Bulkley Valley Research Centre - Science in the Public Interest

Water Sustainability Workshop

Wednesday December 14, 2016  - Thursday December 15, 2016

Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge - Smithers, BC


British Columbia’s history, identity, and future are inseparable from water; water is essential for the environment, for communities, and for a vibrant economy. This 2-day workshop aims to convene First Nations and Government managers and decision makers for focused discussions on water sustainability in the Skeena region. The aim of these discussions is to identify emerging water sustainability needs and priorities, along with opportunities to support enhanced capacity for First Nations water sustainability monitoring and governance.


  • Water sustainability: Stories from the watershed
  • Legal designations and social certainty
  • Environmental flows: Monitoring social and ecological objectives
  • Cultural and social monitoring needs and priorities
  • Decision-making and watershed governance needs


David deWit, Natural Resources Manager, Office of the Wet'suwet'en
Jim Pojar, Forest Ecologist (retired); Director, Northwest Institute; Trustee, SkeenaWild
Larry Wasserman, Environmental Policy Director, Swinomish Tribal Indian Council
Oliver Brandes, Co-Director & WSP Lead, POLIS Project on Ecological Governance
Chief Archie Patrick, Stellat’en First Nation
Ian Graeme, Manager of Watershed Sustainability, Ministry of Environment (Victoria)
Sean Staplin, Senior Water Officer, Ministry of FLNRO (Skeena)
Tony Pesklevits, Director of Resource Management, Ministry of FLNRO (Skeena)
Andrew Harwood, Ph.D., Senior Ecologist, EcoFish Research
James Casey, Senior Conservation Analyst, WWF-Canada
Johanna Pfalz, Eclipse Geomatics; Trustee, Skeena Knowledge Trust
Richard Overstall, Lawyer