Environmental Planning

The TWC’s Environmental Planning team has extensive experience implementing environmental management standards. We work with our clients to successfully develop and implement planning and mitigation strategies to meet regulatory requirements. Our multi-disciplinary team seeks to maximize efficiency while assessing risks and minimizing adverse effects. TWC’s regulatory experience helps to make sure your Project planning meets provincial and federal standards while providing the most up-to-date regulatory guidance.

We use our extensive experience to offer technical and regulatory support to proponents and Indigenous Nations by:

  • Providing expert advise in navigating the regulatory processes across jurisdictions
  • Preparing impact assessment reports and supporting Indigenous Nations in conducting their own impact assessments
  • Meaningfully integrating Indigenous Knowledge and value in impact assessments
  • Assessing cumulative effects
  • Developing effective mitigation and monitoring plans

Project timelines are often dependent on the procurement of permits. TWC offers support to clients in identifying and acquiring necessary permits and approvals that comply with federal, provincial and territorial regulations within project timelines. TWC brings expert level working knowledge of environmental permitting processes.

Having worked extensively with clients on projects that require regulatory compliance, TWC has a deep understanding of the intricacies and nuances of regulatory requirements. TWC works with proponents and Indigenous Nations, providing guidance and support in navigating federal and provincial regulatory processes. TWC has also provided strategic advice to federal and provincial agencies on updates to impact assessment regulatory guidance material and processes.

Human and Community Well-being

TWC undertakes socio-economic studies for proponents, Indigenous Nations, and government to assess positive and negative effects to local communities. We work with our clients to include the study of trade flows and the potential effects on regional economies, and efforts to communicate the costs and benefits of the project to different levels of government and to industry.

TWC studies the direct, indirect, and induced effects related to GDP, employment, labour income, and government revenues. Collected information such as education levels and types of businesses is useful in determining how to maximize local benefits.

TWC has extensive experience conducting socio-economic assessments in a regulatory context. TWC’s approach is designed to meet impact assessment requirements of the provincial, territorial and federal governments. We consider both positive and negative effects brought on by the project, conduct gender-based analysis (GBA+), and assess impacts to sustainability for future generations.

TWC engages with communities and industry to deploy surveys, censuses, studies, programs and policies that support communities needs. Our team understands that Human and Community Well-being Research is essential for understanding impacts and effects on communities. TWC identifies and plans socio-economic field work that includes establishing what information currently exists and where information gaps are present. TWC will work with Indigenous Nations, stakeholders, and proponents on data collection giving special attention to recognizing differences in identity factors.

Biophysical Services

As biologists trained in scientific methods, we recognize the value of culture and Indigenous ways of knowing in delivering biophysical services to our clients. TWC provides biophysical services that support all phases of a project. We work with industry proponents and Indigenous Nations to develop and undertake biophysical surveys, impact assessments, mitigation planning, and monitoring programs that values and includes Indigenous Knowledge. We undertake wildlife and ecosystems surveys to understand existing conditions, pre-construction mitigations, pre- and post-development monitoring, and to determine mitigation effectiveness. We work with Indigenous Nations to identify potential effects of a proposed project on biophysical values important to Indigenous groups, and to develop mitigation measures and design monitoring programs that support community capacity building. We support the development of pre-construction surveys to identify and protect important biophysical features and provide in-field environmental training for Indigenous community members.

TWC’s approach to impact assessment is designed to meet new legislative requirements. TWC provides clients with expert advice, scientific methodology, inclusion of Indigenous Knowledge and ways of knowing, support in navigating regulatory processes and policies, legislations, and industry best practices.

TWC works with clients, regulators, and Indigenous Nations to develop project-specific protection plans for species and ecosystems at risk, protected areas, and wildlife and habitat.

TWC serves clients in a field capacity such as wildlife and vegetation inventory surveys, pre-construction monitoring, biological data collection and processing, and executing environmental mitigation plans. TWC is experienced in and follows standard protocols in biological data collection and analysis. TWC uses user-friendly, geo-referenced mobile data collection tools to record, review, and process data in an efficient, quality-controlled manner. TWC offers in-field training for Indigenous community members to shared learning.

Training

We assist our clients in maintaining high standards in environmental and cultural proficiency by providing training services. We develop and deliver specialized workshops to industry proponents and government organizations in cultural competency, and job training to Indigenous Nations to support employment opportunities in industry.

TWC provides industry standard job training to Indigenous Nations. This includes training in construction environmental monitoring, pre-construction wildlife surveys, safe work practices, and industry standard health and safety.

We provide cultural competency training to industry and government organizations working with Indigenous Nations across Canada. Training includes best practices, cultural protocols and sensitivities, and recommendations for meaningful and effective engagement with Indigenous Nations. Our training is tailored to our client needs and we include participation from local Indigenous Nations.

Climate Change

TWC understands that various factors make Indigenous Nations more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Our team works with Indigenous Nations and local governments to prepare for, respond to and understand the impacts of climate change. We provide services to develop community-based climate change adaptation plans, asset management plans, emergency management plans and ensure climate change priorities are integrated within impact assessment, monitoring, land use and community planning projects. We assist our clients with research projects to support understandings of climate change response, resiliency and adaptation and support the integration of Indigenous Knowledge across our projects.

TWC supports emerging climate change priorities through research in human health, ecosystems and climate resiliency. TWC delivers its services in collaboration with climate experts, government, and Indigenous Nations.

TWC understands that climate change impacts the economy. Our experts work with Indigenous Nations and government to prepare asset management plans, community economic plans, and socio-economic impact assessments.

TWC develops community-based adaptation plans, emergency plans, and integrates a climate change lens within impact assessment and land use planning projects.

Geomatics Mapping and Analysis

TWC offers geomatics services to support our clients in their spatial analysis and data visualization needs. We work with a GIS specialist to provide the following services: spatial data management and processing, mobile data collection technology, digitizing, interactive mapping, land use and habitat modeling, and generating report figures. Our geomatics service integrates with the rest of our services to support projects in impact assessment, land use and comprehensive community planning, and Indigenous knowledge and biophysical studies.

TWC offers our clients comprehensive services in data visualization and mapping.

TWC supports our clients with Indigenous knowledge data collection, mapping and data visualizations. TWC is committed to upholding the principles of OCAP® by engaging with Knowledge Holders to ensure that Indigenous Knowledge data is respected, and interpreted in full, with the informed consent of the Indigenous Nation providing it.

TWC’s GIS specialists support the team in developing models, such as climate change prediction.

Indigenous Planning

TWC offers Indigenous Nations support in developing plans for their communities, lands, and resources. We understand the importance of community-led planning and are committed to working closely with our clients to ensure that their values guide the process. TWC seeks to foster opportunities for capacity-building by offering training, mentorship and ongoing support. Our team has experience designing community engagement approaches that are inclusive, tailored to the unique contexts of the community, and supported through humble listening and culturally appropriate facilitation methods.

TWC offers services in land use planning for Indigenous Nations and communities in BC. Our team has extensive experience working with community representatives to supporting engagement processes to gather input from community members. We work closely with communities to develop land use narratives, scenarios and policies that reflect the community’s environmental, cultural and economic values and align with other overarching community plans.

TWC works with communities to support the development of Comprehensive Community Plans (CCPs), which are holistic planning tools that enable Indigenous Nations to progress their sustainability, self-sufficiency and organizational capacity. TWC acknowledges that CCPs enable the revitalization of traditional systems of governance and decision-making and that the process is guided by the community’s values and cultural identity. TWC has extensive experience bringing together multiple voices and perspectives within a community to produce a plan that accommodates the needs of its members.

Indigenous Knowledge

TWC recognizes the importance Indigenous Knowledge (IK) in the fields of environmental, social, and economic development. TWC works with Indigenous Nations to support the documentation IK and helps facilitate the meaningful application of IK by Indigenous Nations, industry, and government.

Traditional Use Studies (TUS) and Indigenous Knowledge (IK) studies inform decision-making in environmental, social, and cultural impact assessments, dispute resolution, land claim negotiations, consultation, land use planning, and cultural documentation. TWC works closely with Indigenous community members to gather and meaningfully document project-specific IK for use in informing planning.