Major Project Agreements and Indigenous Communities: Finding the Win-Win

The Conference Board of Canada, February 28, 2017
Recorded Webinar
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Indigenous groups and industry organizations are increasingly negotiating Major Project Agreements for some of Canada’s largest natural resource and infrastructure projects. These agreements aim to clarify both parties’ interests, objectives and commitments for what may be a multi-decade relationship between communities and industry proponents. More than 400 of these agreements have been concluded since 1995 in the mining sector alone, yet there remains a knowledge gap on which qualities and agreement characteristics make for the best possible outcome for both parties.

So what exactly makes for a win-win project? How can parties come to mutually beneficial agreements? How can major project proponents develop healthy relationships with Indigenous groups? What approaches should Indigenous groups take to ensure projects leave positive legacies?

Webinar Highlights

Join Luke DeCoste and Amos Westropp as they discuss the research they’ve conducted for an upcoming report entitled: Qualities that Make for a Win-Win Major Project Agreement. This report aims to provide practical suggestions for negotiating and implementing agreements that meet the interests of both Indigenous and non-indigenous signatories to Major Project Agreements. The findings of this report are based on interviews with more than 20 individuals who have represented Indigenous groups and proponents on some of Canada’s most impressive Major Projects. In this 60-minute webinar, you will learn:

  • What qualities support a win-win relationship between Indigenous groups and major project proponents.
  • How developing strong relationships with Indigenous groups can help proponents succeed through development and operations.
  • How Indigenous groups can navigate potential and expected developments in their traditional territories.
  • How Indigenous groups and their corporation(s) can work together to leverage the opportunities presented by a major project.

In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to ask Luke and Amos your most pressing questions during the post-presentation Q+A.

About Luke

Photo of Luke DeCosteLuke DeCoste is a Senior Consultant with Northern Interest Management, where he works to empower decision-makers in using data analysis, project management, and negotiation to grow revenue and spend efficiently. During a decade of public and private sector work in Asia, Africa, and North America, Luke has advised CEO’s, Ministers, Ambassadors, and Indigenous leaders. He couples this experience with an M.A. in Public and International Affairs and a Bachelor of Engineering to add value to any organization. Previously, Luke has worked at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, and several, large private sector organizations.

About Amos

Photo of Amos WestroppAmos Westropp, Principal of Westropp Management Consulting, is an organizational improvement expert providing a range of services designed to maximize organizational performance. Based in the Yukon Territory, Amos enjoys working with clients to analyze issues and generate practical solutions that an organization is capable of implementing. Research interests include how northern communities can leverage the benefits of natural resources development to achieve self-sufficiency, and how program evaluation can be used to assess the impacts and benefits of the resource sector on community well-being. Prior to becoming a consultant, Amos represented the federal government in self-government negotiations and negotiations related to fiscal arrangements involving Canada and indigenous groups.

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