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Please submit abstracts and presentation ideas to Todd Latham at 416-444-5842 x111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oliver Brandes, Co-Director, POLIS Project on Ecological Governance.
Robert Haller, Executive Director, Canadian Water and Wastewater Association.
Todd Latham, President, Actual Media Inc..
David Marshall, Executive Director, Fraser Basin Council.
Ingrid Stefanovic, Dean, Faculty of Environment, Simon Fraser University.
Lorne Taylor, Special Advisor, Alberta WaterSMART.
Anna Warwick Sears, Executive Director, Okanaganm Basin Water Board.
Wally Wells, Executive Director, Asset Management BC.
Margaret Catley-Carlson operates at the Board level in support of improved water resource management and the twin issues of agricultural productivity and rural development. Chair of the Foresight Advisory Committee for Group Suez Environment, the Crop Diversity Trust, member of the UN Secretary General¹s Advisory Board on Water, the IFDC (Fertilizer Council), World Food Prize and Syngenta Foundation Boards, of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Water, the Rosenberg Forum, the Canadian Water Network, President of CIDA 1983-89; Deputy ED UNICEF in New York 1981-1983; President Population Council in New York 1993-98; and Deputy Minister Department of Health and Welfare 1989-92. Eleven honorary degrees, Officer Order of Canada.
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Fred Keating, MC
Fred Keating is surrounded on three sides by water: his property in Maple Ridge, British Columbia is bisected by Coho Creek (aka Balabanian Creek); 200 meters north is the Alouette River and 0.5 km south is the mighty Fraser River. He has completed the Basic Coastal Navigation Course and swims like a fish (an old fish!).
Fred’s recent familiarity with water issues has expressed itself in a variety of ways:
He wrote and produced most of the 15 high definition video programs displayed on large screens that surround the exhibits at the Bow Habitat Station in Calgary. The exhibit’s purpose is to educate visitors of all ages to the particular challenges, triumphs and tragedies that are experienced in various waterways and bodies of water in Alberta.
Fred has hosted WaterTech, the annual conference for Water Technologists and Remediation specialists held in Banff over the past 5 years. He has been intimately involved in the production of live special events, awards shows, special education conferences and public broadcasts where water issues have been discussed.
Fred is an outstanding resource as a plenary and breakout session facilitator or Master of Ceremonies.
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Mary Polak was appointed Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure on September 5, 2012.
She was re-elected to the B.C. Legislature in 2009, having represented the constituents of Langley since 2005.
Prior to her new post, Mary served as the Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, Minister of Children and Family Development and Minister Responsible for Child Care, Minister of Healthy Living and Sport, andParliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health for the Conversation on Health.
Mary previously sat on the Cabinet Committee on New Relationship Coordination and the Government Caucus Committee on Social Development as well as on the Government Caucus Committee for Natural Resources and the Economy, the Select Standing Committees on Children and Youth, Education and Public Accounts, the Cabinet Committee on Agenda Development and the Special Committee to Review the Personal Information Protection Act.
Before being elected to the Legislative Assembly, Mary was director of operations for a small polling and research firm and a trustee and former chair of the Surrey School Board. Under her leadership, Surrey became the first school district in B.C. to balance its books according to generally accepted accounting principles. She also led an initiative to make Surrey the first school district in the province to publish school-by-school results for both elementary and secondary schools.
Throughout her nine years in local government, Mary worked with many regional and provincial organizations. As a representative to the Lower Mainland Consortium of School Districts for Successful Settlement, she twice presented briefs to the Federal Immigration Commission. In the mid 1990s, Mary chaired the Council of British Columbia School Districts, and in 2003 was elected to the board of directors of the British Columbia School Trustees Association.
Mary lives happily in the Willoughby area of Langley.
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Ingrid Stefanovic is Dean of the Faculty of Environment at Simon Fraser University. She served as the University of Toronto's Director of the former Centre for Environment (now the School of the Environment) from 2005 to 2010. Her research relates to perceptions of space and how values and attitudes that are taken for granted affect decision making.
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Ted received his post-secondary education at the University of British Columbia, graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Bio-Resource Engineering in 1977. He joined the Ministry of Agriculture in 1979 and has served the province’s agriculture industry for 35 years. Ted has spent his entire career with the Ministry of Agriculture specializing in irrigation, water management, and water resources planning. He retired from AGRI in 2014.
During his time with the Ministry, Ted has built an international reputation for his leading edge work in agricultural water management. This was demonstrated by his selection as the Irrigation Association’s 2000 Crawford Reid Memorial Award recipient recognizing his work in promoting proper irrigation techniques. Ted was awarded the Premiers Legacy award in 2014 for the many initiatives and models that he spearheaded while with the province.
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Anna Warwick Sears is the Executive Director of the Okanagan Basin Water Board, a collaborative local government water agency. Raised in the BC, she lived for many years in California and received a PhD in population biology at the University of California - Davis. Before returning to BC in 2006, Dr. Sears was Research Director of a watershed NGO in Sonoma County, California. Dr. Sears is passionate about using science to solve real-world problems and building bridges with community stakeholders. In her free time, Anna loves to blog about Okanagan water, and cook dinner for friends.
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