At our plenary meeting in Calgary in October 2004, participants concluded a substantive discussion of the TBWG's accomplishments, its structure, and future directions. It was agreed at that time that a more focused Subcommittee should be formed to examine options for implementing change within the TBWG, and for charting new directions. Following the meeting in Calgary, the new Subcommittee produced an Options Paper that contained fifteen recommendations for improving the TBWG. One of the key recommendations implemented from the Options Paper was the formation of a representative Steering Committee. The new Steering Committee confirmed its membership in June 2005, and held its first conference call that same month.

Guided by the TBWG’s Terms of Reference and Annual Action Plan, the mandate of the Steering Committee is to aid in fulfilling the TBWG’s mission by providing for the inclusive, productive, and efficient coordination and communication of TBWG activities. As such, the scope of the Steering Committee’s responsibilities include:

The planning of bi-annual plenary meetings in Canada and the U.S.;
The management of the official TBWG website;
Consultation and communication with TBWG Subcommittees; and
Coordination and communication of information between the TBWG and other organizations and regions.

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