BC Ministry of Environment and Rio Tinto

Facilitating Group Development and Creating a Terms of Reference for the Kitimat Airshed Group

Berlineaton was engaged by the Ministry of Environment, in cooperation with Rio Tinto, to facilitate the formation of an airshed monitoring group required by a court mandated settlement agreement.

A Profound Experience

As part of a mediated settlement between the Ministry of Environment, Rio Tinto, Rio Tinto’s employees union, and two community members, the Kitimat Airshed Group was formed. The purpose of the group is to provide an objective, science informed air quality monitoring function for the community, with contributions made from a wide spectrum of stakeholders. Berlineaton was retained by the Ministry of Environment and Rio Tinto to provide unbiased group development support to help promote effective operational processes and higher levels of shared ownership, engagement and decision making.

Practical Solutions

Bringing to bear our facilitation, project management, and team development experience, we facilitated productive discussion, all via Zoom, among 25 individuals across 12 different stakeholder groups, including the Province of British Columbia, Kitimat Chamber of Commerce, District of Kitimat, and Haisla Nation Council.  These stakeholders, who have complex interrelations with varied interests, worked together to successfully create a Terms of Reference that will guide the work of the Group into the future.

Bolder Futures

The Kitimat Airshed Group is ready to commence it’s work with a collaboratively developed Terms of Reference, including vision, mission, scope, governance structure, membership, funding structure,  and decision making processes.


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    BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

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