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Zafar Adeel, Director, Institute for Water, Environment & Health, United Nations University

Adeel_ZafarDr. Zafar Adeel has experience in a variety of water and environmental issues, including monitoring and control of water pollution, water management in dry areas, solutions to industrial environmental problems, modeling of environmental systems and environmental policy formulation. He is also keenly involved in development of and liaison with international networks of water experts. For the 2010-2011 period, he will serve as the Chair of UN-Water – a body that coordinates work on water of 26 UN organizations. He serves as Director at UNU-INWEH, where he has the overall responsibility for the direction, organization, administration and programmes of the institute. Dr. Adeel is an environmental engineer with post-graduate degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Iowa State University.

Karen Bakker, Associate Professor and Director, Program on Water Governance, University of British Columbia

Karen Bakker Karen Bakker is an Associate Professor and Director of the Program on Water Governance at the University of British Columbia (www.watergovernance.ca). The program is dedicated to cutting-edge research academic research on a broad range water issues, as well as research dissemination to policy makers and the broader community. Dr. Bakker's work on water governance covers a broad range of topics, including privatization, transboundary water governance, drought vulnerability, demand management, pricing, and access to urban water supply in developing countries. She also leads collaborative interdisciplinary research projects with natural scientists and medical researchers, including an ongoing major CWN-funded project on Water Security in Canada. Dr. Bakker has published widely, and writes for both academic and general audiences. Her most recent book (Eau Canada: The future of Canada's water, UBC Press 2007) examines critical challenges to Canada's water (www.eaucanada.ca). A forthcoming book (Beyond Privatization: Water, Governance, Community, Cornell University Press) explores the water privatization debate in developing countries. Recent journal articles have appeared in the Canadian Water Resources Association Journal, Espaces et Sociétés, Water Alternatives, Water Policy, and World Development. Fluent in French and Spanish, Dr. Bakker has research experience in South-east Asia, southern Africa, Latin America, and Europe. Dr. Bakker also regularly acts as an advisor to governments and non-governmental and international organizations (recently, the British organization Water Dialogues, the BC Ministry of the Environment, and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development). She lives in Vancouver, BC with her husband and two daughters, keen conservationists who regularly remind her to turn off the tap while brushing her teeth.

David Biette, Director, Canada Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

David BietteDavid Biette is Director of the Canada Institute, a program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the Wilson Center in October 2001, Biette was executive director for Canadian Studies in the United States, a national not-for-profit multidisciplinary academic professional association dedicated to the promotion of Canadian Studies in the United States. From 1986 to 1992, he served as a political-economic officer at the Canadian Consulate General in New York City, where he was a policy analyst for environmental, political, energy, native affairs, and transportation portfolios for the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and New York City. David has an M.A. in International Relations with a concentration in Canadian Studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University.

David B. Brooks, Senior Advisor, Fresh Water, Friends of the Earth Canada

Brooks_DavidDavid Brooks serves as Senior Advisor - Fresh Water for Friends of the Earth Canada. Prior to that position, he served in several capacities, including Acting Director for Environment and Natural Resources Management, at Canada's International Development Research Centre, and, somewhat earlier, as the Founding Director of the Office of Energy Conservation at Energy, Mines & Resources Canada. David Brooks was educated in geology at MIT (SB-1955) and California Institute of Technology (MS-1956), and in economics at the University of Colorado (PhD-1963). With this background, his main professional interests have followed the border between natural and social sciences, with principal focus on ways to reduce the demand for minerals, energy and water both to resolve supply-demand problems and to avoid environmental degradation. He was born in the United States but immigrated to Canada with his family in 1970. Since then, Brooks has worked in many developing countries but, in recent years, has concentrated on water demand in the Middle East, and on water soft paths (an innovative, ecologically based form of water management in Canada). David Brooks has authored or co-authored several books, including Zero Energy Growth for Canada; Watershed -- The Role of Fresh Water in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict; Water -- Local Level Management; and, just this year, Making the Most of the Water we Have: The Soft Approach to Water Management. During the Oslo Phase of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he served as special adviser to Foreign Affairs Canada and attended most of the meetings of the Water Resources and the Environment Working Groups. Brooks has been elected to the International Water Academy.

Selected Papers by David B. Brooks: Between the Great Rivers: Water in the Arab World [.pdf] and Ingenuity Trumps Hard Tech: The water soft path is the best bet for Canada's public and ecological needs [.pdf]

Peter Brown, Professor, McGill School of Environment, Department of Geography & Department of Natural Resources Sciences, McGill University

Brown_PeterPeter G. Brown is a professor in the School of Environment at McGill University in Montreal. Professor Brown's teaching, research, and service are concerned with ethics, governance, and the protection of the environment. Before coming to McGill, he was Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland's graduate School of Public Policy, which he founded. He is a graduate of Haverford College, holds a Master's Degree in the Philosophy of Religion from Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from Columbia in Philosophy. He is actively involved in conservation efforts in the James Bay and Southern regions of Quebec, and in Maryland. He operates tree farms in Maryland and Quebec and is a Certified Quebec Forest Producer, and in 1995 was Tree Farmer of the Year in Garrett County, Maryland. His most recent books are Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy and Water Ethics: Foundational Readings for Students and Professionals.

James P. Bruce, Former Co-chair, Economic and Social Issues Working Group, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Bruce_JimJim Bruce has held various positions within Environment Canada including Director, Canada Centre for Inland Waters and Assistant Deputy Minister for Environmental Management and Atmospheric Environment. He also served with the World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, as well as chairing the UN's Scientific and Technical Committee for the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction and co-chairing the Economics and Social Dimensions Working Group of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Currently Jim is Canadian Policy Representative, Soil and Water Conservation Society, chair of the Expert Panel on Groundwater for the Council of Canadian Academies and a member of the International Upper Great Lakes Study Board. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and has been awarded honorary doctorates from Waterloo and McMaster Universities.

Peter Calamai, Adjunct Research Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University

Calamai_PeterA founding member of the Canadian Science Writers' Association in 1970, Peter Calamai served as the Toronto Star's national science reporter from 1998 to 2008. He is an adjunct research professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University in Ottawa and a contributing editor at Cosmos, a science magazine published six times a year in Australia. He has a bachelor of science in physics from McMaster University and worked as correspondent and editor with the Southam company for 30 years. He is a three-time winner of Canada's highest print journalistic honour, the National Newspaper Award.

Madeleine Cantin Cumyn, Emeritus Wainwright Professor of Civil Law, Faculty of Law, McGill University

Madeleine_Cantin_CumynProf. Madeleine Cantin Cumyn joined McGill University in 1977 as a Wainwright Junior Fellow. She became a full professor in 1991 and was named Wainwright Professor of Civil Law in 2005. Before embarking on an academic career, she worked at the Civil Code Revision Office, where she took part in the drafting of reports on successions, substitution, trusts and juridical personality. A Member of the Barreau du Québec, Madeleine Cantin Cumyn sat on a number of its committees and actively contributed to elaborating the position of the Barreau on the Civil Code Reform and to its presentation at the parliamentary commissions of the National Assembly of Quebec. These contributions were recognized with a (collective) Merit Award from the Barreau du Québec (1993). Madeleine Cantin Cumyn holds a B.A. cum laude and a LL.L cum laude from the Université Laval. She received the Governor-General's Gold Medal in 1962 and the Gold Medal of the Barreau de Paris in 1966. She was elected associate member of the International Academy of Comparative Law in 1999. Madeleine Cantin Cumyn is the author of numerous books and articles, recognized as belonging to the fundamental civil law doctrine. Her publications relate principally to property law subjects, which she approaches with an original perspective, bringing a new understanding of the matter. In addition, she contributes to the debate about management of soft water. Her proposition to elaborate all the regulations on water by characterizing water as res communis, currently its status in Quebec civil law, was confirmed in the statement of the national public policy on water of the Quebec Government, published as La politique nationale de l'eau : l'eau, la vie, l'avenir (2002).

Margaret Catley-Carlson, Chair, Global Agenda Council for the World Economic Forum; Governor and Chair, Global Water Partnership, International Development Research Centre

Catley_Carlson_MargaretMargaret Catley-Carlson, chair of the Board of the Crop Diversity Trust, the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Water and the Foresight Advisory Committee for Group Suez Environment, is a patron of the Global Water Partnership, and a member of the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board, the Rosenberg Forum and of the Council of Advisors of the World Food Prize. She serves on the Boards of the IMWI (the International Center for Water Resource Management); the IFDC (Fertilizer Management) and IIED - the International Institute for Environment and Development. She has been chair of the ICARDA and CABI Boards and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, vice chair of the IDRC Board and a commissioner of water for the 21st Century and a Board Member of the Biblioteca Alexandrina. She was president of the Canadian International Development Agency 1983-89; deputy executive director of UNICEF in New York 1981-1983; president of the Population Council in New York 1993-98; and deputy minister of the Department of Health and Welfare of Canada 1989-92. Ms. Catley-Carlson has ten honorary degrees and is an officer of the Order of Canada.

Denise Chong, Author & Co-Chair, Board of Trustees, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada

Denise_ChongDenise Chong is a co-chair, together with Lili de Grandpré, of the board of trustees of MISC. An author acclaimed for her ability to weave personal stories into their complex social context, she is best known for the family memoir, The Concubine's Children. Her most recent book is Egg on Mao, examines the life and fate of a bus mechanic who defaced the iconic portrait that overlooks Tiananmen Square during the protests in 1989. Trained as an economist, Denise began her working life in the federal Finance department, and went on to serve as senior economic advisor in the office of then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. She lives in Ottawa.

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

de_Grandpre_LiliLili de Grandpré a fondé CenCEO Conseil, une société de conseil en gestion, en 2005. De 1991 à 2004, elle a travaillé chez Mercer Consulting à Toronto, Londres et Montréal où elle a occupé plusieurs postes de direction. En 2003-2004, elle était chef de la stratégie en matière de ressources humaines chez Mercer. De 1997 à 2002, elle a dirigé le bureau canadien de Mercer Management Consulting. De 1977 à 1989, elle a travaillé à la Banque de Montréal, son dernier poste ayant été celui de vice-présidente – Marketing et développement des produits. Lili siège dans plusieurs conseils d'administration et comités exécutifs, entre autres à Centraide, à l'Université McGill, à l'École nationale du cirque, à la Fondation canadienne des jeunes entrepreneurs et l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Elle a été nommée Femme de mérite par le YWCA de Montréal en 2003, et Femme d'honneur par la Chambre de commerce de Montréal (2001). De 1992 à 2001, elle a été professeure invitée à l'Institut de développement exécutif de Queen's University. Elle possède un baccalauréat ès arts, une maîtrise en journalisme et un MBA. Elle a récemment achevé le programme de l'École supérieure de régie d'entreprise de l'Institut des administrateurs de sociétés.

Rob de Loë, Professor & University Research Chair in Water Policy and Governance, Department of Environment and Resource Studies, University of Waterloo

de_Loe_RobRob de Loë is the University Research Chair in Water Policy and Governance at the University of Waterloo, and Director of the multi-university Water Policy and Group. Previously he held the Canada Research Chair in Water Management at the University of Guelph. During the past two decades, Rob has studied and written extensively about water security, water allocation, source water protection and climate change adaptation. He draws on his research to provide policy advice to a wide range of government and non-government organizations in Canada, at scales ranging from local watersheds to the nation. In January, 2008 Rob was named Chair of the Advisory Panel for the Royal Bank of Canada's Blue Water project, a $50 million, 10-year charitable grant program to support fresh water conservation, protection and accessibility.

David Henderson, Managing Director, XPV Capital Corporation

Henderson_DaveDavid is the founder and Managing Director of XPV Capital Corporation, a leading investment firm dedicated to investing in high growth water companies. At XPV, David focuses on identifying and investing in companies capitalizing on the significant opportunities created by the 'new water economy' – a concept he developed. He is a respected speaker and expert contributor in the area of water technology and investing. David is an Advisor for the US Strategic Water Initiative, Ontario Clean Water Initiative and Imagine H2O. He is past Chairman and a current Director of Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship where he received the Global Champion and Distinguished Service Award. David is also a founding member of the National Angel Capital Organization. David was educated at Ryerson University's School of Business where he specialized in the Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development program and received the Ryerson Centre for Entrepreneurship Education & Research Award.

Christopher Hilkene, Lead Member of National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) & President, Clean Water Foundation

Hilkene_ChrisChristopher Hilkene Chair's the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy's Program on Water Sustainability and the Future of Canada's Natural Resource Sector. He is the President of the Clean Water Foundation, a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to engaging individuals in actions that preserve, protect and improve our water. He specializes in surface water management issues and has made significant contributions to water policy in Canada. In addition to his work at the Clean Water Foundation, Chris develops and manages environmental outreach and engagement programs for many organizations including Waste Reduction Week in Canada, the Recycling Council of Ontario and the Summerhill Group. Chris teaches at York University's Faculty of Environmental Studies on the Great Lakes and environmental policy. During his public service career, he served as a policy advisor to the federal Minister of the Environment, and as well as a Communications Advisor in the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE). He is a Governor of Ryerson University and a Director of the George and Helen Vari Foundation.

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

Charlene Johnson, the youngest woman ever elected to serve in the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly, is passionate about sustainable development and the protection of our natural resources. Born in Carbonear and raised in the Conception Bay community of Gull Island, Charlene holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Engineering from the University of New Brunswick and a Masters of Applied Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Prior to politics Charlene worked in the fields of forestry and environmental engineering. Charlene was first elected to the House of Assembly in November 2003. On July 5, 2006, she was appointed the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources.

L. Ian MacDonald, Editor-in-Chief, Policy Options, Institute for Research on Public Policy

MacDonald_IanL. Ian MacDonald is Editor-in-Chief of Policy Options, Canada's premier public policy magazine published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy, writes regular columns on politics and policy for the Montreal Gazette, the National Post, and is a frequent commentator for CTV, CPAC and CBC. He is the author of the best-selling biography, Mulroney: The Making of the Prime Minister, and From Bourassa to Bourassa: Wilderness to Restoration a critically acclaimed narrative history of the Québec Liberal Party from 1976-1994. He is the editor of Free Trade: Risks and Rewards, a benchmarking of free trade. He is also co-author of Leo: A Life, the best-selling autobiography of former Senator Leo Kolber, longtime adviser to the Bronfman family. Previously, he was Minister of Public affairs at the Canadian Embassy in Washington from 1992 to 1994 and chief speechwriter to the Prime Minister of Canada from 1985 to 1988. He is, mostly recently, the author of Politics, People & Potpourri, a collection of articles and columns published in the fall of 2009 by McGill-Queen's University Press.

Antonia Maioni, Director, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada

AntonaiAntonia Maioni is Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. She is also an associate professor of Political Science and William Dawson Scholar at McGill University. A multilingual Montréaler, Antonia studied at Université Laval, the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, and Northwestern University. She has held visiting appointments at Harvard and Duke Universities in the U.S. and at the European University Institute in Italy. Dr. Maioni has published widely in the field of Canadian and comparative politics, with a particular focus on health policy. She comments extensively on Canadian politics, Québec politics, and health care in both French and English language media across Canada.

Christopher P. Manfredi, Professor & Dean, Faculty of Arts, McGill University

Manfredi_ChristopherDean Christopher P. Manfredi, Professor and former Chair of the Department of Political Science at McGill University, is an outstanding scholar and authority on the role of the judiciary in democratic societies especially the Supreme Court, principally Canada and the United States. His research focuses on law and the courts with a particular emphasis on the political and policy impact of rights litigation. He has published extensively in academic and professional journals and is a highly regarded political and legal commentator. He has written three books: Judicial Power and the Charter: Canada and the Paradox of Liberal Constitutionalism; The Supreme Court and Juvenile Justice; and Feminist Activism in the Supreme Court: Legal Mobilization and the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund. He also co-edited The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Reflections on the Charter after Twenty Years.

Désirée McGraw, Executive Director, Jeanne Sauve Foundation

d_m_mcgrawAppointed to the post of Executive Director of the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation and the Sauvé Scholars Foundation in February 2008, Désirée McGraw is responsible for the overall management of the Foundation and the Sauvé Scholars Program. A public policy professional with a background in international affairs, Désirée has more than 20 years of experience as a consultant, researcher, reporter, senior political advisor and spokesperson in the field of sustainable development. She served as Director of Policy to Canada's Minister of International Cooperation, and has worked with various international organizations including the United Nations and the World Bank. Following training with former U.S. Vice-President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore regarding the science and solutions surrounding climate change, she serves as Vice-President of Mr. Gore's Climate Project in Canada. Désirée has conducted political research, analysis and commentary for the CBC, Radio-Canada International, CTV and the BBC World Service, and was a foreign correspondent for the French TV Ontario public affairs show, Panorama. She was recently named one of the 2010 Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum. Désirée lives in her native Montréal and is actively engaged in a number of community causes and organizations.

Doug Miller, President, GlobeScan Incorporated

Miller_DougDoug Miller is a leading pollster and commentator, regularly briefing corporate leaders and government officials in North America, Europe, and Asia on global public opinion and stakeholder views. He has presented GlobeScan findings and their strategic implications at Davos, UN Headquarters, the White House, the World Bank, Oxfam International and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. After starting his career at 3M Company, Mr. Miller worked in both NGOs and government agencies before founding Synergistics, the issues management and social marketing firm, in 1978. In 1987, he founded Environics International, which he re-branded GlobeScan in 2003.

Tim Morris, Program Officer, Fresh Water Resources Protection, Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation

Morris_TimTim Morris manages the fresh water program at the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, a national independent Foundation dedicated to the development of sound and innovative public policy. Tim has considerable experience researching and influencing fresh water policy. He has authored numerous articles and reports on water policy, and was primary author of "Changing the Flow: A Blueprint for Federal Action on Freshwater", a seminal report produced by the country's leading water experts. Tim sits on the advisory committee to the water program of the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, and is Chair of the Program Committee and a member of the Board of the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network. Tim is currently completing his PhD on water law in the Great Lakes region and has a Masters of Laws from the University of British Columbia.

Nik Nanos, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nanos Research

Nik NanosAs the founder and President of Nanos Research, Mr. Nanos is one of Canada's most trusted pollsters and is regularly called upon by senior decision-makers to conduct research and to provide strategic counsel. His hallmark is his ability to provide insightful advice to clients on complex issues ranging from reputation management, to charting corporate expansions through to client positioning on public policy issues. In addition to his responsibilities leading the team at the Nanos Research Group, he is a Research Associate Professor in Canadian Studies at The State University of New York at Buffalo. Mr. Nanos is the official pollster for Policy Options magazine. His political commentary and polling data has been used in every major media outlet in Canada as well as the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, USA Today and The Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom. Mr. Nanos is a past National President of the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA) and a Certified Marketing Research Professional (CMRP). The MRIA is Canada's national organization governing professionals engaged in marketing, advertising, social and political research. As the past Publisher of the Canadian Journal of Marketing Research and Past Editor-in-Chief of Vue, the monthly magazine of the market research industry, he is one of Canada's leading research practitioners.

Linda Nowlan, Environmental Lawyer and Consultant

Nowlan_LindaLinda is a public interest environmental lawyer and consultant. She worked at and then led one of Canada's foremost environmental law nongovernmental organizations, West Coast Environmental Law, for ten years. She has also worked for the Program on Water Governance at the University of British Columbia; the UK Foreign Office, attending the World Summit on Sustainable Development as a UK government delegate; and for two United Nations agencies. In the private sector, she practiced civil litigation for five years in Vancouver. She is a cofounder of Smart Growth BC, the lead Vancouver urban sustainability organization NGO and a past President of its Board of Directors. She sits on the Greenest City Action Team for the City of Vancouver, the Vancouver Foundation's Environment Committee, and the Canadian Council of Academies' Expert Panel on Groundwater. She is a member of the Law Society of BC, the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, the ELAW Alliance, and is a Fellow of LEAD International.

Ralph I. Pentland, President, Ralbet Enterprises Incorporated

Pentland_RalphRalph is Acting Chair of the Canadian Water Issues Council, and President of Ralbet Enterprises Inc., where he has been active in consulting on a variety of water and environmental policy issues. From 1978 to 1991, he was Director of Water Planning and Management in the Canadian Department of the Environment. In that capacity, he was responsible for overseeing numerous Canada-U.S. and Federal-Provincial agreements and arrangements, and was the prime author of the Federal Water Policy that was tabled in Parliament in 1987. He has co-chaired five International Joint Commission Boards, and has served as an environmental consultant in numerous countries.

Lili-Anna Pereša, Executive Director, ONE DROP Foundation

Lili_Anna_PeresaIngénieure en électrique diplômée de Polytechnique en 1987, Lili-Anna Pereša a travaillé quelques années chez Bell Canada avant d'entreprendre un parcours en développement international au Malawi, comme enseignante avec l'EUMC, au Burkina Faso, au sein d'Oxfam-Québec, et dans le domaine de l'aide d'urgence dans le cadre d'un conflit armé en Croatie et en Bosnie-Herzégovine, où elle est chef de mission pour CARE International. De retour au Québec en 1995, elle est nommée directrice générale de l'organisme Les petits frères des Pauvres. En 1997, Lili-Anna obtient un diplôme d'études supérieures en gestion de l'Université McGill. Elle devient la directrice générale du Y des femmes (YWCA) de Montréal en 1999. En 2003, Lili-Anna se joint, à titre de directrice générale, à Amnesty International France. En 2007, elle obtient une maîtrise en sciences politiques sur la coopération internationale, l'action humanitaire et les politiques de développement à la Sorbonne à Paris. Le fil conducteur de son engagement professionnel est bien tracé : lutter pour les droits de la personne, et plus particulièrement ceux des femmes et des enfants, et contribuer à l'amélioration des conditions de vie des populations vulnérables. Depuis 2009, Lili-Anna dirige l'ensemble des activités de ONE DROP et en assure le développement stratégique de même que le rayonnement international. Au cours des années, Lili-Anna a reçu quelques marques de reconnaissance pour son engagement dont un doctorat honoris causa de l'Université de Montréal en 2009, sur recommandation de l'École Polytechnique de Montréal, un prix de mérite pour les services à la communauté du Conseil canadien des Ingénieurs en 2000 et a dirigé un groupe d'étude à la Conférence de la gouverneure générale du Canada sur le leadership et la diversité en 2004, etc.

Merrell-Ann S. Phare, Executive Director and Legal Counsel, Centre for Indigenous Environment Resources

Phare_Merrell_AnnMerrell-Ann Phare is a lawyer and the Executive Director of the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources, a national First nation environmental organisation. She is also a legal advisor to the Assembly of First Nations regarding water matters. She is the author of the book Denying the Source: the Crisis of First Nations Water Rights, published in October 2009 by Rocky Mountain Books. Merrell-Ann serves on numerous advisory committees and consultation bodies including the Expert Advisory Committee to the National Round Table on Environment and Economy (NRTEE), the Regulatory Advisory Committee of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and recently finished two three-year terms on the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) of the NAFTA Commission for Environmental Cooperation. She was a member of the 2005 Lake Winnipeg Implementation Committee. She is also a member of RBC's Blue Water Advisory Panel, which advises the Royal Bank on water matters and, in particular, distribution of its $50-million Blue Water Fund.

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

Prentice_JimJim Prentice was elected to the House of Commons in 2004 and re-elected in 2006 and 2008. He was named Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians in February 2006 and Minister of Industry in August 2007. A lawyer by profession, Mr. Prentice has specialized in property rights and has focused on relocations, environmental protection suits and restricted development areas. He also served as a commissioner of the Indian Specific Claims Commission of Canada for 10 years and is recognized by his peers as an expert in land claims negotiations. Mr. Prentice travelled to South Africa twice as an expert advisor on how to protect property rights in that country's new constitution. Mr. Prentice graduated from the University of Alberta and holds a law degree from Dalhousie University. Mr. Prentice has lived in Calgary for over 20 years with his wife Karen and their three daughters.

Steven J. Renzetti, Professor, Department of Economics, Brock University

Renzetti_StevenSteven Renzetti is a Professor of Economics at Brock University having earned his PhD in economics at the University of British Columbia in 1990. Professor Renzetti's research is principally concerned with the economics of water resources. He is the author of The Economics of Water Demands (Kluwer, 2002) and coauthor of Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources (Blackwell, 2004). Professor Renzetti's current research is concerned with modeling industrial water recycling decisions and measuring water utility efficiency. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Renzetti has acted as a consultant for a number of government agencies including Environment Canada, the International Joint Commission and the World Bank. Dr. Renzetti is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Great Lakes Research and recently served on the Council of Canadian Academies' Expert Panel on Groundwater.

Robert W. Sandford, Chair, United Nations Water for Life Decade, Canadian Partnership Initiative; Executive Director, Western Watersheds Climate Research Collaborative

Sandford_BobBob Sandford is the Canadian Chair of the United Nations International Decade "Water for Life" Decade, a national partnership initiative that aims to advance long-term water quality and availability issues in response to climate change in this country and abroad. In this capacity, Bob is the only Canadian to sit on the Advisory Committee for the prestigious Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy. Bob is also the Director of the Western Watersheds Climate Research Collaborative, a not-for-profit research institute that promotes understanding of climate impacts on river systems originating in the Rocky Mountains. Bob's third book on water issues in Canada, Restoring the Flow: Confronting the World's Water Woes, was published by Rocky Mountain Books in the fall of 2009.

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

Schindler_DavidDr. Schindler holds the Killam Memorial Chair and is Professor of Ecology in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta. His work on lakes has been widely used in formulating policy internationally. He received his doctorate from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He has served as President of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, and as Canadian National Representative to the International Limnological Society. He is the author of over 300 scientific publications. Dr. Schindler's international awards include the G.E. Hutchinson Medal of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, the Naumann-Thienemann Medal of the International Limnological Society, the first Stockholm Water Prize (2001), the Volvo Environment Prize (1998), and the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement (2006). In 2001 he was awarded the National Science and Engineering Research Council's Gerhard Herzberg Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, Canada's highest scientific honor. In May 2009, he received the Royal Canadian Institute's Sandford Fleming Medal for public communication of science. Schindler is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Royal Society of London, a member of the U. S. National Academy of Sciences, and a foreign fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. He has received ten honorary doctorates from Canadian and US universities, including the University of Winnipeg. He is an Officer in the Order of Canada and a member of the International Water Academy. In 2008 he was appointed to the Alberta Order of Excellence. Trent University has recently named an endowed professorship in aquatic sciences after Schindler. Schindler also chairs the board of directors of the Safe Drinking Water Foundation, a small non-profit foundation that specializes in helping aboriginal communities with their water problems and in educating students about protecting freshwaters.

Hans Schreier, Professor Emeritus, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia

Schreier_HansHans Schreier is a professor at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on watershed management, land-water interactions, soil and water pollution and GIS. He has worked extensively in watershed studies in 14 countries in the Himalayan and Andean regions, and in Canada. In 1999 he was recognized by the international Development Research Centre (IDRC) for his contribution to international development. He was a Co-Leader for the Watershed Program of the Canadian Water Network NCE 2004-2008, and he is a member of the Water Advisory Panel for the Columbia Basin Trust. Since 1995 he also teaches 4 WEB-based graduate courses on watershed management. In 2004 he received the "Science in Action" Award from The United Nations International Year of Fresh Water, for outstanding work in making watershed management knowledge and innovative, cost-effective applications possible, and in 2008 he received the King Albert International Mountain Award for scientific accomplishment of lasing values to the world's mountains, in Switzerland.

Selected Papers by Hans Schreier: Agricultural Water Policy Challenges in BC [.pdf] , Innovation in Stormwater Management in Canada: The Way Forward [.pdf] , and Report - Real and Virtual Water and Water Footprints: A Comparison between the Lower Fraser Valley and the Okanagan Basin [.pdf]

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

Slater_BobDr. Robert Slater is currently Adjunct Professor in Environmental Policy at Carleton University. He is also President of Coleman, Bright and Associates, a consulting firm that operates internationally specializing in Sustainable Development issues and a Senior Fellow with the International Institute for Sustainable Development. Dr. Slater occupied several senior positions at Environment Canada and was the Senior Assistant Deputy Minister for eight years. He was instrumental in establishing the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy—where he currently serves as Vice Chair—and the International Institute for Sustainable Development, and played a lead role in the renegotiation of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement in 1978, Acid Rain Agreements with Provincial Governments in the 80's, the Canada-US Accord on Air Quality, and the Green Plan. He led preparations for Canada's role in the UN Conference on the Environment ("Earth Summit") in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. He was responsible for legislative initiatives leading to the Canadian Environmental Protect Act (CEPA) and the Species at Risk Act (SARA) and led development of regulations limiting lead in gasoline and bringing auto emissions standards in line with those in US. He also chaired the International Joint Commission's Great Lakes Water Quality Board from 1976 to 1982. Before joining the public service, he was co-founder of Pollutech, an environmental consulting company. He was awarded degrees from Imperial College of Science and Technology and was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2009.

Arnold Steinberg, Chancellor, McGill University

Steinberg_ArnoldH. Arnold Steinberg is a Montreal businessman, philanthropist and Chancellor and Governor Emeritus of McGill University. A graduate of McGill University (BCom 1954) and Harvard University (MBA 1957), Mr. Steinberg is currently a senior officer with Cleman Ludmer Steinberg Inc, an investment holding company. He has held directorships and senior management positions with Canadian companies including Steinberg Inc., Ivanhoe Inc., Teleglobe and the Banque Nationale du Canada. Mr. Steinberg also has a lengthy record of service with numerous charitable, educational and cultural organizations. Among his many positions, he served as a member of the Canada Council and its Executive Committee, the Board of Governors of McGill University, and as Chairman of the Board of the McGill University Health Centre. He is currently Chair of the Board of Canada Health Infoway and a Member of the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. A member of the Order of Canada, Mr. Steinberg has received Honorary Doctorates from the Université de Montréal and McGill University.

Scott Vaughan, Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Office of the Auditor General of Canada

Vaughan_ScottScott Vaughan was appointed Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development in May 2008. As Commissioner, Mr. Vaughan is responsible for carrying out environmental and sustainable development audits, including audits of Environment Canada; monitoring sustainable development strategies; and overseeing the environmental petitions process. Before joining the Office of the Auditor General of Canada, Mr. Vaughan worked for the Organization of American States (OAS), where he was the Director of the Department of Sustainable Development since 2003. The OAS is an intergovernmental organization comprised of 34 member states, including Canada, which works on strengthening democracy and implementing decisions adopted by heads of state and government through the Summit of the Americas. Before his time with the OAS, Mr. Vaughan was a Visiting Scholar with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C, in 2002–03. From 1998 to 2002, he was Head of the Economics, Trade and Environment Program at the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation in Montréal, and from 1995 to 1998, he was a Counselor working on environmental issues at the World Trade Organization. He held a variety of positions with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) from 1989 to 1995, and founded UNEP's partnership with the financial services sector. He launched UNEP's work in environment and international trade, was Deputy Chief of the environmental economics division in Nairobi, and worked on the preparations for the 1992 Earth Summit. Mr. Vaughan holds a master's degree in science and economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is also a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Dalhousie University, and Mount Allison University. He has published in the field of environment and trade, payment for ecosystem services, and, most recently, freshwater management and adaptation to climate change.

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