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The Columbia River Treaty: A Panel Discussion

February 16, 2017

Please join, Moderator, Zafar Adeel, Executive Director of the Pacific Water Research Centre at SFU for a panel discussion on the Columbia River Treaty. Invited panelists include:

Eileen Pearkes, Author, A River Captured: The Columbia River Treaty and Catastraphic Change

Deborah Harford, Executive Director of the Adaptation to Climate Change Team (SFU Centre for Dialogue Fellow) and Coordinator of Climate Change Initiatives, Pacific Water Research Centre, SFU

Bob Sandford, EPCOR Chair for Water and Climate Change Security, United Nations University and Co-Author, The Columbia River Treaty: A Primer

Kelvin Ketchum, retired BC Hydro, Columbia River Treaty and reservoirs operations veteran


The ratification of the Columbia River Treaty in 1964 was a landmark event, with significant implications for hydropower generation and flood protection. One of the largest transboundary international water treaties in the world, it has met with considerable success over the decades in addressing these issues from Canadian and American perspectives. However, implementation of Treaty dams and associated operations created negative impacts for BC Basin residents, farmers and First Nations that continue today, while emerging challenges pertaining to ecosystem impacts, sustainability of fish habitats, and changing climate and hydrological patterns are gaining prominence for river basin management around the world. Equally, issues of equity and social justice have a different connotation today than was the case in 1964. The panelists will explore these emerging challenges and issues, and discuss how BC, Canada and the US can utilize the Columbia River Treaty or modifications to it as a way of responding to these emerging concerns. The panelists – who represent a broad range of professional and social perspectives – will also engage with the audience in an interactive dialogue.

We hope you are able to join us.

Date and Time

Thu, 16 February 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PST


Simon Fraser University
515 West Hastings Street, Room 1700
Vancouver, BC

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Register for the free event HERE