Proposed Changes to the Regulatory Review and Environmental Assessment Process in Canada: Keeping an Eye out for Blind Spots

Speaker: Lesley Matthews (Polaris Solutions Inc.)

Where: Ceili’s Irish Pub on 8th Ave Downtown (803, 8th Ave SW, Calgary)

When: Wednesday May 2, 5:30-7:00 pm

The International Association for Impact Assessment - Western and Northern Canada Affiliate (IAIA-WNC) is pleased to announce the return of the “Pubinar” series of talks. Come on out to Ceili’s Pub in downtown Calgary to hear great speakers and get involved in some lively discussion. Drinks and food are available for purchase from the Ceili’s menu. Members and non-members alike are welcome for this free event.

The second pubinar of the spring 2018 series is coming up on Wednesday, May 2 from 5:30-7:00 pm at Ceili’s Irish Pub in downtown Calgary.

On February 8, 2018 the Federal Government introduced Bill C-69 to the House of Commons. Bill C-69 includes the long awaited and proposed legislative changes to the National Energy Board, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, and the Navigation Protection Act. These changes were the conclusion of a lengthy review process launched by the Federal Government in 2016 to review changes made by the previous Federal Government under Prime Minister Harper to the environmental assessment and regulatory review process of energy projects, and related environmental provisions.

Join us on May 2 for an overview of the changes introduced under Bill C-69, with a special focus on the changes to the National Energy Board and the review process for federal energy infrastructure projects. We’ll discuss the implications of these changes and leave plenty of time for discussion and sharing thoughts about what these changes mean for environmental assessment practitioners.

About the speaker:

Lesley Matthews has worked in varying capacities as a regulatory advisor in the energy and mining industries and for energy regulators in Canada for the past 20+ years. From 2013 to 2016, Lesley was an advisor to Kinder Morgan Canada Inc. (now Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. or KML) on its Trans Mountain Expansion Project, assisting KML to navigate the National Energy Board review process. Currently Lesley is the Director, Regulatory for Titanium Corporation, assisting her client to commercialize its first project to recover heavy minerals from oil sands waste in Northern Alberta.

Lesley has training and experience in conflict resolution, facilitation, and program evaluation. In 2017, Lesley partnered with the CD Howe Institute to publish a paper on the Federal government’s initiative to modernize the National Energy Board.