Ralph Pentland Appointed to the Order of Canada

Congratulations from the POLIS team!

Published On: November 4th, 2022

The POLIS team congratulates longtime POLIS partner Ralph Pentland on his recent appointment to the Order of Canada. Ralph has helped safeguard the world’s freshwater resources for future generations. As a leading environmental policy advisor and a frequent Canadian contributor to the work of the International Joint Commission, he made substantial submissions on water issues, notably as the primary author of the original Federal Water Policy, which was adopted in 1987, and still remains in effect. Internationally sought after for his expert advice and vast knowledge, he has greatly influenced the way our country, and many others, manage this priceless resource.

Ralph Pentland and Her Excellency and Right Honourable Mary Simon

Ralph also serves on the Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW) alongside POLIS’ Oliver M. Brandes and many of our other colleagues and partners. He is co-author, with Chris Wood, of the book Down the Drain: How We Are Failing to Protect Our Water Resources (Greystone Books, 2013). In 2009, Ralph authored the POLIS discussion paper Public Trust Doctrine: Potential in Canadian Water and Environmental Management. He has also spoken at multiple POLIS events over the years.

Congratulations, Ralph, on this well-deserved honour!