Proceedings & Outcomes

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Session One: Setting the Stage

Status of Columbia River Treaty Discussions to Date: A Canadian Perspective
Kathy Eichenberger, Executive Director, Columbia River Treaty Review Team, B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines

Analysis of U.S. Perspectives on the Columbia River Treaty and Its Potential Future
Barbara Cosens, Professor, University of Idaho College of Law

A Legal, Institutional and Jurisdictional Commentary on the Columbia River Treaty
Dr. Richard Paisley, Director, Global Transboundary Water International Waters Research Initiative; Research Associate, Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia

Syilx Perspective on the Columbia River Treaty
Jay Johnson, Senior Policy Advisor, Chiefs’ Executive Committee, Okanagan Nation Alliance

B.C. Columbia Basin Local Government Perspectives on the Columbia River Treaty
Deb Kozak, Mayor, City of Nelson; Chair, Columbia River Treaty Local Governments’ Committee; Columbia Basin Trust

Session Two: Issues to be Considered in a Modernized Treaty

Agricultural Issues and a Modernized Treaty
Dr. John Wagner, Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of British Columbia (Okanagan)

Upper Columbia Water Storage and Canadian Salmon and Canadian Salmon–it’s a Canadian issue too
Howie Wright, Fisheries Program Manager, Okanagan Nation Alliance

Climate Change Issues for a Modernized Columbia River Treaty
Deborah Harford, Executive Director, ACT (Adaptation to Climate Change Team), Simon Fraser University

Session Three: Other Models and Future Directions

Other Models of National/International Trans-boundary River Basin Management Agreements
Bob Sandford, EPCOR Chair, Water Security, United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment & Health; Senior Water Policy Author and Advisor, ACT, SFU

A Modernized Columbia River Basin Management Treaty
Dr. Jon O’Riordan, former Deputy Minister, Sustainable Resource Management, Government of B.C.; Senior Policy Advisor, ACT, SFU

Columbia River Treaty:
Past, Present and Future

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The October 7, 2015 Columbia River Treaty Workshop was co-presented by the Canadian Water Resources Association (B.C. Branch) and ACT (the Adaptation to Climate Change Team at Simon Fraser University). It preceded the two-day Osoyoos Lake Water Science Forum, also held at the Sonora Centre in Osoyoos on October 8 and 9. The Science Forum was the third in a series sponsored by the Okanagan Basin Water Board and the Osoyoos Lake Board of Control.