submitted: Thursday, February 28, 2019
International expert on water security, Robert Sandford, delivers presentation in Cranbrook March 11

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Renowned water expert, Robert Sandford, will be presenting Water in the World We Want at College of the Rockies on Monday, March 11, at 7:00 p.m.

College of the Rockies and East Kootenay Humanity Network present the free public talk in recognition of World Water Day

College of the Rockies and East Kootenay Humanity Network will celebrate UN World Water Day with a presentation by renowned water expert, Robert Sandford, on Monday, March 11, at 7 p.m. in the College’s Lecture Theatre (room 250). The presentation will be simulcast at the College’s campuses in Golden, Invermere, and Fernie.

Robert Sandford holds the EPCOR Chair in Water and Climate Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health. He is the co-author of the UN Water in the World We Want report on post-2015 global sustainable development goals relating to water, and is also the author, co-author, or editor of more than 30 books.

In his presentation, Water in the World We Want, Sandford examines the question, “what does water mean to you?” within the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6, which includes a target to ensure availability and sustainable management of water for all by 2030. Sandford will also speak to students at Mount Baker and Selkirk Secondary schools.

“We’re thrilled to have Mr. Sandford come to the College to speak on this very important topic,” said Katie Burles, College of the Rockies University Studies Arts and Sciences instructor. “Access to clean water is imperative for the health of all of us. Bob’s presentation is timely and will be of great interest to many.”

The East Kootenay Humanity Network is a group of local partners, supported by Cranbrook and District Restorative Justice, who work together to promote unity in diversity among the citizens of the East Kootenay, and to connect local residents with citizens of the world.

“Mr. Sandford will discuss how the current global water crisis came into existence and why it is important to Canada, and the world, to leave no one behind with respect to water,” added Amy Cross, East Kootenay Humanity Network. “He will also provide insight into how the East Kootenay region can establish and maintain respectful relationships with the environment, reduce inequality, and create partnerships as a vital step toward increasing the availability and sustainable management of water for everyone.”

Sandford’s presentation Water in the World We Want is offered free-of-charge, thanks in part to College of the Rockies’ Guest Lecture Fund. A book signing will follow.

For more information, contact Amy Cross, Consultant for East Kootenay Humanity Network at 250-581-2111 or

About College of the Rockies

For more than 40 years, College of the Rockies has provided post-secondary education that meets the needs and aspirations of the people, industry and businesses of our region. Each year, we welcome more than 2,300 full-time equivalent students into a full range of programs, including: skilled trades, university studies, adult upgrading, early childhood education, health and human services, business, office administration, tourism, hospitality, recreation, fire services, continuing education and contract training. Through smaller class sizes, highly-personalized instruction and dedicated support services, our students are primed to succeed in the job market, or in the next stage of their academic journey.

Darryl Dux
Communications Coordinator
College of the Rockies
250-489-2751 x 3343

Amy Cross
East Kootenay Humanity Network