Research: Drinking Water-Private Or Public: A Case Study Of The Canadian Industry


UGSM-Monarch Business School Switzerland

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  • Mr. Andrew Farrow, M.Sc.


Public-private partnerships, Canada, water, economics, bottled water, Water- Taking, consumers, NGO, potable, controversy, public good, private good, social good, commons


Drinking Water – Public Or Private: A Case Study Of The Canadian Industry


Within Canada, the subject of Water-Taking Permits for the purpose of resale (bottled water) has created controversy which is both historical and ongoing (The Council of Canadians, 2010; Bueckert, 2016). Current data indicates that almost 9 million Canadian residents depend on their local groundwater for potable water use and that these same sources also supply water to larger communities, and further that many of these groundwater sources are also used by businesses (The Government of Ontario, 2013; ECCC, 2013). Several stakeholders are involved, namely: respective levels of government, the industry engaged in Water-Taking for bottled resale, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) advocating for water security, and consumers who are the ultimate end users of water either bottled or from source. Within the theory domains, research and discussion on Governance, Social Justice and Social Goods, and Resource and Environmental Economics, along with Public and Private Partnerships are explored with a view to understanding the theortetical components of contemplated research in additional to secondary technical data and information. The research seeks to analyse the persectives from the stakeholders via interviews and compare the results with a view towards better understanding the issue and identifying the views of Canadian consumers as an important economic factor.

About The Author:

Mr. Andrew Farrow is a D.Phil. in Economics Candidate. He holds an MBA from Vancouver Island University in British Columbia, Canada as well as Master of Science in International Business from the University of Hertfordshire in the UK. He also holds a Master of Arts in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Conflict Analysis and management from Royal Roads University as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Conflict Studies from the University of Winnipeg, Canada. He is the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and is Founder of the Captain Jeff Francis Memorial Award at Vancouver Island University. During his military career as an Artillery Officer he has commanded units and teams of up to 100 personnel at tactical and operational levels, as well as planning at all levels. He is a Director with the Planet A Foundation, an environmental charity organization.