Stratos leads the way in designing and facilitating meaningful conversations in a complex world

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.

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What happens to a community when a mine or other industry closes?

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.

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Stratos develops infographic outlining key issues affecting public confidence in energy development to serve as a basis for multi-party dialogue.

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).

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Stratos presents at RPIC - November 2016

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:

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Stratos is pleased to announce that we have become a member of Carbon613!

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

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Stratos goes North

After a busy summer, but one in which we were closer to home, Stratos is delighted to be working with our northern clients and partners in all three territories in September and October.  Here are some highlights:

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Stratos joins Canada Mining Innovation Council

We are pleased to announce our membership in the Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC). CMIC is a national non-profit organization that coordinates and develops research development and innovation (RDI) projects and programs in response to life of mine challenges defined by its industry members. Stratos works with a wide range of mining companies to develop practical and targeted sustainability strategies, identify and manage environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks, build stronger relationships with stakeholders, and develop...

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Congratulations, Michael van Aanhout, on your Canada’s Clean50 Award!

Stratos congratulates our Chair, Michael van Aanhout, on being recognized with a 2015 Canada’s Clean50 Award. Canada’s Clean50 Awards are announced annually by Delta Management Group to recognize those 50 individuals or small teams, from 16 different categories, who have done the most to advance the cause of sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada over the past 2 years...

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Stratos Hosting a Webinar on Evolving Place-Based Approaches to Sustainable Resource Development

At 2:00pm EDT on September 18, Stratos – in partnership with the Conference Board of Canada – will be hosting a webinar titled Getting It Right: Evolving Place-Based Approaches to Sustainable Resource Development. Facilitated by Stefan Reinecke and Michael van Aanhout, this 60-minute interactive webinar will explore emerging and evolving approaches to natural resource development planning that are being considered and tested in some of Canada’s resource development hotspots.

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