Collaborative Watershed Governance Initiative

Workshop on Collaborative Watershed Governance

November 19, 20, 2008
Executive Airport Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre, Richmond, BC
7311 Westminster Hwy | Richmond | BC | V6X 1A3
Tel: 604-278-5555 | Fax: 604-278-5319

Workshop Agenda

The purposes of the workshop are to:

  • Reflect on the benefits and experiences in improving watershed governance in BC;
  • Discuss the opportunities and challenges and how to advance a new model or framework for collaborative watershed governance in BC

November 19, 2008 (evening)

5:30 pm Registration
6:00 pm Buffet Dinner in the Westminster Ball Room
7:00 pm


Opening Prayer, Musqueam First Nation

Workshop Background and Purpose. John Woodward

Workshop Overview and results from the Focus Groups. Brian Wilkes

7:35 pm Watersheds: Perspectives on Collaborative Governance.
- Grand Chief Doug Kelly (Tseem Th’ewali)
- The Honourable Iona Campagnolo
8:10 pm What are your comments and observations?
What other opportunities and challenges need to be raised?
9:00 pm Wrap –up and Adjourn

Day 2 – November 20, 2008

Convene in the Tivoli’s II room
8:30 am Overview of the day
9:00 am Thinking like a watershed - Watershed governance and building resilience in an increasingly uncertain future: trends, leading examples and opportunities for BC. Oliver Brandes, POLIS Project, University of Victoria

Case Studies in BC and Washington State

9:40 Cowichan watershed case-study: Craig Wightman
Learnings and key attributes for BC
10:15 Break
10:30 The Okanagan Water Board case study – Anna Warwick Sears/ John Slater
Learnings and key attributes for BC
11:10 Nisqually River Council case study – Justin Hall
Learnings and key attributes to consider in BC
11:45 Plenary Session.
12:00 pm Buffet Lunch in the Westminster Ball room
Reconvene in the Tivoli’s II room
1:00 pm Discussion of Key Attributes for Collaborative Governance
1:45 Moving Forward
  • Will you participate in the development of a new collaborative governance framework or model for BC watersheds?
  • What are the key barriers and opportunities?
  • Who else needs to be involved in the development of a new collaborative governance framework or model for BC watersheds?
  • What investments (time, information, experience, influence, networks, resources, etc.) are needed to enable effective collaborative watershed governance to succeed in British Columbia?
3:00 Break
3:15 pm Plenary Session
4:30 pm Workshop Conclusions. David Marshall
4:45 Closing Remarks. John Woodward

View the final report

Watershed Slideshow