Canada Water Week

Canada Water Week
Living Lakes Network Canada

Living Lakes Network Canada
Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation

Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation

March 16, 2011 09:00 ET

Media Advisory: Former Prime Minister Jean Chretien Turns CN Tower BLUE

Canada Water Week Event Illuminates Water Issues

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 16, 2011) - As part of Canada Water Week and World Water Day celebrations, Mr. Chrétien will ceremonially light the CN Tower in blue on Monday, March 21. Arranged by ONE DROP, this illumination symbolizes the importance of water protection in Canada and around the World, and kicks off the InterAction Council's High-level Expert Group meeting at which international water experts will deliberate on "The Global Water Crisis: Addressing an Urgent Security Issue" (information available upon request). 

WHEN: Monday, March 21, 2011, 7:45 p.m.
WHERE: Roundhouse Park, Bremner Blvd and Lower Simcoe Street
WHO: The Right Honourable Jean Chrétien, Co-Chair of the InterAction Council of Former Heads of State and Government
  France Chrétien Desmarais, Vice Chair, ONE DROP
  Lili-Anna Pereša, Executive Director, ONE DROP
  Thomas S. Axworthy, President and CEO, Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation
  Tony Maas, Director, Freshwater Program, WWF-Canada
  Shari Austin, Vice President Corporate Citizenship, RBC
WHAT: Short comments by honoured guests and a countdown to the CN Tower blue illumination
WHY: To remind Torontonians, Canadians and the World to think blue, and protect our water resources in honour of Canada Water Week and World Water Day

About Canada Water Week

Canada Water Week is a week-long celebration of water from coast-to-coast-to-coast, starting March 14 and culminating with World Water Day on March 22, 2011. Individuals, organizations and governments across the country are encouraged to get involved by organizing or participating in fun and educational events. Together, we will raise the profile and understanding of water and its importance to Canada's prosperity. Visit www.canadawaterweek.com and connect with us @CanadaWaterWeek on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

About InterAction Council

Established in 1983, the InterAction Council of Former Heads of State and Government is an international organization whose objective is to address long-term, global issues facing humankind. Co-Chaired by the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien (Prime Minister of Canada, 1993-2003) and Dr. Franz Vranitzky (Chancellor of Austria, 1986-1997), the Council's membership is comprised of more than thirty former heads of state who volunteer their time to develop proposals for action and submit them directly to national and international decision-makers.


With its uniquely artistic approach, ONE DROP educates and implements site-specific safe water solutions while allocating microfinance loans to help ensure sustainable development.
Worldwide, ONE DROP's ongoing creative projects also raise awareness about water-related issues and encourage smarter water practices. We have the power and responsibility to take action, in global solidarity. It starts with just ONE DROP.

About Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation (Presenting Organization of Canada Water Week)

The Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation was established in 1965 as a private charitable foundation with a mandate to improve public policy in Canada. One of its major programming areas supports the development of a comprehensive legal, regulatory and citizen action framework for the purpose of protecting the quality and quantity of fresh water resources for future generations of Canadians.

About WWF-Canada (Presenting Organization of Canada Water Week)

WWF (World Wildlife Fund) is one of the world's largest independent conservation organizations, active in more than 100 countries. WWF is creating solutions to the most serious conservation challenges facing our planet, helping people and nature to thrive. In Canada, we work collaboratively with governments, businesses and the public to help fight climate change; conserve our oceans and freshwater resources; and educate and mobilize people to build a conservation culture.

About Living Lakes Network Canada (Presenting Organization of Canada Water Week)

Living Lakes Network Canada facilitates collaboration in education, monitoring, rehabilitation and policy development initiatives for the long-term protection of Canada's lakes, wetlands and watersheds. The network's emphasis is on linking academia to action, fostering citizen based water stewardship and promoting watershed protection of Canada's water.

About the RBC Blue Water Project® (Tidal Wave Sponsor of Canada Water Week)

The RBC Blue Water Project is an innovative, wide-ranging, global commitment to help protect the world's most precious natural resource: fresh water. Since 2007, RBC has pledged over $27 million to over 400 not-for-profit organizations worldwide that protect watersheds or ensure access to clean drinking water. The company is also promoting responsible water use with its employees and clients and encouraging the growth of water businesses in North America.

Contact Information

  • The Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation
    Megan Lorius
    Public Outreach Manager
    416.601.4776 (ext. 300) or Cell: 416.904.4483
    Rideau Institute
    For Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation
    Christopher Holcroft