Member News & Events – November 2018

In this issue:

Upcoming Events
Event Follow Up and Feedback
Regional Highlights
Changes to the IAIA WNC Fee Structure
IAIA News and Events
New Section – News from Members


Since this edition of the newsletter is being sent out just as the holiday season is starting, the IAIA-WNC Executive team wants to wish all is members and their families a safe and Happy Holiday Season and all the best for 2019.

In other news, the team welcomes Daria Hasselmann to the role of  Communications Coordinator for the IAIA-WNC.  Daria is the Community Relations Lead for Barkerville Gold Mines and has significant experience in consultation, and lead the SIA for LNG Canada.  She is excited to join the WNC team.  Please let her know if you have any stories or information to share for future newsletters. She will be reaching out to members for stories, but please be proactive if you can! You can contact Daria  at [email protected]

Upcoming Events

Please reach out and let the team know if there are presentations or presenters that you think may be of interest to the WNC chapter and worth sharing.  This can even be you!

Calgary Pubinar Talks: The theme for Fall 2018 is “The Future of Pipelines”.

  • December 11 at The Metropolitan (150, 318 – 8 Avenue S.W.) with speaker Dr. Brenda Kenny (Formerly Canadian Energy Pipeline Association. Topic: The Context - Global Energy and Climate and Canada's Place in That
  • The event runs from 5:30pm-7:00pm. Members and non-members alike are welcome for this free event.

Victoria event on gender-based assessment: A workshop will be held in early 2019. Details and registration will be announced soon.

Recent Events

Whitehorse: Using Organized Reasoning to Improve Environmental Assessment was held in September by Dr. Glenn Brown. Two workshops were held in September with attendees travelling as far as Ft. McPherson to attend.

Regional Highlights

BC News:

  • The BC Government has released Bill 51 and related Intentions Paper   regarding proposed changes to the BC Environmental Assessment Act.
  • LNG Canada, along with its partners, announced in October 2018 that a positive final investment decision (FID) had been made for the project.  Construction on the Kitimat, BC-based project is being by the Fluor-JGC consortium and is expected to begin by the end of this year.
  • IDM Mining Ltd. received an Environmental Assessment Certificate for the Red Mountain Underground Gold Project on October 8th.

Alberta News:

Saskatchewan News:

  • A new diamond mine was just approved near Prince Albert. The Star-Orion Diamond Project was first proposed by Shore Gold Inc., now known as Star Diamond, in 1995. It received a green light in 2014. The proposed site will cover 9,200 hectares in the forest.

NWT News:


Upcoming international conferences include IAIA 2019 Brisbane, Australia: Evolution or Revolution – What’s Next in Impact Assessment in April,  and IAIA 2020  - Smartening Impact Assessment in Seville, Spain.  For more details and information on deadlines for submissions, please go to the IAIA website.

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2019 Changes to IAIA-WNC Fees

Please note that IAIA-WNC is changing its fee structure in 2019. Fees will be changing from $45 for 3 years to $30 a year beginning in January 2019. This change will allow IAIA-WNC to improve services and events, as well as assist in new developments for the future.

New membership or renewals completed before December 31, 2018 will remain at $45 and cover the next 3 years.But please note that any renewals done on or after January 1, 2019 will be subject to the new pay format at $30 year.So get your renewals in early and let any potential new members know and help them get signed up before the end of the year

Benefits of IAIA-WNC Membership 
Did you know, as a member of IAIA-WNC you are able to:

  • Be a part of the only regional organization dedicated to the process and practice of impact assessment.
  • Engage with practitioners of varied disciplines, roles and locations to exchange ideas and experiences. Our members include biologists, socio-economists, public and indigenous engagement specialists and engineers working as consultants, regulators, industry, non-government organization representatives, academics and students.
  • Take advantage of opportunities to influence policy through exchanges with regulators, who often have IAIA-WNC host events to collaborate with practitioners.
  • Participate in our events to present and seek input on your insights, increase your professional knowledge and network.
  • Receive discounts on both our regional events and the international IAIA annual conference. You have access to IAIA connect, an online professional networking and collaboration site.

News from Members

This is a new section that will be dedicated to any news or information that members may want to share or highlight.  This could include announcements of new hires/retirements, company highlights or even job posting.  Take note that the newsletter tries to get out on a quarterly basis, so topics where timing or deadlines are important may not work.  Send any news to Daria Hasselmann at [email protected] and she will do her best to include your items.

Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board (MVLWB) is looking for a Senior Technical Advisor – Closure and Reclamation responsible for carrying out technical submissions to the board.  Click here for more information contact Allan Twissell at Northways Consulting at [email protected] before November 25th.