Transforming & Re-Energizing Ontario

Impact Assessment for a Low Carbon Future

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 and Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Faculty Club – University Of Toronto, 41 Willcocks St, Toronto, ON M5S 3G3

The Government of Ontario’s A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan commits to addressing climate change and its discussion paper entitled Modernizing Ontario’s environmental assessment program proposes a vision to modernize the almost 50-year old environmental assessment program. Shifting to an environmentally sustainable and low carbon future will bring huge challenges for Ontario, involving fundamental changes in how we meet our demand for necessities such as energy, transport, water, housing and food. Governments, the private sector and civil society organizations around the world are confronting these challenges and are becoming energized by the opportunities that are beginning to emerge. It is not possible to know in advance exactly how the low-carbon transition will unfold, but the actions our society takes will involve impact to the environment and people.

In Ontario, the transformation to a low carbon future has already started and is being undertaken at a time when impact assessment is grappling with a high degree of uncertainty and increasing complexity in our decision-making processes. In these times, impact assessment is the ideal tool for helping clarify the choices we need to make to achieve a low carbon future. As impact assessment practitioners, we also need to transform and re-energize our discipline. If Impact Assessment is to help in leading us to a low carbon future, practitioners will need to embrace innovation, develop and operationalize new assessment frameworks, systems and tools.


This year’s conference will explore the theme of Impact Assessment for a Low Carbon Future by considering:

  • The achievements and lessons learned so far from implementing renewable energy projects in Ontario;
  • The structure, nature and impacts of low carbon energy and transportation systems;
  • Tools for assessing the impacts of new and emerging technologies;
  • Challenges to increasing energy efficiency and conservation;
  • Implications for urban, rural and remote community planning;
  • The utility of lifecycle assessments of new and emerging technologies and the role of strategic environmental assessment in long-term energy planning;
  • Energy governance frameworks, barriers and opportunities; and
  • How we undertake coordinated action, especially when regional economic interests or cultural viewpoints pull us in different directions.
  • … and so much more

Come, listen, and share your thoughts… and you will leave with new ideas to tackle emerging issues within your own work. Join us!

Guidelines for Abstract Proposal Submissions

  • OAIA is accepting proposals for the 2019 OAIA Conference.
  • The deadline for submission is June 1, 2019.
  • Submit an abstract and share you wisdom!
  • Come and join us for a spirited discussion!

Abstracts should explore the main conference topic, “Transforming and Re-Energizing Ontario Impact Assessment for a Low Carbon Future”, and reference the applicable “consideration bullets” identified on the previous page.

Pick one of the following formats for sharing your work: panel presentation, debate, case study, or facilitated audience discussion.

IMPORTANT NOTE: OAIA uses the conference program to advertise the conference. In the age of social media, this means that in addition to posting the draft and final conference program on its website, OAIA will be using its twitter account and other social media platforms to announce the speakers and topics prior to the conference. If you have a concern with the use of social media to show-case your abstract/participation in the conference, please indicate that in the form below. Please follow all instructions and complete all the questions in the abstract submission forms that follow!

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