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The Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW) is a project on Tides Canada’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 group 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 a permanent initiative in September 2008, allowing members to continue to pool their diverse knowledge and experience to carry on this important work.



Tony Maas has been working to protect the health of Canada’s fresh water for over 15 years. He divides his time between roles as Director of the Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW) and Manager of Strategy with Freshwater Future, a bi-national Great Lakes organization. In both roles, he provides strategic direction and policy expertise, and builds partnerships among diverse interests to benefit people, the environment and the economy. Prior to his current roles, Tony spent 6 years at WWF-Canada where he developed and managed the organization’s national freshwater program. He chairs the External Advisory Board of the Water Institute at the University of Waterloo.

Tony Maas
FLOW Director


Oliver M. Brandes, an economist and lawyer by training, serves as co-director of the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Global Studies, and leads the POLIS Water Sustainability Project. His work focuses on water sustainability, sound resource management, public policy development, and ecologically based legal and institutional reform. Oliver is an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law and School of Public Administration. In 2012, he co-developed and delivered B.C.’s first Water Law course at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law. In 2009, he helped lead the writing of the book Making the Most of the Water We Have: The Soft Path Approach to Water Management.

Oliver Brandes
FLOW Co-Chair

Norm Brandson
FLOW Co-Chair

Norm Brandson is a Professional Engineer and a practicing environmental consultant. He is past member of the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission and Board of Trustees for the Fort Whyte Environmental Education Centre in Winnipeg. During his 32-year career in the Manitoba public service, the last 15 of which he served as Deputy Minister of the departments of Environment, Conservation and Water Stewardship, Norm was involved in water issues from a number of different perspectives. He represented Manitoba in inter-provincial and international water negotiations, has been involved in the activities of the Prairie Provinces Water Board, watershed boards under the International Joint Commission, and in the development and administration of provincial water legislation. Norm was the founding Deputy Minister for the first all-water department of government in Canada.


Jim Bruce

Jim Bruce is a consultant on climate change adaptation, water issues and natural disaster loss mitigation. Jim was the first Director of the Canada Centre for Inland Waters, Burlington and has co-chaired several Canada-US Boards for the International Joint Commission. He served for 8 years as Assistant Deputy Minister at Environment Canada responsible for water and climate programs. From 1986 to 1989 he was Director of Technical Cooperation and Acting Deputy Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Geneva, and led for the WMO on establishment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Jim is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has been awarded the Massey Medal of the Canadian Geographical Society and Honorary Doctorates from the University of Waterloo and McMaster University.


Murray Clamen

Murray Clamen has been at the forefront of transboundary water resource management for 30 years, working in a multidisciplinary environment with engineers, scientists, lawyers, academics, administrators, and environmentalists at the Canada-U.S. International Joint Commission. He has lead and participated in numerous Canada-U.S. water resource studies and assessments. For 12 years he was Secretary of the Canadian Section of the IJC, responsible for the administration of the Canadian Secretariat and providing policy advice to the presidential and prime ministerial-appointed commissioners. Dr. Clamen holds an Adjunct Professorship at McGill University, where he assists with the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Masters Program and teaches a graduate-level course on Water Law and Policy.


Marc Hudon

Marc Hudon is self-employed, advising industries on community relation and environmental compliance. Marc has been involved for over 20 years on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence ensuring community and stakeholder involvement in decision-making. He is senior advisor on St. Lawrence River-Great Lakes transboundary water issues at Nature Québec. He is President of the Priority Intervention Zone Committee (Comité ZIP Saguenay-Charlevoix) within the Federal-Provincial St. Lawrence Plan, President of the Quebec Regional Advisory Council on Marine Oil Spills, and is a Canadian member of the International Lake Ontario Board of Control under the International Joint Commission. Marc retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in 1994, where he was active in the environmental sector for 21 years, working on, among other things, hazardous material safety, fuel tank farms, contaminated soils, and water and wastewater treatment plants.


Brenda Lucas

Brenda Lucas is Executive Director of the Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC). The SOWC is a platform built in partnership with eight universities that includes unique facilities for research, testing, and demonstration of water and wastewater services and technologies. Brenda previously served as Senior Policy Advisor to two Ontario Ministers of Environment, with responsibility for water and renewable energy. In that capacity, she played a key role in the introduction and passage of the Water Opportunities Act and the Water Conservation Act. Before that, she spent eight years with the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, creating and managing its Freshwater Program. Brenda received her M.Sc. in Biology from Queen’s University and B.Sc. from the University of Guelph.


Michael Miltenberger served in the NWT Legislature from 1995-2015, 14 of those years as a Cabinet Minister. His roles have been diverse, reflecting his broad interest in improving the effectiveness of the Government of the NWT in bettering the lives of northerners. He has served as Deputy Premier, Government House Leader, Minister of Health and Social Services, Minister of Education, Minister of Finance, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Minister Responsible for the NWT Power Corporation. He has worked extensively in the areas of water, the environment and working collaboratively with Aboriginal governments. Michael is Métis and lives in Fort Smith, NWT. 


Michael Miltenberger

Ralph Pentland

Ralph Pentland served as Director of the Water Planning and Management Branch in Environment Canada for 13 years, from 1978 to 1991. In that capacity, he negotiated and administered numerous Canada-U.S. and federal-provincial water Agreements, and was the primary author of the 1987 Federal Water Policy.  Since 1991, he has served as a water and environmental policy consultant in many countries, and has collaborated with numerous non-governmental and academic institutions. Over the years, Ralph has co-chaired five International Joint Commission Boards and Committees. Most recently he was a member of the Government of the Northwest Territories Team negotiating bilateral water agreements in the multi-jurisdictional Mackenzie River Basin.


Merrell-Ann Phare

Merrell-Ann Phare is a lawyer and author of the books Denying the Source: the Crisis of First Nations Water Rights and Ethical Water. She is Chief Negotiator on behalf of the Government of the Northwest Territories in their negotiation of transboundary water agreements in the Mackenzie River Basin and in negotiating Thaidene Nene national and territorial parks. As Founding Executive Director of the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER), she worked to assist First Nations in addressing environmental and sustainability issues facing their communities. Merrell-Ann is legal counsel and advisor to a number of Indigenous and other governments and organizations and regularly speaks on topics addressing environmental issues, Aboriginal rights, and governance.


Robert Sandford

Bob Sandford is the EPCOR Chair of the Canadian Partnership Initiative at the United Nations Institute for Water, Environment and Health. He is the co-author of the UN Water in the World We Want report on post-2015 global sustainable development goals relating to water. Bob is committed to translating scientific research outcomes into language decision-makers can use to craft timely and meaningful public policy and to bringing international examples to bear on local water issues. He is Senior Advisor on water issues for the InterAction Council, a global public policy forum composed of more than thirty former Heads of State. He has published a number of high-profile books on water, including Cold Matters: The State & Fate of Canada’s Snow and Ice, Saving Lake Winnipeg, and Flood Forecast: Climate Risk and Resiliency in Canada.


Ted Yuzyk

Ted R. Yuzyk has close to 40 years of water-related experience working both nationally and internationally.  He spent 28 years with Environment Canada working in the water quantity, water quality and climate areas. His last position at Environment Canada (EC) was as Director of Water Survey of Canada, where he also served as the Hydrological Adviser for Canada. In 2006 he was appointed the Canadian Chair of the International Upper Great Lakes Study, a five year binational study responsible for developing a new water regulation plan. Upon completion of the study in 2012, he became Director of Science and Engineering at the Canadian Section of the International Joint Commission (IJC).  In 2014 he retired from the IJC and continues to work on projects for the IJC, EC and World Meteorological Organization.


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