Resourcefulness within Canada’s Natural Resource Sectors – The Role of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Thanks to Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and the coming of autonomous cars, more of us are interacting with Artificial Intelligence (AI) than ever before. AI is a technology that enables computers to do tasks often done by humans: analyzing and adapting to data and their environment in ways that mimic human cognitive functions such as prediction, learning and problem solving. AIs are able to improve (i.e. make more intelligent decisions) through what is known as Machine Learning (which still requires human intervention) and Deep Learning (wherein computer learning is possible without human involvement). Both types of learning involve self-improvement by an AI using the data it gathers over time.

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Building a New Arctic Policy Framework for Canada

In December 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau committed to co-develop a new Arctic Policy Framework with Northerners, territorial and provincial governments, and First Nations, Inuit and Métis People. The new framework will replace Canada’s Northern Strategy and Statement on Canada’s Arctic Foreign Policy and develop a long-term vision for Canada’s role in the Arctic to 2030.

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Identifying Common Ground: The Intersection between Canada’s Mining Sector and Aboriginal Communities

We are all aware of the many challenges facing the minerals sector today. These include securing access to lands for exploration and development, project financing, uncertainty of environmental and project approval processes, and gaining the trust and support of Aboriginal and other communities. Aboriginal communities are making progress in asserting their role in relationships with mineral companies to make their projects successful and in protecting the environment and ensuring long term benefits for youth and their families.

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Regulation in an Era of Reconciliation

Over the last two years, two national conversations have been unfolding: reconciliation (as embodied in the ‘Calls to Action’ released by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission) and the federal review of environmental assessment (as embodied in the release of the Expert Panel report). Stratos has been privileged to be involved in several projects that lie at the intersection of these two conversations, trying to understand what regulation in an era of reconciliation could look like. This has included our work to:

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Join Our Team!

Do you get excited about tackling complex challenges facing society today? Do you seek to influence economic sustainability, community engagement and the resilience of our environment? You can have this impact, at Stratos.

We have an exciting opening for a Consultant: www.stratos-sts.com/careers

If you have 3 – 5 years of experience in natural resource management or sustainability, and perhaps you have some consulting experience already, you may be a great fit.

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What's Next for Natural Resource Management in Canada's North?

When it comes to managing natural resources, word on the street is that Canada’s north is doing it right. While there is always room for improvement, generally, investors are finding relative certainty and efficiency in regulatory processes; there is consideration of public interest objectives; communities are being engaged in a meaningful way; and, Indigenous peoples’ knowledge and perspectives are being integrated into governance and decision-making.

In the fall of 2016, Stratos was hired by a federal department to take stock of what has been working in the north and to identify opportunities for further improvement.

What Stratos found through its research were unique systems that are: 

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Unlocking the Potential of the Engineering Profession

Stratos is not an engineering consultancy, but we do a lot of work with engineers and even have a few engineers on our team! A conversation that we have sometimes had at the office is the role of engineers in promoting sustainable natural resource development, and our perspectives on how that is or is not happening. Our curiosity and discussions around this topic brought us to the Engineering Change Lab, a group that is working to define the higher potential of the engineering profession and simultaneously identifying, testing and progressing initiatives to address the challenges that are holding back this potential.

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Making a Splash with Marine Conservation

Stratos is excited to be providing professional services to Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s (DFO) Integrated Oceans Management (IOM) and Marine Conservation Targets (MCT) programs.

In 2010, the Aichi Targets were established under the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Under Target 11, Canada committed to conserve 10% of its coastal and marine areas through effectively managed networks of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures by 2020. This commitment was reconfirmed in 2015, and in 2016 the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard announced an interim target of conserving 5% of Canada’s coastal and marine areas by 2017.

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