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Mackenzie River Basin Board

Overview

Function

The Mackenzie River Basin Board oversees the implementation of the Mackenzie River Basin Transboundary Waters Master Agreement. It provides advice and information on water management issues to support cooperative management and informed decision-making for the benefit of all jurisdictions with interests in the Mackenzie River Basin.

Jurisdiction

Government of Canada

Department Responsible

Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Authority

Mackenzie River Basin Transboundary Waters Master Agreement

Board Composition

The Board consists of 13 members, including the Chairperson.

The federal government may appoint up to three members. The governments of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories may appoint up to two members each, including nominations from Aboriginal organizations.

Alternate Members

There are eight alternates on the Board.

Chairperson

The Chairperson is selected by the full Board membership at least every two years.

Vice-Chairperson

There is no Vice-Chairperson.

Quorum

Quorum is seven members or their alternates.

Appointment Instrument

Members are appointed by the appropriate appointing authority under section D of the Mackenzie River Basin Transboundary Waters Master Agreement.

Term Duration

A member sits at the pleasure of the Minister.

Time and Travel Requirements

The Board meets approximately three times a year or as needed. Meetings take place in various jurisdictions in person or by teleconference.

Remuneration

Members nominated by Aboriginal organizations shall be paid such fees or other remuneration as determined by the Board. An honorarium is not paid to government employees. Government agencies are responsible for their respective members’ travel expenses. 

Other Considerations

N/A

Current Membership

Position Appointee Term Start Term Expiry Number of Terms Appointed By Nominating Authority
1. Member
(NWT)
Dr. Erin Kelly 2015-07-01 At Pleasure n/a Environment and Natural Resources
2. Member
(Aboriginal Member - NT)
Leon Andrew 2015-07-01 At Pleasure n/a Environment and Natural Resources
3. Alternate
(NWT)
Robert Jenkins 2015-01-01 At Pleasure n/a Environment and Natural Resources
4. Chair
(Canada)
Cheryl Baraniecki 2015-07-01 At Pleasure n/a Environment and Climate Change Canada
5. Alternate
(Canada)
Mike Renouf 1997-07-01 At Pleasure n/a Environment and Climate Change Canada
6. Member
(Canada)
Mohan Denetto 2015-07-01 At Pleasure n/a Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
7. Alternate
(Canada)
Jennifer O'Neill 2015-07-01 At Pleasure n/a Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
8. Member
(Canada)
Teressa Laforest 2016-07-01 At Pleasure n/a Health Canada
9. Alternate
(Canada)
(Vacant - At Pleasure term) Health Canada
10. Member
(British Columbia)
Lynn Kriwoken 1997-07-01 At Pleasure n/a Government of British Columbia
11. Member
(Aboriginal Member - BC)
Vera Nicholson 1997-07-01 At Pleasure n/a Government of British Columbia
12. Alternate
(BC)
Celine Davis 2017-01-30 At Pleasure n/a Government of British Columbia
13. Member
(Alberta)
Brian Yee 1995-07-01 At Pleasure n/a Government of Alberta
14. Member
(Aboriginal Member - AB)
(Vacant - At Pleasure term) Government of Alberta
15. Alternate
(Alberta)
Carmen de la Chevrotière 2016-08-03 At Pleasure n/a Government of Alberta
16. Member
(Saskatchewan)
John Fahlman 1997-07-01 At Pleasure n/a Government of Saskatchewan
17. Member
(Aboriginal Member - SK)
Joseph Tsannie 1997-07-01 At Pleasure n/a Government of Saskatchewan
18. Alternate
(Saskatchewan)
Susan Ross 2016-07-01 At Pleasure n/a Government of Saskatchewan
19. Member
(Yukon)
Heather Jirousek 1997-07-01 At Pleasure n/a Government of Yukon
20. Member
(Aboriginal Member - YT)
Corrine Porter 2017-05-12 At Pleasure n/a Government of Yukon
21. Alternate
(Yukon)
(Vacant - At Pleasure term) Government of Yukon

(Board details as of Nov 15, 2019)