Regional Cumulative Effects Assessment

On August 20, 2015 the Minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship asked the Commission to assist with the Regional Cumulative Effects Assessment by conducting public outreach.

Terms of Reference

On August 20, 2015, the Minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship, issued Terms of Reference regarding the Regional Cumulative Effects Assessment for the Churchill, Burntwood and Nelson river systems. Information regarding the project and the Terms of Reference can be accessed below.

RCEA Terms of Reference and Documents under review
Terms of Reference for the Clean Environment Commission

In its 2013 report on the Bipole III Project, the Clean Environment Commission (the Commission) made the following recommendation: “Manitoba Hydro, in cooperation with the Manitoba Government, conduct a Regional Cumulative Effects Assessment for all Manitoba Hydro projects and associated infrastructure in the Nelson River sub-watershed; and that this be undertaken prior to the licensing of any additional projects in the Nelson River sub-watershed after the Bipole III project.” This recommendation was accepted by Manitoba and a Terms of Reference for a regional cumulative effects assessment of hydroelectric developments was agreed to by Manitoba and Manitoba Hydro in May 2014. It should be noted the scope was expanded to include areas beyond that identified in the Commission’s recommendation to include the Churchill, Burntwood and Nelson River systems. The study was completed in two phases. The first phase was completed in May 2014, and included a compilation of available data and a description of the assessment approach to be used to analyze the data in the second phase. The second phase report was released in December 2015.

Background Information

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Clean Environment Commission Process Guidelines
RCEA Funding Application Package
RCEA Funding Application (Word)
RCEA Review Directive

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Panel Members

Terry Sargeant

Terry Sargeant has been the Chair of the Clean Environment Commission since January 2004. Prior to that, he was the Chief Appeal Commissioner of the Workers Compensation Appeal Commission.

In 1996, following almost twenty years of government service, with the House of Commons and the governments of Manitoba, Yukon and British Columbia, Terry enrolled in the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba, graduating in 1999. Following a year of articling with the Public Interest Law Centre, he was called to the Manitoba Bar in June 2000.

In other activities, he serves on the boards of Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Border Crossings magazine, the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals and the Manitoba Council of Administrative Tribunals. Past service has included the boards of the University of Manitoba, the Winnipeg Folk Festival and the Manitoba Theatre Centre.

Jim Shaw

Jim Shaw served as in-house counsel to Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation from 1977 to his retirement in 2008, appearing on numerous motions, pre-trial conferences, mediations and trials, as well as acting for MPIC in appeals before the Automobile Injury Compensation Appeal Commission. He also served as Director of the Legal Department and Internal Review Office during the last five years of his career, having responsibility for all aspects their day-to-day operations. Previously, he had been in private practice, handling wills and estates, civil and criminal litigation, real estate transactions and corporate/commercial matters.

Neil Harden

Neil Harden is a retired Professional Engineer with many years experience in the water resources field. He worked for more than 20 years as a Hydraulic Engineer and Hydrologist with the Manitoba Water Resources Branch, including during the flood of 1997. He also worked for Ducks Unlimited Canada doing wetland conservation across Canada. Neil served over 12 years on the Municipal Board of Manitoba. He has a BSc in Civil Engineering and a Master of Engineering degree, both from the University of Manitoba.

Glennis Lewis

Dr. Glennis Lewis has a multidisciplinary academic background with two degrees in law (LL.B., LL.M.) and three degrees in science (B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.). She has had a diverse career as an environmental consultant, researcher, federal civil servant and lawyer. Her work has focused on the development of environmental law and policy at national and international levels. She also has considerable experience with environmental impact assessment hearings. Dr. Lewis lives in Brandon where she continues to pursue her interests in environmental law, biodiversity conservation and natural history.

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