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Thursday, November 8 • 3:30pm - 4:15pm
(45 min) Fueling Water Innovation in Atlantic Canada / Alimenter l'innovation dans le domaine de l'eau dans le Canada Atlantique

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Organized by: WWF-Canada, Elizabeth Hendriks

What’s the biggest threat to Canada’s freshwater?  It’s a myth. The one that tells us our water wealth will last forever. The one that says: water, that’s someone else’s problem. The truth is, there is nothing Canadians should take more personally than the health of our waters. Engaged communities ask questions, they seek information, they pay attention to changes in their local, and they hold decision-makers accountable.

For decades, Canada has failed to collect real-information on a regional or national scale about the health of our freshwater ecosystems. The good news is that Canada’s commitment to freshwater stewardship, conservation, and science-based decision-making is now a national priority. There is a growing awareness that safeguarding our freshwater ecosystems is critical to the future of our economies, our communities and our quality of life. In other words, the people empowered to implement freshwater solutions are now asking for them.   The window is wide open.
Trusted water data underpins the goal of abundant, clean freshwater. Communities, governments, citizens and NGOs require the information to make decisions that protect Canada’s fresh water supply. Yet, water data deficiencies are widespread. One of the key findings of World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) 2017 Watershed Report was data deficiencies on key water health metrics.
To address this challenge, RBC, WWF-Canada, Gordon Foundation and local community groups have been forging conservation partnerships with river communities, closing knowledge gaps around freshwater health, building capacity behind local water stewards and with the groundswell of regional commitment we are poised to help drive the most important era in Canada’s history for freshwater conservation.  Here is how: By creating a local network of users at a regional scale we are creating a true tool for evidence-based decision-making. Here’s how:

We are pairing the security of blockchain technology (decentralized ledger system) and the nimble nature of open data.  We’re making comprehensive analysis accessible and available to everyone—watershed advocates, scientists, governments, and everyday citizens—and keeping it updated through Atlantic Datastream, an online data sharing platform.  But we’re not counting on the data to speak for itself, we’re distilling and communicating our findings powerfully through WWF’s Watershed Reports.
Together, we’ll measure our progress in the adoption of smarter, evidence-based water conservation policies across the country. But the real measure of success will be Canada’s ability to bend the curve on our freshwater health on a national scale.

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Elizabeth Hendriks

Vice President, Fresh Water Program, WWF Canada
Elizabeth Hendriks is Vice-President of the National Freshwater Program at WWF-Canada, one of Canada’s oldest conservation organizations. She has fifteen years’ experience working internationally and nationally on water policy and in 2017, she led the release of the first national... Read More →

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Angela Douglas

Project Manager, PEI Watershed Alliance/Hillsborough River Association
Angela has twelve years' experience working with environmental groups in Atlantic Canada. She completed a MSc at UPEI while working for the Hillsborough River Association and Pisquid watershed group. She is also the executive director of the Coalition-SGSL and project manager for... Read More →
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Carolyn Dubois

Director of the Water Program, The Gordon Foundation
Carolyn DuBois is the Director of the Water Program at The Gordon Foundation. In this role, she has worked with partners across sectors to improve freshwater stewardship through citizen engagement and the use of the best available evidence. Carolyn is a passionate advocate for open... Read More →
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Emma Wattie

Director, Atlantic Water Network, Saint Mary's University
Emma Wattie is the director of Atlantic Water Network, and has been working with Community-BasedMonitoring Organizations for the last four years. As a proud Maritimer, she’s thrilled for the opportunityto work in Atlantic Canada and empower local community-based monitoring programs... Read More →

Thursday November 8, 2018 3:30pm - 4:15pm EST
Delta Ottawa - Chaudière