The First Century of the International Joint Commission

 Perspectives on the First Century

September 25-26, 2017


Pellan Room (2nd floor)
Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON




This conference is open to anyone with governmental, academic or policy interest in the work of the IJC and Canada-U.S. relations

Key Contacts:

Greg Donaghy -
Murray Clamen –
Dan Macfarlane –


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“The First Century of the International Joint Commission” is a two-day conference and workshop 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 available to download 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 conference is co-sponsored by the Historical Section of Global Affairs Canada, U.S. Transboundary Affairs Division of Global Affairs Canada, the Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, and Library and Archives Canada. The organizers wish to thank these institutions for their support and to acknowledge financial assistance from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

This conference will contribute to the publication of a book on the history of the IJC edited by Daniel Macfarlane and Murray Clamen.

“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.

Registration: There is no registration fee for this conference, but anyone wishing to attend is requested to register in advance.

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

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