Events

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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Organized Reasoning in IA – Whitehorse Workshop – New Offering!

Workshop in Whitehorse, Yukon on November 19-20 Our previous Organized Reasoning workshops were well received in Vancouver, Victoria, Whitehorse, Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife. In Whitehorse in November, the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board will be offering another installment of a series of Organized Reasoning workshops for their staff. The Yukon Government provided workshops to some of their staff in September. IAIA-WNC wants to provide our members, and other practitioners, access to these tools, so we are presenting another workshop in Yukon immediately following the latest for YESAB. 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 ...
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The Future of Pipelines – Updated Locations

Speakers: Marla Orenstein-Canada West Foundation Dr. Brenda Kenny (Formerly Canadian Energy Pipeline Association) When: Second Tuesday each month – November 13 and December 11, 2018, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm Where: November 13 - Rose & Crown Traditional Pub & Restaurant (1503 – 4 Street S.W.) December 11 – The Metropolitan (150, 318 – 8 Avenue S.W.) IAIA-WNC: The International Association for Impact Assessment - Western and Northern Canada Affiliate (IAIA-WNC) is pleased to announce the return of the 2018 Fall “Pubinar” talks. Come on out to Ceili’s Pub in downtown Calgary to hear great speakers and get involved in some lively discussion. Drinks and food are available for purchase from the Ceili’s menu (happy hour prices in effect). Members and non-members alike are welcome for this free event. Fall 2018 Theme: The Future of Pipelines In Canada over the last few years, there has been much discussion and controversy around the contentious issue of hydrocarbon pipelines. The matter involves all levels of government, First Nations, community organizations, NGOs, and other stakeholders. For our 2018 Fall Pubinar series, we delve into the environmental, social, economic, and regulatory issues that make pipelines such a controversial topic in Canada and around the world. November 13, 2018 – Marla Orenstein Topic: Pipelines and the regulatory process – win, lose or draw? This talk will focus on how the federal regulatory process has handled pipeline approvals under CEAA 2012. First up: a review of all ...
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Organized Reasoning in IA – Whitehorse Workshop

Workshop in Whitehorse, Yukon on September 18-19 or 20-21 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. The workshop is two days in length and is being offerred twice: September 18-19 or September ...
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June 6 Pubinar Announcement – Are Large Big Hydros a Big Mistake?

Evening Pubinar Series (IAIA-WNC Southern Alberta) Title: Are Large Big Hydros a Big Mistake? Speaker: Miles Scott-Brown (Ciera Group) Where: Ceili’s Irish Pub on 8th Ave Downtown (803, 8th Ave SW, Calgary) When: Wednesday, June 6 from 5:30-7:00 pm   The International Association for Impact Assessment - Western and Northern Canada Affiliate (IAIA-WNC) is pleased to announce the return of the “Pubinar” series of talks. Come on out to Ceili’s Pub in downtown Calgary to hear great speakers and get involved in some lively discussion. Drinks and food are available for purchase from the Ceili’s menu. Members and non-members alike are welcome for this free event.   The third pubinar of the Spring 2018 series is coming up on Wednesday, June 6 from 5:30-7:00 pm at Ceili’s Irish Pub in downtown Calgary.   Topic: In an era where we are transitioning from power generation supplied mostly by fossil fuels, large hydroelectric projects are again under the microscope. Once thought to be a green solution providing “cheap” and reliable baseload power, the success of large hydros has been compromised by significant cost and schedule overruns, environmental and social challenges and rampant public opposition, equal to that commonly seen on large oil and gas projects. Furthermore, large gigawatt scale hydro schemes involving a series of cascade dam developments pose a threat to aquatic ecosystems by disrupting hydraulic and ecological connectivity and potentially erasing watershed integrity. Hydro development is further complicated by the ...
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Proposed Changes to the Regulatory Review and Environmental Assessment Process in Canada: Keeping an Eye out for Blind Spots

Speaker: Lesley Matthews (Polaris Solutions Inc.) Where: Ceili’s Irish Pub on 8th Ave Downtown (803, 8th Ave SW, Calgary) When: Wednesday May 2, 5:30-7:00 pm The International Association for Impact Assessment - Western and Northern Canada Affiliate (IAIA-WNC) is pleased to announce the return of the “Pubinar” series of talks. Come on out to Ceili’s Pub in downtown Calgary to hear great speakers and get involved in some lively discussion. Drinks and food are available for purchase from the Ceili’s menu. Members and non-members alike are welcome for this free event. The second pubinar of the spring 2018 series is coming up on Wednesday, May 2 from 5:30-7:00 pm at Ceili’s Irish Pub in downtown Calgary. On February 8, 2018 the Federal Government introduced Bill C-69 to the House of Commons. Bill C-69 includes the long awaited and proposed legislative changes to the National Energy Board, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, and the Navigation Protection Act. These changes were the conclusion of a lengthy review process launched by the Federal Government in 2016 to review changes made by the previous Federal Government under Prime Minister Harper to the environmental assessment and regulatory review process of energy projects, and related environmental provisions. Join us on May 2 for an overview of the changes introduced under Bill C-69, with a special focus on the changes to the National Energy Board and the review process for federal energy infrastructure projects. We’ll discuss ...
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Vancouver Event: Proposed New Impact Assessment Systems in BC and Canada

The Western and Northern Canada affiliate of the International Association for Impact Assessment, the BC Environmental Assessment Office and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency are hosting a session on proposed changes to environmental assessment legislation. Presentations from the BC Environmental Assessment Office and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency on the Proposed New Impact Assessment Systems in BC and Canada Both British Columbia and Canada are working to reform their respective frameworks for environmental assessment. Join representatives from the BC Environmental Assessment Office and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency for updates on the status of the two reform processes and the vision for the future of impact assessment in BC and Canada. Presentations will be followed by a Q&A session. This event will be of interest to impact assessment practitioners and proponents, as well as those involved in sustainability assessment, academics and researchers. When: Thursday April 26, 2018 Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (sign in begins at 9:30, refreshments served) Where: Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 W Hastings St., Vancouver (access to room will be provided in the lobby) There is no cost for this event. Seats are limited so please register to attend by April 23 at https://regulatory-update-2018.eventbrite.com ...
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