New Group to Help Make Geoscience BC Water Research Crystal Clear

Vancouver, BC - October 23, 2018 -Geoscience BC has launched a new, temporary group to recommend priority areas for future water research in British Columbia.

Geoscience BC's Strategic Task Force on Water has been set up to recommend water research gaps beyond work already conducted by others, or already included in Geoscience BC's minerals and energy research areas.

Commenting on the group, Geoscience BC President and CEO Gavin C. Dirom said: "Geoscience BC added water as a research area to our Strategic Plan for 2018 to 2022 because we heard British Columbians say there is a real need for independent water research. The Strategic Task Force on Water brings together many perspectives to help us to focus on the scientific questions that Geoscience BC is well-suited to answer."

At a workshop on Friday, October 19th, members of the group discussed gaps in water research and identified priority areas for future Geoscience BC water-related research. The group will now work to produce a report and recommendations for presentation to Geoscience BC's Board of Directors in December 2018.

Members of the Strategic Task Force on Water join Geoscience BC's roster of more than 70 volunteers. They are:

Dan Allan - President & CEO - Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources

Dr. Roger Beckie - Professor & Department Head Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences - UBC

Tarik Dessouki - Director, Environment and Climate Monitoring - Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy

Deb Epps - Section Head, Provincial Water Quality - Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy

Katherine Gizikoff - Mining Lead, Western Canada - Hemmera

Dr. Cathie Hickson - Chair - Geothermal Canada

Lizzy Hoffman - Data Management Specialist - Skeena Knowledge Trust

Dr. Elizabeth Johnson - Senior Hydrogeologist -- Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources

Dr. Suzan Lapp - Hydrologist - BC Oil and Gas Commission

Dr. Jason Leach - Research Scientist - Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada

Terry Robert - Senior Manager - Upper Fraser Region, Fraser Basin Council

Darren Sherbot - Manager, Operations and Planning - BC Hydro

Russell Smith - Hydrological Field Research - WaterSmith Consulting

Ted van der Gulik - President - The Partnership for Water Sustainability BC

Reg Whiten - Facilitator - Strategic Task Force on Water and President - InterraPlan Inc.

Dr. Dave Wilford - Research Hydrologist - Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development


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