Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Welcome to the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada’s 2010 conference website, Canadian Water: Towards a New Strategy / Le Canada et son eau: Vers une nouvelle stratégie.
Since 1995, the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada has hosted large-scale annual conferences which foster informed, non-partisan discussions of issues affecting Canadians, ranging from Quebec-Canada relations, Aboriginal issues, citizenship and health-care to Canadian media, the Charter, and cultural policy. These public events are designed to raise provocative questions and encourage open and nonpartisan discussion on current policy issues, bringing together hundreds of people and attracting national and international media coverage.
For its 2010 annual conference, the MISC will turn its focus to the issues associated with Canadian water policies. Amidst growing concerns about the state of Canadian water, the goal of this conference is to promote a pan-Canadian strategy for the management of Canadian water resources. As the conference unfolds, I invite you to communicate your ideas, consider new perspectives and meet new people who share your interest in trying to understand water policy challenges and to determine how governments, private industry and citizens can respond to these challenges.
I look forward to a stimulating and productive event, one that will provide a forum for academics, politicians, students, and stakeholders to come together and take stock of the most pressing issues surrounding water in Canada. To all those attending or participating in our sessions, I wish to thank you for joining us.
Antonia Maioni, Ph.D.
Director, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and
William Dawson Scholar, McGill University