Conference Theme

Confidence in Impact Assessment: Policies, partnerships and public involvement
4-7 May 2022
Vancouver Convention Center East
Vancouver, Canada

How can impact assessment create confidence for all participants? Clear and transparent policies, strong partnerships, and effective participation and consultation ensure credibility and predictability. When all parties have confidence in the process, impact assessment can support collaboration, improve outcomes and support sustainable economic development. When process confidence is low, it can create conflict and an overall erosion of trust, leading to uncertain outcomes.

IAIA22 in Vancouver aims to examine the area of confidence in impact assessment through three lenses:

Policies: Strong, consistent and clear legislation, policies, and Indigenous governance provide certainty and support sustainable development. At its best, impact assessment creates a robust standard that can be supported by all parties, but, without transparent processes, uncertainty and conflict can impede sustainable development. For example, impact assessment, when combined with other initiatives such as the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, can provide a strong basis for Indigenous Consultation, decreasing these issues.

Partnerships: Impact assessment is most successful when all parties work together. Meaningful collaboration between government agencies, Indigenous peoples, proponents, practitioners, and communities supports an equitable, engaged and comprehensive process. Such a process can create relationships and build trust, even when interests are not aligned; this supports identifying solutions to complex issues.

Participation: Accessible impact assessment ensures Indigenous governments and communities, stakeholders, and the public are able to meaningfully participate. This provides a robust understanding of values, interests, issues and solutions. Without these collaborative opportunities, participation and consultation processes can experience delays, mistrust, and a misunderstanding of potential impacts.

Conference Streams

  • Policy
    • The role of legislation and policy in building confidence in impact assessment
    • Regional and strategic impact assessments: moving from theory to practice, and filling the data gap
  • Partnerships
    • Partnerships in unlikely places: how new relationships are transforming projects
    • Indigenous knowledge, local knowledge and Western science/emerging technologies: incorporating all ways of knowing
  • Participation
    • Meaningful Consultation: Advancing Indigenous governance and participation
    • Supporting human and community well-being through effective participation: assessing and managing cultural, health, and social impacts, including current stressors such as climate change

General Discussions

There will be opportunities for wide-ranging discussions covering general IA topics and the work of IAIA's special-interest Sections, including:

  • Agriculture, forestry and fisheries
  • Earth resources extraction and processing
  • Biodiversity and ecology
  • Arctic and Antarctic Regions
  • Climate change
  • Cultural heritage
  • Natural disasters and conflict
  • Corporate stewardship and risk management
  • Regulation and governance
  • Community engagement
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Public participation
  • Strategic impact assessment
  • Social impact assessment
  • Health impact assessment
  • Cumulative affects assessment
  • Impact assessment, 'big' data, and synthesis
  • Emerging technologies
  • Capacity building in impact assessment

Important Dates

  • 26 July 2021
    Deadline for training course proposals
  • 29 July 2021
    Deadline for session proposals
  • 19 August 2021
    Deadline for special meeting forms
  • 30 August 2021
    Session chairs notified of acceptance status
  • 6 September 2021
    Paper and poster abstract submission opens
  • 8 November 2021
    Deadline for submission of paper or poster abstracts
  • 6 December 2021
    Authors notified of paper or poster acceptance status
  • 2 February 2022
    Early Bird registration deadline
    Registration and payment deadline for presenters and all individuals to be listed in the final program and proceedings. No exceptions.
  • 13 April 2022
    Registration closes
  • 4 May 2022
    Deadline for draft papers
  • 30 June 2022
    Deadline for final papers


IAIA22, Vancouver, Canada

 

About Vancouver

Vancouver is located on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh, boasting mountains, ocean and an urban city all in one location: hike/bike with views of the Salish Sea; visit culturally diverse communities, truly local-global restaurants, or local shops; experience Coast Salish culture via galleries, museums, and tours.

Training Courses

For 40 years IAIA has been holding annual conference events and training courses all over the world to promote best practices in impact assessment. IAIA pre-conference training courses are presented primarily by IAIA members and are open to all participants.

  • Technical visits

    In addition to conference sessions, training courses, and special meetings, we are planning a range of technical visits that will involve learning, networking, and laughter as you are introduced to this beautiful part of Canada. Some examples of potential technical visits:

    • Cultural tours: The three local host Indigenous nations Xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Skwxú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil- Waututh) will work together to provide cultural learning opportunities.
    • Ashlu Creek Hydro Project: Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.’s Ashlu Creek run-of-river hydroelectric power generating plant is located approximately 35 kilometres northwest of Squamish, BC. This tour will highlight how potential impacts of the project are mitigated and managed.
    • University of British Columbia: This 1-day tour explores the University of British Columbia’s physical operations (energy and water use, waste management, land use, and transportation) to provide a real-world illustration of how sustainability is interpreted and implemented
    • Burrard Inlet Port: This would be a boat-based port tour of Burrard Inlet and an overview of Port of Vancouver operations and terminals. The tour would provide a discussion on the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s environmental practices and include a review of construction projects underway.
    • Managing impacts to marine mammals: The nearby Juan de Fuca and Haro Straits are home to three resident Orca (killer whale) pods and are important marine transportation corridor. A boat tour of the area will provide an educational experience to guests to see whales in their natural habitat and learn about measures being taken to support marine mammal health in a busy port city.
    • Bird watching: Eagles, herons, snow geese, owls, gulls, jays and sandpipers – you’ll find them all in Vancouver. Whether you’re a casual watcher or a serious ornithologist, you’ll enjoy the region’s abundant bird life and various environmental conservation areas.

About the host

The Environmental Assessment Office is a neutral regulatory agency of the Government of British Columbia, Canada, responsible for assessing the effects of major projects, which includes sustainability and Indigenous reconciliation (www.eao.gov.bc.ca).

Xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Skwxú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) are collaborative partners and the three host nations for this event.

EOA

 

Collaborative Partners

Xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Skwxú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) are collaborative partners, supporting the 41st Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment (2022) in Vancouver, BC; this conference will be located on the unceded traditional territory of these host nations.

 

collaborative partners