New Executive Director brings wealth of experience to Alberta Water Council



    EDMONTON, Oct. 17 /CNW/ - The Alberta Water Council is pleased to
announce the appointment of Gord Edwards, the former Executive Vice-President
of Ducks Unlimited Canada, as its Executive Director effective November 15,
2007.
    Edwards will be the first Council's Executive Director as it moves to be
an independent organization in November 2007. The Alberta Water Council was
originally established as an advisory group to the provincial government to
oversee the implementation of its Water for Life strategy, and will now do so
as an independent not-for-profit organization similar to Alberta's Clean Air
Strategic Alliance (CASA).
    "As we move to become an organization independent of government, we need
an executive director who not only understands the water issues facing
Alberta, but who also had the leadership and management skills to build a
strong and successful organization," said Council Executive Committee member
Mike Kelly, who is also the Director of Water Resource Development at
TransAlta and an industry representative on the Council. "Gord is the ideal
person on both fronts having hands on experience in water conservation and
management, as well as significant administrative and leadership experience as
the chief executive officer of one of Canada's largest conservation
non-governmental organizations."
    The move marks a return to Alberta for Edwards, who has been leading
Ducks Unlimited Canada from its headquarters in Winnipeg for the past five
years. Edwards started his career with Ducks Unlimited 31 years ago in
Alberta, first as Area/District Manager in the Hanna/Camrose area, and then as
the Provincial/Regional Director based in Edmonton.
    "Gord brings a wealth of experience in leading public policy and
partnership initiatives with many rural municipalities, several major urban
centers and all provinces and territories, has led a large organization, and
has worked with a large and diverse volunteer board - all of which makes him
ideal for the Council at this time," said Rick Quail, a member of the
Council's Executive Committee and the municipal manager for the Town of
Okotoks. "We are very pleased and excited about having him lead us to the next
chapter in the history of the Alberta Water Council."
    Edwards and his wife Doris have four grown children, all of whom reside
in Alberta.

    Established in 2004, the Alberta Water Council is a multi-stakeholder
partnership with 25 members from governments, industry, and non-government
organizations. Its primary task is to monitor and steward implementation of
the Water for Life strategy and to champion achievement of the strategy's
three outcomes of a safe, secure drinking water supply, healthy aquatic
ecosystems, and reliable, quality water supplies for a sustainable economy.
More information on the Alberta Water Council www.albertawatercouncil.ca





For further information:

For further information: Terry Sly, Alberta Water Council, (780)
427-9045

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