About the Workshop:
Our previous Organized Reasoning workshops were well received in Vancouver, Victoria, Whitehorse, Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife. A number of government agencies and companies have begun using these tools and IAIA-WNC has received multiple requests for more workshops. We want to provide our members, and other practitioners, access to these tools, so we are presenting a new round of workshops in 2020.

Environmental impact assessment—like all technical writing—constantly uses reasoning to reach conclusions. That process is called ‘argument’, which means to assemble a series of reasons, leading to conclusions, targeted for a specific audience. This workshop shares two sets of tools collectively called ‘Organized Reasoning’. The first provides principles for creating clearer arguments relevant to phases of the EA process. The second shows how to better present arguments in the written text of your documents. Assessments are complex documents and using the tools of argument can make them easier for audiences to understand. And easier for authors to write!

The workshop shows how EA documents contain common errors in their arguments and weaknesses in their writing. Participants will assemble evidence and reasoning for several different kinds of argument found in EAs. We practice steps, and introduce computer-based tools, that show how to bring improved arguments into technical report writing. We discuss how people have implemented these steps in their EA practice. Participants learn a revised approach to planning, preparing and writing technical material that they can use immediately on the job to write stronger cases in their EAs. The workshop includes opportunities for discussion and practice and provides breaks for refreshment. You’ll receive a handout documenting the main ideas. Lunch is not provided but is available nearby. Participants will be limited to 16 people.

Dates: To be confirmed

Time: Registration, coffee and greetings 8:30; Workshop 8:45 am to 4:30 pm.

Location: Just west of downtown; Suite 103, 1933a 10th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB, T3C 0K3

Further Information: [email protected]


Workshop Leader:

Dr. Glenn Brown has over 25 years experience as an ecologist and educator specializing in environmental management. He has worked on environmental projects for industry, government and non-governmental organizations in Canada and other countries. He teaches courses on Ecosystem Science and Management and on Analytical Thinking and Communications in the Master’s program in Environment and Management at Royal Roads University in British Columbia and works as an independent consultant. More about him at www.glennbrown.ca.

Comments From Past Participants:

  • Highly recommend it!
  • I am looking forward to using these tools.
  • A new pragmatic way of influencing.
  • Very helpful and would highly recommend this to others.
  • Definitely worth it no matter your level of experience. These are things that we sort-of do already but this workshop will help you refine these (with practice)
  • Highly recommend this approach to all environmental practitioners. I’ve felt that I now have a new way at presenting environmental information that will assist our business & the wider public.