Events

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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IAIA Vancouver 2021 – Information on Committees

IAIA 2021 Conference Planning Committees Overview PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE TECHNICAL PROGRAM COMMITTEE The technical program committee should consist of 10 to 12 individuals who have knowledge of IAIA conference programs, who have sufficient time to handle the workload of reviews and coordinating the overall program, and who can work closely with the program chair. 3-4 IAIA representatives  (i.e., the Executive Director, the chair(s) of the Sections Coordinating Committee, and the President) also serve on the Technical Program Committee. There are 2 to 4 time frames of intense, time-sensitive activity (approximately February/March 2020, mid-August 2020, mid-February through mid-March 2021). • Suggest the conference theme, to be approved by IAIA Board of Directors • Identify topical streams related to the conference theme • Plan plenary sessions and arrange keynote speakers in consultation with Sponsorship and Public Relations Committee • Review and develop session proposals • Monitor and referee review of abstracts • Coordinate program input and schedule with session chairs • Identify and organize special professional networking activities (e.g., speed networking, mini job fair) • Provide program text to IAIA HQ for the call for papers, preliminary program, and final program • The planning and delivery of a technical visit would be the responsible of the host individual or organization. However, the IAIA and the EAO will provide support. Technical session hosts will be a member of a sub-committee of the technical program committee. PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE LOGISTICS AND LOCAL ...
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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 ...
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ORGANIZED REASONING SERIES 2020 – VANCOUVER (March 5 & 6, 2020)

More Effective IA: Tools for Stronger Argument and Clearer Writing Workshop from IAIA-WNC 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 Vancouver 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 ...
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Calgary Pubinar Series – December 10: Natural Infrastructure Valuation and the Resilience Dividend

Title: A Municipal Approach to Natural Infrastructure Valuation and the Resilience Dividend Speakers: Heather Galbraith & Jill Curley - The City of Calgary Where: The Metropolitan - Private Dining Room (150, 318 – 8 Avenue S.W., Calgary) When: Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 5:30-7:00 pm Cost: Free for IAIA-WNC members; $10 for non-members ($5 for students)  The International Association for Impact Assessment - Western and Northern Canada Affiliate (IAIA-WNC) is pleased to announce the return of our “Pubinar” series of talks for another season. Come on out to The Metropolitan in downtown Calgary to hear great speakers and get involved in some lively discussion. Drinks and food are available for purchase from The Metropolitan’s excellent menu (happy-hour pricing before 6pm). Admission is free for IAIA-WNC members, or $10 for non-members ($5 for students). Yearly memberships can be purchased at the door, or on the IAIA-WNC website (https://iaia-wnc.ca). The Talk: This presentation will highlight The City of Calgary approach to embed natural infrastructure (NI) into corporate decision making through awareness, valuation and project implementation. Participants will hear about our Resilient Calgary Strategy (2019) with a particular focus on natural infrastructure and the resilience dividend.  Resilience of a city, its communities and region is improved when integrated systems are in place to conserve, enhance and maintain our natural infrastructure. The City of Calgary has identified natural infrastructure as a critical element of climate mitigation, adaptation and resiliency. Many essential municipal services are ...
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