We would like to begin by thanking the contributors to this book for their hard work. We need to acknowledge the financial support of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Connection grant which funded a conference in 2017 in Ottawa that brought together this book’s contributors. That conference went so smoothly because of the efforts of Jamie Benidickson (University of Ottawa) and Greg Donaghy (Global Affairs Canada). We want to thank the editors and staff with whom we worked at the University of Calgary Press, especially: Helen Hajnoczky, Brian Scrivener, Keyan Zhang, and Melina Cusano. We thank Alan MacEachern, the editor of the Canadian History and Environment series, for his enthusiastic encouragement as well as his feedback. This series is done in conjunction with the Network in Canadian History and Environment (NiCHE), which continues to be the hub for Canadian environmental history.
We appreciate the support of the IJC and its various officials and staff members who provided valuable feedback but gave us the necessary space to produce an objective study, especially Paul Allen, David Fay, Nick Heisler, and Sarah Lobrichon. In their roles as IJC chairs, Lana Pollock and Gordon Walker offered thoughts at the 2017 conference and then supplied the Foreword to this book. We thank Lynne Heasley for her insights, and Jason Glatz for creating many fantastic maps on short notice. Three graduate students from the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, Alex Geddes, Angela Lee and Alexandre Lillo, provided administrative and research assistance in connection with the conference. Their support was greatly appreciated, as well as the further contribution of Alex Geddes and Angela Lee in preparing the index to this volume. We would like to heartily tip our hat to the two external reviewers who provided constructive and positive feedback that made this a better book (if only all peer reviews processes could be so pleasant). Both Murray and Daniel thank the Journal of Policy Research for allowing them to reprint parts of their 2015 article, “The International Joint Commission, Water Levels, and Transboundary Governance in the Great Lakes,” in their chapter in this volume.
Murray would like to thank the many commissioners and colleagues he worked with at the IJC over the years in both the Canadian and US Sections, and the Great Lakes Regional Office from whom he learned to appreciate the interdisciplinary aspects of water management and the uniqueness of the Canada-US relationship. Specifically he would like to honour and thank Canadian commissioner and chair Leonard Legault for appointing him as Secretary of the Canadian Section and making it possible to participate in direct discussions and deliberations of commissioners. It is essential to note the support of his family, especially wife Jill, for all the times he travelled away from home during his career with the IJC, and their encouragement to complete this book. Daniel would like to thank his home department and institution, the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at Western Michigan University. Most importantly, he thanks his family for their love and support: Jen, Elizabeth, and Lucas.
Murray Clamen and Daniel Macfarlane