Volume 23, Issue 3, 1998
November/December 1998

The International Joint Commission is an independent international organization established under the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909. Its purpose is to help prevent disputes over use of waters shared by Canada and the United States and to provide advice on questions of mutual concern when requested by the two federal governments. Three members are appointed by the President of the United States, with advice and approval of the Senate, and three by the Governor-in-Council of Canada, on the advice of Prime Minister.

Leonard Legault
Canadian Section Chair

Robert Gourd
Francis Murphy
Thomas L. Baldini
U.S. Section Chair

Susan B. Bayh
Alice Chamberlin



Shaping the Future

Every ending signals a new beginning and presents us with an opportunity to reflect on our achievements and use them as building blocks for the future. As the 20th century draws to a close, the International Joint Commission is doing just that reflecting on our achievements, present issues of concern and how we can best assist the governments of Canada and the United States in the 21st century.

The IJC recently completed a strategic plan outlining the objectives it will pursue over the coming years to fulfill its mandate. The strategy provides a foundation for future action and work plans and incorporates a mission statement and guiding principles that will lead the Commission into the next millennium.

The International Joint Commission was created 90 years ago by visionaries who saw the need for the two countries to cooperate regarding transboundary water issues and give such responsibilities to an independent binational body. This was unheard of at the time and remains unique today The Commission s work on boundary water issues, transboundary air issues and the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement upholds this futuristic and critical concept.

FOCUS Staff:

Frank Bevacqua, Jennifer Day
Bruce Jamieson, Designer
Doug Bondy, Columns Editor

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