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Innovation has become increasingly important for Canadian organizations as they work to compete and respond to the Government of Canada’s innovation agenda. Being innovative means looking for new ways to add value; but what could that look like in your organization?
Stratos recently held a workshop with a federal government organization to help them identify ways to deepen their culture of innovation. The workshop provided a space to:
Stratos congratulates our newest intern, Elizabeth Carmichael, on being awarded the Delphi Group Graduate Scholarship in Environment and Sustainable Development Public Policy and Entrepreneurship.
At this year’s 15th Annual SIGNALS Banquet, Elizabeth Carmichael received the Delphi Group Graduate Scholarship in Environment and Sustainable Development Public Policy and Entrepreneurship. This is the first time a student from the Engineering program in the Masters of Sustainable Energy was chosen. Elizabeth excelled in the program both in the engineering and in the policy courses, and became a role model as an integrated student in this unique interdisciplinary graduate degree between Engineering and Public Policy. Furthermore, Elizabeth got involved from the start in networking and the organization of speaker events, field trips and social events by becoming an active organizing member of SIGNALS.
Today’s most challenging sustainability and natural resource problems are increasingly not so much about the technical issues, but rather about understanding, appreciating and navigating the diverse perspectives and needs of the parties involved.
Whether it is designing and supporting a multi-interest dialogue around challenges facing Canada’s natural resource development projects, navigating the implementation of an Impact Benefit Agreement between a First Nation and a mining company, or bringing together parties to co-create action plans to achieve government’s sustainability commitments, Stratos is well-equipped to deliver exceptional facilitation support.
Stratos works with industry, government, and communities on projects related to all stages of the mining life-cycle, including mine closure and reclamation, – so we are often thinking about what happens in a community when a mine closes and the best way to plan for this eventuality. Often mine closure focuses on environmental and technical aspects, yet there are also significant social challenges. These include impacts on employment, local businesses, housing, education and health services in the community. Less quantifiable impacts such as those on social fabric (e.g. community organizations) and individual wellness (e.g. people’s feelings of stress or uncertainty about the future) are also important to consider.
What policy instruments exist for the environment? What exists beyond carbon pricing?
How can economic instruments drive integration across government environmental mandates?
What needs to be considered in economic instrument design and implementation?
Stratos is working with Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, with support from the Ivey Foundation and has designed a 2-day professional development course Designing Economic Instruments for the Environment. This hands-on course has been developed in conjunction with academic experts, current practitioners and adult learning professionals and focuses on the practical elements of economic instrument design.
Stratos works on a wide variety of energy development policies, regulation and industry practices in Canada where public and community confidence are important issues. Energy development in Canada finds itself in a difficult time, partly due to the following:
Weak public confidence and a lack of community acceptance
Indigenous rights, including protection of traditional land and ensuring fair benefits
Canadian society’s understanding of the transition to a low-carbon economy
These factors create the need for innovative policy and regulation, improved industrial practices, and intuitive community development supported by effective dialogue and collaboration. Stratos works on a number of these aspects, including helping governments and industries understand these challenges. An example of this type of work is the Energy Development Cycle framework (see link below).
Stratos’ Jennifer Davis and Stefan Reinecke present at the 2016 Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC) Real Property National Workshop in Ottawa on November 16. Their presentation, titled Creating a Risk-smart Culture at the Project and Program Level, draws on their experience with and observations of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada’s (INAC) Northern Contaminated Sites Program (NCSP) and on their deep knowledge of risk identification and management approaches.
The presentation describes the evolution of risk management in a federal program involving diverse portfolio of sites – in this case, contaminated sites in northern Canada. The risk approach addresses:
Carbon 613 is a made-in-Ottawa, target-based sustainability program for businesses. Hosted by EnviroCentre and partnering with Sustainability Co-Labs, Carbon613 is engaged in supporting and building a network of local businesses who are intent on achieving sustainability success. Member organizations are assisted with setting, tracking, and achieving sustainability targets and goals; and are provided with a comprehensive education program, as well as expert knowledge and resources