Many of JPCSL’s services are provided in support of regulatory applications for proposed development projects. These are important periods in the life of any project, whereby government officials and other stakeholders carefully review a project’s environmental, social, and economic aspects. Organizations must subsequently demonstrate their understanding of these issues and their ability to effectively manage them. JPCSL assists its clients in helping navigate complex regulatory environments by providing expert support in a number of areas:
- Environmental and social impact assessment
- Permitting and regulatory applications
- Social / environmental management systems
- Regulatory analysis and review
- Impact and Benefit Agreement (IBA) support
- Strategic planning
- Technical writing and reporting
- Third party review
- Customized research and analysis
Selected project experience:
Environmental Assessment Support
2012 – Present
Provision of environmental assessment support for a proposed gold mine in northern Canada. Lead author of the ‘Public Consultation, Government Engagement, and Traditional Knowledge’ volume of the company’s Environmental Impact Statement, provided oversight of traditional knowledge studies conducted by external consultants for the project, organized and executed various community engagement activities during the permitting process, and developed various company policies and procedures (e.g. pertaining to sustainable development, health and safety, community engagement, company donations).
Environmental Assessment Support
2007 – 2012
Involved in various aspects of the environmental assessment process for a proposed iron ore mine in northern Canada, including: environmental impact statement writing and review; a seven community traditional knowledge study; stakeholder engagement planning; regulatory meetings and community consultations; community-based research; archaeological study; permitting / licensing; socio-economic study; Inuktitut translation program; and report writing and review.
Review of Existing Environmental Data for Hydropower Development in a Northern Ontario Watershed
Preliminary scoping of sustainability issues for potential hydropower development in northern Ontario. This included a review of relevant environmental legislation, past development projects in the region, Aboriginal and traditional land use considerations, likely environmental concerns (e.g. species at risk, protected areas), and socio-economic considerations.
Screening Assessment of Potential Hydropower Opportunities in Ontario
Review of relevant environmental legislation, taxes and fees, permitting and regulatory requirements, Aboriginal considerations, and site tenure considerations for potential hydropower developments in Ontario.
Scoping of Environmental Regulations for Hydropower Development in Vietnam
2008 – 2009
Preparation of an overview of environmental legislation relevant to hydropower development in Vietnam. This included a review of environmental assessment regulations, land tenure process, natural resource tax law, Indigenous considerations, and government incentive programs.
Assessing the Effectiveness of Impact and Benefit Agreements in the Canadian North
2005 – 2007
Project design, implementation, and results analysis for a research study on the effectiveness of Impact and Benefit Agreements (IBAs) from the perspective of their Aboriginal signatories in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Tasks included conducting interviews and focus groups with regulators, mining project proponents, Aboriginal community representatives, and other stakeholders over a two year period. Two three-month field seasons were spent in the communities of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and Kugluktuk, Nunavut. This research resulted in a number of conference presentations and the preparation of popular press and peer-reviewed journal articles.
Impact and Benefit Agreement Implementation Support
Provided administrative support to a First Nation’s Impact and Benefit Agreement (IBA) implementation office in northern Canada.