What's Happening
  • November 28, 2016
    In September, Lee Failing, Sally Rudd and Holly Nesbitt, explored key elements of successful water planning processes as part of the Polis Creating a Blue Dialogue Webinar series.
  • November 2, 2016
    Sea level rise poses a significant risk to the City of Vancouver. The risk and the potential solutions to adapt to rising seas are extremely complex. Compass Resource Management, Ebbwater Consulting, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants and Urban Systems were retained by the City to help them better understand the risks, to develop high-level adaptation options and to create a unique, inclusive decision-making process to explore trade-offs between various adaptation options.
  • October 31, 2016
    On November 2 the City of Vancouver will release Phase 2 of its sea level rise strategy. Working closely with the City, Compass teamed with Ebbwater Consulting, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants and Urban Systems to explore alternative ways of responding to sea level rise over the years to come.
  • August 31, 2016
    One of our associates, Holly Nesbitt, published an article on July 8, 2016 in the Journal of Applied Ecology with her former Master's supervisor, Dr. Jonathan Moore at SFU.
  • November 26, 2015
    Like many coastal cities, Vancouver faces tough choices about how to prepare for rising sea levels. Compass is working with the City and our partners Ebb Water, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants and Urban Systems to explore the risks and opportunities.
  • October 16, 2015
    B.C. Environment Minister Mary Polak and Northwest Territories Environment and Natural Resources Minister J. Michael Miltenberger signed an agreement today committing their governments to cooperatively manage water in the Mackenzie River Basin. This innovative and far-reaching agreement is designed to protect the aquatic ecosystem within the basin, while respecting the right of each jurisdiction to use and manage water. It is one of five bilateral agreements currently being negotiated between the governments of BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories, and Yukon, and is the second to be signed (Alberta and the Northwest Territories signed their agreement in March of this year).

    Compass designed and facilitated the negotiation process for all five agreements, which began in 2011, and continues for the remaining three agreements. A key challenge has been facilitating agreement on multiple independent bilateral agreements, while maintaining an appropriate level of consistency to ensure a coordinated basin-level approach. A key outcome was the development of a "risk-informed management" framework, which incorporates best practices in water management, and supports a consistent and transparent approach while ensuring that management is tailored to the unique needs of each water body.
  • July 17, 2015
    As part of his PhD research at Simon Fraser University, Compass Associate Chris Joseph developed a broad and comprehensive definition of what a good environmental assessment (EA) process looks like. Chris synthesized ideas from the EA literature as well as ideas from the megaproject planning, international development, risk, stakeholder, expert, law, and other literatures, and then tested controversial ideas through a survey of EA experts across Canada.
  • February 12, 2015
    As part of her Master's thesis last year, Holly Nesbitt wrote a paper with her SFU lab group.
  • January 5, 2015
    WWF-Canada produced a report to share lessons from the BC Hydro water use planning process because of its success in delivering improvements to flow and fisheries as well as other environmental benefits at 23 facilities in BC.
  • December 16, 2014
    Last month, fifty scientists, program leads and managers from the Sustainable and Healthy Communities Research Program of the US Environmental Protection Agency, attended a 3-day workshop on Structured Decision Making (SDM) in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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