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Canadian Water: Towards a New Strategy (Final Programme) [.pdf]

THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2010
(McGILL FACULTY CLUB - 3450 McTAVISH)


3:00 p.m.

REGISTRATION


4:00 p.m.

WORDS OF WELCOME

Denise Chong, Author & Co-Chair, Board of Trustees, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada
Robert Slater, Adjunct Professor, School of Public Policy and Public Administration & President, Coleman, Bright and Associates

4:15 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL WATER ISSUES

What are the most pertinent international issues surrounding water today? How big of an issue is climate change? What about Africa? What would it take to become an international leader when it comes to these challenges? What roles have the media / public opinion / "Web 2.0" (social networking sites, blogs, NGO's, etc.) played in highlighting water as an important global issue?
MODERATOR David Biette, Director, Canada Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
PANELISTS Zafar Adeel, Director, Institute for Water, Environment & Health, United Nations University
Margaret Catley-Carlson, Patron, Global Water Partnership
Doug Miller, Chairman, GlobeScan International
Lili-Anna Pereša, Executive Director, ONE DROP Foundation

5:45 p.m.

BREAK


6:00 p.m.

Keynote Address

David W. Schindler, Killam Memorial Chair & Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta

7:00 p.m.

OPENING COCKTAIL


FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2009
(McGILL FACULTY CLUB - 3450 McTAVISH)

8:00 a.m.

REGISTRATION


8:45 a.m.

WORDS OF WELCOME

Robert Slater, Adjunct Professor, School of Public Policy and Public Administration & President, Coleman, Bright and Associates
Antonia Maioni, Director, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Christopher P. Manfredi, Professor & Dean, Faculty of Arts, McGill University

9:00 a.m.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION

Nik Nanos, President and CEO, Nanos Research

PANEL I

9:15 a.m.

A WATER REALITY CHECK

What are the most problematic myths about water in Canada? What are the biggest water issues that Canada will face over the next 10-25 years? Are Canada's policies on water coherent and able to meet these challenges? What sorts of tensions will arise with the US, and how might we respond?
MODERATOR L. Ian MacDonald, Editor-in-Chief, Policy Options, Institute for Research on Public Policy
PANELISTS Karen Bakker, Associate Professor and Director, Program on Water Governance, University of British Columbia
James P. Bruce, Canadian Policy Representative, Soil and Water Conservation Society; former co-chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Christopher Hilkene, Chair, Water Program, National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy & President, Clean Water Foundation
R.W. (Bob) Sandford, Chair, United Nations Water for Life Decade, Canadian Partnership Initiative; Executive Director, Western Watersheds Climate Research Collaborative

10:45 a.m.

BREAK


PANEL II

11:00 a.m.

THE ECONOMICS OF WATER

Is water both a public and economic good? What are the ethical / moral / ecological implications of selling water? What are the costs associated with bulk-water removal and transportation to society? How would full cost pricing or full value pricing of water promote technological and institutional innovation and conservation?
MODERATOR Peter Calamai, Adjunct Research Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University
PANELISTS Peter Brown, Professor, McGill School of Environment, Department of Geography & Department of Natural Resources Sciences, McGill University
Madeleine Cantin Cumyn, Emeritus Wainwright Professor of Civil Law, Faculty of Law, McGill University
Hans Schreier, Professor Emeritus, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia
Steven J. Renzetti, Professor, Department of Economics, Brock University

12:30 p.m.

BUFFET LUNCH


1:30 p.m.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment, Environment Canada

Introduction by Arnold Steinberg, Chancellor, McGill University

PANEL III

2:00 p.m.

WATER GOVERNANCE IN CANADA

What agencies are responsible for managing Canada's water? Do federal / provincial / municipal / aboriginal governments work with one another? What are the positions of stakeholders such as industry, universities and NGO's on water governance? What is the role of think tanks? How influential are they?
MODERATOR Scott Vaughan, Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Office of the Auditor General of Canada
PANELISTS Rob de Loë, University Research Chair in Water Policy and Governance, University of Waterloo
Linda Nowlan, Environmental Lawyer and Consultant
Ralph I. Pentland, President, Ralbet Enterprises Incorporated

3:30 p.m.

BREAK


3:45 p.m.

SPECIAL ADDRESS

The Honourable Charlene Johnson, Minister of Environment and Conservation, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador & President, Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment

Introduction by Lili de Grandpré, Co-chair, Board of Trustees, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, Founder & Managing Director, CenCEO Consulting

PANEL IV

4:00 p.m.

NEW WAYS OF THINKING ABOUT WATER

Why are long-term, core issues, such as water, difficult to get onto the political agenda in the absence of a crisis? Should Canadians develop a new way of thinking about water? Is there an impending water crisis in Canada? If so, is there a need for a pan-Canadian water strategy? What are the different perspectives?
MODERATOR Désirée McGraw, Executive Director, Jeanne Sauve Foundation
PANELISTS David B. Brooks, Senior Advisor - Fresh Water, Friends of the Earth Canada
David Henderson, Managing Director, XPV Capital Corporation
Tim Morris, Programme Officer, Fresh Water Resources Protection, Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation
Larry Innes, Executive Director, Canadian Boreal Initiative

5:30 p.m.

CLOSING REMARKS

Robert Slater, Adjunct Professor, School of Public Policy and Public Administration & President, Coleman, Bright and Associates