Hemmera’s Community Engagement and Social Sciences (CESS) team has earned a reputation as an industry leader providing exceptional First Nation consultation and negotiation, public and community engagement, and socio-economic services and expertise to municipal, regional, provincial, territorial, and national governments, as well as major corporations and independent project proponents.

Our primary strength is the inter-disciplinary capacity that we bring to a project as one of the only teams in Canada to deliver community engagement and social sciences expertise within a broader company of environmental scientists and technical specialists. Our unique approach incorporates a wide range of community engagement and social science service offerings that complement our environmental site assessment and remediation teams.

Highlighted Projects

Sustainability for 7 Generations: A Toolkit for Evaluating Net Benefits in KFN Traditional Territory, Kluane First Nation

Hemmera and Kluane First Nation (KFN) worked together through a community-based approach to document KFN’s current sustainability-related values and develop a Sustainability Toolkit to help evaluate and monitor the net benefits of proposed natural resource management projects on KFN’s Traditional Territory. The project’s community-based approach was critical to its success, and included conducting community meetings, one-on-one interviews and meetings with Elders, youth, and Chief and Council. Information shared by KFN citizens was used to develop the local-level Criteria and Indicator framework, as well as a set of tools that can be used to measure and monitor KFN’s progress in achieving sustainable natural resource development on its Traditional Territory.

Casino Mining Corporation, West-central Yukon

Hemmera has recently assisted Casino Mining Corporation (CMC) with an intensive consultation program with the Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation (LSCFN). In this role, Hemmera led community consultation related to all aspects of the proposed project. Key responsibilities included the development and design of consultation materials, coordination and facilitation of community meetings, and gathering of community information related to interests and concerns on the proposed project. Hemmera served as a liaison between CMC and LSCFN to ensure effective communication and transparency in the consultation process. This included all logistical aspects of the community work, preparing meeting summaries and an overall summary of the consultation process for submission to the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board (YESAB). Furthermore, Hemmera worked closely with Casino’s legal team to satisfy the requirements of the consultation agreement between both parties.

In addition to the consultation and engagement services noted above, Hemmera has also undertaken socio-economic and traditional use services, provided negotiation advice, and has served as an advisor to CMC in their navigation of the YESAA process.

LNG Canada (Shell), Kitimat, BC

Hemmera provided advice and support to Shell with respect to their Public and First Nations consultation program for the LNG Canada Project, located in Kitimat, BC. The LNG Canada Project received its Environmental Assessment Certificate in 2015. Leading up to this milestone, Hemmera provided a range of services including leading and supporting regulatory consultation activities with First Nations and the public, and providing strategic advice and regulatory guidance to the project team. In coordination with Shell and the broader environmental assessment team, our staff helped build relationships within local communities, and supported discussions regarding the project as well as its potential effects and opportunities for local communities.

TransCanada Pipelines – Coastal Gaslink and Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Projects

These two projects, both of which have received their Environmental Assessment approvals, are proposed to transport and deliver gas to LNG proponents in the Kitimat and Prince Rupert areas. Hemmera staff have supported TransCanada in a variety of ways, primarily in relation to their ongoing work associated with engaging the many First Nations in the planning and approval processes associated with each of the projects. For both projects, George Meadows was retained in the capacity of Chief Negotiator to represent TransCanada in project-based negotiations with a number of First Nation communities along each of the proposed pipeline corridors. Several additional Hemmera staff played a variety of engagement and consultation related roles for TransCanada in support of their efforts to engage and establish support for the respective projects.

Our Team

George Meadows, Vice President of Hemmera’s CESS team, is a recognized leader in the field of Aboriginal relations and negotiation. He acted as Chief Negotiator for TransCanada Pipeline’s Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Line project as well as the Coastal GasLink Pipeline project. George is backed by Vancouver-based Business Leader Chris Heard, as well as an impressive team of experienced engagement, consultation, and socio-economic specialists working out of our Vancouver, Victoria, and Whitehorse offices.