The Living Lakes Network

Living Lakes Canada was established in 2010 under the umbrella of Wildsight, with the participation of the Global Nature Fund and the Lake Winnipeg Foundation, in order to share best practices knowledge for lake associations and water stewardship groups throughout the country.

Living Lakes Canada is affiliated with Living Lakes International,  a global network of over 120 non-government organizations that share the mission to enhance the protection, restoration and rehabilitation of lakes, rivers, wetlands and watersheds throughout the world. Living Lakes Canada is a registered BC Society and charitable organization.

Collaborations and Partnerships

Living Lakes national networks have been developed in China, Italy and Germany, and regional networks have been established for Eastern Europe, Latin America and Eastern Africa.

These networks promote cooperation among groups striving to protect their lakes, rivers, wetlands and watersheds, and support projects in the field of eco-tourism, organic agriculture, sustainable fisheries, renewable energy, protection and preservation of biodiversity and community development.

Freshwater organizations in Canada are invited to join Living Lakes Canada to link science with action, to foster citizen-based water stewardship, and to help understand and appreciate the intimate connections between watershed stewardship, water quality, resource sustainability, climate change and biodiversity.

We work with the following organizations:

  • Global Nature Fund
  • Lake Winnipeg Foundation
  • Environment Canada
  • Canadian Water Network
  • University of Waterloo Water Policy and Governance Group
  • Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation Freshwater Advisory
  • WWF Canada
  • Pacific Streamkeepers Federation
  • POLIS Project on Ecological Governance
  • Waterlution
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Western Watersheds Research Collaborative
  • Columbia Basin Watershed Network
  • Kootenay Lake Partnership
  • UN Water For Life Decade Canada
  • SFU-ACT (Action Climate Team)
  • Canadian Freshwater Alliance
  • Canadian Columbia River Inter-tribal Fisheries Commission
  • Selkirk College
  • Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute
  • Columbia Basin Trust

Staff and Experts

Alexander Elliott


Allan Casey


Anne Lévesque


Ashley Dubois

Summer Intern

Avery Deboer-Smith

Program Manager

Barb Horn


Bruce MacDonald

Fish Habitat Biologist

Carol Luttmer

Program Manager

Connecting Science to Action

Through the Living Lakes Canada network, organizations connect to collaborate in the monitoring, protection, restoration and policy development for long-term protection of Canada’s water bodies. We focus on watershed protection through the following areas:

  • Citizen science and Community-based watershed monitoring (CBM)
  • Innovative policy and management planning
  • Protection of sensitive or critical freshwater ecosystems
  • Watershed awareness and stewardship education
  • Sustainable water use
  • Restoration of degraded watersheds

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