Students and Young Professionals Workshop


Tuesday 4 April | 08:00-11:45 | Salon A&B
This workshop, organized by the SYP Section, the IAIA17 Program Committee, and IAIA, fosters the integration of students and young professionals into IAIA conferences.



            Registration (Level 4)


            Workshop opening. Jill Baker, IAIA Executive Director


            Keynote speakers' presentations. Invited speakers from different sectors present their points of view and share their experience with career issues related to IA career development.
            Juan D. Quintero, environmental specialist and independent consultant (consulting sector)
            Monica Scatasta, Head of Climate, Environmental and Social Policy, Projects Directorate, European Investment Bank (economic sector)
            Bram Noble, PhD, SSHRC Leader, Office of the Vice President Research; Professor, Department of Geography and Planning, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan (academic sector)
            Heather Smith, Vice President of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) (public sector)


            Presentation of a new EIA training course. "Professional Development Program in Impact Assessment" will be introduced by John Boyle, chair of IAIA's Training and Professional Development Committee.


            Coffee break      


            Elevator-pitch presentations by SYP. Volunteers from among the attendees will present what they are working on so that all participants of the workshop will benefit from the experience of others to upgrade their work.


            Speed mentoring. Just like speed dating, SYPs introduce themselves to an experienced IAIA member (the mentor) for a short period of time. When time is up, SYPs move to meet the next mentor. The objective of this speed mentoring is to meet new people and develop your network!


            Close of workshop. François Boulanger, IAIA17 Co-chair

Keynote speakers

Juan D. Quintero



Monica Scatasta


Ms Scatasta was appointed as Head of Environment, Climate and Social Policy and of the EIB's Environment, Climate and Social Office (ECSO) in March 2016. She joined EIB in 2003 and, before joining ECSO, was the Head of the Water and Waste Management Division. Ms Scatasta is a specialist with over 20 years of experience in policy advisory and project financing, primarily in water resources management, water services, climate change and disaster risk management. In 2007-09 she was seconded from EIB to OECD to coordinate a multi-directorate Water Programme. Prior to joining the EIB, Ms Scatasta spent 10 years in Washington DC, where she worked at the World Bank and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). During this time she also temporarily moved to in Brazil as part of an expert team supporting the Ministry of Environment and National Water Agency. Mrs Scatasta has presented extensively at international water and climate-related events. She holds advanced degrees in finance, economics and environmental engineering from the University of Bologna, Department of Economics and Business Administration, the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and the Johns Hopkins University's Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering.

Bram Noble


Bram Noble, PhD
Professor, Department of Geography and Planning and School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, SK)
Bram Noble is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning, jointly appointed in the School of Environment and Sustainability, at the University of Saskatchewan. His research is focused on environmental impact assessment and management. He has particular interests in strategic environmental assessment, regionally-based approaches to cumulative effects assessment and management, and the efficacy of impact assessment. Dr. Noble is author of Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment: Guide to Principles and Practice. He has published more than 200 peer reviewed journal papers, book chapters, review articles and technical research reports on various aspects of environmental assessment. He is also engaged in the professional practice of impact assessment and has been involved in both project and strategic impact assessment applications for First Nations, government and industry. This includes acting as a consultant on impact assessment to various agencies and organizations including the Canadian Council of Ministers of Environment, the Auditor General of British Columbia, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and the governments of Saskatchewan and Alberta. He is currently a member of the Council of Canadian Academies expert panel on integrated natural resource management.

Heather Smith


Heather Smith

Heather Smith is Vice-President, Operations at the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.  In previous positions, Heather was Executive Director in the Government Operations Sector of Treasury Board Secretariat, and Director General in the Strategic Policy Branch at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC).  Heather held several management positions within Justice Canada, as General Counsel and Head of AAFC Legal Services, General Counsel and Head of Legal Services at the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, and General Counsel in the Legal Services Unit of Social Development Canada/Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.   Heather also served as legal counsel at Environment Canada Legal Services and Manager of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act Office at Environment Canada.  Heather holds a B.A.(Hons.) from the University of King's College and an L.L.B. from the University of Toronto.  She has also earned the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designation from the McMaster/DeGroote Directors College.
Heather Smith est Vice-Présidente des Opérations à l'Agence canadienne d'évaluation environnementale.  Dans des postes précédentes, Heather était directrice exécutive dans le Secteur des opérations gouvernementales au Secrétariat du Conseil du Trésor et la directrice générale dans la Direction générale des Politiques stratégiques d'Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada (AAC).  Heather a occupé plusieurs postes de gestion au sein de Justice Canada, notamment en qualité d'avocate générale et chef des Services juridiques d'AAC, et avocate générale et chef des Services juridiques à l'Agence canadienne d'évaluation environnementale, et avocate générale aux Services juridiques de Développement social Canada/Ressources humaines et Développement des compétences Canada.  Heather a aussi travaillé en tant que conseillère juridique aux Services juridiques d'Environnement Canada, et en tant que gestionnaire du Bureau de la Loi canadienne sur la protection de l'environnement à Environnement Canada.  Heather est titulaire d'un baccalauréat avec spécialisation de l'Université de King's College et d'un baccalauréat en droit de l'Université de Toronto.  Elle possède aussi la désignation d'Administrateur de sociétés certifié (ASC) du McMaster/DeGroote Directors College.