Agenda - February 11th, 2020 (Day One)

   9:00

Welcome and Introduction by PBLI

   9:05

Chairs' Welcome and Introduction to Day One

 

Karey Brooks

JFK Law Corporation

 

Kevin O'Callaghan

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

 

   9:15

Changes to BC's Environmental Assessment Process

 

ADM Scott Bailey

Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

 

  • Bill 51 - the Environmental Assessment Act
  • What changes are coming?

 

  10:05

Questions and Discussion

  10:15

Refreshment Adjournment

  10:30

Changes to Canada's Environmental Assessment Process

 

Marja J. Bulmer

Department of Justice Canada

 

  • Bill C-69 - the Impact Assessment Act
  • Key elements  of the new impact assessment process
  • Indigenous participation and collaboration in impact assessment

 

  11:20

Questions and Discussion

  11:30

Indigenous-led Environmental Assessments

 

Aaron Bruce

Ratcliff & Company LLP

 

To be announced

FortisBC

 

  • Building environmental assessment criteria/processes
  • What they cover, how they differ from federal and provincial processes
  • How to enforce
  • Community support and avoiding judicial review

 

  12:20

Questions and Discussion

  12:30

Networking Lunch

   1:30

Reviewing the Law on Environmental Assessments and Indigenous Rights

 

Dani Bryant

Fasken Martineneau DuMoulin LLP

 

  • Clyde River case
  • Administrative tribunals and the duty to consult

 

   2:20

Questions and Discussion

   2:30

Refreshment Adjournment

   2:45

Rights Impact Assessments in the Field
 

Trefor Smith

Firelight Group

 

  • Evolution of rights impact assessments (RIA) in environmental assessments, 2004-2019
  • Implications of new legislation, policy and guidance for RIA
  • Emerging RIA best practices
  • RIA and decision-making (Crown and Indigenous)

 

   3:35

Questions and Discussion

   3:45 Rights Impact Assessments as Effective Evidence
 

Jeff Langlois

JFK Law Corporation

 

Justin Straker

Integral Ecology Group

 

  • Translating rights impacts in the regulatory or court process
  • Best advocacy practices for lawyers

 

   4:25 Questions and Discussion
   4:30 Chairs' Closing Remarks - Program Concludes for Day One

Agenda - February 12th, 2020 (Day Two)

   9:00

Chairs' Welcome and Introduction to Day Two

 

Karey Brooks

JFK Law Corporation

 

Kevin O'Callaghan

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

 

   9:05

Reframing the Relationship Between Indigenous Knowledge and Environmental Assessment
 

Eli Enns

University of Victoria

 

  • Indigenous legal and knowledge systems come from the land - iisaak olam
  • Constitutional law - a bridge between Indigenous and Canadian legal orders
  • Fostering better environmental assessment outcomes in "ethical space"

 

   9:55

Questions and Discussion

  10:05

Refreshment Adjournment

  10:20

Addressing Cumulative Impacts - Where and How

 

Karey Brooks

JFK Law Corporation

 

Kevin O'Callaghan

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

 

  • Recent decisions
  • Regional-based assessments
  • Litigation

 

  11:10

Questions and Discussion

  11:20

Potential Project Mitigations for Impacts to Rights - The Role of the Proponent and the Role of the Crown

 

Robin Sidsworth

Teck Resources Ltd.

 

  • What proponents can and can't do
  • Getting beyond basic mitigations

 

  12:10

Questions and Discussion

  12:20 Networking Lunch
   1:20 Case Study: Teck Frontier Joint Review Panel
 

Melody Lepine

Mikisew Cree First Nation

 

  • MCFN join framework for rights assessment

 

   2:10 Questions and Discussion
   2:20 Refreshment Adjournment
   2:35 Update on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project
 

Tim Dickson

JFK Law Corporation

 

Michelle Wilsdon

TMX Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee

 

  • Recent Federal Court decisions
  • Project oversight committees: how to make them meaningful

 

   3:25 Questions and Discussion 
   3:35 Environmental Laws and Division of Powers 
 

Catherine Boies Parker, Q.C.

Arvay Finlay LLP

 

Jan Brongers

Department of Justice

 

  • What are the applicable laws relating to the environment
  • Does "environment" have a different meaning under those laws
  • What is the purpose of the various laws regulating the environment
  • What is the concurrency or paramountcy of such environmental laws in relation to each other

 

   4:25 Questions and Discussion 
   4:35 Chairs' Closing Remarks for Day Two - Forum Closes