RBC announces Blue Water Project advisory panel



    North American water experts and community leaders to help set strategy
    and develop assessment guidelines

    TORONTO, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - RBC today announced the advisory panel for the
RBC Blue Water Project, a 10-year, $50 million charitable grant program to
support global solutions for freshwater preservation, conservation and access
in Canada and around the world.
    "The individuals chosen for this panel are widely respected for their
leadership, expertise and insight on water," said Gordon M. Nixon, president
and CEO, RBC. "We are pleased to be working with such a distinguished panel of
experts and welcome their guidance and advice on the RBC Blue Water Project."
    Chairing the advisory panel is Rob de Loe, a professor at the University
of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Dr. de Loe's work for the past 20 years has
focused on water governance and management, and he has been a consultant to
government and non-government organizations seeking advice on a range of
water-related topics. He has been an active member of Canada's water
management community since 1987.
    "I'm privileged to be working with such a wide range of experts from such
diverse backgrounds, and am looking forward to helping RBC ensure that its
funds are directed to projects that will make a real difference in Canada, the
United States and around the world," said de Loe.
    The seven member panel is made up of water experts and community and
aboriginal leaders from across North America.
    The advisory panel will help RBC develop a strategic approach for its
Blue Water Project activities, recommending key program assessment criteria,
including social and environmental impact metrics. It will review specific
project proposals and act as a sounding board to help RBC identify
water-related issues, trends and developments.

    
    The advisory panel consists of:

    -   Rob de Loe (chair), Professor and Canada Research Chair in Water
        Management, University of Guelph.
    -   David Brooks, Senior Advisor (Fresh Water), Friends of the Earth
        Canada, and retired water specialist with International Development
        Research Centre.
    -   Merrill-Ann Phare, Executive Director, Centre for Indigenous
        Environmental Resources.
    -   Danielle Droitsch, Executive Director, Bow Riverkeeper and member of
        Alberta Water Council.
    -   Tom Siddon, Chair of Okanagan Water Stewardship Council and former
        Federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Indian Affairs.
    -   David Moreau, Water Expert and Professor, University of South
        Carolina.
    -   George Yap, Program Director, WaterCan, and Coordinator, Sanitation
        and Water Action Network.
    

    The RBC Blue Water Project will offer three grant streams: Visionary
grants - multi-year grants to global organizations that show vision, foresight
and innovation to support programs around the world and in Canada; Leadership
grants - annual grants given to organizations that are leaders in providing
regional programs within North America, determined through a 'request for
proposal' process; and Community Action grants - grants given to
community-based organizations in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean
to support local projects.
    RBC announced its first Visionary Grant recipient in late 2007, with a
commitment of $10 million over ten years to the ONE DROP Foundation,
established by Cirque du Soleil founder, Guy Laliberté. Additional Visionary
Grants will be announced later in 2008. Applications for Leadership Grants
will be accepted starting in April 2008. The Community Action Grants stream
will be open for applications in June, 2008. For more information on the RBC
Blue Water Project, including full biographies of advisory panel members,
visit www.rbc.com/bluewater.





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