International Joint Commission
United States and Canada
September 18, 2003
Lisa Bourget Selected as
IJC U.S. Section Secretary
Ann Arbor, Michigan -- The Commissioners of the U.S.
Section, International Joint Commission, (IJC) are pleased to announce that they
have selected Elizabeth (Lisa) C. Bourget as Secretary of the U.S. Section. Ms.
Bourget will assume responsibilities as U.S. Section Secretary immediately.
The Secretary serves as the principal administrator of the
U.S. Section by preparing and executing the budget, developing policy,
directing the staff, providing guidance to the IJC Boards and study teams, and
serving as contracting officer. The Secretary is one of two IJC staff positions
established by the Boundary Waters Treaty.
“We searched nationwide for the most qualified candidate and
found her within our own organization,” said U.S. Section Chair Dennis L.
Schornack in announcing the selection of Ms. Bourget at the IJC’s Great Lakes
Conference and Biennial Meeting.
“Lisa’s energy and experience will invigorate the work of the Commission
as we embark on major projects from coast to coast.”
Since October 1995, Ms. Bourget has served as the
Engineering Advisor to the U.S. Section. In this capacity, she developed
integrated engineering and ecosystem management strategies for Commissioners to
guide the operations of 19 dams and other structures regulated by the IJC, and
to assist with broad watershed management responsibilities. Ms. Bourget also
served as the U.S. Section’s principal representative to a dozen binational IJC
Boards, and was the lead U.S. staff member for the IJC study following the
devastating 1997 Red River flood in North Dakota, Minnesota and Manitoba.
Prior to joining the IJC, Ms. Bourget worked for Dewberry
and Davis, a private engineering and architecture firm. As Engineering Director
of the firm’s contract with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, she
supervised a staff of 20 engineers, hydrographers and technical writers
performing revisions to flood insurance studies.
Prior to Ms. Bourget’s selection, Dr. Gerald E. Galloway
served as U.S. Section Secretary, and James G. Chandler served as Acting U.S.
Section Secretary for an interim period.
Ms. Bourget received a BS in civil engineering from the
University of Virginia and an MBA from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State
University. She is active in the American Society of Civil Engineers’
Environmental and Water Resources Institute and serves as Chair of its
International Cooperation Council. Ms. Bourget is a registered professional
engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia and lives in Virginia with her
husband, Paul, and their two children.