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Mackenzie River Basin Board

Department: Environment | Agency website >>

Address: 4th Floor, 5019 – 52nd Street, Box 2310, Yellowknife, NWT, X1A 2P7


The governments of Canada, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon and the Northwest Territories signed the Mackenzie River Basin Transboundary Waters Master Agreement in 1997. The agreement commits the 6 governments to work closely together to inform about and advocate the maintenance of the ecological integrity of the entire Mackenzie watershed.

The purpose of the Mackenzie River Basin Board is to create a cooperative forum to inform about and advocate for the maintenance of the ecological integrity of the entire Mackenzie watershed.

The Board has a number of duties and responsibilities that are specified in the Master Agreement. The most important are:

  • providing a forum for communication, coordination, information exchange, notification and consultation.
  • considering the needs and concerns of Aboriginal people through the provision of culturally appropriate communication, and the incorporation of Aboriginal peoples’ traditional knowledge and values.
  • recommending uniform objectives or guidelines for the quality and quantity of the water resources and encouraging consistent monitoring programs.
  • submitting to the Ministers a report on the State of the Aquatic Ecosystem within 5 years after the end of the first Fiscal Year and every 5 years thereafter.
  • administering the dispute resolution process contained in the Master Agreement.
  • monitoring the process of implementing the Bilateral Water Management Agreements.
  • identifying, recommending and implementing such studies, investigations, programs and activities as are required to carry out the Master Agreement.
  • reviewing the Master Agreement at least once every three years and proposing amendments to the Parties.
  • submitting an annual report to the Ministers.

Authority: Mackenzie River Basin Transboundary Waters Agreement, Part D, paragraph 1(a)
Period: 1997 to present
Type: Advisory


The Board consists of no more than 13 members.

The Board appoints 8 members at the pleasure of each Party as follows:

  • Canada: up to 3 members
  • British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories and Yukon each: 1 member

Aboriginal organizations nominate 5 members—1 each from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories and Yukon to be nominated and appointed as follows:

  • the Aboriginal organizations in each such jurisdiction shall nominate one person for appointment to the Board; and
  • each such nominee shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Minister representing the jurisdiction from which the nominee was selected.

Each member including the Chair may designate an alternate. The alternate may act on behalf of the appointed member during his or her absence. The Chair will be selected from the members by the full Board membership at least every 2 years.

Appointment process: Ministerial appointment

Requirements: No legislated criteria required to join.

Term: 2 years.

Meetings: Approximately 3 times a year and as needed. Meetings are held in various jurisdictions by teleconference or in person.

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Current members: There are no members at this time.

Name Position  From: To:  
Jirousek,  Heather                     Member 



Porter, Corrine  Member  04/27/2019  04/26/2020 
Steward, Emma  Alternate Member  05/22/2019  05/21/2022