Evening Pubinar Series
(IAIA-WNC Southern Alberta)
March 22 | April 19 | May 31
We are trying something a little different with a three-part series of “Pubinars”, hosted in Calgary, intended to provide food for thought and stimulate lively discussion.
These evening sessions will be held at the Village Brewery Taproom (5000 – 12A Street S.E.) from 7-9pm.
Light snacks will be provided. Beer and non-alcoholic drinks are available for purchase (the Village Store will also open if you’d like something to take home).
Marla Orenstein | Geetha Ramesh | Miles Scott-Brown
These three are tasked with sharing a brief presentation to get the conversation going. All three have presented at International IAIA Conferences in the past and are passionate about Impact Assessment.
March 22 – Marla Orenstein
Emerging Technologies, Artificial Intelligence and Impact Assessment. This presentation will discuss a number of emerging technologies and how they may influence how impact assessment is practiced in the future. What will the future of IA look like? Will we still have jobs in 15 years? What are the ethical implications? Who is likely to win or lose as new technologies are taken up? These questions—and more—will be discussed.
Marla Orenstein is the President and founder of Habitat Health Impact Consulting (Habitat), and President-Elect of the International Association for Impact Assessment. An epidemiologist and an international leader in the field of Health Impact Assessment, Marla’s work at Habitat allows her to indulge her interest in international exploration with her passion for bringing structure, order and clarity to unruly data. Marla is a founding member of the Society for Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment. She also co-authored the textbook Health Impact Assessment in the United States, which was published by Springer in 2014. Marla holds an M.Sc. in Epidemiology from the University of Edinburgh.
April 19 – Geetha Ramesh
Topic The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
In 2015, more than 190 world leaders committed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to help us all end extreme poverty, fight inequality & injustice, and fix climate change. We each have a role to play if we’re going to achieve these goals of a more prosperous, equitable, and sustainable world.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global goals, build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected – often the key to success and will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with one another.
The SDGs work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to make the right choices now to improve life, in a sustainable way, for future generations. They provide clear guidelines and targets for all countries to adopt in accordance with their own priorities and the environmental challenges of the world at large.
Come and join us for an introduction to the global SDGs and to find out what Canada’s role in SDGs is and what it means for Alberta, Calgary and you!
Dr. Geetha Ramesh is a Principal Consultant and Practice Lead for Health with the Environmental, Social, and Geosciences services with Advisian (Worley Parsons). With over 24 years of experience in the environmental industry, specifically in the field of environmental assessments, site assessments, health impact assessments, regulatory approvals and permitting, environmental toxicology and stakeholder engagements; she has led, provided technical and advisory services and associated regulatory applications and permitting both across Canada and internationally.
Dr. Ramesh is internationally respected for her expertise in health assessment and her contributions to the development of regional initiatives, development of guidance documents and frameworks in the health sector. Currently she also co-chairs the health section of IAIA, an international forum of environmental practitioners.
May 31 – Miles Scott-Brown
Topic: The use of drones in impact assessment.
Miles Scott-Brown is an Integrated Environments Ltd. (IEL) Partner and Founder and is responsible for strategic direction and management of IEL business lines and services. In his role as a Partner, he oversees the financial, resourcing and technical growth and delivery of IEL professional services. At the discipline level, Miles leads out IEL’s regulatory, audit and environmental assessment services.
Miles has over 25 years of experience in environmental impact assessments, audits and strategic management of environmental and social issues related to resource development and sustainability issues in Canada and globally. He has gained this experience through completion of a wide variety of projects in western Canada, the NWT and Yukon and internationally throughout South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Miles has specific expertise in auditing, compliance assessment and environmental & social performance monitoring for international lending and financial institutions. Miles has also worked within client organizations to provide value added environmental assessment and management expertise supporting timely project approvals and providing adherence to project scheduling and cost controls.
Miles area of practice expertise is related to the coordination and preparation of complex environmental impact assessments, auditing and compliance assessment of environmental and social performance and completion of strategic and cumulative impact assessments.
Internally, Miles plays an important internal role of senior review and staff mentoring in support and delivery of IEL quality assurance and quality control procedures.