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  • Running Through Our Fingers | Blue Economy Initiative
    America PREFACE It seems obvious that any important decision should take into account the costs and benefits of the different options that are available But what about decisions we make about water When water is allocated to a municipality a manufacturing facility or a generating station how do we know that the use of the water will provide an overall social and economic benefit Would the water provide more benefit if allocated to some other use or left where it is It turns out we don t actually have the information we need to know how much water contributes to the economic value of different activities It s not a new question When the federal government undertook an inquiry about water in 1985 economist Andrew Muller attempted to find out He came up with an estimate of between 7 5 and 23 billion equivalent to 15 to 44 billion in 2011 dollars Muller noted that his estimates are subject to important limitations in concept and coverage but he hoped that the data put forward in his analysis would serve as improved indicators of the importance of water and contribute to more informed public discussion Running Through Our Fingers is an attempt by two of Canada s best environmental economists and an award winning journalist to revisit Muller s analysis and articulate the value of water s contribution to the Canadian economy Their conclusion What they can quantify would suggest that water is responsible for a contribution of between 7 8 and 22 9 billion The numbers are remarkably similar to Muller s but about half the value when compared in 2011 dollars Has the value of water to our economy decreased It s very unlikely What s clear is that the amount of information available to make such an estimate

    Original URL path: http://blue-economy.ca/report/running-through-our-fingers-0 (2014-10-09)
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  • Better by the Drop | Blue Economy Initiative
    To capitalize on this opportunity and help feed the world we must invest in our agri food sector in an intentional responsible and effective way recognizing fresh water as an essential input in agricultural production Without water there are no crops no livestock and no agri food industry This means Canada must implement strategies typically associated with the world of finance leverage maximizing the productivity of limited fresh water and arbitrage allocating water to a preferred mix of agricultural production and processing to ensure water is used strategically and sustainably Governments and water managing bodies must support and enable farmers and ag producers so they can appropriately adjust and innovate around water use When it comes to water we have a comparative advantage over much of the rest of the world Many countries including some other large agricultural producers are experiencing severe competition for fresh water resources as well as declines and or interruptions in the availability of fresh water during droughts floods and other disturbances Water scarcity is reducing their capacity to produce food and threatening to destabilize their economies However Canada s fresh water endowment is not immune to limits and constraints Our most productive food growing regions happen to be our driest and are at risk of becoming drier If we do not adequately consider the fresh water requirements and impact of agricultural expansion we may not only jeopardize this advantage but also put Canadian farmers and the agri business sector at greater risk For Canada to reach its potential to become a long term competitive player leading the global agri food market we must be strategic making use of a suite of approaches and tools including virtual water and water footprint analysis to help guide decisions that maximize the value of our fresh water resources and

    Original URL path: http://blue-economy.ca/report/better-by-the-drop (2014-10-09)
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  • Canada as the Water Solutions Country: Defining the Opportunities | Blue Economy Initiative
    Water Crisis Running Through Our Fingers Progress Stories Blue Economy Feature Report Canada as the Water Solutions Country Defining the Opportunities by David Crane May 2013 Download the entire report 1 1MB PDF Télécharger le rapport complet 1 2MB PDF Canada as the Water Solutions Country Defining the Opportunities is designed to frame and advance a national conversation around Canada s opportunities to become a global leader in water sustainability

    Original URL path: http://blue-economy.ca/report/canada-water-solutions-country-defining-opportunities (2014-10-09)
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  • New report highlights innovative water solutions for municipalities and regions across Canada | Blue Economy Initiative
    an estimated cost of 88 billion water and wastewater infrastructure deficit and this estimate is expected to grow under a business as usual approach The Blue Economy Initiative BEI has released a new report Blue City The Water Sustainable City of the Near Future authored by Econics This visionary report is built on the interviews of 17 water related professionals in Canada who share their views on what a water sustainable city might look like and the success stories of existing projects Grounded in research design and innovation this report will help policy makers government officials businesses and community leaders create tangible solutions for sustainable water management on a national and global scale This report is a timely and fascinating look at how communities can move forward with water as a central theme notes Shari Austin Vice President Corporate Citizenship RBC and BEI partner There are excellent cases of successful water projects that communities have already implemented We were fortunate to speak with a diverse distinguished and multi disciplinary cast It was remarkable to note similar themes in our discussions with them said Kirk Stinchcombe Co Founder of Econics and lead author The report focuses on real measures and solutions of urban water issues that exist today This is a very tangible report on a common vision and shared innovations As record infrastructure costs grow the need for innovative solutions alongside innovative funding mechanisms are increasingly in demand Canadians are feeling first hand the changes that need to be made within their own communities For regions and municipalities in Canada this report is a strategic tool for creating a business case and framework for their own water sustainable city The report features interviews with high level managers executive directors and researchers from innovative organizations including IBM City of Toronto Halifax

    Original URL path: http://blue-economy.ca/news/new-report-highlights-innovative-water-solutions-municipalities-and-regions-across-canada (2014-10-09)
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  • Dr. Thomas Axworthy, Chair, Blue Economy Initiative | Blue Economy Initiative
    of Government He was subsequently appointed visiting Mackenzie King Chair of Canadian Studies In 1999 Dr Axworthy helped to create the Historica Foundation to improve teaching and learning of Canadian history becoming its Executive Director until 2005 To recognize his achievements in heritage education he initiated the Heritage Minutes civics and citizenship Dr Axworthy was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada 2002 In 2003 he became Chair of the Centre for the Study of Democracy School of Policy Studies Queen s University pursuing the themes of expanded human rights and responsibilities democratic reform Canadian American relations and modern liberalism that characterized his research teaching and advocacy career He is a distinguished senior fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and a senior fellow at Massey College Dr Axworthy was recently appointed Secretary General of the InterAction Council of Former Heads of State and Government Dr Axworthy has had a long association with the Gordon family and the Walter Duncan Gordon Foundation prior to becoming its CEO in 2009 He began his career as a Research Assistant to Walter L Gordon then President of the Privy Council Office in the government of Lester Pearson In the 1980s

    Original URL path: http://blue-economy.ca/about/tom-axworthy (2014-10-09)
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  • Steering Committee | Blue Economy Initiative
    Vancouver which initiated his interest in water and sanitation issues a priority in his current work with the Gordon Foundation Dr Axworthy has edited several publications with the most recent being Bridging the Divide papers for the Interaction Council June 2008 He was awarded an honorary LLD from Wilfrid Laurier University 2003 and the Public Affairs Association Award of Distinction on November 26th 2008 by the Public Affairs Association of Canada Shari Austin Vice President Royal Bank of Canada RBC and Executive Director RBC Foundation Shari Austin was appointed Vice President and Head Corporate Citizenship and Executive Director of the RBC Foundation in January 2008 In this capacity she is responsible for three areas Corporate Social Responsibility strategy and communication Corporate environmental affairs and RBC s philanthropic activities She has overall responsibility for RBC s Blue Water Project and Social Finance Initiative Shari joined RBC in 1995 and has worked in a number of public policy regulatory compliance and risk roles In 2000 she was appointed Vice President of Policy and Regulation for RBC Global Services correspondent banking trade payments and cash management From 2003 to 2007 Shari served as Vice President Risk Policy in RBC s Group Risk Management area and was responsible for enterprise risk policies risk governance and environmental risk management Shari is a lawyer by training Before joining RBC in 1995 she was Legal Counsel to the Canadian Payments Association in Ottawa for six years She holds a B A Honours from the University of Toronto in political philosophy and Canadian Studies an LL B Bachelors of Law from the University of Ottawa and a Masters Degree in Practicing Management from McGill University in Montreal She was born in Vancouver British Columbia and lives in Toronto with her husband and two children Bernadette Conant Executive Director Canadian Water Network CWN Bernadette joined the Canadian Water Network as Executive Director in April 2003 having assisted the network in other capacities on and off since its start up in the summer of 2001 Before joining CWN Bernadette was involved in groundwater issues in both Canada and the US for over 17 years including experience in research jobs in the public and private sector and management of university based research programs funded by government and industry partners Much of this experience was focused on the practical application of research findings to decision making for site assessment and remediation at contaminated sites Over the past few years she has devoted increasing time and energy to the topic of improving communication of research findings and implications among the academic and various user communities She is pleased to be able to continue to contribute to this area through her work with CWN Bernadette has a degree in earth sciences BSc 1986 and hydrogeology MSc 1991 from the University of Waterloo She has made presentations on groundwater and remediation issues at a variety of venues including invited talks at conferences in Canada the U S and Japan as well as presentations to both

    Original URL path: http://blue-economy.ca/about/steering-committee (2014-10-09)
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  • Blue City: The Water Sustainable City of the Near Future | Blue Economy Initiative
    water use and management PLAY VIDEO BEI Spotlight Series Canada s Role in the Future of Water Nicholas Parker explains how Canada can become a world leader in the blue economy PLAY VIDEO BEI Spotlight Series The Value of Water Nicholas Parker speaks about the purpose vision and mandate of BEI in this spotlight feature on understanding the true value of Canada s water PLAY VIDEO Blue Economy Initiative video

    Original URL path: http://blue-economy.ca/video/blue-city-water-sustainable-city-near-future (2014-10-09)
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  • Canadian Water Network | Blue Economy Initiative
    Canadian Water Network CWN success happens when the right people and leading knowledge are combined to identify the possible and achieve shared goals for water management in Canada CWN convenes government industry and non governmental partners around core challenges and connects them with leading knowledge in a way that addresses the practical realities of water management It ensures that research is actionable and leads to solutions Canadian water research offers a wealth of knowledge that can augment experience inform policy and practice and provide relevant solutions to many challenges CWN s decade of experience has led to our evolution as an organization that plays a critical intermediary role of improving the connection between the research and those involved in the wide variety of roles that are related to managing water in the public and private sector Their approach focuses on connecting resources people and knowledge to ensure that this broad group of water managers is able to access and apply the most relevant research available to address their water challenges CWN brings together key decision makers to determine shared water management needs across municipalities industry and governments from local to national They then find the right research partners to address

    Original URL path: http://blue-economy.ca/about/canadian-water-network (2014-10-09)
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