We are pleased to present the WATERMARKS report, which provides an overview of the work done by the Program on Water Issues since 2001. Download the report here.

Since  its  founding  in  2001,  the  Program  on  Water  Issues  (POWI)  at  the  Munk School of  Global  Affairs  at  the  University  of  Toronto  has  provided  opportunities  for members of  the  private,  public,  academic,  and  not-­‐for-­‐profit  sectors  to  join  in collaborative research,   dialogue,  and  education  on  water  issues.  The  Program  is dedicated  to giving voice  to  those  who   would  bring  transparency  and  breadth  of knowledge  to  the understanding  and  protection  of   Canada’s  valuable  water  resources. POWI  does  this by  providing  the  public  with  analysis,   information,  and  opinion  on  a range  of important  and  emerging  water  issues  in  a  neutral   university  setting.  Its location within  the  Munk  School  of  Global  Affairs  at  the  University  of   Toronto provides  the Program  with  access  to  rich  analytic  resources,  state-­‐of-­‐the-­‐art information technology,  and  international  expertise.

When the Program on Water Issues turned ten, we asked some of the stakeholders who have been involved in our projects for an assessment of how we are doing. Here is a selection of what they said:

For the last decade, the Munk Program on Water Issues has consistently made a valuable contribution to the public debate about Canada’s freshwater resources, by leading and encouraging rigorous, objective and focused research and creating a public forum in which different points of view are debated and perspectives are enriched.

Scott Vaughan, Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development,
 Office of the Auditor General of Canada


We have worked on several events with the Program on Water Issues and the University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs; they been a valuable resource in providing a space for open discussion of important continental water issues in a professional academic setting.

Scott Walker, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Consulate General Toronto


POWI can be relied upon to provide relevant, authoritative research on Canadian water issues, including Great Lakes issues. You consistently bring the best minds to the discussion table.

Gord Miller, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario


The Munk School’s Program on Water Issues is one of the leading forums for the investigation and analysis of the critical issues regarding water in Canada and North America. POWI’s high-level and provocative discussions of water have raised awareness of the important role water plays in politics, in our lives, and in international relations.

David Biette, Director, Canada Institute,
 Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars