WaterLeadership: Canadian Policy 101 (On-Demand Learning)

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

As part of the Water Institute's WaterLeadership training series, Nancy Goucher, Knowledge Mobilization Specialist at the Water Institute, awill present "Canadian Policy 101."

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  • Webinar Watching Party: 12 – 12:30 pm EDT
  • Live Q&A: 12:35 – 1:00 pm EDT

Description: Understanding the legal system in Canada is a critical foundation for any water researcher. Law and policy are key tools for implementing water science across the country.  Environmental lawyer and water policy expert, Anastasia Lintner with the Canadian Environmental Law Association, takes us through the basics in this 30-minute tutorial (followed by a 30-minute question period) covering topics such as sources of law, the public policy cycle, division of powers, parliament governance and the legislative process. She highlights opportunities for engagement, particularly as it relates to freshwater, and compliments the discussion with a story about how the Great Lakes Protection Act was passed in Ontario.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about the “science” of policymaking in Canada: the steps and processes involved in developing Canadian legislation and policy 
  • Learn about the “art” of policymaking in Canada: choosing potential engagement pathways and the role of relationship-building
  • Learn different ways researchers and members of the public can engage in the policymaking process

The session begins with a Webinar Watching Party where you will watch the Feature Webinar from your own device alongside other session participants. The Water Institute will host a simultaneous chat to support participant engagement during the viewing. After the presentation, you will be invited to join a live Q&A session with Nancy Goucher, the Water Institute’s Knowledge Mobilization Specialist.

Alternatively, you are invited to watch the webinar in advance on your own time and join us for just the Live Q&A portion of the session.

Who should take the training: Researchers who hope to engage in public discussion about water policy or who want to find ways to incorporate their science into policymaking.  

Online resources:

  • Watch the first ~30-minutes of the Feature Webinar, Canadian Federal Policy 101 presented by Anastasia Lintner, Special Counsel with the Canadian Environmental Law Association (hosted by Freshwater Future)
  • Download the presentation slides (Author: Anastasia Lintner, Special Counsel with the Canadian Environmental Law Association)


Registration is required to join the live Q&A. Please register here using your @uwaterloo.ca email address. Note that the Q&A is only open to University of Waterloo students, faculty and staff.

The University of Waterloo is committed to achieving barrier-free accessibility for persons with disabilities who are visiting, studying or working at Waterloo. If you have questions concerning access or wish to request accommodations for this event, please contact Allie Dusome (adusome@uwaterloo.ca)