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What We Do

FLOW works to ensure that legal, public policy, and governance systems are in place for the protection and sustainable management of Canada’s freshwater resources and ecosystems. This work includes comprehensive reports, policy briefs, and formal submissions to governments.

Who We Are

FLOW brings together past political leaders, former officials with federal and provincial governments, and senior staff of respected research institutes and non-governmental organizations. Collectively, FLOW members have over 200 years of experience advancing public policy on a wide range of water issues at global, national, and regional levels.


Our Story

FLOW is a project on MakeWay’s shared platform, which supports efforts to create uncommon solutions for the common good. FLOW emerged out of the Gordon Water Group of Concerned Scientists and Citizens, a collection of individuals that came together in 2007 to publish Changing the Flow: A Blueprint for Federal Action on Freshwater.
Following the launch of the Blueprint, the group identified a need for ongoing, independent analysis and perspective on water policy in Canada. With the support of the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, FLOW was established as a permanent initiative in September 2008, allowing members to continue to pool their diverse knowledge and experience to carry on this important work.

MakeWay Shared Platform

MakeWay is a national Canadian charity dedicated to a healthy environment, social equity, and economic prosperity. MakeWay’s shared platform provides governance, human resources, financial, and grant management for leading environmental and social projects across Canada, allowing projects to more effectively achieve their missions.

MakeWay has full fiduciary and governance responsibility for FLOW.  FLOW is committed to principles of dignity, independence, integration, and equal opportunity.

For more information please see MakeWay's Accessibility Policy and Plan.

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