Canadian Commissioner Lyall Knott has concluded a four-year term with the IJC.
Knott joined the Commission on April 27, 2009, after appointment by the Canadian government. He concluded his service in April 2013.
Knott was the lead Canadian commissioner for important IJC boards including those covering the Kootenay, Osoyoos, Red, Souris and St. Mary-Milk rivers.
During his tenure, the Commission undertook the International Upper Lakes Study, issued new Orders for the future management of Osoyoos Lake water levels, and established an International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board.
Knott also participated in the 14th, 15th and soon-to-be-released 16th Biennial Reports on Great Lakes Water Quality, and celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Boundary Waters Treaty in 2009.
Canadian Commissioner Lyall Knott speaks during Great Lakes Week in 2012.
“Commissioner Knott provided an important voice and perspective to the IJC’s management of the quality and quantity of transboundary waters from coast to coast, ensuring the Commission paid close attention to its mandate. His final action as a commissioner was signing the Advice to Governments on the International Upper Great Lakes Study,“ said Canadian Section Chair Joe Comuzzi.
“Always a proud Canadian, Lyall was committed to the binational spirit of the Boundary Waters Treaty,” added U.S. Section Chair Lana Pollack.
“Serious in intent and invariably well-prepared to address the toughest of issues, he dispatched his responsibilities with a welcome wit and particular good cheer. He was a good teacher and his insights into Canadian culture, law and politics were particularly valuable to the U.S. commissioners who were fortunate to have worked with him.”
The Commissioners and Commission staff applaud his contributions and wish him well in all of his endeavors.