Events

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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Calgary Evening Pubinar Series – November 12: UN Sustainable Development Goals

Title: The UN Sustainable Development Goals: What Every Sustainability Practitioner Needs to Know Speaker: Mel Wilson - MJ Wilson & Associates Inc. Where: The Metropolitan - Private Dining Room (150, 318 – 8 Avenue S.W., Calgary) When: Tuesday, November 12, 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: On 25 September 2015, Canada, along with 192 other countries of the UN General Assembly, adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The world, it seemed, was united in its commitment to tackle the most pressing social, environmental, and economic challenges by 2030. Now it is the fall of 2019. Over the past four years there has been a lot of talk and many reports urging action on the SDGs, but has anything really changed? If not, why not? Have sustainability practitioners - the professionals ...
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Calgary Evening Pubinar Series – October 8: Navigating Change at Suncor

Title: Navigating the Complexities and Challenges of Changing Policy and Regulation Speakers: Janice Linehan – Director Environmental Policy at Suncor Where: The Metropolitan - Private Dining Room (150, 318 – 8 Avenue S.W., Calgary) When: Tuesday, October 8, 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: As Canada’s leading integrated energy company Suncor is focused on responsible growth and creating sustainable energy solutions.  With this focus on sustainable development we are focused on managing our business for the long term by continually improving our environmental, social and economic performance all while understanding and navigating the complex, and ever-changing world of environmental policy and regulation.  How do we ensure we are ready for policy and regulatory change?  How do we manage new expectations and new legislative and regulatory processes to ensure we meet our business needs and timelines? How will sustainability ...
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Gender and Environmental Assessment – May 30, 2019

Join IAIA-WNC in downtown Victoria for presentations and a facilitated discussion on Gender and Environmental Assessment. Hosted by Two Worlds Consulting and IAIA Western and Northern Canada, this session explores what it means to consider gender in the context of environmental assessment (EA). What are the federal and provincial requirements for considering sex, gender, and other identity factors in EAs? What methods and tools exist? How might project effects be experienced differently by specific population sub-groups? Speakers include:. Deborah Stienstra, Jarislowsky Chair in Families and Work Based, Professor, Political Science University of Guelph, will identify the positive and negative gendered and intersectional impacts of resource development; regulatory frameworks related to gendered and intersectional impacts; and some potential responses that could address these impacts. Pascale Méra, Vice President, Two Worlds Consulting will provide an overview of existing guidance and tools for considering gender in EA. Natalie Schell, A/Project Assessment Manager at the BC Environmental Assessment Office will provide an overview of the new Environmental Assessment Act and the draft guidance being developed to assess effects on the human environment, including how effects may be experienced differentially by specific sub-groups within the population. Marion Doull, Senior Policy Analyst at the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency will present a brief overview of the proposed Impact Assessment Act with a focus on requirements for gender-based analysis within the Impact Assessment process, including examples of how gender-based analysis fits within the impact assessment process. When: Thursday May 30th, 2019, 12:00pm ...
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Community Benefits and Indigenous Inclusion in EA, a North and South Perspective – May 23

Come out to socialize with other impact assessment practitioners and discuss Indigenous Community Benefits and Inclusion in Environmental Assessment. The IAIA is the leading global network on best practice in the use of impact assessment for informed decision making regarding policies, programs, plans and projects. The International Association for Impact Assessment's Western and Northern Canada branch invites you to attend the following presentations: Date: Thursday May 23, 2019 Time: 11-2 pm (presentation and discussion from 11:30-1:30pm) ***note those in attending in person will view an HSE video from 11:20-11:30am Location:  5th floor boardroom at SNC-Lavalin office - 745 Thurlow Street, Vancouver Who: Dr. Debra Stokes, Deanna Higginson, Rosanne D’Orazio Please join us for presentations and a panel discussion. Speaker details below. Please feel free to bring lunch. We look forward to seeing you there. For members outside Vancouver, you can join by web/teleconference. Let us know by email ([email protected]) and we will send out the connection info on the day before the event. For more information: [email protected] Presenter: Dr. Debra Stokes Can large resource developments contribute to sustainability in Indigenous communities? The extractives sector has the obligation to contribute to sustainable development in areas where resource exploitation occurs. Fulfilling this expectation is challenging in resource-dependent towns, that are periodically exposed to boom-bust dynamics. In northwest British Columbia, several large Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal projects have been proposed, involving high capital costs and several thousand workers for the construction phase. Indigenous Peoples are ...
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Evening Pubinar Series: The Meaning of Meaningful Consultation

Title: The Meaning of Meaningful Consultation Speakers: Jorge Avilés - Manager: Indigenous & Community Relations at Canada West Land Services Where: The Metropolitan - Private Dining Room (150, 318 – 8 Avenue S.W., Calgary) When: Tuesday, May 14, 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: The holistic concept of sustainability, ruled and supported by the three Ps – Profit, Planet and People – is inherent to the foundational idea that Indigenous cultures hold: everything is connected, and the way in which we treat everything and everybody around us, in the end, affects us too. This common ground serves as a platform to engage in more agreeable conversations and conduct truly meaningful consultation with Indigenous groups. Considering the interests of all those affected builds stronger futures for everybody and everything. Successful engagement is the product of being able to think ...
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Evening Pubinar Series: Alberta’s Anecdotes & Antidotes: What’s our story & what’s the cure?

Speakers: Donna Kennedy-Glans & Don Hill When: Tuesday, March 12, 2018 from 5:30-7:00 pm Where: The Metropolitan - Private Dining Room (150, 318 – 8 Avenue S.W.) 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). About the speakers: Donna & Don co-author the blog, Beyond Polarity (beyondpolarity.blog), two people from two different worlds who come together to deepen our understanding of Alberta’s narratives, challenges & opportunity: DONNA KENNEDY-GLANS is a Calgary-based lawyer, writer, and veteran of the world of energy & politics. This work includes decades as a deal-maker & executive to Canadian & global energy companies on the ground in 35 jurisdictions; authoring a book for business on why & how to manage beyond compliance with rules & laws; several Government of Alberta governance roles including ministerial responsibility for electricity & renewable energy; leading an initiative to gather Albertans’ perspectives on energy & climate to ...
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