April 2016

Working Effectively with Stakeholder Interests on Project Development

Status: This session has been postponed. A new date will be announced shortly.
Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016
Time: 8:30 AM-9:00 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM-5:00 PM: Working Effectively With Stakeholder Interests on Project
Location: Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Laureen Whyte and Debbie Cox
Credit: 7 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $300.00 + GST = $315.00 until Mar 31, 2016

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $375.00 + GST = $393.75

Non-Member Price: $375.00 + GST = $393.75

Student Member Price: $150.00 + GST = $157.50
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by March 31, 2016 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
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Communities, indigenous groups, regulators and investors increasingly seek competency in social performance of project developers. All of these stakeholders are critical to project development success. Effectively meeting social performance expectations requires the efforts of many employees and contractors across the range of technical and social activities, not just the community relations people.

This seminar will help you as technical practitioners understand these issues and address them within the context of your organizations. Based on a description of how social risks affect project success, and the intersect points between the technical and social aspects of project development, some of the topics to be covered include:
  • An overview of shifting expectations of stakeholders to be informed and participate in decision-making.
  • How community and indigenous engagement add value to projects.
  • Which factors contribute to social risk, and what are the benefits to the project of managing social risk effectively?
    • Communities and indigenous groups (include a high level overview of consultation requirements)
    • Regulators
    • Investors
  • How failure to engage stakeholders increases project risk – some examples.
  • What can be done in the early project development process to add value and minimize risk for later stages. Why this matters.
  • Lessons learned from successful resource projects.


Laureen Whyte

Laureen Whyte is a social performance professional with 25 years of experience as a senior practitioner, project manager, and strategist. She specializes in stakeholder and indigenous engagement, consultation, and economic development as well as in permitting and regulatory strategy, cultural and participatory research, negotiation of corporate-indigenous agreements, social impact, and third-party assessments based on frameworks such as the International Finance Corporation’s Performance Standards. She has successfully guided numerous initiatives to involve local and indigenous groups in human resources and community economic development opportunities.

Working primarily in the mining, oil and gas, power and transportation sectors, Ms. Whyte has worked in several regulatory jurisdictions and in collaboration with teams of multi-disciplinary consultants (engineering, environmental, legal) on major projects in north, west and central Canada, the eastern United States, and South America.

Debbie Cox

Debbie Cox helps organizations earn community, employee and stakeholder support to meet regulatory requirements, build social license and successfully deliver projects and programs that benefit corporations and communities.

Debbie has extensive experience leading communications and engagement for complex multi- stakeholder projects and has provided strategic advice to the province’s largest resource and infrastructure projects. Debbie specializes in strategic communications, community and stakeholder relationship building, issues management, consultation, and facilitation. She provides senior level communications and engagement support to business process change projects and develops and delivers workshops that build internal communications and engagement capacity.

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