Socio-Economic Assessments

InterGroup provides expert technical advice, as well as research and analysis related to the assessment of potential socio-economic impacts of proposed projects. This includes baseline studies, analysis of potential environmental effects, and development of mitigation and monitoring programs.

Millennium Mine Project

Client
Cameco Corporation (Saskatchewan)

Dates
2005-2011

Team
John Osler, Kristin Kent Drewes, Denis De Pape, Research Staff

InterGroup completed the socio-economic impact assessment for the Millennium Mine Project, Cameco Corporation’s greenfield uranium mining project in northern Saskatchewan.

InterGroup's role included research on the economy, population, infrastructure and services, community well-being, and domestic and commercial land and resource use, as well as providing support and expertise on project-related community engagement to Cameco's Corporate Social Responsibility Department.

For more info contact: John Osler, Kristin Kent Drewes


Ajax Mine

Client
KGHM Ajax Mining Inc. (British Columbia)

Dates
2010 - Present

Team
John Osler, Kristin Kent Drewes, Denis De Pape, Research Staff

InterGroup was initially involved with addressing social and economic aspects of the environmental impact assessment for this large proposed copper mine project located in relatively close proximity to the City of Kamloops, BC.

Topics of interest included: employment and training; business opportunities; property value; economic growth and diversification; community health and well-being; land and resource use; and infrastructure and services.

Given the high profile of this proposed project and its relatively close proximity to the City of Kamloops, InterGroup worked closely with KGHM Ajax to engage local stakeholders in the socio-economic impact assessment process. We have adapted our approach regularly to suit the needs of our client, regulatory requirements and local concerns and sensitivities.

For more info contact: John Osler


Dorsey to Portage South Transmission Line

Client
Manitoba Hydro (Manitoba)

Dates
2011 - 2012

Team
John Osler, Research Staff

InterGroup was involved in socio-economic impact assessment activities for the 230kV transmission line, providing input to the site selection process. Integral to this task was incorporating the concerns of farmers and landowners in the site selection of the route.

InterGroup was also involved in public consultation activities. In order to supplement standard mail-out and open house approaches to consultation, InterGroup, on behalf of Manitoba Hydro, directly engaged potentially affected landowners and other property owners (i.e., where study teams might be operating) via telephone and in-person.

For more info contact: John Osler


Red River Floodway Expansion Environmental Licensing

Client
Manitoba Floodway Authority (Manitoba)

Dates
2003

Team
Cam Osler, John Osler, Andrew McLaren, Denis De Pape, Research Staff

InterGroup conducted the public involvement program for the Red River Floodway Expansion Project (in addition to undertaking the socio-economic impact assessment for the Project).

The Project was one of the largest public infrastructure projects ever undertaken in Manitoba, with an initial budget of over $600 million. The Project involved major upgrades and expansions to the existing 48 km Red River Floodway, replacement and upgrading of rail and road bridge crossings, improvement to the inlet and outlet control works, and expansion of the west dike.

InterGroup provided expert witness testimony on environmental assessment approach and methods, socio-economic effects and public involvement at the Clean Environment Commission Hearing for the project.

For more info contact: Andrew McLaren