2017 OAIA ANNUAL CONFERENCE

2017 OAIA ANNUAL CONFERENCE

“THE ART AND SCIENCE OF ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT”

 

CONFERENCE – OCTOBER 17-18, 2017

TECHNICAL WORKSHOP – OCTOBER 16, 2017

Bay Adelaide Centre, East Tower 22, Toronto

 

There is nothing more satisfying than a well-executed environmental assessment process for a particular undertaking that leaves all participants relatively happy with the outcome. Today, this seems to be more the exception that the rule given the increasing complexity of some projects, EA processes and the politicization of science. But it does not have to be this way. While the federal government is in the midst of reviewing its EA legislation and process and Ontario considers whether to begin its own review, there are many things that EA practitioners can do to improve the EA process, build positive relationships, submit better EA documents that meet both the public and regulatory expectations and obtain better outcomes for both the environment and participants in the process.

A strong scientific basis, with rigorous, verifiable and objective information, is critical for environmental assessment. What are the best practices for this strong scientific basis today? But, environmental assessment does not stop at science. Local, regional, national and global context is also critical for environmental assessment. The art of inclusion, participation, transparency and flexibility is ever evolving. What are the best practices in artfully integrating context in to environmental assessment decision making?

This year’s conference focuses on how we, as EA practitioners and participants, can do EAs better. We will dig deep into techniques and processes that will improve an EA submission, which, in turn, will simplify the review of the EA and should lead to a better outcome for all. That is the art and science of EA.

Some of the things that we may explore could include:
 
• Integrating context into environmental assessment decision-making
• Using EA to deliver on climate change goals
• Addressing cumulative effects within the current EA regimes
• The nuts and bolts of strategic and regional EA
• Different approaches to EA including Objectives-based EA
• Integration of traditional knowledge into science-based information and vice
versa
• Improving techniques for:
o Baseline data collection
o Modelling
o Monitoring and follow-up
o Pre-EA work
o Consultation and relationship building
• …and much more.

 
There will even be a session hosted by the regulators to share their expectations and tips on improving EA submissions.

So save the dates of October 17 and 18, 2017 in Toronto. Come and roll up your sleeves and dig in…and you will leave with new ideas to try within your own work.

A technical workshop the day before the conference starts will also be offered at an additional cost.

Join us!

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