Prof Named Chair of North American Water Panel

February 11, 2008 - News Release

Geography professor Rob de Loe has been chosen to chair an advisory panel aimed at finding global solutions for freshwater preservation, conservation and access in Canada and around the world.

The panel is funded by the RBC Blue Water Project and will help the project develop a strategic approach to its activities, recommend key program assessment criteria, review project proposals and identify water-related issues, trends and developments.

The seven-member panel is made up of water experts and community and aboriginal leaders from across North America.

"I'm privileged to be working with such a wide range of experts from such diverse backgrounds," said de Loë. "I'm looking forward to helping RBC ensure that its funds are directed to projects that will make a real difference in Canada, the United States and around the world."

De Loë holds the Canada Research Chair in Water Management, and his work over the past 20 years has focused on water governance and management. He is an active member of Canada's water management community and has also been a consultant to government and non-government organizations seeking advice on a range of water-related topics.

For more information on the RBC Blue Water Project.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, 519-824-4120, Ext. 53338, or Deirdre Healey, Ext. 56982,

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