Professor Jamie Benidickson has earned a Connection Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for a conference entitled “The First Century of the International Joint Commission”. The event seeks to examine Canada-US transboundary water governance and environmental management, particularly issues around the International Joint Commission’s achievements and limitations.
Water is fundamentally tied to some of the largest challenges global society faces, such as climate change with increasing potential for both flooding and water shortages, energy, pollution, and toxins. In many important ways, the Canadian-American relationship is influenced by transboundary water management encompassing policy questions relating to navigation, hydro-electricity, fisheries, water quality and environmental protection, public health, and security. The International Joint Commission, an independent binational body with equal representation from Canada and the United States has served for over a century to prevent and resolve disputes along the border, but it has received limited scholarly attention.
The conference will bring together an interdisciplinary team of Canadian and international experts on the International Joint Commission to discuss its historical evolution over time and its influence on Canada-U.S. relations, and environmental protection. The event will bring new insight relating to the development of building sustainable and resilient societies, and borders, and will have significant outcomes for our country and internationally.
The conference will take place on September 25-26, 2017.
Congratulations to Professor Benidickson!