Lake Winnipeg Regulation -- Manitoba Hydro

On July 5, 2011, the Minister of Conservation at the request of the Minister of Water Stewardship, has asked the Clean Environment Commission to conduct a review regarding the licensing of regulation of Lake Winnipeg under The Water Power Act.

Terms of Reference

The Commission is in the early stages of planning this review. It will be some time before the Commission will be requesting public input. As information becomes available it will be posted on the website. To stay informed of updates you may insert your e-mail address at the bottom of our Home Page or check our Facebook page (link at the bottom of our Home Page). You will be informed as information becomes available.

A Document in Support of Manitoba Hydro's Request for a Final Licence under the Manitoba Water Power Act
Lake Winnipeg Regulation Terms of Reference
Letter from Minister requesting review
Licensing request from Manitoba Hydro
Request for information from Manitoba Hydro

Background Information

The materials provided on this website are for information only. Official and complete proceedings are available by contacting the Commission.

The Review Process
Manitoba Water Stewardship - Background
Manitoba Hydro - Background
CEC letter to MB Hydro dated Oct. 31, 2014
CEC letter to MCWS Nov 3, 2014
CEC letter to MIT Nov 3, 2014

Panel Members

The following members will form the Lake Winnipeg Regulation Panel. Terry Sargeant will chair the Panel.

Edwin Yee

Edwin Yee is a retired environmental consultant with 30 years experience in regulatory management of toxic chemicals, hazardous waste and contaminated sites. Mr. Yee has participated in the development of national and international guidelines and standards for soil quality and petroleum hydrocarbons and provided guidance to the Abandoned Mines Advisory Committee.

Terry Sargeant

Terry Sargeant has been the full-time Chair of the Clean Environment Commission since January 2004. Prior to that, he was the Chief Appeal Commissioner of the Workers Compensation Appeal Commission for three and a half years.

In 1996, following almost twenty years of government service, with the House of Commons and the governments of Manitoba, Yukon and British Columbia, Terry enrolled in the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba, graduating in 1999. Following a year of articling with the Public Interest Law Centre, he was called to the Manitoba Bar in June 2000.

In other activities, he is the President of the Board of the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Manitoba and Vice-Chair of the Board of the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals.

Beverly Suek

Beverly Suek is a Chartered Arbitrator, certified by the ADR Institute of Canada and has conducted over 100 arbitrations in labour relations and consumer issues. Ms Suek has been in private business for over 30 years conducting workplace investigations, organizational reviews and conflict resolution processes. She has worked with government, business, unions, non-profits, First Nations communities and Aboriginal organizations.
Ms. Suek was a Commissioner with the Provincial Civil Service Commission for 13 years. She also has been Chair of Manitoba Lotteries Corporation, Chair of Women’s Enterprises Centre of Manitoba, Chair of the Manitoba Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Chair of the Community Committee for the Birthing Centre, President of the SDB Housing Co-operative, President of Kali Shiva AIDs Services and President of Riverview Community Centre.

Neil Harden

Neil Harden is a retired Professional Engineer with many years experience in the water resources field. He worked for more than 20 years as a Hydraulic Engineer and Hydrologist with the Manitoba Water Resources Branch, including during the flood of 1997. He also worked for Ducks Unlimited Canada doing wetland conservation across Canada. Neil served over 12 years on the Municipal Board of Manitoba. He has a BSc in Civil Engineering and a Master of Engineering degree, both from the University of Manitoba.

Become a Participant

The Clean Environment Commission has been asked by the Minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship to review the request for a final licence by Manitoba Hydro for Lake Winnipeg regulation.
The Commission asked Manitoba Hydro to provide a report to help the Commission and the public understand the history and effects of Lake Winnipeg Regulation over the 38 years it has been in operation.
To examine the information in the report, and hear from those that have been affected by Lake Winnipeg regulation, the Clean Environment Commission will be holding hearings. We are encouraging groups and individuals to provide their experiences.
Hearings will begin early in 2015. Community hearings will be held in communities or First Nations that have been identified in areas affected by Lake Winnipeg Regulation. A list of the places, times and dates will be available later. Closer to the time when the hearings will happen, information will be published in the local newspapers, will be on the radio in some areas and will always be on our website, our mobile site and linked on Facebook.
There is a small amount of funding to help groups organize community participation. Information on how to apply is contained in the Participation Funding Application Package.
When the community hearings have been completed, a formal hearing will take place in Winnipeg, where Manitoba Hydro and larger groups will make presentations and will be questioned.
Once this is completed, the Commission will report to the minister.
The Manitoba Hydro report can be accessed on the Announcement page, the Hearing Directive, the funding application and sign up forms are all available below. All sessions will be recorded and the reports (transcripts) on what was said will be posted on The Hearing page after each hearing day.

Participation Funding Application Package
Hearing Directive for Lake Winnipeg Regulation Review
Become a Participant - Application Form (Word version)
Process Guidelines Respecting Public Hearings
Become a Participant (On-Line Application)
Participation Funding - Application Form
Written Question Protocol
On-line Question Form

The Commission Panel is now calling for Participants and is offering small financial awards to help groups and communities participate in the hearing. Information and application forms can be accessed above. Please NOTE receiving funding does automatically make a group a Participant. Those interested MUST apply and be approved. Potential Participants are encouraged to review the Hearing Directive and Procedural Manual.

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Transcripts- Scoping Meeting, May 29, 2014
Addendum May 29, 2014 - Submission from MB Assoc. of Cottage Owners Inc.
Addendum May 29, 2014 - Submission from Save Lake Winnipeg
Addendum May 29, 2014 - Submission from Lake Winnipeg Foundation

There are currently no videos posted for this hearing.

This hearing is currently still in progress. Reports will be available once it has been completed.

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