International Association for Impact Assessment 2017


Advisian consultants to chair four sessions and deliver two presentations and posters at the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) 2017 Conference in Montreal, Canada, April 4 - 7, 2017.

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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 IAIA is a diverse global organization with a collective goal focused on environmental stewardship and sustainability.

The theme for the IAIA17 Conference is: “Impact Assessment’s Contribution to the Global Efforts in Addressing Climate Change.” Our human health (Dr. Geetha Ramesh), society and engagement (Karina Andrus), cumulative effects assessment (Margaret Scott), and climate change (Robert Larson) advisors will be representing Advisian to advance discussions on this global challenge in their respective fields.

Dr. Geetha Ramesh, a Principal environmental consultant based in Calgary and Global Health Section chair for IAIA, will be chairing two sessions during the conference and is co-author for the presentation The Complexity of Climate Change, Water and Indigenous People on Thursday, April 6 at 4:30 pm (Session ID# 62). The sessions Geetha will be chairing include:

  1. Climate Change Impacts on Human Health: Wednesday, April 5 at 11:00 am (Session ID# 137); Chair: Geetha Ramesh
  2. Impact Assessment for promoting the Sustainable Development Goals: Tuesday, April 4 at 9:00 am (Session ID# : 238); Chairs: Geetha Ramesh and Filipe Silva
Karina Andrus, Practice Lead for Society and Engagement in Burnaby, BC, is a regular at IAIA, having presented on social, indigenous, and cultural topics related to impact assessment for the last several years. This year, Karina will be presenting on Integrating Community Input into Project Design on Friday, April 7 at 9:00 am (Session ID# 218a). This is a topic Karina has significant experience and interest in, especially in her current role as the Society and Engagement Lead working with the communities of Pond Inlet and Iqaluit for the Government of Nunavut Port Marine Infrastructure Projects.

Margaret Scott, Practice Lead for Environmental Science and based in Burnaby, BC, is attending IAIA for the first time. Building on her knowledge and experience with cumulative effects assessment, Margaret will be participating in workshops on the subject, presenting a poster, and chairing and presenting in a session focused on the challenges with developing cumulative impact and climate change scenarios:

  • Cumulative Effects Assessment and climate change: Who defines the baseline and forecast scenarios: Friday, April 6 ad 9:00 am (Session ID# 239); Chair: Margaret Scott
  • Baseline GHG and Climate Change Conditions in EIAs: Friday, April 6 at 9:00 am (Session ID #239); Author/Presenter: Margaret Scott and Tamer Alexan (co-author)
  • Managing Regional Cumulative Effects on Groundwater Resources: Case Studies: Poster session; Author: Margaret Scott, Jos Beckers, and Margaret Klebek

Robert Larson, a hydrologist and climate change specialist based in the Burnaby, BC office, will also be attending IAIA for the first time this year. His contribution will focus on sharing the experience Advisian has gained over the past two years assessing environmental risks and opportunities posed by climate change in his poster Key Elements to Assess Climate Induced Hydrologic Changes.

 For more information contact Geetha Ramesh: