2019 REPORT ON THE PARTNERSHIP’S OPERATIONAL PLAN: “The Plan provides guidance that leads to commitment and working arrangements that extend to cooperation, coordination and co-evolution with shared goals,” stated Mike Tanner

Note to Reader:

Reproduced below from the 2019 Annual Report is the Report from the Chair (Mike Tanner), Operational Plan Committee. To download a copy of the 2019 Annual Report, click here.

During Mike’s time with BC Hydro’s Power Smart, he managed and provided direction to a team of Managers and professional staff engaged in various key marketing functions and, in delivering complex and multi-technology products and services through various programs and initiatives. Mike was an early adopter of the benefits of both energy and water conservation and, the possibilities of “Watergy”.

In 1997, he was a member of the Ministry of Environment Working Group that developed A Water Conservation Strategy for British Columbia, released in 1998.

Looking Ahead to 2020 and Beyond

Developed and approved by the Board in 2018, the Operational Plan (the Plan) continued to guide the Leadership Team and volunteers. The Plan identifies 12 current goals for the Partnership and, provides detailed information specifically to outline objectives and day-to-day tasks. The Plan also identifies the Chair responsible for each of the goals as well as the person(s) responsible for the required activities and events to achieve these goals.

The Plan and ensuing activities were designed to ensure alignment with the mission, vision and values of the Partnership. The Plan also helps the Partnership use available resources to achieve the desired outcomes. I am happy to announce that the first goal has been completed with the successful Parksville Symposium, the second in the Vancouver Island Water Stewardship in a Changing Climate Series. Work continues on the remaining 11 goals.

The Plan provides guidance that leads to commitment and working arrangements that extend to cooperation, coordination and coevolution with shared goals. One of the priority goals is to enhance the capabilities of the online Water Balance suite of tools to support the Ecological Accounting Process (EAP) as well as expanding their use.

The sudden death of Dr. Charles Rowney, the Partnership’s Scientific Authority, has created some challenges in the Partnership’s ability to advance use of the Water Balance Model powered by QUALHYMO. Dr. Mike Hulley (Royal Military College) has stepped up to co-chair the QUALHYMO Advisory Team, enabling this goal to be addressed in 2020.

The Plan continues to help the Partnership to successfully engage partners, by being clear about our goals and why we are doing what we are doing and, how we are going to set about achieving them. This clarity of goals and objectives will allow partners in the local government and stewardship sectors to do what they want to do and ascertain how they will contribute to our mission – for example, in October the Partnership signed an MOU with Asset Management BC, thereby providing a framework for collaboration.

While the Plan is somewhat static, even when called rolling, it is the ability of the current leadership team to adapt on the fly which continues to create successful achievements.