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Pre-Conference Workshops

Workshop A — A Practical and Complete Guide on Duty to Consult for the Consultation Manager

Feb 22, 2022 8:30am – 12:00pm

Speakers

Roy Auger
Consultation Officer
Buffalo Lake Métis Settlement Consultation

Meaghan Conroy
Partner
MLT Aikins

Workshop B — A Deep Dive into the Fundamentals of Impact Benefit Agreements and Contracts and What You Need to Know to Achieve a Win-Win Outcome

Feb 22, 2022 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Speakers

Terry M. Mitchell
Vice-President – Indigenous Relations
Graham Construction

Nick Leeson
Associate
Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP

Day 1 - Wednesday, February 23, 2022

8:00
Registration Opens and Refreshments are Served
8:45
Traditional Welcome
9:00
Remarks from the Chair
9:15
Keynote: Strength in Leadership and Strength in Communities
9:45
How the UN Declaration Will be Implemented Across Jurisdictions and Agencies and the Effect on Consultation
10:45
Networking Refreshment Break
11:00
The Art of Monitoring the Trans Mountain Expansion and Existing Pipeline
11:45
Securing Funding for Capital Investments and Completing Projects
12:30
Networking Luncheon for Speakers and Delegates
1:45
Everything You Wanted to Know about the Natural Resources Sector But were Afraid to Ask
2:45
Positioning Reconciliation at the Heart of Your Company
3:15
Networking Refreshment Break
3:30
How to Create Long-Term Indigenous Employment Opportunities – How Successful Companies are Creating Employee Loyalty
4:15
Inside a Community Value System: How Communities Weigh the Pros and Cons of a Development Project
4:45
Closing Remarks from the Chair
Conference Adjourns

Day 2 - Thursday, February 24, 2022

8:30
Registration Opens and Refreshments are Served
9:00
Remarks from the Chair
9:05

CHIEFS & PRESIDENTS PANEL

Overcoming the Top Challenges in Consultation
10:00
Practical Review of the Ermineskin Court Decision and How Assessing the Economic Benefit of Indigenous Rights will Impact Future Projects
10:45
Networking Refreshment Break
11:00
Digitizing and Modernizing Processes from the Aboriginal Consultation Office
11:30
Assessing Equitable Compensation to Indigenous Peoples: What the Southwind Court Decision Reveals
12:15
Networking Luncheon for Speakers and Delegates
1:15

Green Energy Showcase

Everything You Wanted to Know about the Renewable Resources Sector But were Afraid to Ask
2:15
How to Examine Treaty Rights Post Blueberry Court Decision: How to Effectively Assess Cumulative Effects and the Impact Assessments of a Projects
3:00
Closing Remarks from the Chair
Conference Concludes

Day 1 - Wednesday, February 23, 2022

8:00
Registration Opens and Refreshments are Served
8:45
Traditional Welcome
9:00
Remarks from the Chair
9:15
Keynote: Strength in Leadership and Strength in Communities
9:45
How the UN Declaration Will be Implemented Across Jurisdictions and Agencies and the Effect on Consultation

Shannon Joseph
Vice President, Government Relations and Indigenous Affairs
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)

A look at how the Government of Canada is implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, across different government agency, including timelines. Discuss the affect on Duty to Consult. Discuss the different interpretations of FPIC. Is consent applied to the engagement process separately from the project approval?

10:45
Networking Refreshment Break
11:00
The Art of Monitoring the Trans Mountain Expansion and Existing Pipeline

Ray Cardinal
Chief of Staff, Sucker Creek First Nation
Committee Member, Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee (IAMC)

Tracy L. Friedel
President
Métis Nation of Alberta Region 4
Committee Member
Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee

Michelle Wilsdon
Committee Member
Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee (IAMC)
Council Member
Enoch Cree Nation

  • Examining best practice for finalizing a project
  • Evaluating when consultation end and when monitoring begins
  • Turning Indigenous community wants into regulatory action
  • Following up on projects before, during and post project
  • Raising the standards for reporting

11:45
Securing Funding for Capital Investments and Completing Projects

  • Defining project parameters and identifying what works for the community
  • Finding capital from the community and from the company perspective
  • Determining which elements of the project will receive capital investments
  • Mapping the steps from project inception to project completion – What are the different components?
  • Examining the due diligent process

12:30
Networking Luncheon for Speakers and Delegates
1:45
Everything You Wanted to Know about the Natural Resources Sector But were Afraid to Ask

John Stronach
Indigenous Relations Lead – Small Modular Nuclear Reactors
Natural Resources Canada

Back by popular demand! Participate in simultaneous break-out discussions where delegates choose their speaker and drive the conversation. Discuss the ins and outs of different natural resource industries, and discover efficiencies through working together. Hear speakers discuss the fundamentals of the sector, emerging trends and dispel popular misconceptions.

2:45
Positioning Reconciliation at the Heart of Your Company

A look at how companies are making reconciliation a part of their value system. Explore how to integrate reconciliation into the vision and the fabric of a company. Examine whether your company is making the right moves forward.

3:15
Networking Refreshment Break
3:30
How to Create Long-Term Indigenous Employment Opportunities – How Successful Companies are Creating Employee Loyalty

Chelsie Klassen
Global Director, Community and Indigenous Engagement + Calgary Region Operations Manager
Hatch

Jamie Saulnier
Indigenous Business Lead, Americas
AECOM

  • Understanding what it takes to inspire and motivate millennium workers and those from underrepresented groups
  • Identifying employment barriers at the community level
  • Investing in education, apprenticeship and internship programs to increase employability and retention

4:15
Inside a Community Value System: How Communities Weigh the Pros and Cons of a Development Project

Dale Swampy
President
National Coalition of Chiefs

A look at why some communities have been labelled as pro-development and others anti-development. Explore the community value systems and its integral role in assessing which development projects are right for its community members.

  • Balancing low-disturbance projects vs economic-boosting projects
  • Aligning projects with community value system

4:45
Closing Remarks from the Chair
Conference Adjourns

Day 2 - Thursday, February 24, 2022

8:30
Registration Opens and Refreshments are Served
9:00
Remarks from the Chair
9:05

CHIEFS & PRESIDENTS PANEL

Overcoming the Top Challenges in Consultation

Daniel Cardinal
Vice President
Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA)

Arthur Noskey
Grand Chief
Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta

Marlene Poitras
Regional Chief, Alberta
Assembly of First Nations

Moderated Conversation about:

  • Adhering to protocol, best practices for getting started
  • Decolonizing the engagement and consultation process
  • Communicating information through the whole community
  • Creating Continuity from on a project when the people are changing

10:00
Practical Review of the Ermineskin Court Decision and How Assessing the Economic Benefit of Indigenous Rights will Impact Future Projects

In the landmark decision, of Ermineskin Cree Nation v Canada (Environment and Climate Change) (2021) Canada’s Federal Court ruled the Crown must consult with Indigenous groups that hold economic benefits derived from Indigenous rights

  • Examining how development projects can achieve a threshold of economic development
  • Evaluating the recourse of a cancelled project.

10:45
Networking Refreshment Break
11:00
Digitizing and Modernizing Processes from the Aboriginal Consultation Office

Matthew Hebert
Executive Director, Aboriginal Consultation Office
Consultation, Land, and Policy Division

Alberta Indigenous Relations

11:30
Assessing Equitable Compensation to Indigenous Peoples: What the Southwind Court Decision Reveals

Rosanne Kyle
Partner
Mandell Pinder Barristers & Solicitors LLP

Ron S. Maurice
Partner
Maurice Law

The Supreme Court of Canada decision addresses how to assess the value of lost Indigenous lands and opportunity, and also addresses a fiduciary obligation on the Crown, in the case of Southwind v Canada (2021)

  • Breaching the fiduciary duty
  • Assessing the value of the lost opportunity

12:15
Networking Luncheon for Speakers and Delegates
1:15

Green Energy Showcase

Everything You Wanted to Know about the Renewable Resources Sector But were Afraid to Ask

Binnu Jeyakumar
Clean Electricity Director, Alberta
Pembina Institute

Desiree Norwegian
Clean Energy Engagement Specialist
First Nations Power Authority

Back by popular demand! Participate in simultaneous break-out discussions where delegates choose their speaker and drive the conversation. Discuss the ins and outs of different renewable resource industries, and discover efficiencies through working together. Hear speakers discuss the fundamentals of the sector, emerging trends and dispel popular misconceptions.

2:15
How to Examine Treaty Rights Post Blueberry Court Decision: How to Effectively Assess Cumulative Effects and the Impact Assessments of a Projects

Mel Grandjamb
Chief
Fort McKay First Nation (FMFN)

Maegen Giltrow
Partner
Ratcliff LLP

A look at the precedent-setting British Columbia Supreme Court which ruled that the treaty rights of Blueberry River First Nation were infringed upon through the cumulative effects of decades of natural resource developments.

  • How will impact assessments be submitted
  • Implications of the British Columbia Supreme Court decision in Yahey v British Columbia (2021)
  • Examining how cumulative effects affect treaty rights with a look at Alberta Court of Appeal decision in Fort McKay First Nation v Prosper Petroleum Ltd, (2020)

3:00
Closing Remarks from the Chair
Conference Concludes

Workshop A — A Practical and Complete Guide on Duty to Consult for the Consultation Manager

Feb 22, 2022 8:30am – 12:00pm

Roy Auger
Consultation Officer
Buffalo Lake Métis Settlement Consultation

Meaghan Conroy
Partner
MLT Aikins

What is it about?

In this hands-on workshop, you will benefit from real life examples, pitfalls to avoid and the latest best practices. Don’t miss this detailed, in-depth look at expectations, documents and day-to-day operations pertaining to the Duty to Consult. This workshop is only being offered in-person.

PART 1. Examining the meaning and intent of the Duty to Consult

  • Deciphering what triggers the Duty to Consult, the types of projects, and grey areas
  • Understanding the legal requirements
  • Examining the role of the Crown, the regulator, and other groups Calculating whether the duty has been sufficiently met

PART 2. Interactive Examination of consultation documents

  • Knowing what at to read, and what to look for, and what to do next Environmental Assessments
  • Handling technical documents
  • Filing permits

PART 3. Interactive discussion on day-to-day operations

  • How to find efficiencies Discussing costs incurred from fulfilling the consultation process, who usually pays
  • Tracking referrals and timelines

8:00am Registration Opens

Workshop B — A Deep Dive into the Fundamentals of Impact Benefit Agreements and Contracts and What You Need to Know to Achieve a Win-Win Outcome

Feb 22, 2022 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Terry M. Mitchell
Vice-President – Indigenous Relations
Graham Construction

Nick Leeson
Associate
Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP

What is it about?

Benefit for hands-on instruction with a real-life look at partnership contracts, clauses and a focus on how to tailor contracts to your organization. There will be a 30-minute refreshment break. The last hour of this session will include interactive exercises.

This workshop is only being offered in-person.

  • Negotiating practical graduated agreements and arrangements
  • Understanding how an Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA) applies differently to the mining sector, forestry and green energy projects
  • Optimizing a resource revenue sharing agreement to benefit your community
  • Identifying options for structuring Joint Ventures

12:30pm Registration Opens