Creating a Blue Dialogue: Canadian Water Governance into the 21st Century



Living Water Webinar Series

Join the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance for a five part webinar series hosted through the Living Water Policy Project initiative. This webinar series is focused on emerging water governance ideas and trends that are surfacing across the country. The objective is to create a continued dialogue to strategically address evolving concepts that will allow Canadians to sustainably manage water resources into the 21st Century. The series will empower scientists, policy-makers, decision-makers, academics, and the non profit community to:

  • Build a stronger understanding between the research, and on-the-ground implementation;
  • Share perspectives and expertise on the latest water issues, best practices, and policies across the countries; and
  • Join a network of expert practitioners and thinkers from across the country to create a community without jurisdictional division.

Audience: scientists, government officials, regulators, First Nations, lawyers, policymakers, NGOs, and academics


To register contact Elizabeth Hendriks at the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance or 250 721-8189.


  1. Implementing Water Policy Strategies: Beyond the Price of Paper – Thursday, September 16th, 2010, 12:00pm – 1:30pm EST
  2. The Blue Economy: Understanding the Value in Water – Wednesday, October 13th, 2010, 12:00pm – 1:30pm EST
  3. Recognizing Aboriginal Water Rights: Toward a New Water Ethic in Canada – Wednesday, November 10th 12 – 1:30 pm EST
  4. Protecting the Public Interest in Water: Public Trust Doctrine – December 8th, 2010, 12:00pm – 1:30pm EST
  5. TBD

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About the Project

“Water policy in Canada is in a period of exciting change as provinces and territories Oliver brandes (120p)develop and implement more comprehensive policy. The momentum that water policy in Canada is experiencing highlights the fundamental role water plays in the health of our environment, community and economy,” states Oliver Brandes, POLIS Associate Director and Water Sustainability Project Leader at the University of Victoria.

With this renewed focus on water comes an opportunity to address critical water policy development and influence government policy makers and decision makers,” continues Elizabeth Hendriks. POLIS - liz hendriks (120p)“Water policy 'windows of opportunity' can be challenging to exploit for the public, non-governmental organizations and academics and data to engage effectively in the public policy debate is limited.”

“The Living Water Policy Project wants to change that. Effective public engagement requires a clear understanding of the history of policy developments, gaps, and opportunities available across jurisdictions.”


Posted September 2010