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Water Governance Workshop – Penticton, British Columbia – February 22, 2011

On February 22, 2011, the NRTEE hosted a one-day workshop in collaboration with the Okanagan Basin Water Board in Penticton, British Columbia.

Logo - Okanagan Basin Water Board

The purpose of the workshop was to explore how collaborative governance might assist in achieving effective, efficient, and equitable water use by the natural resources sectors. An additional aim was to develop a better understanding of criteria for assessing when collaborative water governance models should be pursued.

This event was part of a national initiative from the NRTEE on the sustainable use of water by the natural resource sectors in Canada. The overall objectives of the program are to address the following questions:

(1) Does Canada have enough water to support economic growth while maintaining the health of our country’s ecosystems, given that the development of the natural resource sectors is on the rise (agriculture, mining, forestry and energy production), and with pressures on water resources due to increasing population and a changing climate?

(2) Is Canada in a position to manage water resources sustainably for future generations?



Jeannette Armstrong
En’owkin Centre

Karen Bakker
University of British Columbia

Bernard Bauer
University of British Columbia

Gabe Cipes
Summerhill Pyramid Winery

Don Dobson
Urban Systems

René Drolet
Director, Policy and Research

Denise Edwards
Administrative Assistant

Doug Edwards
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Penny Gambell
Lake Country BC

Jessica Hawkins
Fraser Basin Council

Lee Hesketh
BC Cattlemens Association

Kim Hyatt
Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

John Janmaat
University of British Columbia

Nelson R. Jatel
Okanagan Basin Water Board

Deana Machin
Okanagan Nation Alliance

Denise Neilsen
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Richard Prokopanko
NRTEE Member

Conrad Pryce
Government of British Columbia

Anna Warwick Sears
Okanagan Basin Water Board

Ellen Simmons
En’owkin Centre

Tyee Bridge
The Conference Publishers

Brian Symonds
Government of British Columbia

Dean Watts
Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada


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