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Workshop: Organized Reasoning – More Effective IA through Stronger Argument and Clearer Writing

Learn to improve impact assessment documents though organized reasoning. Four 3-hour sessions. Two options: starting either June 1 or Oct 12. About this Event Our previous live 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. We offer a series of online workshops for 2021. In the large documents involved in Impact Assessment there is much useful data and the final conclusions are often sensible. However, it can be difficult for readers to see how the data actually leads to conclusions or supports the recommendations offered. This workshop shares two sets of tools collectively called ‘Organized Reasoning’. The first provides a structured series of steps to help organize your thinking and your argument. (‘Argument ‘in this context means a series of reasons leading to a conclusion.) The second shows how to better present arguments in the written text of your documents. Assessments are complex documents. Using the tools of argument can make them easier for audiences to understand. And easier for authors to write! Organized Reasoning provides a way to make assessments faster, cheaper, more transparent and more effective while reducing risk. Those are particular important benefits as people wish to hastened developments for Covid-19 recovery. The workshop shows how IA ...
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IAIA-WNC Annual General Meeting and Presentation

IAIA-WNC invites you to our online AGM on April 15. The AGM will be immediately followed by a presentation by Dr. Glenn Brown on organized reasoning in impact assessment (more details to follow). Please see below the AGM notice and call for nominations to the IAIA-WNC Board. Please contact us with any questions. Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 11:30 am Pacific Time, 12:30 pm Mountain Time (presentation follows the AGM at 12pm PST, 1pm MST) 2021 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, April 15, 2021 at 12:30 PM Mountain time (11:30 AM Pacific time, 1:30 PM Central time). The agenda will include: Annual report from the President Financial report Board election Other business You can attend the meeting and presentation by registering at: https://wnc-agm-and-talk.eventbrite.com Interested in attending the presentation but not the AGM? Register at the above link and log on to the event at 12pm PST, 1pm MST. Members, if you want your vote to count but can't make the AGM, then please complete a proxy form and send to [email protected] By order of the Board of Directors. Matt Hammond President Nominations Open for Board of Directors Calling all members (or prospective members) who would like to join the IAIA-WNC Board of Directors - nominations are now open. The board term is two years. Executive ...
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Webinar Mar 3 – Adaptive Management: IA, the COVID-19 Pandemic and Into the Beyond

Please join us for an online event featuring Miles Scott-Brown of the Ciera Group Wednesday, March 3, 2021 (12pm Pacific Time, 1pm Mountain Time) About this Event Some will say that this last year of the COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed how we work. Moreover, many now wonder what our work will look like returning to a “new normal” in the years ahead. Miles will talk about adaptive management and other coping strategies for working virtually from anywhere following the three R’s: Resilience, Reinvention and Reactivation. Topics to be discussed include: how do I find and do work remotely during the Pandemic, what are the trends, tendencies, and opportunities in impact assessment, how to avoid Zoom burnout and blurring work/life boundaries, where do we go from here and are the roaring 20s about to happen again? About the speaker Miles Scott-Brown, M.E. Des., CEA Miles leads the Ciera Group as an environmental practitioner, professional biologist, and impact assessment specialist with over 30+ years’ experience in assessing and managing complex environmental and social issues in infrastructure projects around the globe. He has a bachelor’s degree (Hon.) in marine biology from UBC, a master’s degree in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary, Canada, is a professional biologist (ASPB), a certified environmental auditor (EcoCanada) and an accredited assessor in the IHA Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol. The one-hour-long webinar will begin at 12:00 pm Pacific time, 1:00 pm Mountain time, on Weds. March 3, 2021.  There ...
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Dec 16 Webinar: Northern Impact Assessments

Please join us for an online event featuring a trio of talks on impact assessment in Nunavut and Northwest Territories. Wednesday, December 16, 2020 (11:30am Pacific Time, 12:30pm Mountain Time) Ensuring Nunavut Developments Respect Inuit Knowledge, Customs and Rights Speaker: Ryan Barry, Former Executive Director of the Nunavut Impact Review Board Examining how community participation in Nunavut’s impact assessment process has improved social acceptance for development and regulatory oversight. Lessons From the First First Strategic Environmental Assessment in the Eastern Canadian Arctic Speaker: Heather Rasmussen, Senior Policy Advisor, Nunavut Impact Review Board Lessons from the Nunavut Impact Review Board’s first Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) which emphasized transparency, public participation, and utilization of both scientific information and local indigenous knowledge. Assessing Impacts on Indigenous Well-Being and Way of Life Speaker: Mark Cliffe-Phillipe, Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board The impact assessment process in the Northwest Territories is a holistic approach rooted in indigenous values and ways of knowing and this talk gives practical examples from recent IA's. The 1.5-hour-long webinar will begin at 11:30 am Pacific time, 12:30 pm Mountain time, on Weds. December 16, 2020.  There is no cost for the event, but you must register to receive the webinar link (to be provided prior to the event). Non-members have the option for a small donation to support our organization. REGISTER AT: https://northernia.eventbrite.com Questions, please email: [email protected] ...
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Webinar Nov. 19: Assessing Economic Impacts Like One Actually Cares

IAIA- Western and Northern Canada Affiliate is pleased to present: Assessing Economic Impacts Like One Actually Cares An online talk and Q + A with Chris Joseph MRM PhD Thursday November 19, 2020 (11:30am Pacific Time, 12:30pm Mountain Time) This talk will cover the role of economic impact information in major project decision-making, standard methods of economic impact assessment, and good practices in economic impact assessment. Experiences will be shared with respect to conducting economic impact assessments for intervenors and proponents, presenting assessments to regulatory panels, and defending assessments subject to cross-examination. Examples will be drawn from recent controversial major project reviews that many participants will be familiar with. Economic impact assessment matters a lot, and this talk will explain why and where the EA community needs to move to with respect to major project economic impacts. About Chris Joseph Dr. Chris Joseph is Principal of Swift Creek Consulting based out of Squamish, BC, Canada. Much of Chris’ work has been in regards to major project economic and social impacts, and Indigenous values and interests, but Chris gets involved in all sorts of environmental and resource management issues. Chris has written guidance for senior governments in Canada, provided expert evidence for several major project reviews and to the BC Supreme Court, published research in leading academic journals, and provided journal peer review.  Chris holds PhD and masters degrees from the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University ...
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