Featured Examples

Independent 3rd Party Review for the Town of Canmore

Client: City of Canmore
Year Completed: Ongoing
Location: Canmore, Alberta, Canada
Person Days: Ongoing
Total Staff: 4

MSES provided advisory services relating to the development and review of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a proposed Area Structure Plan (ASP), Land Use Zoning, and Subdivision of the Three Sisters Mountain Village (TSMV) Lands. The potential for impacts on wildlife movement was a particularly critical issue for landscape connectivity to the nearby Banff National Park. MSES assisted in determining the necessary baseline information for the EIS and completed a comprehensive independent 3rd party review of technical documents. It was critical that this work was done collaboratively with the developer’s consultant, as well as local experts. MSES also presented the findings of the review at a public forum including a Town Council meeting.

Review of Infrastructure Development in Manitoba, Canada

Client: Manitoba Metis Federation
Year Completed: 2013
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Person Days: 30
Total Staff: 3

The team was asked to examine the wildlife component of Manitoba Hydro’s Bipole III EIS in detail to determine whether any information gaps exist and to make recommendations to Manitoba Hydro and the Manitoba Metis Federation on ways to fill the gaps. Evaluation of the EIS included whether the information was complete, accurate, scientifically sound, appropriate, and met the goals of the EIA process.

Provision of Expert Ecology Analysis and Consultation to the Environmental Impact Review Board, NWT

Client: EIRB
Year Completed: 2013
Location: Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada
Person Days: 300
Total Staff: 6

The Environmental Impact Review Board (EIRB) requested assistance for advisory services relating to the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk All Season Road Project (the Highway Project). MSES reviewed all documents on the record for the Highway Project and provided expert analysis and plain language briefings to the Board regarding specific elements such as:

  • applicability of objectives to develop informed decisions
  • applicability of study design or methodology to achieving the objectives
  • quality of data
  • quality of analysis validity of conclusions

Advisory Services for the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Review Board (MVEIRB) on the Gahcho Kue and Taltson Hydroelectric Projects

Client: MVEIRB
Year Completed: 2012
Location: Northwest Territories and Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Person Days:
Total Staff: 6

MSES assists the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board (MVEIRB) in conducting an environmental impact review of the Gahcho Kue project, an open pit diamond mine located at Kennady Lake in the Northwest Territories. MSES is providing expert advisory services such as reviewing technical documents relating to the project, developing information requests, participating in technical meetings and public hearings, and assisting in report preparation to MVEIRB.

Review of Environmental Impact Assessments for Oil and Gas Developments in Northern Canada

Client: First Nations
Year Completed: 2002 to Ongoing
Location: Fort McMurray and Calgary Alberta, Canada
Person Days: Ongoing
Total Staff: 12

Upon receipt of the Environmental Impact Assessments from proponents in the Alberta Oilsands Region (for example, Shell Canada Ltd., Synenco Energy Inc., Birch Mountain Resource Ltd., Husky, Syncrude Canada Ltd., and others) the Mikisew Cree First Nation requested MSES to assemble a scientific team to review the EIAs to determine:
a) if the companies had fulfilled their environmental obligations, and
b) how the information provided in the EIAs relates to the stakeholder’s issues.
The team was asked to examine the biophysical components such as wildlife, water and air quality portions of the EIA in detail, to determine whether any information gaps exist and to make recommendations to the companies and to resource agencies on ways to fill the gaps. The approach to the EIA review and gap analysis was outlined, with emphasis on the importance of accurate and sound science, and its relevance to the stakeholder. Evaluation of the EIA included whether the information was complete, accurate, scientifically sound, appropriate, and met the goals of the EIA process. Findings from the EIA reviews were presented at public hearings or incorporated in environmental agreements.

Provision of Expert Ecology Analysis and Consultation to the Environmental Monitoring Advisory Board, Northwest Territories

Client: Environmental Monitoring Advisory Board (Diavik Diamond Mines Project)
Year Completed: 2003 to Ongoing
Location: Calgary, Alberta and Yellowknife, NWT, Canada
Person Days: Ongoing
Total Staff: 4

The Environmental Monitoring Advisory Board (EMAB) was established to include aboriginal and northern stakeholder participation in environmental monitoring of the Diavik Diamond Mines (DDM) Project. EMAB requested assistance for scientific review and advice on ecology monitoring, as well as briefings to prepare stakeholders for monitoring participation. MSES reviewed reports from the DDM project and provided expert analysis and plain language briefings to the Board regarding specific elements such as:

  • applicability of objectives to meet desired outcome(s)
  • applicability of study design or methodology to achieving the objectives
  • quality of data
  • quality of analysis validity of conclusions

MSES also evaluated the responses proposed by the company and regulators.

Review of an Ecosystem Goods and Services Assessment for Southern Alberta

Client: Alberta Environment
Year Completed: 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
Person Days: 30
Total Staff: 7

MSES conducted a customized peer review of the March 2007 Ecosystem Goods and Services (EGS) Assessment for southern Alberta. The objective of the EGS is to provide support for the development of a regional strategy that will identify the environmental quality that is desirable and attainable for southern Alberta. It also identifies the shared vision, resource and environmental assets worth protecting, the forces driving landscape change, issues and the opportunities, and priorities for action. MSES reviewed the conceptual framework and methodology presented in the EGS by providing discussion and recommendations on key research questions.

List of Projects

Over 200 Person Days

Environmental impact assessment for Parson’s Creek Resource Extraction Project.
MSES Inc. Ongoing. Prepared for Graymont Inc/Inland.

Environmental overview, biodiversity and wildlife corridor assessments.
MSES Inc. Ongoing. Prepared for Graymont Inc., Fort McMurray.

Community consultation via newsletters and public forums.
MSES Inc. 2006. prepared for the Mikisew Cree First Nation, Fort McMurray.

Wildlife, vegetation and biodiversity assessments for Donlin Creek Project.
MSES Inc. 2006. prepared for Lynx Enterprises, Alaska.

Third party reviews of oil sands development applications.
MSES Inc. Ongoing. prepared for the Mikisew Cree First Nation, Fort McMurray.

Vegetation classification and wildlife habitat suitability modeling in the MacKenzie Delta Region.
Inuvialuit Environmental and Geotechnical Ltd. 2001. (lead institution) prepared for nine Operators in the Mackenzie Delta Region, NWT, Canada.

Environmental Impact Assessment for the Dumbar exploration license in the Sindh protected areas, Pakistan.
AMEC Earth & Environmental Ltd. 2000. (lead institution) prepared for Premier and Shell Pakistan.

Environmental compliance monitoring for Albian Muskeg River Oil Sands project.
AMEC Earth & Environmental Ltd. 2000. (lead institution) prepared for Muskeg River Contractors.

Environmental permitting for the Deerfoot extension, Calgary.
AMEC Earth & Environmental Ltd. 2000. (lead institution) prepared for UMA Engineering Ltd.

Gregg River Mine west extension, wildlife assessment.
AGRA Earth & Environmental Ltd. 1999. (lead institution) prepared for Luscar Coal Ltd., Gregg River Mine.

Behavioural plasticity of fallow deer related to the management of fragmented populations.
University of Uppsala, Sweden. 1995-1997. (lead institution) publications prepared for scientific and popular journals.

Space use and population dynamics related to monogamy in mammals.
University of Cambridge, England. 1993-1995. publications prepared for scientific and popular journals.

Over 30 Person Days

Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Skills Development in the NWT and Nunavut.
Prepared Baffin Divisional Board and the Fort Liard Community 2000, Fort McMurray. .

Bow River Bird Sanctuary residential development.
MSES Inc. 2006. prepared for Sharebrooke Investment.

Independent third party reviews of EIAs in the Oil Sands of Alberta.
MSES Inc. 2002 to Ongoing. prepared for Mikisew Cree First Nations, Fort McMurray.

Environmental screening for the Bigstone Indian reserve highway improvement.
AGRA Earth & Environmental Ltd. 2000. (lead institution) prepared for ARA Engineering Ltd.

Range/wildlife grazing conflict study.
AGRA Earth & Environmental Ltd. 1999. (lead institution) prepared for The Ministry of Forests, British Columbia.

Hovercraft impact on the fish and wildlife of the Kuskokwim river, Alaska.
AGRA Earth & Environmental Ltd. 1998. prepared for the Calista Native Corporation.

Sphinx west wildlife study.
AGRA Earth & Environmental Ltd.. 1998. prepared for Manalta Coal Ltd., Gregg River Mine.

Environmental guidelines for developments in the municipal district of foothills, Alberta.
Petr Komers. 1998. prepared for the Council of the Municipal District of Foothills.