Currently, there is no water strategy at the federal level in Canada that addresses short-term and long-term water issues in a pan-Canadian context. What are some nationally relevant water issues that should be covered in a national water strategy? How will this effort align with provincial jurisdictions? What role can the public and private sectors play? In this opening discussion, we will dissect the pros and cons, explore the process needed to create a national agenda, and get governments to buy-in to a common water vision for Canada.