Regulatory Approvals, Environmental Assessment, and Permitting
We understand what is necessary to create positive and productive relationships and create the right conditions for regulatory approval success.
Falikirk is leading the first major project through British Columbia’s new Environmental Assessment Act
Falkirk is currently leading the Environmental Assessment process for Osisko Development Corporations Cariboo Gold Project located in Central British Columbia. A close collaboration with the Lhtako Dene, Xatśūll and Williams Lake First Nations. The Cariboo Gold Project is anticipated to be the first major project in the province to receive an Environmental Assessment Certificate under the new BC Environmental Assessment Act.
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Supporting the Citxw Nlaka'pamux
Falkirk combines their knowledge and leadership in regulatory review processes and their expertise in Indigenous engagement to reduce risk and ensure meaningful outcomes for both Project Owner’s and Indigenous groups. Falkirk is currently supporting the Citxw Nlaka'pamux Assembly (CNA) to ensure Indigenous knowledge and perspectives are incorporated directly into the Teck Highland Valley Copper 2040 Project’s environmental assessment.
For more information about the CNA, please visit the following:
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“EA and Permitting management have been a core service of Falkirk since the company started.”
key elements to Falkirk’s EA and Permitting approach are highlighted below:
- Full environmental assessment process management (Federal, Provincial, and Territorial), including regulatory and Indigenous engagement, as well as Project permitting, licences, and regulatory affairs for all stages of the development cycle from exploration and assessment to design, operations, and ultimate closure;
- Full project approvals strategy design and implementation, budget control, consultation/qualified professional selection (engineering, biophysical and human environment), and outcomes management;
- Early and meaningful engagement with regulatory agency representatives and other technical advisory committee/mine review committee members to develop targeted and project-specific applications (based on clear and focused Application Information Requirements/Information Requirements Tables);
- Coordination and management of engineering inputs into approvals applications and documentation;
- Oversight of baseline biophysical and socio-economic studies;
- Regular communication and reporting to the senior management/executive teams of our clients in relation to approvals strategy and schedule; and
- Thoughtful development of approvals application materials that are technically sound, well written and focused on required information, for minimizing application review delays and protracted issues resolution processes.
Max Brownhill is the operations leads, a founding partner of Falkirk and a senior professional with 24 years of experience providing environmental leadership for mining, oil and gas, infrastructure, and transportation projects.
Natalie Tashe is a Professional Agrologist trained in project management and brings over 20 years’ experience in terrestrial environmental assessments throughout Western and Northern Canada in leading both Provincial and Federal environmental impact assessments, permitting applications, and environmental design and compliance for existing mine operations.
Scott is a seasoned senior executive with almost 28 years of experience in private and public sectors, working as a regulator, consultant and proponent. Scott has had decision-making, oversight or project management roles on dozens of environmental assessments across all sectors in BC, over the past 13 years. His most recent role has been serving in the capacity of Associate Vice President, Regulatory Affairs with the BC Transportation Investment Corporation.
Shawneen Walker is a professional biologist, registered in both British Columbia and Alberta, and has over 20 years of experience in consulting and education. She specializes in facilitating environmental assessment certificates, permits, licenses and approvals by coordinating multidisciplinary teams and managing communication between the proponents, regulatory agencies and stakeholders.
Nicole is an environmental biologist with over 18 years combined experience in terrestrial ecosystem, vegetation, and wildlife ecology. She specializes in ecosystem mapping, vegetation, and wetland baseline assessments, environmental effects assessments, and mitigation and management plans.
Fauzi is an environmental coordinator and project manager within Falkirk’s Regulatory and Project Permitting group. Specializing in the areas of environmental assessment and major project permitting, Fauzi spent the last five years with Hemmera in Quebec working in the natural resource sector.
Ms. Arnold is a regional expert on mine permitting and compliance in the southern region of the United States with over 30 years of mining experience. Her most recent project was the successful completion of a 12-year permitting process for a large open pit mining project near Tucson, Arizona.