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Overview of Proposed Canadian Impact Assessment Act - Video

After 14 months of extensive engagement with public, stakeholders and Indigenous communities, the Government of Canada is bringing forward better rules for major projects to protect the environment and rebuild public trust in how decisions about resource development projects are made. This webinar will present the proposed changes to the current Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012. The new Impact Assessment Act proposes an approach that considers environmental, health, economic, and social impacts and aims to make the impact assessment process more transparent, predictable and timely while advancing reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

This webinar will consist of a brief presentation followed by Q&A interaction with the audience. It would be of interest to impact assessment practitioners, as well as those involved in sustainability assessment, legislators, Aboriginal organizations, academics and researchers.

The presenter, Christine Loth-Bown, is the Vice-President, Policy Development Sector at the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and is responsible for legislative, policy and regulatory direction for the Agency. Christine has 22 years’ experience in policy development and program implementation.

Holding senior roles at the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Christine has led the development of strategic policy initiatives, and corporate planning frameworks including:   the policy changes to the Fisheries Protection Program; the 2007-2011 and 2008-2012 Corporate Plans for the CTC and the 2005-2010 Strategic Plan for DFO. She has also managed and coordinated a number of federal horizontal policy frameworks including Canada’s Oceans Strategy and Gathering Strength: Canada’s Aboriginal Action Plan.

Christine holds a Master of Arts in Canadian Studies from Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Canadian Studies and Political Science from Glendon College, York University, Toronto, Ontario.

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