IAIA Vancouver 2021

IAIA Vancouver 2021

*Forwarding Notice from the BC Environmental Assessment Office*

Good day:

Each year the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) Board of Directors invites proposals from individuals and their sponsoring institutions wishing to host a future annual meeting of the Association. As some of you may be aware, the Environmental Assessment Office submitted a proposal and has been successful in our bid to host the IAIA 2021 Conference in Vancouver, B.C.

IAIA's international conferences are held in a different location each year and include lively exchange and learning opportunities are provided through technical visits, training courses, workshops, theme forums, concurrent sessions, poster displays, networking, and social activities. An IAIA annual conference can generally expect to draw up to 1,000 attendees from 70-90 countries.

The 2021 conference will be taking place from May 18-21, 2021 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. A placeholder has been put on IAIA’s website, with the official announcement and additional information available on IAIA’s website in May 2020. If you would like to see examples from past years you can find them on IAIA’s website here: https://www.iaia.org/annual-conference.php.

As we prepare for hosting the IAIA 2021 Conference in Vancouver, we would like to occasionally reach out by email to provide updates and seek input.  However, if you do not wish to receive these emails, please just send a quick “no thank you” to [email protected], and we’ll try to ensure this is the last email you receive on this topic. On the other hand, we also encourage you to share this email with others you think may be interested in the IAIA 2021 conference. If this email has been forwarded to you, please send an email [email protected] saying “please include me”.

Volunteer Committees
We are looking for partners and volunteers to help us make this an incredible conference. We are also looking for volunteers to participate in the following planning committees:

Technical Program Committee
Logistics and Local Arrangements Committee
Sponsorship and Public Relations Committees

You can find more details in the following IAIA-WNC post "Information on Committees" on what we anticipate the committee structure and responsibilities to look like.

If you are interested in participating on one of the planning committees, please send a short expression of interest (maximum 1 page, please) to [email protected] by February 10, 2020 outlining:
Which committee you are interested in joining;
Your potential time availability;
Your experience with IAIA conferences or activities; and
Relevant skills or experience you bring to the committee.

The time expended and the services provided by committee members are expected to be voluntary or covered by their employer.
We anticipate forming the committees around the end of February and will be reaching out to all individuals who have submitted an expression of interest.

Sponsorship Opportunities
We will also be seeking sponsorship funds to support a successful conference. There will be sponsorship material developed specific to IAIA 2021 in Vancouver. Please find below the flyer for IAIA 2020 in Seville, which will give you a sense of the amounts and what the funds are associated with:  https://conferences.iaia.org/2020/pdf/Sponsorship%20flyer_20.pdf.

Technical Visits
We are also seeking initial expressions of interest from individuals or organizations who would like to propose a cultural or technical visit. These could include highlighting sustainable projects or activities, local cultural sites or practices, or local environmental attributes. Examples of similar activities at previous conferences can be found on the IAIA website (for example, IAIA 2020 events are here: https://conferences.iaia.org/2020/technical-visits.php). Please send the following information to [email protected] before February 28, 2020:
Details of the technical visit;
Expected length of the visit; and
Travel time to the site of the visit.

The initial expressions of interest may need to provide additional detail at a later date, prior to selecting the final list of technical visits. Note that the planning and delivery of a technical visit would be the responsibility of the host individual or organization. However, the IAIA and the Environmental Assessment Office will provide support to ensure that any selected technical visit are a success.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the EAO at [email protected] if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for your support and consideration.

Nathan Braun
Executive Project Director
Environmental Assessment Office
Government of British Columbia

The EAO respectfully acknowledges that it carries out its work on the traditional territories of Indigenous nations throughout British Columbia.