Attendees of this session will learn more about:
Policy implications—regional and cultural differences demand a flexible and responsive approach and must be understood early in order to enable the development and implementation of an effective strategy to earn and maintain social license.
Role of Government— Government could facilitate the necessary stakeholder mapping in regions for which they are responsible and provide a regulatory framework that sets companies on the right path for engagement with communities and stakeholders. In addition, issues related to social license can affect the outcomes of more ‘formal’ regulatory processes.
Social media— tools empower stakeholders and communities to access and share information on company behaviors, technologies, and projects as they are implemented around the world.
Brian Yates has more than 24 years experience in leading large-scale environmental assessments (EA), and consultation projects for a range of ports, energy, mining, and linear infrastructure projects. He ha has led numerous environmental assessments under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA), BC Environmental Assessment Act (BCEAA), as well as other regulatory frameworks, and implemented associated permitting and environmental management plans. He has led regulatory strategy, stakeholder consultation initiatives, and integrated planning efforts throughout British Columbia, across Canada, and internationally. Through his work in Canada, Indonesia, and elsewhere, he has observed the evolution of the concept of social license as it applies to the environmental uses and industrial development since the early 1990’s.