News and Events

Governance for Source Water Protection in Canada: Synthesis Report

October 26, 2012 - December 20, 2013

On May 9-10 the WPGG, in association with its research partners, hosted a workshop in Guelph, Ontario for water practitioners from across Canada. The workshop, titled Governance for Source Water Protection in Canada, brought together practitioners and researchers from across the country. Building on a pre-workshop survey, participants examined challenges for implementing source water protection in Canada, identified and evaluated possible solutions to these challenges, and identified future research priorities. This report synthesizes outcomes from the study. To download the report click here. The report is also available in French. Aussi disponible en français

Farmers' Perspectives on Collaborative Approaches to Water Governance

July 4, 2012

WPGG in partnership with Agriculture and Agri-food Canada (AAFC) have recently completed a project investigating farmers' perspectives on collaborative approaches to water governance. This study aimed to explore how agricultural representatives perceive and experience collaborative approaches to water governance. Specifically, the study aimed to identify (1) benefits that accrue both to farmers and the collaborative process, and (2) challenges for farmers and to collaborative processes that result from the participation of producers in collaborative processes.

For a copy of the Summary of Findngs report resulting from this project, click here.

This report is also available in French.

Disponible en français.

Governance for water in Lake Windermere, BC

June 25, 2012

In 2011 members of the WPGG, in partnership with members of the Lake Windermere Ambassadors (LWA) and Wildsight, collaborated on a study designed to identify and evaluate governance challenges facing the LWA. This report explores the concept of water governance, focusing on experiences specific to the East Kootenay Region of British Columbia (BC). By combining knowledge of local, context-specific challenges facing the LWA and insights from previous WPGG research, this report provides insights regarding the specific challenges faced by the various people and organizations involved in water governance in the region, and suggestions for how they could be addressed.

For a copy of this report, click here.

Congratulations to award winners!

June 25, 2012

In 2012 Water Policy and Governance Group PhD students won major awards to support their research. Natalya Melnychuk and Michelle Morris won Ontario Graduate Scholarships. Marie Claire Brisbois and Sue von der Porten won Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowships. Congratulations!

New Brunswick Water Governance Workshop Report Released

May 17, 2012 - June 30, 2012

The Water Governance in New Brunswick: Looking Forward workshop was held in Miramichi, New Brunswick on November 4, 2011. This one day workshop was intended to bring together watershed organisations, and other stakeholders from the Maritimes to discuss watershed management and governance, specifically focused around the Water Classification Regulation.

The report resulting from this workshop has now been released. Download it here.

POLIS webinar opportunity Tuesday May 29, 2012 “Cross-Canada Checkup: A Canadian Perspective on Our Water Future,"

May 15, 2012 - May 30, 2012



Tuesday May 29th, 2012
12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET (9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. PT)


Across the country, Canadians are passionate about the protection of water and willing to engage with challenging issues that have the potential to impact water quality and quantity. Although each province and territory faces a unique set of water-related concerns, there are overarching themes that cut across borders.

Drawing on the new report "Cross-Canada Checkup: A Canadian Perspective on Our Water Future" (planned for release later this month), the guest speakers will offer a perspective on current and emerging water challenges and priorities across Canada, and illustrate the interrelatedness of many water issues common to all Canadians. They will explore the Northwest Territories’ groundbreaking new water stewardship strategy as a model for water policy reform in the rest of Canada, and discuss the emerging need for a new national vision for understanding the value of water in this country.

This webinar will complement the launch of "Cross-Canada Checkup: A Canadian Perspective on Our Water Future," published by the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance at the University of Victoria and the Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT) at Simon Fraser University.


Jesse Baltutis
Water Policy & Governance Research Assistant, POLIS Water Sustainability Project
Co-Author of Cross-Canada Checkup: A Canadian Perspective on Our Water Future

Bob Sandford
Chair, Canadian Partnership Initiative of the UN Water for Life Decade
Co-Author of Cross-Canada Checkup: A Canadian Perspective on Our Water Future

To register email Laura Brandes at

Natural Resources Sector Perspectives on Collaborative Water Governance Report Released

March 14, 2012

In March 2012 we released the report Understanding the Current and Potential Role of the Natural Resources Sector in Collaborative Approaches to Water Governance: Summary of Survey Findings. The study, a partnership between WPGG and the National Round Table on the Environment and Economy (NRTEE), investigated the perspectives of large natural resource firms from across Canada on collaborative approaches to water goverance.

WPGG at Collaborative Watershed Governance Gathering

January 2, 2012 - January 27, 2012

The WPGG is pleased to co-host: A Water Gathering: Collaborative Watershed Governance in BC and Beyond. The Skills Workshop will run January 24-25th, 2012 and the Solutions Forum January 26-27th, 2012. The location is UBC Robson Square, Vancouver BC. The gathering offers you and your organization the opportunity to demonstrate support, build relationships and engage in dialogue on collaborative watershed governance. Join us in promoting leadership and innovation to launch successful collaborative watershed governance activities in BC and beyond.

WPGG at "Water as a Social Opportunity" Workshop

November 28, 2011

This past October, 15 leading water policy experts, joined by four graduate and post-doctoral students, came together for two days of dialogue and collaboration.  The workshop, entitled "Water as a Social Opportunity", was hosted by the Queen's Institute of Energy and Environmental Policy, and led by WPGG PhD Candidate Seanna Davidson and Dr. Jamie Linton (Queen's University).  The workshop focused on themes such as ethics, social innovation, reconciliation, economics and policy, and aimed  to share and generate new opportunities for Canadian water policy.  The outcomes from the workshop will be published in book format by the Queen's School of Policy Studies.  Dr. Rob de Loe participated in the workshop and presented on "Reframing Water – and Governance for Water – in Canada".

Rob de Loë to deliver keynote address at 2011 A.D. Latornell Conservation Symposium

November 12, 2011

The theme of the 18th annual A.D. Latornell Conservation Symposium is Water: The Future of the Source. WPGG Director Rob de Loë will deliver a keynote address at this year's symposium.

The A.D. Latornell Conservation Symposium is one of Ontario’s premier annual environmental events. It provides a forum for practitioners, policy makers, nongovernment organizations, academics and businesses to network and discuss the challenges and opportunities in Ontario’s conservation field. For more information, visit the conference web site: