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Public Consultation &
Stakeholder Engagement:
Applying Systems Thinking to Stakeholder Engagement
  • Training
    • Developed a two-day Training Workshop consisting of six modules focusing on the theoretical and practical application of systems thinking to stakeholder engagement. Developed for the Ontario Public Service and delivered in 2008. Training Module entitled: Stakeholder Engagement: "The Web of Mutuality: Building Social Capital Through Stakeholder Engagement."
    • Customized training available for large and small groups.
  • Provincial Government:
    • Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Stakeholder Consultations. Caribou Conservation Plan. 2008, 2009.
    • Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Species At Risk Program Advisory Committee Inaugural Meeting. 2008.
    • Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. State of the Aggregate Resource in Ontario, Advisory Committee & Technical Expert Panels. 2009.
    • Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Lakes & Rivers Improvement Act Technical Advisory Committee Facilitation. 2006 – 2009.
    • Great Lakes Charter Annex Advisory Panel Facilitation.
    • Great Lakes Charter Annex Intra-Basin Transfer Facilitation.
    • Saskatchewan Industry & Resources. Intergovernmental Working Group on Mining Efficiency & Effectiveness.
    • Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Renewable Energy Education Advisory Committee.
  • First Nations: Respecting Aboriginal Way of Life
    • Facilitated the Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge Focus Group for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources designed to develop a Statement of Aboriginal Perspectives on the Use & Application of Way of Life Knowledge in Resource Management Decision Making.
    • Facilitated the Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge Focus Group responsible for providing direction and guidance to Ontario Parks on the updated Provincial Parks & Protected Areas Planning Manual.
  • Municipal Government: Creating a Sense of Ownership - Engaging Communities & Community Members.
    • Township of Georgian Bay. Port Severn Master Plan – Civic Engagement Process Design & Facilitation. Undertaken with The EDA Collaborative Inc and J.H. Stevens Planning Consultants. 2008, 2009.
    • Eagle’s Earth Cree & Ojibway Historical Centre, Hearst, Ontario. First Nations Engagement & Facilitation. Undertaken with Malone Given Parsons. 2009.
    • Township of East Garafraxa. Visioning Exercise. 2008.
    • City of Hamilton. Windermere Basin Design Charrette. Undertaken with Cole Engineering. 2008.
  • Industry: Building Effective Partnerships
    • Ontario Waterpower Association. Waterpower Summit: Bilateral Meeting of Industry & Government: Advancing Hydroelectric Power in Ontario. 2008.
    • Ontario Waterpower Association. Developing an Industry, Government & First Nations Hydropower Community of Practice. Inaugural Meeting. 2008.
    • Canadian Dam Association. Strategic Plan & Business Plan Review. 2007.
  • Conservation Authorities: Promoting Productive Dialogue
    • Credit Valley Conservation Authority. Development Review Policies Update. 2008, 2009.
    • Credit Valley Conservation Foundation. Strategic Plan Review. 2008.
    • Credit Valley Conservation Authority. Black Creek Subwatershed Study. Inaugural Advisory Committee Meeting. 2008.
    • Grand River Conservation Authority. Strategic Plan Review. 2008.
    • Lake Simcoe Environmental Management Strategy (LSEMS) Governance Model. Facilitation of the LSEMS Working Group and Steering Committee. 2007.
Resource Management Planning:
Balancing the Interests of Uses & Users
  • Extensive public policy experience in water resource management, wildlife management, provincial parks and protected areas, aggregate resources, hydroelectric power development & renewable energy, crown land resource management, land use planning, watershed and place-based planning.
  • 14 Years experience working for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, as Municipal Planning Coordinator, Policy Advisor & Project Manager. Some accomplishments include:
    • Assisted legal counsel in preparing staff for presentations before various tribunals, including the Ontario Municipal Board
    • Participated in the development of the Provincial Wetlands Policy
    • MNR Negotiating Team Member, Extraction of Aggregate Below the Water Table on Prime Agricultural Lands (Position Negotiated with the Ministry of Agriculture & Food)
    • Development of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Process for Resource Stewardship Agreements, associated with Forest Management Planning in Ontario
    • Coordinated MNR Response to Ontario Hydro Demand/Supply Plan Hearings.
Fact Finding &
Program Evaluation:
Doing Things Right & Doing the Right Things.
  • Saskatchewan Environment. Corporate Policy & Planning Realignment. 2008.
  • Evaluation of Ontario’s Water Resource Management Strategies & Flood Damages
  • Program Evaluation Plan for Ontario’s Land Use Planning Program.
  • Assessment of Forest Management Plans in Ontario vis-à-vis the recognition of resource-based tourism values
  • Interim Assessment of the Mediation & Information Services Provided to the Superior Court of Justice (Family Division), Durham Region
Report Writing:
Providing Clarity & Guidance
  • Co-Author. Association for Conflict Resolution. The Native Dispute Resolution Network: A Bridge Between Native Peoples, Agencies and Other Interests in Environmental Conflicts. 2008.
  • Ontario Waterpower Association. Renew. “Splendid Isolation Is Out…Collaboration Is In.” October 2008.
  • Technology Review Report. Prepared for CEA Technologies Inc. Hydropower Full Environmental Cost Accounting. Undertaken with MOBEC Engineering & P. Norris. 2007.
  • CEATI Report. Hydroelectric Generation Water Resource Management Roadmap. Undertaken with MOBE C Engineering & P. Norris. 2006.
  • Saskatchewan Environment Forest Service. Provincial Standards for Road Construction & Stream Crossings. 2008. Undertaken with Water’s Edge, Merin Forest Management & Fri Ecological Services
  • Editor, Lakes & Rivers Technical Guidelines Update. 2006-2009.
Strategic Planning:
Embarking On The Path of Progress
  • Ministry of the Environment. Draft Strategic Plan, 2008/09.
  • Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation. Developing a Strategic Research & Development Framework for Sustainable Mines and Sustainable Mining.
  • Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing. Enhancing the Planning Services Delivery System from a strategic vantage point.
  • Grand River Conservation Authority. Review of Strategic Plan. 2008.
  • Credit Valley Conservation Agency. Strategic Plan Review. 2007.
  • Canadian Dam Association. Strategic Plan & Business Plan Review. 2006.
  • Lac La Ronge Indian Band Strategic Plan. 2006.
Environmental Mediation:
Specializing in Multi-Party, Public Policy Disputes
  • Mediator – Initial Meeting of Ontario’s Forest Sector & Environmental Interests in Ontario. 2008.
  • Co-Mediator with Frank Handy, SFH Group – Multi-Party Stakeholder & First Nation Issue in North-Central Saskatchewan.
  • Staff Support to the Ontario Forest Industry & Resource-Based Tourism Sector, Resource Stewardship Agreements Memorandum of Understanding.
  • Mediator, Victim Offender Reconciliation Program.
 

 

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