Water Sustainability and the Future of Canada's Natural Resource Sectors





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Moving to Action: NRT National Water Forum Report



This report, on the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy’s (NRT) National Water Forum, provides the start of an action plan that will make important contributions to the management and governance of Canada’s water resources. The NRT’s report, Charting a Course, Sustainable Water Use by Canada’s Natural Resource Sectors, brings together the ecological and economic importance of water — highlighting the need to improve water management and governance to ensure healthy ecosystems and prosperous natural resource sectors. The Forum brought together experts from across Canada in January 2012 to discuss the NRT recommendations in Charting a Course and provide advice on how they could be put into action.

There was clear consensus among the experts and participants at the Forum that now is the time to begin acting on many of our recommendations for better water governance, exploring the use of water pricing and investing in water-use forecasting and data. Participants felt so strongly about the importance of these issues they developed a new recommendation to create a charter affirming the legitimacy of collaborative water governance processes.

The NRT strongly encourages governments, industry, and others to act on these recommendations. A number of initiatives and activities already underway could embrace some of the NRT priority recommendations and move them forward, such as the Council of Federation’s (CoF) Water Stewardship Council, the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment’s (CCME) water action plan, the Canadian Water Resources Association’s (CWRA) work on a Canada-wide water strategy, and provincial and territorial water strategies and policies that are currently under renewal. In the current fiscal situation, it will be impossible for any one government or organization to move all these recommendations forward, but through new collaborations and partnerships, we can make real progress on sustaining Canada’s most valuable resource — our water.

Robert Slater and David McLaughlin photo

List of Water Forum Participants

Jill Baker
National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy
Jean-François Barsoum
Gemma Boag
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Ron Bonnett
Canadian Federation of Agriculture
Bill Borland
AMEC Earth Environmental
David B. Brooks
POLIS Project on Ecological Governance
Jim Bruce
Ben Chalmers
Mining Association of Canada
Jean Cinq-Mars
Commissaire au développement durable du Québec
Karen Clarke-Whistler
TD Bank Financial Group
Bernadette Conant
Canadian Water Network (CWN)
Lois Corbett
Blue Economy Initiative
Dianne Cunningham
National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy
Victoria David
René Drolet
National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy
Diane Dupont
Brock University
George Greene
Stratos Inc.
Mark Henry
Statistics Canada
Christopher Hilkene
National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy
Ted Horbulyk
University of Calgary
Jill Jensen
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Heather Kleb
Canadian Nuclear Association
Lynn Kriwoken
Ministry of Environment, British Columbia
Tim Krywulak
Council of Canadian Academies
Robert Kulhawy
National Round Table on the Environmental and the Economy
Bob Larocque
Forest Products Association of Canada
Marie-Claude Leclerc
Regroupement des Organismes de Bassins, Versants du Québec
Tony Maas
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) – Canada
Cairine MacDonald
Government of British Columbia
David Marshall
Fraser Basin Council
Don McCabe
Ontario Federation of Agriculture
David McLaughlin
National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy
Rick Meyers
Mining Association of Canada
Francis Michaud
Office of the Auditor General of Québec
Brent Moore
Devon Canada Corporation
Sandeep Pandher
National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy
Mark Parent
National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy
Don Pearson
Conservation Ontario
Ralph Pentland
Canadian Water Issues Council
Richard Phillips
Bow River Irrigation District
André Plourde
Carleton University
Steven Renzetti
Brock University
Tara Shea
Mining Association of Canada
Robert Slater
National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy
François Soulard
Statistics Canada
André St-Hilaire
Mary Trudeau
ICF Marbek
Kirsten Vice
National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. (NCASI)
Bernard Vigneault
Natural Resources Canada
Jennifer Vincent
Environment Canada
Anthony Watanabe
The Innovolve Group Inc.
Nadia Zenadocchio
Office of the Auditor General of Québec