Stratos Contribution to the Federal Regulatory Review Process - Cross-Jurisdictional International Review of Energy Regulators

The Government of Canada is currently undertaking an important review of environmental and regulatory processes with a focus on:

  • Reviewing federal environmental assessment processes;

  • Modernizing the National Energy Board; and

  • Restoring lost protections and introducing modern safeguards to the Fisheries Act and the Navigation Protection Act.

This review has advanced through the work of two Parliamentary Committees and two Expert Panels. Consultation with Indigenous Peoples, key interests and the public has been an important aspect of the review process. All four of the Committee / Panel reports have been completed:


What It's Like to be a Stratos Intern

My internship started out in perhaps not the most conventional manner – after working for a mere 8 days I left on a 5 week trip to travel with my mom across the globe. After seeing a little slice of the world, I came back to work refreshed and ready to be thrown in to all kinds of fascinating projects.

Drafting workshop reports for a variety of public sector clients, contributing to research and comparative analyses of energy sources, learning the ins and outs of risk management in mining practices and even helping out on a few left field requests* is just a sample of the projects and tasks I was a part of during my time at Stratos.


Stratos has developed a Professional Development course for Policy Analysts - Designing Economic Instruments for the Environment

What policy instruments exist for the environment? What exists beyond carbon pricing?

How can economic instruments drive integration across government environmental mandates?


Working with the GOC to enhance innovation

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:


Congratulations to our newest intern on her award

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.


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.


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.


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).