Development in Northern and remote parts of Canada is particularly complex due to a range of factors, including: limited local human resources, particularly in Aboriginal communities; a general deficit in transportation, energy and connectivity infrastructure; a cold climate; and a relatively pristine and sensitive environment. These issues exist against a backdrop of broader political, economic, social, and environmental changes, such as devolution and climate change.
To keep pace with societal expectations, new approaches to planning natural resource development are required – ones that are more participatory and that start earlier in the project life-cycle. Ideally, these approaches will help address the need to coordinate action by multiple parties, minimize negative environmental and socioeconomic impacts, and successfully realize potential benefits.
Stefan Reinecke is a manager at Stratos Inc. and works in the firm’s energy and mining teams. He provides strategic and management advice to organizations on the development of sustainability programs, stakeholder mapping and engagement, and both project-level and enterprise risk management.
Michael Van Aanhout is the Chair of Stratos Inc. Michael joined Stratos in 2000 as a senior management consultant, became President in 2005 and Chairman in 2012. He works as a strategic advisor in corporate sustainability and public sector engagements, helping businesses, governments and not-for-profits improve performance, enhance reputation and build lasting value. His focus is working with leaders in Canada’s natural resource sectors and the North to recognize and act on environmental, social and economic risks and opportunities.