Aboriginal Rights - Fundamentals and Practical Implications for Engineers & Geoscientists Seminar.
Recent events related to the Canadian resource industry have shown that much remains to be learned about the current state of affairs between the Crown and Aboriginal Peoples of Canada. As a resource-rich country, Canada faces the challenge of managing valuable resources while respecting the constitutionally-protected rights of Aboriginal Peoples.
The increasing prevalence of the Crown delegating aspects of its consultation and accommodation duties to project proponents calls for the sharing of a broad base of knowledge to ensure development occurs in accordance with the meaningful protection of Aboriginal rights.
This half-day course is designed to provide an introduction to engineers and geoscientists on the source and content of Aboriginal rights, and on the procedural aspects of consultation and accommodation duties that the Crown is increasingly delegating to industry.
Case studies and practical applications of these procedural aspects of consultation and accommodation will be described for different stages of the life of a project - be it a natural resource project or a development on or adjacent to First Nations' reserve lands or traditional territories.
This course is appropriate for engineers and geoscientists at all levels of experience who seek an introduction to how Aboriginal rights, and corresponding duties, integrate into project processes.
Pamela Rogalski, P.Eng., BA, PMP - CEO & Co-Founder, Engineering Leadership Council
At her best building movements and coaching people, Pam is CEO and co-founder of the Engineering Leadership Council. The Engineering Leadership Council is a Community of Practice of professionals leveraging the business case for cutting edge socially responsible design. It is a nationally registered not-for-profit organization with Communities of Practice in Vancouver, Calgary, online, and a community emerging in Montreal. Programs include peer reviewed case studies of social responsibility, pre-procurement dialogues, industry training, and organizational coaching. Pam’s engineering experience includes lecturing a University course on communicating the business case for, and implementation of, socially responsible infrastructure. She executed major capitol program engineering procurement and strategy advising at BC Hydro, where she founded the first corporate chapter of Engineers Without Borders. She was a member of EWB’s Governance and Rural Infrastructure team in Ghana, Africa. She has worked in the field on teams of geophysics and geotechnical engineers at Golder Associates and other consulting companies.
Maya Stano, P.Eng., LLM - Gowlings
Maya is a lawyer that works with clients on projects across British Columbia. Her legal practice focuses on natural resources, regulatory compliance, and environmental and Aboriginal law related matters. Prior to law school, Maya worked as a geological engineer on mining projects both domestically and abroad. Spurred by an interest in the legal dimensions associated with this work, Maya returned to school to study law, graduating with a Specialization in Environmental and Natural Resource Law from UBC. After graduation, Maya clerked at the Federal Court of Canada while also completing an LL.M. at the University of Ottawa, focusing on the legal implications associated with lifecycle management of metals. Maya is an active member of the APEGBC sustainability committee and other industry and multi-stakeholder associations.