March 2018

Addressing Social Impact

Building People into Project Planning, Design, and Construction

Status: This seminar has been postponed. A new date is to be announced.
Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM-9:00 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM-12:00 PM: Addressing Social Impact
Location: Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Debbie Cox
President, James Laurence Group

Diana Bulley
Associate, Senior Communications Expert, James Laurence Group
Credit: 3 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $249.00 + GST = $261.45 until Feb 22, 2018

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $349.00 + GST = $366.45

Non-Member Price: $349.00 + GST = $366.45

Student Member Price: $174.50 + GST = $183.23
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by February 22, 2018 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
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If you've been involved in a major infrastructure or development project in the last 10 years, chances are you've been asked to consider its social impact. For engineers, geoscientists, and technical specialists, this can be a daunting task. Social impact is about people and people act in ways that are difficult to predict. Identifying what triggers stakeholder and public concern is challenging. Get it right, and you’ve got a win-win for everyone. Get it wrong, and you’ve exposed your team to costly risk and left a negative legacy for communities.

Learning Outcomes

This seminar will help technical specialists reduce social risk and build projects that consider the interests, values, and concerns of neighbouring communities and key stakeholders.

Seminar participants will develop the knowledge and skills to:

  • Identify key strategies, tools, and techniques to list and classify social risk and opportunities.
  • Describe the social components that influence a triple bottom line analysis.
  • Recognize what’s required to assess the potential social impacts of proposed alignments, sites, and project options, and
  • Integrate social considerations more fully into project proposals, planning, design, and construction.

Who Would Benefit

  • Those who work on resource development or transportation and utilities infrastructure projects or any project with the potential to impact First Nations, communities, and stakeholders, and
  • Those who work with/want to work with provincial, regional, or local or First Nations governments.


Debbie Cox and Diana Bulley have more than 15 years experience delivering dynamic, interactive learning experiences to engineers and technical professionals. Debbie has developed successful stakeholder and social impact strategies for some of the largest and most complex infrastructure projects in BC, and Diana works regularly with regional and local governments to ensure stakeholder and community participation through all phases of project development.

Debbie is president of James Laurence Group, a management and social impact consulting firm that works with all levels of government, business, and non-governmental agencies. Diana leads Ideaspace, a communications and engagement firm that specializes in public participation in planning and development projects.

Debbie and Diana frequently work with technical teams and organizations to identify social factors early in the project cycle, so that they can be considered, along with cost and environmental factors, in options evaluation and project design.

They are committed to increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the working relationships among social impact professionals, engineers, and technical specialists, and project management and executive teams.

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