80 organizations giving thumbs up to Our Living Waters shared goal at 2014 Living Waters Rally

About Our Living Waters

OLW_Strategic_Framework_Diagram_(Sep_16_-_Illustrator_CS6).jpgOur Living Waters is about amplifying the influence and impact of the many, diverse organizations - from foundations and companies to cottage associations and environmental groups to indigenous communities and fishing clubs - that comprise Canada’s water community.

Seeded by a series of loosely connected conversations, gatherings and studies on how to strengthen the water movement in Canada, Our Living Waters has developed into a network that is driving collaboration, uniting voices, and providing a common basis to mark and measure progress toward our ambitious goal at the heart of it all:

All waters in Canada in good health by 2030.

Developed by freshwater leaders from across the country and endorsed in principle by over 100 individuals (and over 80 organizations), the strategic framework is structured around four themes: Pooling Water Knowledge; Revitalizing the Rules; Building the Movement; and Living with Water. This handy image explains the strategic framework, or dig deeper with this short document that gets into the details of the why, how and what of Our Living Waters.  

Check out our shared measurement project that has been underway since spring 2015.  Through this project, the Our Living Waters framework has been deepened to include a series of measures aimed at testing progress towards our goal.

Our Living Waters is supported by a team of people committed to advancing the Our Living Waters Network, confirming collective priorities for the network, raising and leveraging funds to support collaborative initiatives, measuring our success and ensuring communications across our supporter base. This team includes: 

Our Living Waters Management TeamWendy Cooper as the OLW co-lead overseeing network operations, vision, strategy and backbone functions.

Tony Maas as the OLW co-lead with a focus on strategy and ensuring connections across Our Living Waters  initiatives.

Tim Morris as the funding lead, leveraging and coordinating collaborative funding opportunities for the network.

Andrew Stegemann as the shared measurement lead ensuring we are actually tracking and measuring our progress towards achieving our ambitious goal.

Lindsay Telfer as the communications lead supporting network wide communications and engagement activities.

Tides Canada, with its proven expertise in managing funds and charitable projects as part of its shared platform, serves as the backbone “home” for OLW. Tides Canada connects and empowers a wide range of people and initiatives across the country to take on tough social and environmental challenges, by bringing giving, investing, and doing under a single roof. For more information on Tides Canada’s approach to strategic philanthropy and the shared platform visit http://tidescanada.org/approach/.


Many thanks to our funding partners for their support in this critical early days of building the Our Living Waters Network, including: the Dragonfly Fund at Tides Canada Foundation, Echo Foundation, McLean Foundation, Mountain Equipment Coop, Sitka Foundation, with support from RBC Blue Water through their support of the shared measurement project.



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