Dr. Anna Warwick Sears

Dr. Anna Warwick Sears

Awards/ Prix

B.C. Premier’s Innovation Award Partner Agency: Thompson Okanagan Region Drought Response Team (2016)

Excellence and Innovation in the Water and Waste Industry Award (2015)

Council of the Federation Award of Excellence for Water Stewardship in B.C. (2013)

Academic Award of Honour, B.C. Local Government Administration. Capilano University (2010)

B.C. Premier’s Innovation Award Partner Agency: Agricultural Water Demand Model. (2010)

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (1998)


Dr. Anna Warwick Sears is the Executive Director of the Okanagan Basin Water Board, a collaborative local government water agency. Raised in B.C., she received a PhD in population biology at the University of California – Davis. Before returning to Canada in 2006, Dr. Sears was Research Director of a watershed NGO in California. Dr. Sears is passionate about using science to solve real-world problems and building bridges with community stakeholders. She is a Governor on the Board of the Real Estate Foundation of BC – a philanthropic organization focused on sustainable land use, and in 2015 the International Joint Commission appointed her as a member of the International Osoyoos Lake Board of Control.


Dr Anna Warwick Sears, Ph.D., est la directrice exécutive de l’Okanagan Basin Water Board, une agence de gestion de l’eau du gouvernement local. Élevée à B.C., elle a obtenu un doctorat en biologie des populations à l’Université de Californie – Davis. Avant de revenir au Canada en 2006, Dr Sears était directeur de recherche d’une ONG de bassin versant en Californie. Dr Sears se passionne pour l’utilisation de la science pour résoudre des problèmes concrets et pour établir des liens avec les intervenants communautaires. Elle est membre du conseil d’administration de la Real Estate Foundation of BC, un organisme philanthropique axé sur l’utilisation durable des terres. En 2015, la Commission mixte internationale l’a nommée membre du conseil de contrôle du lac international Osoyoos.

Selected Publications/ Publications sélectionnées

Denise Neilsen, Matthew Bakker, Ted Van der Gulik, Scott Smith, Alex Cannon, Istvan Losso, Anna L. Warwick Sears. (Accepted Manuscript).
Landscape based agricultural water demand modeling – a tool for water management decision making in British Columbia, Canada.
Frontiers in Environmental Science.

Natalya Melnychuk, Nelson Jatel, and Anna L. Warwick Sears.
Integrated water resource management and British Columbia’s Okanagan Basin Water Board.
International Journal of Water Resources Development 33(3):408-425 (2017)

Joseph Honton, Anna Warwick Sears.
Restoration and Management Plan: Enhancing and Caring for the Laguna.
Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation. (2006)

Anna Warwick Sears, Peter Chesson
New methods for quantifying the spatial storage effect: a field test with desert annuals.
Ecology 88: 2240-2247 (2007)