Call for Delegates: Member, Water Conservation, Efficiency and Productivity Team

Water Conservation, Efficiency and Productivity Team
Application Deadline: 
2 Sep 2011

One of the key directions of the Government of Alberta's Water For Life (WFL) strategy is that Albertans will improve the efficiency and productivity of their water use by 30% from 2005 levels by 2015. The purpose of this initiative is to provide multi-stakeholder support to the seven major water-using sectors in Alberta as they develop plans to improve their conservation, efficiency and productivity to contribute to the goals set out in WFL. The Sector Planning for Water Conservation, Efficiency and Productivity (CEP) team is the third team dedicated to supporting the development of water CEP plans. 

In September 2008, the Water Conservation Efficiency and Productivity Project Team delivered its final report and recommendations to Council. Recommendation 21 was that Council establish a multi-stakeholder Project Team to assist seven priority sectors with the development and implementation of sector CEP plans. Council approved the establishment of the Sector Planning for CEP Project Team to undertake the tasks described in recommendation 21 of the CEP report. Participation of water using sectors in developing and implementing plans to improve water conservation, efficiency and productivity will demonstrate to Albertans their commitment to achieving Water for Life objectives. 

Three sectors have completed their plans and two others are expected to present their nearly complete plans to the team at the upcoming September meeting. The remaining two CEP plans are expected to be completed in March 2012.

The team is approaching the end of its mandate and is in the initial stages of writing the final report and making recommendations aimed at improving the CEP Framework and Annotated Table of Contents. 

The team’s strategic intent is to reduce challenges in developing and implementing sector plans through sharing of ideas, knowledge, opportunities and experiences, and to evaluate and determine the need for enhancements to the CEP Framework document and Annotated Table of Contents.

Purpose and Tasks

  • Represent the interests of the environmental sector.
  • Report regularly to the AEN Water Caucus (monthly).
  • Follow the rules and principles of consensus decision making.
  • Make constructive contributions that advance the team’s goals and objectives, and help others to do the same.
  • Via the AEN Water Caucus, brief AWC’s Environmental Non-Government Organization (ENGO) Directors regularly, including prior to the team’s report and recommendations being presented to the Board.
  • As appropriate, participate in briefing AWC Directors and Alternates in their broad category.
  • Liaise with ENGO participants on the AWC Board and other Council teams to maximize synergy, ensure coordination, and prevent duplication by keeping each other informed.
Time Commitment: 
  • The expected commitment for this Project Team is approximately 7 to 10 months.
  • The next team meeting is September 22, 2011 in Edmonton, with pre-meeting materials being distributed a week or two ahead.
  • Monthly meetings in person, several conference calls, and email review of materials throughout the project timeframe are expected.
Expenses & Honoraria: 

Expense reimbursement and honoraria are available in accordance with the remuneration guidelines of the Alberta Water Council.

Selection Criteria: 

AEN is seeking an individual with:

  • Knowledge about water, watershed function, and sector use of water.
  • A good understanding of water management.
  • An interest in this issue (deal makers, deal breakers, implementers).
  • Time required to complete the work of the project team.
  • Respect for the opinions and experience of others.
  • Ability to represent the interests of their sector while working creatively and constructively with others towards a common goal.
  • Delegate does not have to be an Alberta Water Council Director or Alternate.
Application Instructions: 

Please reply to the AEN office ([email protected]) by September 2, 2011 

  • your contact information (including address, email, and phone number)
  • the name of the AEN member-group in-good-standing which you will represent
  • a brief description of your background and abilities, particularly those relevant to the selection criteria (1-2 pages), may include a resume too.