Events

Call out for Online Presentations on IA topics! Fall / Winter 2020

Hello IAIA-WNC members! Do you have a timely IA topic you’ve been wanting to present but don’t have a venue for? Or, are you interested in re-purposing your Seville IAIA 2020 presentation? IAIA-WNC is going to be hosting a series of online presentations (on Google Meet) and we are reaching out to you to see if you, or one of your colleagues, is interested in taking the stage! We also invite you to co-host a talk or series of talks on a topic. This is a great opportunity to continue the dialogue on innovative IA topics while in-person sessions are on hold. If you are interested, please send an email with your proposed topic and preferred presentation date to: [email protected] ...
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Now Available: Summer 2020 Issue of WNC Impact

The summer 2020 issue of WNC Impact is now available! Click on the link below or 'copy and paste' it into your browser to read about the latest news on environmental management and EIA. https://iaia-wnc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/IAIA-WNC_Impact_Spring_2020.pdf We hope you enjoy it! ...
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REMINDER: 2020 Annual General Meeting of IAIA-WNC

2020 Annual General Meeting of IAIA-WNC TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the members of the International Association for Impact Assessment - Western and Northern Canada Affiliate (the "Organization") will be held by teleconference on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 12:00 PM Mountain time (11:00 AM Pacific time, 1:00 PM Central time). The agenda will include: 1.    Annual report from the President 2.    Financial Report 3.    Other business Members can attend the meeting using the following connections: Web link: meet.google.com/bfn-syac-zhm Dial in number:   +1 647-733-3230  PIN: 972239655# We require a quorum so if you cannot attend, please complete a proxy form and send to [email protected] By order of the Board of Directors. Matt Hammond President ...
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[Fully Booked] Online Presentation May 13: Determining the Significance of Cumulative Effects

This presentation is now fully booked and no more registrations will be accepted. However, check back in the future as we plan to offer more online opportunities. IAIA- Western and Northern Canada Affiliate is pleased to present: Determining the Significance of Cumulative Effects An online talk and Q + A with Alan Ehrlich Wed. May 13, 2020 This dynamic talk will explore the underlying cause of cumulative effects, and provide step by step guidance to demystify the determination of the significance of cumulative effects in environmental assessment.  It will consider how to deal with projects that add to existing cumulative impacts that are already significant, and will provide real-world examples of novel cumulative impact mitigations from Northern Canada. About Alan Ehrlich Alan has 25 years of experience conducting and reviewing environmental impact assessments in Canada and internationally.  He is the Manager of Environmental Impact Assessment for the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board.  Alan has extensive experience dealing directly with high profile, politically sensitive environmental assessments that are in the public eye. Alan is a former President and NWT Regional Director of the Western and Northern Canada Affiliate of IAIA. The Details: The hour-long webinar will begin at 10 am Pacific time, 11 am Mountain time, on Wed. May 13, 2020.  Participation is free but spaces are limited.   To register, please email: [email protected] Please share this announcement with your colleagues, and anyone else professionally involved in impact assessment that you ...
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BC Environmental Assessment Office Environmental Assessment Act 2018 Workshop (webinar) – April 28, 2020

The EAO is pleased to offer a 1-day, interactive web-based workshop on the Environmental Assessment Act (EA Act 2018), associated regulations and new guidance and policy materials, on Tuesday April 28th, 2020. This will be a digital version of the same workshops as held in Richmond on February 11th and 12th, and Prince George on February 24th, 2020. The EA Act 2018, passed in the Legislature in November 18, came into force on December 16, 2019. The EAO is pleased to bring a variety of EA participants together to develop a deep understanding of the EA Act 2018. We will provide an interactive forum with examples, exercises, and lots of engagement. The focus will be first on an overview of the EA Act 2018 and processes, and then going deeper to develop a strong understanding of the early stages of the process. We will be discussing the ‘why’ and ‘how’ along with the ‘what’ – aiming to provide the necessary tools to engage in the EA process under the EA Act 2018. The workshop will be a web-based experience, using a variety of tools. We anticipate being able to share information regarding the broadcasting platform in the very near future. Please do feel free to distribute this invitation to your networks. If you have copied the calendar invite to your calendar but do not receive further information about this event by mid-April, please reach out to us via the email ...
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Come join us at the Bard and Banker in Victoria, BC! March 10 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm

Do you want to connect with other Impact Assessment practitioners? Curious about the new BC Environmental Assessment Act?  Want to hear more about the upcoming International Association of Impact Assessment 2021 conference in Vancouver? If so, please join us!   Tuesday March 10, 2020 – 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm Bard and Banker, 1022 Government Street, Victoria, BC (Bankers Hall on the 2nd floor – please note that this location is not wheelchair accessible) Members from the International Association for Impact Assessment's Western and Northern Canada Affiliate (IAIA-WNC) invite you to an informal after-work social to meet new people and learn more about change in BC and the upcoming international conference. We will have representatives from the BC Environmental Assessment Office attending to discuss the recent changes in the Environmental Assessment Act and the upcoming IAIA 2021 conference that the EAO is hosting. We hope to share ideas, learn from each other, and plan for upcoming sessions with IAIA. No registration required. Just meet at the Bard and Banker and look for our IAIA sign. Everyone is welcome! If you have questions, contact Matt Hammond - [email protected] ------------------------------ The International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) (www.iaia.org) is the world's leading professional association in the field of impact assessment. The Western and Northern Canada Affiliate (https://iaia-wnc.ca/) includes members from government, consultancies, First Nations, industry and NGOs. Its goal is to promote and develop best practice in environmental impact assessment ...
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New EA Act Workshop

On behalf of the BC Environmental Assessment Office, the International Association for Impact Assessment's (IAIA) Western and Northern Canada branch invites you to attend the following session: As you know, the Environmental Assessment Act (2018), passed in the Legislature on November 2018, came into force on December 16, 2019. On February 11 and 12, the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) offered a 1-day, interactive workshop in Richmond, BC covering the new Environmental Assessment Act (2018), associated regulations and new guidance and policy materials. We appreciate your interest and attendance at the workshop this week. I am writing to let you know about further opportunities to participate in this workshop which you may wish to distribute to your colleagues. Please note that you are receiving this email as a practitioner/consultant who attended the workshop in Richmond this week. On February 24, the EAO will be running a 1-day workshop in Prince George, and in the near future we will also be running a workshop in Victoria, which will include a webinar option for those in other regions who wish to participate. Both the Prince George and upcoming Victoria/webinar sessions will bring a variety of environmental assessment participants together to develop a deeper understanding of the new Environmental Assessment Act (2018). We will provide interactive opportunities with examples, exercises and lots of engagement. The focus will be first on an overview of the new Act and processes, and then go deeper to develop a strong understanding of the early stages of the ...
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*POSTPONED* Organized Reasoning Series 2020 – Victoria, BC

MORE EFFECTIVE IA: TOOLS FOR STRONGER ARGUMENT AND CLEARER WRITING 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. The notice is about Victoria and others will follow. 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 ...
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ORGANIZED REASONING SERIES 2020 – YELLOWKNIFE (February 27 & 28, 2020)

More Effective IA: Tools for Stronger Argument and Clearer Writing Workshop from IAIA-WNC About this Event Our previous Organized Reasoning workshops were well received across Western and Northern Canada. In Yellowknife in February, the Government of NWT will be offering another of a series of Organized Reasoning workshops for their staff. The Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board provided another workshop to their staff in September 2019. IAIA-WNC wants to provide our members, and other practitioners, access to these tools, so we are presenting another workshop in Yellowknife immediately following the latest for GNWT. 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 ...
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*POSTPONED* ORGANIZED REASONING SERIES 2020 – CALGARY, AB

MORE EFFECTIVE IA: TOOLS FOR STRONGER ARGUMENT AND CLEARER WRITING 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, ...
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