A Transformational Moment: Global Reset & The Future of Hope

What: Livestream Event

Date: May 11th, 2022

Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm PT

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Join us in conversation with Robert Sandford (Global Water Futures Chair in Water and Climate Security, United Nations Institute for Water, Environment, and Health).

We live in a transformation moment in which a new and better Canada is within our grasp. We must seize that moment.

We are rapidly running out of time before we push planetary boundaries beyond points of no return. To create a more sustainable and climate resilient Canada, leadership is needed. The necessary reforms can emerge through the creation of a vibrant, independent Canada Water Agency and, ultimately, the co-drafting of a new Canada Water Act.

This event will feature discussants Crystal Tremblay (Acting Director, CIFAL Victoria) and Oliver M. Brandes (Co-Director, POLIS Project on Ecological Governance; Associate Director, Strategic Partnerships and Public Policy, Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria).


Robert Sandford holds the Global Water Futures Chair in Water and Climate Security at the United Nations Institute for Water, Environment, and Health. In this capacity, Bob was the co-author of the UN Water in the World We Want report on post-2015 global sustainable development goals relating to water. He is also lead author of Canada in the Global World, a new United Nations report examining the capacity of Canada’s water sector to meet and help others meet the United Nations 2030 Transforming Our World water-related Sustainable Development Goals. In his work, 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.

Crystal Tremblay is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Acting Director of CIFAL Victoria at the University of Victoria. She is a social geographer and community-based scholar with over a decade of international experience in the areas of environmental sustainability, participatory governance and livelihood enhancement. Strongly rooted in community-driven and participatory methodology, she is passionate about cultivating new spaces for creative citizen engagement and the co-creation of knowledge leading to environmental and social equity.

Oliver M. Brandes is an economist and lawyer by training and a trans-disciplinarian by design. He serves as Co-Director of the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, based at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Global Studies (CFGS), where he leads the award-winning 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 also the Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships and Public Policy at CFGS.

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