IAIA-WNC Evening Pubinar Series – The Future of Pipelines

Dr. Brenda Kenny (Formerly Canadian Energy Pipeline Association),
Marla Orenstein-Canada West Foundation, and
Jason Smith-Nine Degrees Consulting Inc.

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

When: Second Tuesday each month – October 9, November 13 and December 11, 2018, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

IAIA-WNC:The International Association for Impact Assessment - Western and Northern Canada Affiliate (IAIA-WNC) is pleased to announce the return of the 2018 Fall “Pubinar” 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 (happy hour prices in effect). Members and non-members alike are welcome for this free event.

Fall 2018 Theme: The Future of Pipelines
In Canada over the last few years, there has been much discussion and controversy around the contentious issue of hydrocarbon pipelines. The matter involves all levels of government, First Nations, community organizations, NGOs, and other stakeholders. For our 2018 Fall Pubinar series, we delve into the environmental, social, economic, and regulatory issues that make pipelines such a controversial topic in Canada and around the world.

October 9,2018 - Dr. Brenda Kenny, FCAE, ICD.D
Topic: The Context - Global Energy and Climate and Canada's Place in That

Highlights of the past 10 years - major events and trends that have deeply shaped our current context related to the Theme.

Where we are on risk issues, regulatory reform (comments from the NEB Modernization Panel on which Brenda served, including UNDRIP and C-69).

Personal perspectives on the way forward.

About the Speaker: Dr. Brenda Kenny, FCAE, ICD.D
Brenda has extensive experience in energy and environment regulation, policy, sustainability, CSR and innovation. Her career has included executive roles at the National Energy Board and as CEO of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association. Brenda serves as Chair of Alberta Innovates, on the board of Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA; formerly CCEMC), and on the Member Council for Sustainable Development Technology Canada. She also serves on the Boards of the Canada West Foundation, and Nature Canada, and co-chairs the Nature Canada initiative Women for Nature. Brenda is currently serving on the Natural Gas Advisory Panel for Minister McCuaig-Boyd. She recently completed a six-year term serving on the Board of Governors for the University of Calgary, chairing that board’s Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability Committee. Other experiences include serving as a panel member on the National Energy Board Modernization Expert Panel which completed its work in May 2017, and as a member of the Advisory Council for the Positive Energy Project at the University of Ottawa.

November 13, 2018 – Marla Orenstein
Topic: Pipelines and the regulatory process – win, lose or draw?

This talk will focus on how the federal regulatory process has handled pipeline approvals under CEAA 2012.

First up: a review of all projects—pipeline and others--that have applied for approval under CEAA 2012. What was the likelihood of a successful project application for different project types? What were the issues that were found to be significant? How long did project applications take, on average? And have approval patterns been changing over time? The first part of this talk will present results of a Canada West Foundation project that examined these questions.

And second: a discussion on the difference between impact assessment and the project approval process, and why it matters.

About the Speaker: Marla Orenstein
Marla Orenstein is Director of the Centre for Natural Resources Policy at the Canada West Foundation as well as past President and a current member of the Board of Directors for IAIA. In her current role, Marla leads efforts to ensure the West continues to prosper as we respond to new patterns of resource demand. Marla is a subject matter expert in Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and brings a comprehensive understanding of current standards and best practices including guidelines on impact assessment established by regulatory agencies, multilateral finance institutions, international agencies and industry organisations.

December 11, 2018 – Jason Smith
Topic: Environmental Assessment: In Search of the Right Level of Detail at the Right Stage of the Game

Indigenous groups, regulators, landowners, and other stakeholders crave detailed information at the early onset of a Project. Meanwhile, proponents require time to gather the information and seek feedback from the various groups, and their teams, to build their project concept. The sequencing and timing of gathering the environmental information has varied over the years for pipeline projects especially as the level of public engagement has increased. The cost for upfront environmental assessment and studies in Canada has only grown, while project certainty has waned, and legal challenges have increased. This presentation will explore the different considerations proponents need to evaluate prior to conducting environmental assessments and surveys, including the level of detail required, and how to anticipate what concerns that interested parties might have while still advancing the project. The diversity of concerns has grown and now pipeline proponents are faced with the challenges of addressing these concerns in a timely manner. Lessons learned on recent pipeline projects in Canada will expose how these different approaches can address a new vision for impact assessment in Canada

About the Speaker: Jason Smith
Jason Smith is a senior environmental planner and regulatory advisor with over 20 years of experience in the pipeline industry. He was a partner and executive team member at TERA Environmental Consultants, and Practice Lead for Mid-Stream Oil and Gas North America at CH2M Hill (now Jacobs). Jason has worked on several high profile, federally regulated pipeline projects including the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, the award winning TMX-Anchor Loop Project, the Alaska Pipeline Projects, and Georgia Strait Crossing Pipeline Project. He has been actively involved in the Indigenous, stakeholder and government engagement programs for these projects and has been an expert witness for several National Energy Board public hearings.