Water Board (Yukon)

  • About the Water Board (Yukon)
  • Apply to be a member
  • Current members

  1. About the Water Board (Yukon)

    To provide for the conservation, development and use of waters for the benefit of all Canadians and for the residents of the Yukon in particular. We achieve this by issuing licences for the use of water and/or the deposit of waste.

    • Authority: Waters Act, section 8, Umbrella Final Agreement, Chapter 14.4.0
    • Type: regulatory
    • Appointment process: Order-In-Council
    • Requirements: no legislated criteria required to join
    • Term: 3 years
    • Meetings: once per month
    • Department: Executive Council Office
    • Honoraria: cabinet decision: 2018/02/28

  2. Apply to be a member

    Any resident of the Yukon is eligible to apply to serve on a government board or committee.


    1. Complete the application.
    2. Prepare a brief resume. This should include information relevant for sitting on the board or committee.
    3. Submit your completed application and resume.
      In person: Inquiry Desk at 2071 Second Avenue in Whitehorse. We are open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Address your envelope "Attention: Boards and Committees Secretariat (CM-1)"
      Email: boards.committees@gov.yk.ca
      Government of Yukon
      Boards and Committees Secretariat (CM-1)
      Box 2703
      Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6

    How members are selected

    Members are appointed by a Minister, Cabinet or the Legislative Assembly.

    School board and school council members can be elected or, in some cases, appointed.

    Appointments to these boards are based on standing committee recommendations:

    • Yukon Development Corporation
    • Yukon Energy Corporation
    • Yukon Workers' Compensation Health and Safety Board
    • Yukon Lottery Commission
    • Yukon Recreation Advisory Committee
    • Yukon Arts Advisory Council
    • Yukon Utilities Board
    • Yukon Council on the Economy and the Environment
    • Yukon Human Rights Commission

    Some boards and committees members are required to hold certain professional qualifications or affiliations.

  3. Current members
    • Anne Leckie, member from May 3, 2021 to May 2, 2023
    • Benjamin Bruce Warnsby, member from August 13, 2019 to August 12, 2022
    • Blanche Warrington, member from February 1, 2020 to January 31, 2023
    • Carl Sidney, member from February 1, 2020 to January 31, 2023
    • Jon Bowen, member from April 18, 2020, to April 17, 2023 and vice-chair from April 27, 2020, to April 17, 2023
    • Piers McDonald, chair and member from December 11, 2021 to December 10, 2024
    • Robert McIntyre member from April 1, 2021 to September 30, 2023
    • Russel Smoler, member from February 27, 2022 to February 26, 2025
    • Sam Wallingham, member from February 1, 2020 to January 31, 2023


For questions about the Water Board (Yukon) phone 867-456-3980, or fax 867-456-3980, or toll free in the Yukon 1-800-661-0408, extension 3980.