Back to Basics: Social Impact Assessment

October 18, 2022 at 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm ET

York University, Convention Centre
15 Library Lane, Second Student Centre, 2nd Floor
North York, ON M3J 2S5


This year’s conference theme explores the value and importance of impact assessment in Ontario, including the fundamentals of good social impact assessment practice. In this interactive workshop, participants will be provided with an overview of how to do Social Impact Assessment (SIA) and how to address emerging issues such as GBA+ analyses, the changing nature of economic impact assessment, and the linkages between SIA and meaningful engagement.

Workshop Facilitators and SIA Experts

Anneliese Grieve, BA, MES, Principal of Strategic Environmental Planning Solutions

Anneliese has over 30 years of experience working in the environmental industry and a profound understanding of how to achieve environmental approvals. Anneliese is a recognized expert in the application of impact assessment for the approval of complex and controversial projects and has specialized expertise in social impact assessment and stakeholder engagement. Anneliese is a trained facilitator who brings diverse stakeholder groups together to find common ground and shared values to impact assessment processes.

Anoushka Martil, MASc, EP, Principal at Avaanz Ltd.

Anoushka leads environmental assessment, socio-economic and engagement projects for government, private, and Indigenous clients. Her experience includes working with multi-disciplinary teams on municipal, provincial, federal and international environmental impact assessments. Anoushka is a strategic thinker, a skilled communicator and trained facilitator. She enjoys working with clients to find solutions for projects that involve in-depth stakeholder consultation and require social acceptance to proceed.  Anoushka is passionate about facilitating meaningful dialogue that promotes diversity and inclusion and strives to foster fair and equitable representation of all voices as part of her daily work.

Megan Ketchabaw, M.Pl., RPP, Environmental and Socio-Economic Consultant at Avaanz Ltd.

Megan is a skilled environmental, socio-economic and engagement practitioner. She has worked on large and small scale environmental and socio-economic impact assessment projects for government, private and Indigenous clients across southern Ontario and Quebec, and in Canada’s north. She is very passionate about bringing people together to engage on complex social issues and problems, and always looks to find opportunities for meaningful engagement to be integrated into environmental and socio-economic impact assessment.

How to Register and Join

The workshop costs $50. Please register for the workshop here.

Please note that the workshop will be in person or virtual depending on public health advice. No hybrid option will be offered. The workshop is limited to 30 participants so please register early.

Registration for the workshop closes on October 12, 2022.

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We look forward to welcoming your participation at the 2022 OAIA Workshop.