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Below is a list of members originally involved in the development of the Changing the Flow report. For information about the current membership of the Forum for Leadership on Water, please visit the FLOW Members web page.


David R. Boyd (Trudeau Scholar, UBC & POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, UVIC) David is one of Canada’s leading environmental lawyers, a Trudeau Scholar, an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University, and a Senior Associate with the University of Victoria's POLIS Project on Ecological Governance. He is the author of Sustainability Within a Generation: A New Vision for Canada, Unnatural Law: Rethinking Canadian Environmental Law and Policy, and Canada vs. The OECD: An Environmental Comparison.

Oliver M. Brandes (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, UVIC) Oliver leads the Water Sustainability Project at the University of Victoria's POLIS Project on Ecological Governance. With a background in law, economics and ecological restoration, he focuses on the institutional and legal reform aspects of sustainable water management and provides advice to all levels of government and various non-government organizations. Oliver has authored or co-authored numerous chapters, articles and reports on water sustainability including At a Watershed: Ecological Governance and Sustainable Water Management in Canada.

James P. Bruce (Soil & Water Conservation Society) Jim is Canadian Policy Representative for the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) and serves as a consultant on climate change adaptation, water management, and natural disaster mitigation. He was first Director of Canada Centre for Inland Waters, Burlington and worked for 8 years as an Assistant Deputy Minister for Environmental Management and Atmospheric Environment. From 1986 to1989, he was Director of Technical Cooperation and Acting Deputy Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from the University of Waterloo and McMaster University and the Massey Medal of the Canadian Geographical Society.

Marc Hudon (Nature Québec) Marc is Director of the St. Lawrence River/Great Lakes program at Nature Québec (UQCN) and President of the Priority Intervention Zone Committee (Comité ZIP Saguenay) on the Saguenay river. He is also President of the Québec Regional Advisory Council on Marine Oil Spills and a member of stakeholder committees relating to water and other environmental issues. Marc retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in 1994, where he was active in the environmental sector for 21 years, working on, among other things, hazardous material safety, contaminated soils, and water and wastewater treatment plants. He was awarded the Commemorative medal for the 125th Anniversary of Confederation in recognition of the significant contribution he has made to his fellow citizens, and to Canada.

Tony Maas (WWF-Canada) Tony is Senior Water Policy Advisor with WWF-Canada. He has been involved in water management issues for over a decade, with experiences ranging from technology development to public policy. While working with the Water Sustainability Project at the University of Victoria's POLIS Project on Ecological Governance he authored a number of reports on Canadian water policy, and provided strategic policy advice to various levels of government and non-government organizations. He is completing his master’s degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo where his research focuses on governance for sustainable water use.

Linda Nowlan (Environmental Lawyer) Linda is an environmental lawyer, with over twenty years experience in the private, government, intergovernmental, nongovernmental and philanthropic sectors. She was previously at the Program on Water Governance at the University of British Columbia, and before that was the Executive Director of West Coast Environmental Law. She is a member of the Canadian Council of Academies' Expert Panel on Groundwater and has also served on the BC Independent Drinking Water Review Panel, the Vancouver Foundation's Environment Committee and the Board of Directors of Smart Growth BC. She is the author of numerous reports, including Buried Treasure: Groundwater Permitting and Pricing in Canada, and The Legal Regime for Arctic Environmental Protection.




Ralph Pentland (Canadian Water Issues Council and Ralbet Enterprises Inc.) Ralph 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.

Merrell-Ann Phare (Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources) Merrell-Ann is Executive Director and Legal Counsel to the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER). She has engaged in research and policy assessment regarding Aboriginal water, environmental, and other rights, climate change, environmental assessment, and sustainable development. She holds economics and law degrees from the University of Manitoba and serves on numerous advisory committees and consultation bodies, including the Joint Public Advisory Committee of the NAFTA Commission for Environmental Cooperation, and Regulatory Advisory Committee of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.


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