Drifter Projects understands the Consultation requirements of a project and
executes as follows:
The purpose of consultation is to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to
offer input, which assists the Project Team and the Governmental regulatory
agencies in making decisions and recommendations throughout the Project
application and construction process..
It is important for anyone who is interested in or may be affected by the
project to have the opportunity to participate in and provide input early on
and throughout the project application process. With timely and meaningful
consultation, concerns can be identified, considered and appropriately
addressed; leading to project approval.
Typically, parties that are consulted include: the general public, affected
property owners, municipal representatives, special interest groups,
representatives of numerous federal and provincial government agencies,
industry, and affected First Nations and Métis. These individuals and groups
are collectively referred to as “stakeholders”.
Drifter Projects will guide the application process through meaningful
consultation with all affected stakeholders to meet key (legislated)
Consultation with interested and potentially affected parties is an
essential part of the consultation process. By engaging stakeholders in a
transparent and open process, the Project Team can better understand what is
valued within communities, and better inform decision makers as it affects
Local municipalities are consulted at both the technical and executive staff
levels to provide technical and process related input to the Project Team.
Issues are identified, understood and addressed throughout the project
Identification and consultation of and with Business and commercial
stakeholders, comprised of representatives of Chambers of Commerce, Business
Improvement Areas, Industry, and agricultural producers, provides input on
current and future economic conditions and options to address development
concerns associated with the Project.
First Nations associated with the project area including Indian reserves,
treaty areas, sacred grounds, traditional land and resource locations, etc.,
are identified and considered. The Project Team looks to the affected First
Nations for leadership, guidance and assistance. A First Nations
consultation plan is formulated, submitted to the government regulatory
agency for approval and followed to ensure First Nations potentially
affected by the Project and identified by and mandated the Government
Regulatory agencies fully understand the nature and scope of the project and
their concerns are addressed and/or mitigated.
Regulatory Agencies, including federal departments and agencies (e.g.,
Environment Canada, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency); provincial
ministries (e.g., Ministries of Environment, Energy Resources Conservation
Board, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, Infrastructure and
Transportation); provide the Project Team with input and advice regarding
laws, regulations, policies, programs and other areas of concern within the
respective areas of jurisdiction.
In an effort to inform and engage stakeholders and obtain constructive
feedback, the Project Team uses a multi-media approach to consultation. This
approach is designed to achieve the following specific objectives:
* provide numerous and varied opportunities for stakeholders to participate
in and provide input to the project;
* ensure that key messages and concepts are conveyed in a clear, concise and
* educate stakeholders about the process and outcomes;
* explain complex project details; and
* demonstrate a transparent decision-making process.
Multi-media techniques to engage with stakeholders are:
* Direct Contact
* Open Houses Presentations
* Project website;
* Distribution of Project application material
* Interim project reports (issued in draft – electronically and hard copy);
* Advisory group meetings (regulatory agencies, municipalities, community);
* Project team presentations (to groups and individuals); and
* 1-800 telephone number