Free Webinar: Shared Governance in the Watershed Context

Bow RiverkeeperAlberta's Water for Life strategy contemplates its implementation to occur through "shared governance" among government, industry, and the public. But we have yet to define exactly how "shared governance" would be implemented. Bow Riverkeeper's first online workshop will be dedicated to this issue. University of Calgary professors, Mary-Ellen Tyler and Mike Quinn, and our very own Danielle Droitsch will share their thoughts about shared governance in the watershed context.This workshop — to happen May 17th from 1 to 3 pm — will be the first in a new water education series to widen and deepen the knowledge base of citizens concerned with water in Alberta. Future topics include groundwater and source water protection. These workshops are free! All workshops will allow experts to share their knowledge and experience about specific water-related issues in the province and provide the opportunity for participants to ask questions and share thoughts. Workshop DetailsSpace is limited! Register today! See below for detailsWhat is shared governance? And how do we make it work? Mary-Ellen Tyler and Mike Quinn, both from the University of Calgary, will address these questions and more. They will provide a rationale for why shared governance is needed in the Alberta context, its benefits and its challenges. Danielle Droitsch will talk about her experiences with shared governance in implementation of Water for Life.Mike Quinn bio: Dr. Quinn is a professor in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary and Director of the Miistakis Institute for the Rockies — a research support organization specializing in spatial data and analysis. As a naturalist with a penchant for the intersection between the social and natural sciences, Dr. Quinn enjoys studying natural systems — with a particular bent towards the maintenance of biodiversity, the design and management of protected areas and urban green space, the relationships between people and the rest of the natural world, and the history of natural history. Current research projects include landscape scale cumulative effects assessment, integrated landscape planning, and the development of collaborative, community-based monitoring programs. He co-manages the Transboundary Environmental Policy, Planning and Management initiative between the University of Calgary and University of Montana.Mary-Ellen Tyler bio: Dr. Mary-Ellen Tyler was Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, 1998-2003. Dr. Tyler has worked in both the private and public sector as an environmental planner and ecologist and spent ten years with the Federal Government in British Columbia working with Indian and Northern Affairs in resource development impacts assessment, local government development and intergovernmental resource management issues related to comprehensive land claims negotiations. Her current areas of research, scholarship and professional practice are in urban ecology, sustainable urban design, urban watershed management, ecological restoration, and urban environmental management.Danielle Droitsch bio: Danielle Droitsch directs Bow Riverkeeper, an organization seeking to protect and restore the Bow River from its headwaters to the main stem of the South Saskatchewan. She received her J.D. from the University of Tennessee College Of Law and her honors bachelor's degree from James Madison University. Danielle served as Policy Director at American Rivers, a Washington D.C. based organization. She oversaw policy matters for the Hydropower Reform Coalition, which promoted recreational and environmental values in hydropower licensing. She was Executive Director of the Tennessee Clean Water Network, a state-wide rivers protection organization, and Associate Regional Director for the National Parks Conservation Association's southeast regional office. Currently, Danielle is on the Alberta Water Council, the board of directors for the Bow River Basin Council, and is Chair of the Alberta Environmental Network's Water Caucus.How do I to register and how will this workshop work?Below is a link to where you can register for the workshop. Only 17 people can register for this workshop, so we recommend you register as soon as possible. registered, you will receive an automated email confirming your registration and with instructions on how to participate on May 17th.When you connect for the actual presentation, you will connect to the website with your computer and call in with your phone, as you do with a conference call. We anticipate each workshop to last from one to two hours. Each presenter will have about 20 minutes for their presentation, following which participants can ask questions and begin a constructive discussion on the topic at hand. We will send out an evaluation form/survey so that we can improve each workshop as we move through the series. We hope you participate!If you have any specific questions about the presentation topic that you want the presenters to address, please forward them to Meghan at meghan [at] bowriverkeeper [dot] org For more information, contact Meghan or Danielle at 403-538-7785 (Calgary number).