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Lake Friendly Accord and
the Lake Friendly Stewards Alliance

Lake Friendly Stewards Alliance

To support the goal and objectives of the Lake Friendly Accord, a Lake Friendly Stewards Alliance has been established to help implement action. The Lake Friendly Stewards Alliance is co-chaired by Minister Gord Mackintosh, Manitoba Sustainable Development, and Mayor Rick Gamble of the South Basin (Lake Winnipeg) Mayors and Reeves. The Alliance is a group of stakeholders who provide a forum to facilitate information sharing, enhance collaboration and coordination, improve reporting and accountability, increase efficiencies and technology transfer, enhance stewardship and economic opportunities, and celebrate nutrient reduction success stories. The Alliance membership will continue to expand, building broad representation from federal, provincial, municipal, First Nations and Métis governments, transboundary agencies, conservation districts, agriculture, business and industry, cottage associations, and environmental non-governmental organizations.

The following seven Working Groups have been established under the Alliance:

  • Communications and Education Working Group
  • Rural Landscapes Working Group
  • Community Landscapes Working Group
  • Science and Research Working Group
  • Innovation, Economic Development and Technology Application Working Group
  • First Nation Leadership and Traditional Knowledge Working Group
  • Governance Working Group

Working groups are developing sector specific nutrient mitigation actions and developing strategies to engage signatories to the Accord who will define their specific commitments in Annexes to the Accord. The signed Accord, signatory specific Annexes and related action plans will be shared publicly to improve communication and inspire others to take action. Working Group Chairs are part of an Alliance Steering Committee that is providing overall direction and coordination for the Alliance. Bob Sandford, the EPCOR Chair of the Canadian Partnership Initiative in support of United Nations “Water for Life” Decade is the Ambassador for the Alliance.

The list of stakeholders invited to participate in the Lake Friendly Stewards Alliance is growing – these are many of our invitees as of January 2015.

Municipal Governments
  • South Basin Mayors and Reeves
  • City of Winnipeg
  • Association of Manitoba Municipalities
  • Partnership of the Manitoba Capital Regions
Aboriginal Government and Stakeholders
  • Southern Chiefs’ Organization
  • Manitoba Métis Federation
  • Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
  • First Nations governments
Federal Government
  • Environment Canada
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Commercial Fishers
  • Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation
  • Manitoba Wildlife Federation
  • Lake Winnipeg Fishers Co-Management Board
Agricultural Sector
  • Keystone Agricultural Producers
  • Canadian Fertilizer Institute
  • Manitoba Pork Council
  • Manitoba Beef Producers
  • Prairie Improvement Network
  • Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative Inc.
Research / Education Partners
  • Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of Winnipeg
  • Red River College
  • United Nations Water For Life
  • International Institute of Sustainable Development
  • Engineering Consultants
  • Landscape Architects – Scatliff, Miller and Murray
Environmental Agencies and Stakeholder Organizations
  • UNESCO - Water for Life
  • Manitoba Conservation Districts Association
  • Lake Winnipeg Foundation
  • Red River Basin Commission
  • Rivers West
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Native Plant Solutions
  • International Institute for Sustainable Development
  • Manitoba Eco-Network
  • Manitoba Association of Cottage Owners
  • Manitoba Water Council
  • Sail Manitoba
  • Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
  • Nature Conservancy of Canada 
  • Center for Indigenous Environmental Resources
  • Lake Friendly
  • Fort Whyte Alive
  • Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation
  • Grindstone Cottage Owners Association
  • Manitoba Cottage Owners Association
Business/Economic Leader
  • Economic Development Winnipeg
  • Manitoba Environmental Industries Association
  • Winnipeg Chambers of Commerce
  • Manitoba Chambers of Commerce
  • Third Quarter
Province of Manitoba
  • Manitoba Sustainable Development
  • Manitoba Federal-Provincial and International Relations
  • Manitoba Municipal Government
  • Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation
  • Manitoba Agriculture Food and Rural Development
  • Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation
  • Manitoba Hydro
  • Manitoba Aboriginal and Northern Affairs
  • Manitoba Jobs and the Economy

Reducing nutrient loading and improving water quality is a tremendous challenge that is common to many jurisdictions and watersheds. There are efficiencies and opportunities to be gained by sharing expertise, research, innovation, and ideas for engaging stakeholders and the general public. We can overcome this challenge together through a commitment to the Lake Friendly Accord.