The Massey Dialogues — Dr. Thomas Axworthy and Dr. John Pomeroy on Water Security

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The Massey Dialogues — Dr. Thomas Axworthy and Dr. John Pomeroy on Water Security

Tuesday, May 26 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

 Principal Des Rosiers will host Senior Fellow and Chair of the Public Policy Program Dr. Thomas Axworthy, in conversation with Dr. John Pomeroy, Director of Global Water Futures Programme at the University of Saskatchewan. They will be joined by Junior Fellow Isaac Gazendam, who is pursuing his JD at the Faculty of Law.

Here is the whitepaper discussed during the Dialogue: Modernizing Federal Freshwater Leadership.


Click here to watch the livestreamThe Dialogues are open to the public – we invite everyone to join and take part in what will be a very informative online discussion. Participants are invited to submit questions to the speakers in real time via the youtube channel’s chat function as well as through Twitter with the hashtag #MasseyDialogues. For information about the Massey Dialogues salon series, click here.


Dr. Thomas S. Axworthy has had a distinguished career in government, academia, and philanthropy. He served as the Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, and he was a key strategist on repatriation of the Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

He was appointed Secretary-General of the InterAction Council, a think tank of former world leaders, in 2011. Established in 1983, the InterAction Council was the first group to apply the wisdom and network of former leaders to current global issues.

In 1984, Dr. Axworthy went to Harvard University, teaching at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 2003, he left Harvard and was appointed Chair of the Centre for the Study of Democracy, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University. He is currently a distinguished fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and Chair of Public Policy at Massey College, University of Toronto.

His career in philanthropy began in 1986 with his appointment to the CRB Foundation where he initiated the Heritage Minutes and the National Heritage Fairs Programs. He continued that work from 1999 to 2005 at the Historica Foundation of Canada. To recognize his achievements in heritage education, civics, and citizenship, Dr. Axworthy was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2002. From 2009 to 2015, Dr. Axworthy was president and CEO of The Gordon Foundation, an institution known for its partnership with Northern indigenous leaders in helping to create the Arctic Council.

He is the author of numerous books and articles of which the best known is Towards a Just Society, co-authored with Pierre Trudeau.


Dr. John Pomeroy is the Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change (Tier 1), Professor of Geography and Director of the Centre for Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan, an Honorary Professor of the Centre for Glaciology, Aberystwyth University, Wales and Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou and an Institute Professor of the Biogeoscience Institute of the University of Calgary. He serves as President of the International Commission for Snow and Ice Hydrology, leads the Canadian Rockies Hydrological Observatory and was recently Chair of the IAHS Decade on Prediction in Ungauged Basins, Principal Investigator for the IP3 Cold Regions Hydrology Network and Co-Principal Investigator for the Drought Research Initiative. Dr. Pomeroy has authored over 200 research articles and several books. His current research interests are on the impact of land use and climate change on cold and semi-arid region hydrology, snow physics, mountain hydrology, water security and hydrological predictions in ungauged basins including floods and droughts.


Isaac Gazendam is a second year law student at University of Toronto, focussing on human rights and environmental law. He received a Bachelor of Arts, Double Major in Commerce and Economics, Minor in Environmental Studies at Mount Allison University where he was selected as Valedictorian and received the Governor General’s Silver Academic Medal. At Massey College, Isaac co-leads the Tutoring and Mentorship Program, and at the Faculty of Law, he co-leads the Digital Verification Corps. Isaac is passionate about recreational sports, access to education, musical theatre, sustainability, music, economics, mental health, nature, and urbanism.






Tuesday, May 26
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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