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Water Governance Workshop – Sydney, Nova Scotia – March 2, 2011

On March 2, 2011, the NRTEE hosted a one-day workshop on water governance in collaboration with the Bras d’Or Lakes Collaborative Environmental Planning Initiative (CEPI) in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Logo - Bras d'or Lakes

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?



Fred Baechler
ADI Limited

Alice Cohen
University of British Columbia

René Drolet
Director, Policy and Research

Denise Edwards
Administrative Assistant

Jim Foulds
Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Association

Chris Hilkene
NRTEE Member

Annie Johnson
Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources (UINR)

Robert Livingstone
Stewards of the River Denys Watershed Association

Alison MacIssac
Eskasoni Fish & Wildlife Commission

Mike MacKeigan
Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM)

Gerard MacMaster
Georgia-Pacific Canada, LP

Brian Mac Sween
Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources

Albert Marshall
Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources (UINR)

Victoria Metallic
Gespe’gewaq Migmaq Resource Council (GMRC)

Anthony Morris
Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources (UINR)

Jason Naug
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Shelley Porter

Britt Roscoe
Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM)

Greg Slaney
Nova Scotia Environment


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