WHO WE ARE
The BC Freshwater Legacy Initiative emerged as a strategic project of the BC Water Funders Collaborative, a group of funding organizations working together to help advance water protection in British Columbia.
In 2016, members of the Collaborative—including the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the Sitka Foundation—recognized the growing momentum behind improved watershed planning and governance in B.C. Working in partnership with Tides Canada, they combined their resources to create the BC Freshwater Legacy Initiative.
Drawing on local experience and expert advice, this unique initiative makes capacity investments in leadership and innovation at the watershed scale to advance water sustainability throughout B.C.
The BC Freshwater Legacy Initiative is coordinated by a team of 3 staff, guided by a Steering Committee, and advised by our network of partners, watershed governance practitioners and experts.
"I have worked on water issues my entire career. What excites me most about this work is contributing to community driven solutions that harness the knowledge and energy of local champions."
"I believe the challenges we face with respect to water also present a real opportunity to advance reconciliation at the watershed scale. I am excited about the potential for collaborative discussions and partnerships to generate the creative solutions we need to protect BC's fresh water."
"I love the lands and waters of this province. I believe that, by learning from and respecting the Indigenous Nations in whose territories we've settled, we can make better decisions to steward this incredible place."