Workshops & Short Courses

Thursday, March 15, 2018
10:00am - 1:30pm; includes a working lunch
SFU Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver

This session is aimed at those working in the resource sector (or who are considering business partnerships with Indigenous groups) and who are interested in improving their understanding of what it takes to mount a successful project where Aboriginal rights and interests are engaged.

This engaging seminar will focus on the most recent legal and policy developments in Aboriginal law in Canada, including the latest developments concerning the Crown’s duty to consult and Aboriginal rights and title; the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the meaning of free, prior and informed consent; changes in provincial and federal law and regulations in relation to Indigenous involvement and participation; and business arrangements with Indigenous groups.

Seminar goals and benefits to participants:

This seminar aims to provide participants with a solid understanding of the latest legal underpinnings of resource development in Canada, as well as practical knowledge and strategies for developing relationships with Indigenous groups, addressing challenges, and advancing successful projects.

Stephanie Axmann is counsel in McCarthey Tetrault's National Environmental, Regulatory & Aboriginal (ERA), Business Law, and Global Mining Groups in Vancouver. With a practice focused primarily in the area of Aboriginal law, she advises clients in a range of industries across Canada, including the natural resources extraction (mining and forest products), renewable power (wind, solar, run-of-river) and energy (oil and gas, liquefied natural gas, and nuclear) sectors.

Online Course
September 14 - December 8 2018

The global transition to renewable energy is gaining momentum, and cities and local governments are at the forefront of this movement. The number of municipalities around the world setting ambitious 100% renewable energy targets is growing, with some cities in the US and Europe having already met this goal. However, the transition to renewable energy is not easy and it requires moving forward collaboratively with businesses, governments, and the public. City leaders need to be equipped with practical knowledge to work effectively in partnerships across sectors.

By highlighting foundational first actions, this interdisciplinary course will help provide the knowledge and perspective needed to confidently lead a municipal- level renewable energy transition.

The course covers a range of inter-related topics including the global context for renewable energy transitions, energy efficiency in buildings, sustainable transportation, renewable energy literacy, communicating with and engaging stakeholders, and resources for continued learning. 


This course is designed for local government staff, elected officials, researchers, and individuals from the private sector and civil society organizations concerned about their energy future. 

Teaching Team

The course is moderated online with Renewable Energy experts Betsy Agar, Keane Gruending, Kathryn Sheps, as well as special guest experts who will participate in regularly scheduled live chats.

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Want to attend, but can't afford the tuition? We have a limited number of scholarships for participants from non profits, community organizations, students and underemployed that are granted at the descretion of the program director. Please contact Joanna Ashworth directly at with a brief request and rationale for consideration.