Kristy Emery, President
Kristy Emery is a recognized leader in First Nation consultation and engagement activities, stakeholder relations and regulatory affairs, and has extensive knowledge and experience providing clients with strategic consultation and engagement advice and implementation services that are in-line with the stage and scope of their projects. Kristy’s approach to First Nation engagement is built on mutual respect and establishing constructive and collaborative working relationships, enhancing overall project certainty and long-term project success for her clients. Kristy has a successful track record of positive First Nation and community relations and is skilled at facilitating dialogue between First Nations and project proponents where technically complex issues often collide with First Nation rights and title.
Kristy is experienced in Crown land management and has extensive knowledge of the regulatory environment in British Columbia and Yukon, having successfully managed projects through various environmental assessment and permitting processes. With this experience, clients can entrust the responsibilities of achieving meaningful relationships with First Nations and fulfilling its delegated consultation obligations, while complying with the regulatory requirements inherent in development on Crown land.
Involved in the resource industry since 1994, Kristy has an accomplished background in regulatory affairs, community engagement and First Nation consultation. In previous positions with the BC Government and Association for Mineral Exploration BC (AME BC), Kristy worked in areas of strategic planning, policy development, negotiations, and government relations.
Kristy earned her commerce degree, specializing in entrepreneurial management, from Royal Roads University, and is a Director with the Association for Mineral Exploration BC (AME BC) and a former Director of the Yukon Chamber of Mines and Britannia Beach Historical Society.
Claire Backus, Senior Manager
Claire Backus is an experienced environmental, permitting, and community engagement professional with experience working with communities on the South Coast and in the Peace Region of British Columbia. Claire has been involved in ensuring that local resource and development projects provide long-term benefits to the local communities proximate to their project areas. Leveraging opportunities presented within British Columbia’s environmental assessment and regulatory processes, Claire works with clients to maximize mutually beneficial project outcomes and initiatives for local businesses, communities and individuals.
Claire is an experienced Community and Aboriginal Relations specialist who manages both the on-the-ground aspects of community engagement, such as open houses, community workshops, training initiatives, and field programs, and the planning that occurs behind the scenes, such as creating strategic guidance/policy documents, procurement planning, and benefit agreement negotiations.
Claire has experience in permitting, environmental assessment, and legislative compliance with her knowledge, understanding, and relationships with Aboriginal Groups in BC and Yukon. She uses these skills to develop and implement appropriate and successful engagement strategies that are aligned with the project’s scope, appropriate for the community, and based on mutually respectful dialogue. Using this proven formula, project information is communicated to community members in a clear manner, and issues are identified early. This allows for successful and collaborative issue management, which builds mutually respectful relationships and increases project certainty for both clients and community members.
Claire holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia and has over 10 years of experience in the resource development sector.