Employee testimonials

From: Impact Assessment Agency of Canada

Learn more about the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada from an employee’s perspective – the passion they have for their work, their unique experiences, and how their diverse skills, interests and backgrounds led them to a career at the Agency.

Magali Francoeur
Environmental Assessment Advisor, Regional Operations Directorate, Operations Sector

Magali Francoeur

Location: Ottawa, Ontario

What is your job? What are your main job functions?
I am an Environmental Assessment Advisor for the Agency’s Regional Operations. In essence, my job is to be a point of contact for the regional offices’ project managers, with whom I work closely, and to help provide consistency nationwide to the implementation of an impact assessment process. Together, we address various impact assessment issues and collaborate to find solutions.

What interesting projects / programs do you work on?
My work allows me to be involved in impact assessments for a number of projects in various sectors like mines, energy and transport across Canada. I participate in addressing issues that arise from these projects, including those related to species at risk.

What is the best part of your work and what do you like the most about working at the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada?
I often think of the Agency as a big family. What I like the most in my work is the opportunity to bond with my colleagues in the regions and at HQ, and work together toward a common goal. Over the years, I have developed a sense of belonging that makes me enjoy my job.

Melanie Smith
Team Leader

Melanie Smith

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia

What is your job? What are your main job functions?
I work with my team to provide high quality environmental assessment for major projects, which contributes to informed decision making. We are front-line staff, working directly with government experts, Indigenous communities, stakeholders, the public, and proponents.

What is the best part of your work and what do you like the most about working at the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada?
I love the culture at IAAC—I get to work with a talented team on interesting and challenging projects, in a supportive and healthy work environment.

What makes you proud to work at the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada?
I am proud to work with an organization that is dedicated to helping eliminate or reduce a project’s potential negative environment, economic, social and health effects.

Valeria Trendafilova
Junior Operational Support Officer, Policy Analysis Division, Policy Development Sector

Valeria Trendafilova

Location: Ottawa, Ontario

What is your job? What are your main job functions?
I am part of the Cabinet Affairs team, which means that I often get to review new proposals (going to Cabinet for decision) for implications for the Agency. In addition, I’ve been involved in the drafting of two Memoranda to Cabinet (the briefing documents that the Minister presents to Cabinet colleagues to seek approval of projects which are likely to have significant adverse effects).

What is the best part of your work and what do you like the most about working at the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada?
The best part of my work is the variety of files I get to work on and I also really enjoy having the opportunity to contribute on some of the very high priority files despite having graduated fairly recently. I love team IAAC, the people I work with on a daily basis are incredibly intelligent and driven, as well as very agreeable, which makes for a very pleasant working environment.

What makes you proud to work at the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada?
What I am the most proud of is that my colleagues aren’t here just to do the bare minimum. I am proud that they continually find innovative approaches and push the boundaries of the practice of impact assessment to ensure that while certain projects are approved despite posing risks to the environment, the impact assessment process limits adverse impacts and addresses stakeholders’ concerns.

Stephen Ward
Human Resources Assistant, Human Resources Division, Corporate Services Sector

Stephen Ward

Location: Ottawa, Ontario

What is your job? What are your main job functions?
I am a Human Resources Assistant, working primarily with the regional offices and the operations sector. I provide staffing support services to help clients meet their staffing goals and needs.

What is the best part of your work and what do you like the most about working at the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada?
My favourite part about my work is being able to interact with various people across the Agency, no matter what they’re working on. I love hearing about the new projects and initiatives that are constantly taking place.

What makes you proud to work at the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada?
I have always been, and continue to be, incredibly interested in the environment and spending time outdoors. Although I don’t have a background in science, I wanted to do my part to ensure that the environment is protected. I believe that in helping match the right people to the right positions, I am helping move this forward.

Ian Martin
Project Manager

Ian Martin

Location: Toronto, Ontario

What is your job? What are your main job functions?
I manage relationships with the project proponent, Indigenous groups and the various federal departments that provide expert advice on the information about the positive and negative environment, economic, social and health effects of the project that the proponent gives to the Agency. I also coordinate Crown consultation activities and organize consultation meetings at key junctions during the impact assessment.

What makes you proud to work at the Agency?
I’m proud to be able to help minimize negative environment, economic, social and health effects of large development projects and ensure that Indigenous peoples can provide meaningful input throughout the process.

How does your work contribute to the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada’s mandate and vision?
I help to promote reconciliation and fulfill the Crown’s duty to consult Indigenous groups through my work as the Crown consultation coordinator. I also help to provide advice to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change on the positive and negative environment, economic, social and health effects of projects, through the production of an impact assessment report.

Lorraine Cox
Project Manager

Lorraine Cox

Location: Toronto, Ontario

What is your job? What are your main job functions?
I conduct impact assessment processes, mainly for metal mining project proposals. My position involves interacting with industry, different government agencies, Indigenous groups and the public.

What brought you to the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada?
I came to the Agency because I believe that the federal impact assessment process can foster ways to balance economic development with environmental protection. Working here gives me the opportunity to work with impact assessment participants to try to establish that balance, which may be unique for each project and environmental setting.

How does your work contribute to the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada’s mandate and vision?
My hope of finding that balance is in harmony with the Agency’s mandate. I believe with hard work and dedication to delivering high quality impact assessments, we can contribute meaningfully to finding balance and sustainability.

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