Robert Sanford

We are pleased to welcome Robert Sandford, EPCOR Chair in Water and Climate Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health, as a speaker at our conference!

As Chair, Bob was the co-author of the UN’s Water in the World We Want report, looking at post-2015 global sustainable development goals relating to water.

Bob is committed to translating scientific research outcomes into language decision-makers can use to craft timely and meaningful public policy and brings international example to bear on local water issues. To this end, Bob is also senior advisor on water issues for the Interaction Council, a global public policy forum composed of more than 30 former heads of state including Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, U.S. President Bill Clinton and the former Prime Minister of Norway, Gro Brundtland. Bob is also a Fellow of the Centre for Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan and a Fellow of the Biogeoscience Institute at the University of Calgary. He is also a member of Canada’s Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW), a national water policy research group based in Toronto. Among many other honours, Bob received the Premier’s award in 2011 for his collaboration on the Northwest Territories water stewardship strategy.

Bob is also the author or co-author of several books, including most recently, Flood Forecast: Climate Risk & Resilience in Canada; The Columbia River Treaty: A Primer; Storm Warning: Water & Climate Security in a Changing Canada and The Climate Nexus: Water, Food, Energy and Biodiversity, which he co-authored with former Deputy Minister of Environment Jon O’Riordan. The Columbia Icefield and North America in the Anthropocene followed in 2016. Our Vanishing Glaciers: The Snows of Yesteryear and the Future Climate of the Mountain West was released in the summer of 2017. It was followed in the fall of 2017 by The Hard Work of Hope: Climate Change in the Trump Era, co-authored again with Jon O’Riordan.

Robert Sanford, the “Winston Churchill” of water.