governance processes?
  • What challenges and opportunities do these processes pose for firms in the sector?
  • Which experiences and lessons learned in the context of specific processes, sectors and regions are relevant elsewhere?


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  • To clarify the implications of collaborative water governance for firms and organizations that are part of Canada’s natural resource sector (energy, forestry, agriculture and mining).
  • To explore the roles Canada’s resource sector organizations can and should play in these processes.
  • To identify cross-cutting lessons for improving water governance using recent experiences from across Canada that are broadly relevant to firms and organizations in the natural resource sector.




Exploring the Changing Role of the Natural Resource Sectors in Canadian Water Governance Workshop

February 1, 2010, Toronto

Fairmont Royal York, Manitoba Room

100 Front Street West, Toronto

A. Getting Started and Context 9:00
Welcome and Purpose / Setting the Stage  
Background and Context : How water governance is evolving in Canada  
B. Experiences From the Natural Resources Sector 

Presentations and discussion on the following questions:

How has the role of the sector changed in Canadian water governance in your region?

What is working well?

What are the implementation challenges?

9:45A series of presentations from each Sector C. Issues and Challenges

Successfully collaborating in making water decisions in Canada in your Sector:

What are the cross-cutting issues/challenges and most promising solutions?

13:00Discussion 1: Issues and Challenges Discussion 2: Solutions D. Moving Forward  16:00Next Steps Closing remarks 


Jill Baker

Senior Policy Advisor

National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE)

Katherine Balpataky

Research Associate

National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE)

Bob Bedggood


Source Protection Committee

Bill Borland

Vice President, Canadian Federal Programs

AMEC Earth & Environmental

Bill Bourgeois

Former vice-president, Environment and Government Affairs of Lignum;

Resource Management Ltd

Mark Cliffe-Phillips

Regulatory Specialist

Wekweèti Land and Water Board

Bernadette Conant

Executive Director

Canadian Water Network

Maura Dales

Cabinet Liaison Office

Ministry of the Environment, Government of Ontario, representing the Canadian Council of Environment Ministers Water Agenda Development Committee

Government of Ontario

Rob de Loё

University Research Chair, In Water Policy and Governance at the University of Waterloo and Director of the Water Policy and Governance Group

University of Waterloo

René Drolet

Director of Policy & Research

National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE)

Katie Fairman

Supervisor, Implementation

Source Protection Branch

Ontario Ministry of the Environment

Susan Farquharson

Executive Director

Canadian Rivers Institute

Stella Fedeniuk

Regional Water Resources Engineer,

Planning, Water Management Practices Section

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Cecilia Ferreyra

Senior Advisor, Policy Development, Environmental Governance

Alberta Environment

Lise Hebabi

Senior Consultant and Facilitator

Groupe Intersol Group

Stephen Hawboldt

Executive Director

Clean Annapolis River Project

Christopher Hilkene

NRTEE Member

National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE)

Marc Hudon


St. Lawrence River/Great Lakes Program

Nature Québec (UQCN); President, Priority Intervention Zone Committee (Comité ZIP Saguenay) on the Saguenay River

Paul Kariya

Executive Director

The Independent Power Producers Association of B.C.

Mike Kelly

Vice President

Alberta Water Council

Gillian Kerr

Water Allocation Management Strategy, Lead, Environmental Assurance

Alberta Environment

David Livingstone


Government of the NWT

Gordon Macdonald

Principal Advisor, Sustainable Development

Diavik Diamond Mines Inc.

Yvon Maranda

Chef de service, Service de la gestion intégrée de l’eau

Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs du Québec

David Marshall

Executive Director

Fraser Basin Council

Brad May

Manager, Adaptations and Impacts Research Division

Environment Canada

David McLaughlin

President and CEO

National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE)

Jessica Paterson

Water Strategy Coordinator, Water & Wastewater Branch

Nova Scotia Environment

Tara Payment

Environment and Regulatory Analyst,

Western Operations

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

Richard Phillips

General Manager

Bow River Irrigation District

Allison Rippin-Armstrong

Environmental Consultant (with focus on mining exploration companies, permitting and environmental issues)

Starfield Resources Inc.

Hugh Simpson

Program Analyst

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Georgia Simms

Research Associate

Water Policy and Governance at the University of Waterloo

Becky Swainson

Research Associate

Water Policy and Governance at the University of Waterloo

Luc Vescovi

Conseil de la science et de la technologie du Québec

Michelle Vessey

Manager, Environment and Technical Development

Catalyst Paper Crofton Division

Jennifer Vincent

Policy Development, Strategic Policy Directorate

Environment Canada

Paul Wilson

Manager, Water Planning Section Sustainable Planning Branch

New Brunswick Department of the Environment



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