First Nations are entering into commercial agreements and engaging in economic activities in ways that are much broader than the original models of Impact Benefit Agreements. These activities are essential for Crown, industry and First Nations seeking to maximize the economic benefits of development, apply Indigenous laws and advance reconciliation of Crown, proponent and Indigenous interests. An in-depth understanding of these agreements is vital for anyone interested in resource development and working with First Nations.

This program assembles expert faculty to discuss key negotiation issues and the current standards in the impact benefit agreement process. Faculty will share their knowledge and experience in negotiating, drafting, and implementing agreements, as well as how to best maximize the benefits that flow from these agreements and relationships. Practical advice on overcoming common issues will be shared and discussed, and attendees will gain useful insights into the ways Indigenous laws can influence the process. Delegates will leave better prepared to protect and advance their interests in a mutually beneficial way.