Projects – A Glimpse

Here are a few examples of the diversity of projects that we undertake:

eCampus Online Learning Program Development | The GAEL Team worked with  Brock University Faculty and the Environmental Sustainability Resource Centre leaders to undertake a content development workshop for an eCampus online program.

The Team challenged the group of faulty to create a draft storyline, identify research opportunities, and generate a list of supporting materials and mediums needed for success. We created a digital graphic to represent the information gathered during the online learning sessions, and used as a vision board for the participants as they worked to develop their curriculum. A slide deck was also created using graphics and images that showed all the modules, storylines, supporting materials, and any other information captured on the flip charts in a continuous flow of images and elements.

Terms of Reference for Aggregate Rehabilitation Master Plan (RMP) | The GAEL Team  undertook the preparation of a Terms of Reference for a Rehabilitation Master Plan for the Town of Caledon. We identified key stakeholders who have a vested interest in the RMP, including provincial, regional and municipal agencies, aggregate industry representatives, Conservation Authorities, environmental NGO’s, Town of Caledon Council and staff, community groups and residents. We then engaged and consulted with them through a series of facilitated workshops and open houses, to  gather input, share information and move forward on the RMP process.

Delisting Criteria | The GAEL Team  completed a comprehensive strategic planning workshop for Environment Canada and Climate Change, designed to help achieve beneficial use impairments (BUI) delisting criteria for Remedial Action Plans (RAP). The workshop, with participants from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry,  Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, and other RAP members was designed  to generate goals, objectives and tactics for delisting criteria for RAPs.

EI Workshops | GAEL facilitated two Ecological Integrity workshops with participants from Ontario Parks (OP), Regional Operations Division (ROD) and Protected Areas Section (PAS), to assist in generating ideas on Ontario’s approach (e.g. values and pressures analysis in management planning, net gain, enhanced resilience, no net loss) to maintaining and restoring ecological integrity at different scales. This also included addressing key draft elements of the strategic framework, along with the identification of a wide variety of existing and potential monitoring approaches, grouped under specific goals or themes.

A conclusive Final Report was prepared, presenting the general findings and key takeaways from all workshops, along with specific recommendations for critical review and consideration.  Graphics were designed for the workshops that included agendas, infographics, timelines, and presentation slides.

Data Integration | Susan was one of two lead facilitators for the International Joint Commission (IJC) in their efforts to tackle database integration and analysis between and within the multitude of jurisdictions in both Canada and the US, and explore the specific challenges for combining health and environmental data between the two nations in the Great Lakes Basin. Stakeholders included representatives from national, provincial, state, regional and municipal organizations, including government agencies, public health agencies from both countries, research scientists, not-for-profit organizations, and individual epidemiology researchers, and others from both Canada and the U.S.


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