Event: The State of Environmental Assessment in BC – An Update from the BC Environmental Assessment Office

Event: The State of Environmental Assessment in BC – An Update from the BC Environmental Assessment Office

IAIA-WNC Presents:

"The State of Environmental Assessment in BC” - An Update from the BC Environmental Assessment Office

Tuesday April 14, 2015 – 10:00 to 4:00 pm (Registration opens at 9:30 am)

Harbour Towers Hotel, 345 Quebec St, Victoria, BC 

The International Association for Impact Assessment's Western and Northern Canada Affiliate is pleased to host a full-day of presentations and interactive discussion on the process and practice of environmental assessment in British Columbia.

The agenda below will cover several hot topics in EA with presentations by leaders in policy and operations within the  EAO:

Preliminary Agenda
Time Topic Presenter
9:30-10:00 Coffee and Registration
10:00-10:15 Welcome from IAIA IAIA
10:15-10:45 Opening Remarks highlighting some of the key issues impacting BC’s environmental assessment process Doug Caul - Associate Deputy Minister, EAOMichelle Carr - Assistant Deputy MinisterOperations, EAO
10:45-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:00 The State of Environmental Assessment: Building a Better ProcessLearn about the latest policies, guidelines and practices being developed at EAO to provide for a more efficient process while maintaining the integrity of environmental assessments. The session will include a Q & A period, so bring your questions. Paul Craven - Executive Director, Policy and Quality Assurance, EAO
12:00-1:00 Lunch (provided)
1-2:10 New Directions in Public EngagementTell the EAO about the lessons you’ve learned from the field of public engagement, hear about the proposed refinements to the public participation process, and provide input to guidance that EAO is developing for public engagement on environmental assessments.  This will be a workshop-style session. Tracy James - Project Assessment Manager, EAO
2:10-2:40 Coffee Break
2:40-3:50 Effective Conditions and Certified Project DescriptionWhat’s the key to developing clear and measurable EA conditions? And what exactly is a certified project description?  This session will provide practice tips, lessons learned and next steps in the development of EAO’s new environmental assessment certificate policy. There will also be time for your feedback and questions. Autumn Cousins - Manager, Policy and Compliance, EAO
3:50-4:00 Wrap up IAIA
4:00-5:00 Social Mixer & Networking (cash bar)

Please join us to learn about and discuss the trends of EA in BC. Register early as space is limited! (Sorry no refunds.)


Registration Fee: $100 (includes coffee, light snacks and lunch)

Registration link: 


For more information, please email us at [email protected].


The International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) (www.iaia.org) is the world's leading professional association in the field of impact assessment.

The Western and Northern Canada Affiliate (www.iaia-wnc.ca) includes members from government, consultancies, co-management boards, industry and NGOs. Its goal is to promote and develop best practice in environmental impact assessment.