Conference: The First Century of the International Joint Commission

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“The First Century of the International Joint Commission” is a two-day conference and workshop in Ottawa on September 25-26, 2017, that will explore aspects of the history and legacy of the International Joint Commission from the time of its origins in 1909 to the present day.

The subject matter for discussion ranges from the institutional origins of the IJC through twentieth century water quality management alongside the regulation of levels, flows and diversions. Papers by Canadian and American researchers will also address the evolution of governance arrangements and the contribution of IJC operations and initiatives to the development of environmental law in Canada and the United States. Programme details are posted online HERE. Upon registration, you will receive a link to the Dropbox folder where conference papers are shared. Please refer to your registration confirmation email for details.

“The First Century of the International Joint Commission” will be of interest to government officials with related responsibilities, to academic researchers concerned with transboundary water management, Canada-U.S. relations and environmental governance, as well as to industry and NGO representatives whose policy work involves related issues.

This conference will contribute to the publication of a edited book (in the NiCHE-UCP series) on the history of the BWT/IJC edited by Daniel Macfarlane and Murray Clamen.

For more information, please email the organizers at Daniel Macfarlane at; Greg Donaghy at; or Murray Clamen at

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Daniel is an Associate Professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at Western Michigan University. He is an editor for The Otter-La loutre and is part of the NiCHE executive. A transnational environmental historian who focuses on Canadian-American border waters and energy issues, particularly in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence basin, Daniel is the author or co-editor of four books on the St. Lawrence Seaway, border waters, IJC, and Niagara Falls. His new book on the environmental and energy history of Canada-U.S. relations will be published in summer 2023 and he is wrapping up another book on the transnational environmental history of Lake Ontario (which will be published in 2024). He is starting a new research project on the history of Canada's international climate change policies. Website: Twitter: @Danny__Mac__

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