OTTAWA, May 31, 2016 /CNW/ - The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced today the establishment of a three-member Review Panel to conduct the environmental assessment of Vancouver Fraser Port Authority's proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 project in British Columbia.
Ms. Jocelyne Beaudet has been appointed as the Chair of the Review Panel. Dr. Diana Valiela and Dr. David Levy have been appointed as members of the Review Panel.
The Terms of Reference establish the mandate and composition of the Review Panel, as well as the procedure and timelines of the environmental assessment.
Under the Terms of Reference, the Review Panel will conduct an assessment of the environmental effects of the project, consider mitigation measures, determine whether the project is likely to cause significant adverse effects, and identify any follow-up programs required. The Review Panel will also consider comments from the public and Indigenous groups that are received during the assessment.
Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project
Establishment of Review Panel — Biographical Notes
Ms. Jocelyne Beaudet—Panel Chair
Jocelyne Beaudet is a communications consultant with more than thirty years of experience in various fields related to the environment and public participation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in physical anthropology from the University of Montréal and a Master's degree in cultural anthropology from McGill University. She resides in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.
Ms. Beaudet has developed communications plans and public consultation strategies for numerous environmental initiatives. As a consultant, she has advised the Office of the Auditor General of Canada on issues related to the Canadian North, organized strategies on climate change and air pollution, and advised the Task Force on Sustainable Transportation for the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. While working for Tecsult Inc., she developed communications and public consultation plans for transportation and mining projects in Quebec and Africa.
Ms. Beaudet has extensive experience undertaking public consultation as a panel member for federal, provincial and municipal environmental agencies. She served as a member of the Joint Review Panel for the Site C Clean Energy Project, the Darlington New Nuclear Power Plant Project, the Eastmain 1-A/Rupert Hydroelectric Project and as the Provincial Executive Co-Secretary of the Joint Review Panel for the Lachine Canal Decontamination Project. She has served both as a member and as a chair on panels for the Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement du Québec and for the Office de consultation publique de Montréal. Several of her mandates addressed Indigenous interests and issues.
Dr. Diana Valiela—Panel Member
Dr. Diana Valiela obtained her law degree from the University of British Columbia and also holds a Ph.D. and Master's degree in zoology from Duke University and a Bachelor's degree in biological sciences from Rutgers University. She has resided in Vancouver since 1973.
Dr. Valiela's employment and business experience includes independent legal practice; associate, partner, and counsel at Lawson Lundell LLP; academia (adjunct professor, University of British Columbia Faculty of Law) and consultancy (Ambio Associated). Dr. Valiela has also worked with the Research and Ecotoxicology Division and the Water Quality and Environmental Quality Objectives Division of Environment Canada, Pacific and Yukon Region.
Dr. Valiela has served on numerous boards, panels and committees including the public review panel on the Federal Moratorium on B.C. Offshore Oil and Gas in 2003-2004 and as a member of the National Energy Board. She has published extensively and has made presentations on the topics of resource development and regulation; water management, regulations and quality; ecosystems and biota of the Fraser River Estuary; and environmental assessment legislation, application and methodology.
Dr. David Levy—Panel Member
Dr. David Levy is the President of Levy Research Services Ltd. in North Vancouver. He has more than 30 years of experience providing independent scientific and management advice in fisheries and applied aquatic ecology. Dr. Levy has a Ph.D. and a Master's degree in Fisheries Biology from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor's degree in Marine Biology from McGill University.
Dr. Levy has provided consulting services in fisheries management, environmental impact assessment, meeting facilitation, environmental planning and monitoring, integrated coastal management and watershed management. He has worked in the Fraser Estuary and the Salish Sea for many years. His clients have included the University of British Columbia, CP Rail, Vancouver Airport Authority, the federal government and First Nations.
Dr. Levy provided expert advice to the Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River and the Nechako Fisheries Conservation Program. He has provided technical, strategic and planning services to a number of First Nations organizations and communities and to a variety of non-governmental organizations. In the discipline of environmental assessment, he worked with the Pembina Institute to review the potential construction and operational impacts of the Enbridge Gateway project on salmon populations and provided advice to Mining Watch Canada concerning aquatic impacts from proposed and approved mining projects in Northern BC, including a submission to the Joint Review Panel for the Kemess North Project.
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