MONTRÉAL, October 27, 2015 – During yesterday’s symposium jointly organized with the Conseil du patronat du Québec (CPQ), Johanne Gélinas, Partner in the Management Consulting Group at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, presented highlights from a report conducted for the Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles du Québec (MERN).
The report, which was published today (available on our website in French), is the product of several months of analyses and meetings, as part of the government initiative announced on November 18, 2014 on the social acceptability of projects to develop public land and energy and mineral resources.
“We are happy to have contributed to this strategic exercise to support more balanced project development in Quebec. I am particularly pleased with the interest expressed by meeting participants and their willingness to share their experience. Needless to say, times have changed and it is imperative to ask questions and suggest new ways of doing things. I also commend the MERN for having taken on this major project, even if it ultimately concerns the whole of government, as noted by several participants,” stated Gélinas.
The key takeaways from the report include the need, among others, to develop a government-wide vision of social acceptability based on a concerted approach. The analysis also recommends building on information and communication to ensure that any person interested in a project―developers, municipalities or citizens―can get answers to their questions. The report also stated that providing support and better guidance to such actors is also a key social acceptability factor.
“Our firm’s report, prepared in collaboration with Transfert Environment and Society, suggests avenues for discussion. This is an initial exercise in reflection with concrete suggestions that the MERN and civil society will need to hone in the months to come,” concluded Gélinas.
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