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Environment committee  Most of that work in the Lake of the Woods watershed would be in Minnesota, I believe. I can find out if our sister organization in the U.S. is involved in that.

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

James Fortune

Environment committee  If government is not involved, no. That program is a very strong partnership between government, the private sector, and conservation organizations, which are also part of the private sector.

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

James Fortune

Environment committee  Because the bulk of the funding that's provided through it is through challenge grants. It's legislation in Congress in the United States that makes it available. That is publicly funded money from the U.S. government. The Government of Canada has to be involved in managing the w

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

James Fortune

Environment committee  What we work in is a political system. We're very practical about that. As we're advocating for wetland policies, we're pushing on this: if you must destroy wetlands and take them off the landscape, there has to be mitigation and offsetting.

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

James Fortune

Environment committee  The project I talked about is just southwest of Calgary, and it's about 6,000 acres in size—very large. It's not in the oil sands landscape.

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

James Fortune

Environment committee  Sure, it's Shell. They work in the oil sands. They work—

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

James Fortune

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

James Fortune

Environment committee  Yes, I would say so. Overall the whole agriculture sector and the development sector are far more aware of their environmental responsibility and impact. I would say yes, overall there's a growing awareness and greater engagement.

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

James Fortune

Environment committee  I'm a farmer myself, also. In the agricultural communities I operate in and work with, there's quite an element of partnership and a long history of partnering with all governments and all kinds of agricultural programs. If there's a well-developed program that has a good scienti

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

James Fortune

Environment committee  Yes, that's another one of the significant ecological benefits of wetlands. We've studied that in Ontario as well as in the watershed around Lake Winnipeg. We have the data that frames just how much nutrient is going in because of the loss of wetlands.

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

James Fortune

Environment committee  The first question was, do we have small and medium-sized enterprises involved? I wouldn't say in the voluntary offset. It's not a specific initiative, with small business saying they want to do this to offset. To your point about the social licence and being a responsible corpo

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

James Fortune

Environment committee  They might want to do that, but we wouldn't partner with them on that, because it isn't delivering a science-based, high-quality outcome.

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

James Fortune

Environment committee  Right. If they're going to be affiliated with us and our brand, it has to be out there.

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

James Fortune

Environment committee  I don't know, honestly. I didn't. Hold on a second. Not formally, no.

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

James Fortune

Environment committee  It shouldn't be a surprise to anybody that we conserve wetlands. We protect wetlands, so we are not fans of wetland drainage. Our mission is wetland conservation. We don't support wetland drainage. When it comes to protecting wetlands on the working landscape, it is very challen

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

James Fortune