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AME Community Engagement Workshop

May 27 @ 9:00 am 12:00 pm PDT


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Community engagement is an integral part of every exploration project. As an individual going out to site, you represent your company and our industry with every interaction.  Whether it be an Indigenous community, Municipality, Regional District, or patrons at the local pub, hotel or grocery store, you are likely making a first impression that will reflect on the project for years to come.  This can be a daunting position to be in, but knowing how to present your project and our industry, will help you be prepared and feel more comfortable in these situations. 

This workshop will discuss the basics of Cultural Awareness and understanding how others may perceive your actions.  We’ll then introduce the concept of an engagement plan and discuss how to develop and implement the plan including contingencies for when engagements don’t go as planned.  The workshop is interactive, and we ask that you be prepared to turn your camera on and take part in the breakout sessions, where you will gain valuable experience developing and implanting an engagement plan.


9:00 AM PTOpening Remarks & WelcomeKendra Johnston & Christy Smith
9:15 AM PTCultural Awareness and History followed by a breakout room discussionChristy Smith
10:00 AM PTPreparing for Effective Engagement – Using the AME Early Engagement Planning Tool and Other Tips followed by a breakout room activityJanet Mackenzie
10:50 AM PTImplementing Your Indigenous Engagement Plan followed by a breakout room activityHeidi Klein
11:30 AM PTDebrief on Engagement Plan LearningsGroup
12:00 PM PTEnd Events


Christy Smith

Vice President, Indigenous Engagement, Falkirk Environmental Consultants Ltd

Christy is a highly skilled and accomplished professional with 20 + years of proven expertise in initiating strategic discussions with communities of interest groups resulting in a reduction of risk to project timelines. she specializes in working within the consultation requirements for permitting and the Environmental Assessment process. Christy has experience in negotiations, strategic planning, risk assessments, facilitation and mediation. She is recognized for her professional and person understanding of non-traditional/traditional Aboriginal culture. Christy serves on Various boards related to this field.

Cultural Awareness and History

Janet Mackenzie, R.P.Bio

Question Everything

Janet has worked in the fields of environmental assessment, regulatory affairs, and Indigenous engagement for over 18 years, with a focus on mining/mineral exploration projects. A registered professional biologist, she has seen projects from several angles – as regulator (federal and provincial), proponent, and consultant. She has been fortunate to work with Indigenous and other communities across BC and Canada.

Preparing for Effective Engagement – Using the AME Early Engagement Planning Tool and Other Tips

In today’s climate of high expectations for companies to engage in socially and culturally responsible ways, this section of the workshop will focus on how to develop an engagement plan that sets your representatives up to succeed. An overview of the early engagement tool available on AME’s website will be provided, as well as tips based on real-world experience.

Heidi Klein

Human and Community Well-being Lead, Two Worlds Consulting

Heidi Klein is the Human and Community Well-being Lead at Two Worlds Consulting.  She has a diverse background and career.  With over 30 years’ of environmental assessment related experience including large project assessment, wildlife surveys, socio-economic impact assessment, cumulative effects assessment, traditional knowledge documentation and use in decision-making, Indigenous and stakeholder relations; and legislation advisor.  During her career, Heidi has been a “boots-on-the ground” kind of person across Canada especially the Arctic whether as a researcher, a senior government employee, or stakeholder relations manager.  Her work focuses on understanding the needs, interests and cultures of others.  She knows that strong relations start with understanding. 

She has an educational background in wildlife biology, environmental impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment, and facilitation / mediation. 

Implementing Your Indigenous Engagement Plan

This section of the program looks at the first few steps of actually implementing the plan.  The background work is done.  The First Nations have been identified. There are community profiles.  Basic concepts have been documented and considered doable with the stage of your project.  Now what?  How is the first introduction made?  Do I know what to expect?  What if things go wrong?  This portion of the program will provide a glimpse into the early stages of starting the engagement and some things to think about.

$60 – $120