COVID-19 & Impact Assessment: A Case Study from the Ring of Fire

July 18, 2022 at 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm ET

Facilitator: Cheryl Chetkiewicz


The past two years have presented challenges and inflicted grief on many in Ontario, Canada and throughout the world. Unfortunately, COVID-19 continues to impact our societies and affects many sectors engaged in both the response to COVID-19 and the recovery from COVID-19. In this webinar, we explore the ways in which impact assessment practitioners have had to adapt, pivot, and rethink their work in impact assessment and what the implications of these lessons learned are for the centrality of impact assessment in good decision making in the short- and long-term.

During this webinar, speakers will discuss their experiences with projects in northern Ontario, with both provincial and federal processes, as well as the challenges, innovations, and lessons learned in adapting impact assessment processes given COVID-19.


Michael Fox, President, Indigenous Community Engagement (ICE)

Michael Fox is the President/CEO of Indigenous Community Engagement (ICE) – one of Canada’s leading national Indigenous firms specializing in community consultation, facilitation/negotiations, capacity building, and enterprise development. He brings a wealth of experience in structuring projects and financing for both industry and Indigenous clients. He obtained an honours degree in Political Science with a focus on Aboriginal Law & Resource Development and has an MBA with a specialization in Social Enterprise. He is a Certified Professional Facilitator, a certified Change Management Practitioner, and a certified Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer. He is the Co-Chair of the Indigenous Affairs Committee for the PDAC and is the Co-Chair for the Jury Panel for the Progressive Aboriginal Relations program at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, where he was a Board member for 6 years. Michael is a believer in higher education and has taught university courses to share his professional experiences with the next generation of Indigenous business leaders. He is originally from Weenusk First Nation and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in business administration.

Qasim Saddique, Principal, Suslop Inc.

Qasim Saddique is a Management Consultant and Economist. For the past 15 years, he has worked in strategy, sustainability, environmental assessments, socio-economic development, and research in diverse industries. Qasim has had the privilege of working with Indigenous communities across Canada as well as different levels of government. More recently, he has led the development of all-season roads in northern Ontario on behalf of First Nation proponents, which sets a new precedent for building Indigenous-led large infrastructure in remote places. Qasim holds an M.B.A. from the Schulich School of Business at York with specializations in finance and strategy, an M.Sc. in the Political Economy of Development from SOAS, University of London, UK, and a B.A. in Economics and International Development from McGill University. Qasim is also a Ph.D. candidate at the Schulich School of Business in Strategy and Policy.

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