May 4 @ 9:00 am
Indigenous Perspectives Panel Discussion – First Nation Coastal and Marine Infrastructure: Challenges and Risks Facing These Real Property Assets 

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Part 1: 

Darryl Shiwak, Deputy Minister, Director of Implementation, Nunatsiavut Affairs, Nunatsiavut Government

Part 2: First Nations – Coastal Vulnerability Study

Brent Baron, Senior Engineer, Structural Mitigation Program Community Infrastructure, Indigenous Services Canada, Indigenous Services Canada

The objective of this presentation is to discuss the Coastal Vulnerability Study project, which aims to develop models to help predict estimated sea level rise, accompanying storm surge, and its effects on the infrastructure of coastal First Nation communities in BC.

Many First Nations live and have flourished along the Pacific coast of British Columbia. However, the impact of climate change on sea levels is expected to negatively impact these communities. Rising sea levels and intensified storms with storm surge are potentially threatening the infrastructure that they rely upon. The frequency and magnitude of storm-surge flooding is also anticipated to increase in the future. The Coastal Vulnerability Study (CVS) plans to assess the unique situations and planning circumstances around 60 Coastal First Nation communities over the next five years.

The Government of Canada is looking to expand its knowledge about climate change and the impact on coastal vulnerability, including sea-level rise, storm surge, and tsunamis. In particular, it seeks to understand the impact on First Nation communities given the uniqueness of their geographical locations, the varying configuration of their villages, and their connections to the ocean.

Coastal Vulnerability Project Scope
The CVS project aims to develop models which will help predict estimated sea level rise, accompanying storm surge, and its effects on the infrastructure of coastal First Nation communities in BC. A model is created for each community that provides a representation of the uniqueness of each geographic location and oceanic connectivity. The application of these models will allow Indigenous Services Canada and First Nations’ staff to estimate the risk to existing and planned infrastructure. The process includes community involvement in discussions, collaboration and facilitation, allowing communities to create informed planning decisions for the present, short- and long-term sustainability of the coastal First Nation villages.

Study Successes
The investigations have been completed to 25 of the 60 First Nation Communities on the West Coast with 10 more planned this year and all 60 to be completed by 2021. The program is receiving positive responses with First Nations leadership. Communities are being informed and using available tools to track and monitor changes to the environment so that they can adapt to changes. The solutions are community based, and the information being provided is giving the communities ideas on what tools are needed to move forward and plan for more sustainable villages that meet the future social and infrastructure needs.

Brent Baron, Senior Engineer, Structural Mitigation Program Community Infrastructure, Indigenous Services Canada

  • Professional Engineer with 35 years of expertise in water resources related initiatives.
  • 7 years consulting experience in Manitoba.
  • 10 years consulting experience in British Columbia.
  • 18 years experience in the Federal Government of Canada working directly with the First Nation Communities in British Columbia.
  • Recently working on the structural mitigation program in BC including developing initiatives on understanding coastal events, sea-level rise, climate adaptation and flood plain strategies. Also working on program initiatives for the implementation of flood and erosion projects for a variety of First Nation in BC.


May 5 @ 8:45 am
Newfoundland and Labrador’s Offshore Oil and Gas Industry: Defining the Opportunity

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Newfoundland and Labrador is on the verge of a new era in frontier oil exploration and development. Buoyed by recent discoveries, proven production and robust industrial and supply servicing capabilities, the province’s resources are attracting the attention of the global industry. 

The resource potential in offshore Newfoundland and Labrador is significant. In less than 7% of the province’s offshore, independent resource assessments estimate there is a combined resource potential of 49.2 billion barrels of oil and 193.8 trillion cubic feet of gas. There have been eight new global exploration and production companies enter the area in the past three years, and $3.9 billion in exploration work commitments made throughout the last four years.

Jim will present on Nalcor’s exploration strategy and the role this strategy is playing in finding new oil and gas resources for the province and how the strategy is reducing risk and uncertainty for global investment. 

Jim Keating5Jim Keating, Executive Vice President, Offshore Development, Nalcor Energy 

In his role as Executive Vice President, Offshore Development, Jim Keating is responsible for the development of the province’s offshore oil and gas resources and is the executive lead for Bull Arm Fabrication. 

Before joining Nalcor Energy, Jim led the development and operation of oil and gas projects in Canada for a major international oil and gas company – including joint venture investments and long-term growth initiatives. His past experience also includes leadership roles in business development and negotiation, field development, project controls and strategic planning. 

Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in business administration from Memorial University. He is a registered member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland.


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