Working to Protect Ontario’s Headwaters, Natural Heritage, and Watersheds
About the OHI
The OHI was founded in 2003, shortly after the release of Justice O’Conner’s reports on the Walkerton tragedy, with a goal of seeking to ensure that any expanded approach to watershed management, as was recommended, address not only safe drinking water but also the health of Ontario’s headwaters: our small streams, wetlands, and groundwater.
With the evolution of more holistic perspectives in ecosystem science and policy since 2003, and indeed before then, we expanded our mandate in 2018 to include natural heritage, full watershed management, and the health of receiving waters such as the Great Lakes.
While the OHI will continue to champion the health of our headwaters, our new mandate will enable us to expand our role as the preeminent non-profit organization in Ontario focused on watershed management.
We will do so through our three main portfolio areas – research, education, and civic engagement – as well as various projects, most of which are delivered in partnership with organizations sharing a common cause.
The current board of the OHI consists of: Janet Klees, Secretary; Nick Morley, Treasurer; and directors at large Nancy Penny and Rebecca Ma. Almas Aziz.is on leave for personal reasons.
Inquiries should be directed to Executive Director Andrew McCammon via andrew at ontarioheadwaters dot ca.