What is responsible development?

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: The Old Church - 3704 1st Ave Smithers, BC

About this presentation

We often hear about responsible development, but rarely define what it means. The lack of clarity often leads to polarizing conversations and few tools for communities to have meaningful discussions and input. This talk will look at weaknesses in our current approach and how we can be proactive in making sure development protects our communities and the things we value. The presentation includes understanding the role of planning, independent science, early engagement, and co-management to improve decision-making, reduce impacts and increase benefits to local communities. It will also touch on best practices in mining and forestry, look at how the northwest economy is changing, and provide some examples of innovation and diversification in the region.

About Greg Knox

Greg Knox has been the Executive Director of SkeenaWild Conservation Trust since 2007. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of Northern BC in 1999, after which he became a certified Fisheries Technician and Field Supervisor with Nisga’a Fisheries. In 2013, Greg completed a Master’s degree in Environmental Management at Royal Roads University, where he developed a framework for implementing a collaborative freshwater salmon-habitat monitoring program in the Skeena watershed. Greg has extensive experience understanding industrial impacts and tools to improve decision-making. He sits on the BC Environmental Assessment Implementation Committee, is a member of the Pacific Salmon Commission, a board member of the Skeena Knowledge Trust, an advisor to the Pacific Salmon Watershed Fund, and a Steering Committee member of the Friends of Wild Salmon Coalition.