MA, RPP, MCIP
I am an environmental planner with 23 years’ experience in public and indigenous consultation, environmental assessment and regional planning. I provide consulting services primarily to Indigenous communities and organizations to foster positive relationships between Indigenous people, governments and industry. I strongly believe that all Canadians have a role to play in creating a future where Indigenous and other Canadians are reconciled. Through my work, I hope that this reconciliation process is honoured. To date, I’ve served many First Nations communities primarily in northern Ontario in building management capacity in strategic natural resource management and environmental assessment.
Most of my career was spent at a large, multi-national consulting firm, where I built and led a group of human environment professionals in Alberta and Ontario. In this role, I gained many years of experience in managing the socio-cultural impact assessment and consultation components for multiple resource development and infrastructure projects in across Canada. Through this experience, I gained insight on how Indigenous communities could be more empowered in environmental assessment and in strengthening their role in land and resource stewardship. This is my passion and the focus of my work.
I am a Registered Professional Planner in Ontario, and a full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada. I am the President of the Ontario Association for Impact Assessment and have served on the Executive Board since 2012. I teach a fourth-year Environmental Geography course part-time at the University of Ottawa. I have a Master of Arts and an Honours Bachelor of Arts, both in Human Geography, from the University of Alberta and the University of Saskatchewan respectively. I am a lifelong learner with training in public participation, project management, Indigenous cultural awareness, and negotiation. I continue to learn about indigenous culture, language and protocols from indigenous friends and Elders and appreciate their patience with me!
I lived most of my life in western Canada (Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta) and moved to Ottawa in 2007 with my husband of 23 years and our 2 lovely daughters.
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Senior Research & Operations Manager
I have over 8 years of experience as an environmental and socio-economic practitioner in various sectors including pipelines, oil and gas, and flood management. After graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies from McMaster University, I went on to earn a Master of Natural Resources Management from the University of Manitoba. I am a certified Environmental Professional and a member of the International Association for Impact Assessment.
I have worked as the environmental planning lead and socio-economic planning lead on numerous federally regulated project applications as well as on the team responsible for the socio-economic assessment of the recently approved Kinder Morgan Canada Inc. Trans Mountain Expansion Project. While working for TERA Environmental Consultants and CH2M Hill, I led and prepared socio-economic assessments, addressing the full suite of socio-economic components (for example, land and resource use, community health, social and cultural well-being, community infrastructure and services, population and employment and economy). My expertise includes project scoping, conducting technical discussions with key informants, identifying project interactions, mitigating impacts, and working with the public, First Nations, and government regulators. I also led the development of innovative methods and approaches for socio-economic assessments, such as socio-economic management plans and monitoring for pipeline projects. Through my work on federally regulated project applications, I have extensive knowledge of the National Energy Board Filing Manual as well as the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (2012).
In addition to my experience in social impact assessment, I have experience in public engagement and facilitation. In collaboration with the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism, I organized and facilitated the education and logistical components of various environmental programs in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. I have facilitated workshops and community engagement as part of the Northern Healthy Foods Initiative review for Manitoba Aboriginal and Northern Affairs and was the Aboriginal Community Liaison and Lead Writer for ATCO Pipelines Southern Extension Replacement Project through two Indian Reserves near Edmonton, Alberta. Most recently I was part of a team assessing the community impacts of the proposed Energy East Pipeline Project on Wahgoshig First Nation in Northern Ontario.
I have international work experience in areas including Costa Rica, the United States of America, Australia and the Caribbean and hold citizenship in the European Union, Canada and Bermuda. In 2016 I co-authored a paper at the International Pipeline Conference in Calgary, Alberta entitled Socio-Economic Effects Monitoring and Pipelines: Moving Toward a Practical and Project-Specific Framework, a follow-up paper to the 2014 paper I co-authored and presented at the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) Annual Conference in Chile, entitled Pipelines in Canada: Socio-economic monitoring.
I currently reside on a hobby farm in a small town outside of Ottawa, Ontario, where I have horses, laying chickens, a pot belly pig, two adventurous canines and a big vegetable garden.
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Delta Rey Flood
Indigenous Land Use Technical Coordinator
Delta is an accomplished indigenous land use and knowledge study coordinator, trainer and technical reviewer with 3 years of experience working for First Nations communities. Delta is an Anishinaabe Kwe (Ojibway woman) from Matachewan First Nation in Ontario. She has worked as an Environmental Coordinator and Lands & Resources Coordinator for her First Nation from 2014 – 2016. During that time she was responsible for coordinating traditional land use studies for the Energy East Pipeline Project. This included managing a third-party contracted consulting company, conducting interviews with knowledge holders, preparing and digitally cataloguing map-biography data and reviewing the resulting reports. She actively managed the traditional land use and other project-based spatial data for her First Nation to support rights-based consultation processes. She prepared briefings to Chief and Council on project files with recommendations for further action.
Delta was also a key team member responsible for preparing Matachewan First Nation’s Consultation and Decision-Making Framework. She supported a third-party contracted consulting company in setting up interviews and engagement activities with key MFN staff, leadership, youth, elders and on- and off-reserve community members. She was responsible for reviewing and testing draft version of the Framework to ensure it could be implemented effectively.
Delta is a certified trainer of Google Earth Pro and has training in ArcGIS for direct to digital mapping of Indigenous traditional land uses. She has provided training and conducted data quality reviews for Brunswick House First Nation’s Lands & Resources department in 2016 and continues as their technical advisor on an as-needed basis. She has completed 2 years of her Commerce and Native Studies degree at Laurentian University and holds a Social Services Worker Diploma and a Certificate in Modern Office Specialist.
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