Caroline Burgess

Managing Director

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. I am the Past President of the Ontario Association for Impact Assessment and have served on the Executive Board since 2012. I taught a fourth-year Environmental Geography course part-time at the University of Ottawa in 2015 and 2016. 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 family.

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