Upcoming Events

OAIA2015 - Environmental Assessment: A Critical Tool for Tackling Climate Change
Annual Conference of the Ontario Association for Impact Assessment
21-22 October 2015 | University of Toronto Faculty Club | Toronto, Canada

Extreme weather events such as ice storms, intense rainfall leading to flooding and severe drought in California, are all obvious indicators of climate change in action. There are plenty of others. Witness the shortened winter road seasons or the migration and extended life cycle of insect species wreaking havoc on our commercial forests. Climate change is here: in our cities, on our farms, and in the more remote areas of our vast province. It affects our economy, challenges our food security and threatens our health and well-being.

Governments and agencies are sitting up and taking notice. The Government of Ontario has made climate change a priority and is developing policy to address the impacts of climate change. It will be hosting a Climate Summit in July 2015. France will be hosting the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris in December 2015 (COP 21).

Environmental assessment can be a critical tool in tackling climate change. It can examine how project impacts can affect climate change and how climate change can affect projects and how projects can adapt as circumstances change. Most importantly, it can suggest how projects can be modified to better contribute to either mitigating climate change or enabling society to adapt to it. The OAIA 2015 Conference will explore how environmental assessment can contribute to addressing climate change through a number of themes including:
  • Readying Ontario for Action on Climate Change
  • Integrating Climate Change into Environmental Assessment
  • Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation
  • Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation
  • Climate Change as a Cumulative Effect
  • Regional Strategic EA and Climate Change
  • Innovative Approaches to Addressing Climate Change in Environmental Assessment
Through panel discussions and case studies, the conference will examine the role of environmental assessment in addressing climate change.

Come and join us on October 21 and 22, 2015 for spirited discussion on a very timely subject at the Faculty Club of the University of Toronto

Visit our website www.oaiaconference.com for registration and more information.

IAIA16, Resilience and Sustainability
36th Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment
11-14 May 2016| Nagoya Congress Center | Aichi-Nagoya Japan

Abstract Submissions (for both paper and poster) are invited through 30 November, 2015. For more information and to sign up to receive updates about this conference, please visit the IAIA16 web page. IAIA conferences are interdisciplinary, and approximately 700 delegates from over 80 nations are expected to attend.

“Resilience” is emerging as one of the most important global keywords in the 21st Century. Developing from the field of eco-system, the word has gained popularity in various fields such as environmental impact assessment, social and health impact assessment, international development, and climate change, as well as natural and man-made disasters.

The experience of the severe earthquake and nuclear accident in 2011 emphasized that increasing our capacity for resilience to damage is an urgent issue facing Japanese society. Not only in Japan, but for the rest of the world, improving resilience for sustainable communities is a common issue. We expect to share information and experiences on this theme among delegates from all over the world.

Some of the topics of the conference are:
  • Natural disasters and resilience
  • Man-made disasters: preparedness, emergency response and rehabilitation
  • Biodiversity restoration and ecological impact assessment
  • Population change and sustainability assessment
  • International cooperation and sustainable development
  • Collaboration for sustainability in Asian region
  • Environmental information infrastructure for sustainable development
  • Transportation, land use and sustainability
Many more topics are proposed, along with training courses, technical visits, and networking opportunities.

We hope to see you in Japan!


Past Events

OAIA Presents An Evening with Jill Baker, Executive Director, IAIA
WHEN: Thursday February 12, 2015 6-8PM
WHERE: Borden Ladner Gervais Offices, 44th Floor, 40 King Street, Toronto, Ontario
* For participants in Ottawa, video conference feed will be available at Border Ladner Gervais, 13th Floor, Suite 1300, 100 Queen Street, Ottawa, Ontario

IAIA '13 Conference
May 13- 16, 2013
"Impact Assessment: The Next Generation", asking the question "how do we embrace current and future global change within an evolving impact assessment process?"

OAIA Event: The New Canadian Environmental Assessment Act
Thursday June 28, 2012
6:30 pm for networking/registration
7:00 to 9:00 pm for the meeting

WHERE: Borden Ladner Gervais, Scotia Plaza, 40 King Street West, Toronto (44th floor, reception)


Proposed major changes to Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and new Regulations are being fast-tracked by the Federal Government at this time.

Are you looking for a chance to learn about the proposed changes? If you want to be more aware of the implications and remaining unanswered questions posed by these changes and you would value an opportunity to discuss them with fellow OAIA members and EA practitioners, you will want to join us at this event.

Bruce Young, Independent EA Consultant

Stephen Hazell, Senior Counsel, Ecovision Law
Adam Chamberlain, Senior Counsel, Borden Ladner Gervais
Rodney Northey, Partner, Fogler, Rubinoff LLP
Justyna Laurie-Lean, Mining Association of Canada

Following the panel’s presentations there will be an opportunity for discussion. Topics to be raised and discussed will likely include:

· What is in the new CEAA Legislation and what is the current status?
· Proposed Regulations and possible timing; related changes to the Fisheries Act
· What are the implications of these changes to the future of EA?
· The equivalency provisions contained in the new CEAA for provincial EA processes
· What are the implications on the Crown duty to consult with Aboriginal groups?
· Are there potential gaps in EA legislation?
· Do the changes raise opportunities for OAIA members?

Space is limited. If you wish to attend please reply to Sue Ruggero at oaiaontario@rogers.com. Cost of attendance will be $10.00 (HST included) at the door for registered particpants.

The OAIA would like to express its thanks to Borden Ladner Gervais for the use of its facilities for this event.

ALSO: Don’t forget that the new CEAA legislation will be featured at the OAIA Conference, to be held in Ottawa on October 23 and 24, 2012. Watch our website for further details: www.oaia.on.ca/conferences

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December 5. 2011 | 5:30pm onwards
OAIA Toronto Holiday Gathering 2011
WHERE: The Twisted Kilt • Hearth Room (on the right as you enter) • 1954 Yonge Street (a few doors north of the Davisville Subway Station) • Toronto
No RSVP needed
Join EA colleagues and friends for holiday cheer!
For pub details and menu: http://www.thetwistedkilt.ca/
Questions? Call 416-489-7434 .

December 7, 2011 | 5:00pm onwards
OAIA Toronto Holiday Gathering 2011
WHERE: Metropolitain Brasserie • 700 Sussex Dr. (between the Rideau Centre & Chateau Laurier)
No RSVP needed
Join EA colleagues and friends for holiday cheer!
For pub details and menu: http://metropolitainbrasserie.com/
Questions? Email fbregha@rogers.com

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