Who Are We?
The Gordon Water Group of Concerned Scientists and Citizens is a group of researchers, experts, and citizens that came together out of deep concern for Canada’s escalating water crisis. We are scientists, lawyers, policy experts and former senior government policy advisors who represent environmental organizations, university research centres, policy consultancies, an indigenous centre and a not-for-profit foundation. As a group, we firmly believe that today’s water challenges, and those that lie ahead, can be overcome with a commitment to good water governance, comprehensive policy and planning, and active community participation.
Following the publication of Changing the Flow, the authors felt that it was important for them to continue to be a voice for a Canada-wide water strategy. In September 2008, the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation provided funding to create the Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW) to carry on this important work.
FLOW, a project of Tides Canada Initiatives, encourages government action to protect our critical fresh water resources. Its members believe that all levels of government must work together as part of a Canada-wide strategy that effectively addresses current and emerging threats to fresh water security. To learn more, please visit our website or send us an email.
Why the Gordon Group?
Walter Gordon, co-founder of the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, was widely respected for his commitment to public service and his wide-ranging interest in Canadian public policy. As a Member of Parliament from 1962 to1968, he served in influential Cabinet posts, including as Minister of Finance and as President of the Privy Council Office. In the 1970s he inspired the formation of the Committee for an Independent Canada, a citizens’ group dedicated to the promotion of Canadian economic and cultural independence.
Since its inception in 1965, the Foundation has supported innovation and leadership in public policy through public discussion and the development of new ideas. This focus—a direct result of Walter Gordon’s legacy—permeates its Freshwater Resources Protection Programme, which was inaugurated formally in 2003.
Walter Gordon served as an inspiration for a generation of Canadian nationalists and is still remembered for his unwavering defence of Canada’s economic independence and sovereignty. Thus it is particularly fitting that this group of professionals, expert in water-related issues and associated with one of the core programmes of the Foundation—indeed one of the most critical issues of Canadian sovereignty—has chosen to organize under the name of Gordon.