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Examples of our stakeholder relations work

Client: Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research (ACCFCR)

Provincial Protocol Framework for a Common Approach to Providing Programs and Specialized Services for Preschool Children with Severe Disabilities

Services: Capacity Building and Adaptive Management (2011 to 2012)
This common approach coordinates programs and services that are currently funded separately by Alberta Education, which provides public and private schools with funding for Early Childhood Services (ECS) programs through Program Unit Funding (PUF); and Human Services, which provides families with specialized services through Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD).This Provincial Protocol Framework presented a guide for the development and delivery of a common approach to provide families with a single, coordinated plan implemented by a single service team to ensure continuity and consistency of approach across all settings (home, ECS program, and community).

Client: Alberta Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils , North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance

Integrated Watershed Management Plan for the North Saskatchewan River Watershed

Services: Stakeholder Engagement, Capacity Building, Legislative and Policy Analysis, Writing (2009 to 2011)
Susan Abells and Michael Henry have worked with NSWA staff and Board of Directors since 2009 to design and implement a cross-sectoral collaborative planning and engagement strategy, based on IAP2 values and approach, to support the development of an Integrated Watershed Management Plan (IWMP) for the North Saskatchewan River watershed. Susan Abells worked with the IWMP editorial committee to develop and write the IWMP Discussion Paper and online Workbook Survey (2011), and prepared a structured content analysis of survey responses. Our firm continues to work with the NSWA, providing strategic advice and support for stakeholder and community engagement as well as writing and communications services.

Client: Government of Alberta, Alberta Environment

East Central Alberta Cumulative Effects Project (ECACEP)

Services: Stakeholder Relations, Scenario Planning, Capacity Building, Organizational Learning, Website Development (2007 to 2009)
Susan Abells and Michael Henry engaged community leaders from three east central Alberta counties (Beaver, Camrose and Flagstaff) to identify desired environmental, social and economic outcomes that formed the foundation of a cumulative effects management system. Using scenario planning, community leaders identified four “stories of possible futures” (scenarios) specific to the study area. These scenarios were developed using systems-thinking methodology, which was then applied to the identification of a desired future, with accompanying desired environmental, economic and social outcomes. Also reported to Alberta Environment on lessons learned from the project. Susan Abells developed the website documenting the project, which is currently hosted by the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus, Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities:

http://www.augustana.ualberta.ca/research/centres/acsrc/projects/ECACEP/



Client: Government of Alberta, Alberta Environment

Alberta Climate Change Adaptation Team

Services: Stakeholder Relations (2006)
Susan Abells and Michael Henry facilitated a workshop with a cross-ministry team representing 11 Government of Alberta departments and stakeholders, including academic experts and industry representatives, on issues related to climate change adaptation.

Client: Government of Alberta, Alberta Environment

Sturgeon River Water Management Strategy

Services: Stakeholder Relations, Communications (2005)
Susan Abells conducted three studies regarding stakeholder preferences and public awareness of water and watershed management issues including a media scan and telephone interviews with stakeholders and decision-makers. Prepared a consultation and communications plan to raise public and stakeholder awareness of water and watershed management issues to engage citizens in the development of a Terms of Reference for a Sturgeon River Basin Watershed Management Plan.

Client: Government of Alberta, Alberta Environment

Battle River Basin Water Management Strategy

Services: Program Development, Communications (2004)
Susan Abells designed and conducted a survey of stakeholders regarding the contents of a proposed public education program to support water management and conservation in the region.

Client: Government of Canada, Parks Canada
Services: Stakeholder Relations (2003 to 2004)
Susan Abells and Michael Henry conducted public consultations in the Town of Jasper to review the town’s land use regulations and the Jasper Park Management Plan.

Client: Government of Alberta, Capital Health Authority

New Bylaw for Smoking in Public Places

Services: Advocacy (2000 to 2004)
Susan Abells and Michael Henry worked with the Population Health Division to identify and promote public health initiatives. Worked with Capital Health, the Alberta Lung Association, Action on Smoking and Health, Edmonton Public Schools, restaurant owners and shopping malls to implemented a public awareness campaign to change the municipal smoking by-law to restrict smoking in public places in the City of Edmonton. A complete ban on smoking in all public places, including bars and gaming establishments, was implemented on June 30, 2005.

Client: Government of Alberta, Alberta Environment

Northern East Slopes Sustainable Resource Management Strategy

Services: Stakeholder Relations, Communications, Policy Analysis and Research (2000 to 2003)
Susan Abells and Michael Henry worked with the Integrated Resource Management Division of Alberta Environment to design and conduct a series of public consultations over three years, identifying the vision, values and issues underlying a sustainable resource and environmental management strategy that introduced the concept of a cumulative effects management system. Public and stakeholder meetings were managed and facilitated with industry (forestry, energy, mining, tourism and agriculture), recreational users, environmental organizations, communities, Aboriginal Peoples and all levels of government. An academic literature review of social indicators used in the field of sustainable development was developed (2001), social indicators for the study area were identified, and base-line data collected, analyzed and presented to support the social dimension of the project’s cumulative effects management model.

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