Forum on Community Relations

Queen's University Forum on Community Relations in the Extractive Sector

 Next offering: TBA
St. Andrew's Club and Conference Centre, Toronto

The Queen's University Forum on Community Relations in the Extractive Sector is an annual 2 day professional development workshop that explores in depth particular community relations issues related to the extractive sector.  

Why Attend the Queen's University Forum on Community Relations?

The Queen's University Forum on Community Relations is designed to expand understanding of the complexities that accompany the land acquisition and resettlement process and to share best practices. The two day workshop will combine presentations with small group breakout sessions and an expert panel designed to explore experiences and lessons learned around the following areas:

  • working with host country and local governments
  • reconciling international standards, host country legislation and corporate CSR policies
  • integrated planning, assessment and monitoring to ensure net-positive results
  • budget and schedule preparation and control
  • empowerment of communities through participatory community engagement and consultation
  • opportunities for local employment and sourcing
  • collaborative resettlement planning, construction and handover
  • acquiring appropriate lands for new communities
  • community-appropriate neighbourhood and housing design
  • planning for livelihood restoration and improvement
  • grievance management

Forum leaders will offer practical advice for diminishing conflict and ensuring resettlement success -the social, cultural and economic revitalization of communities.

Who Should Attend the Queen's University Community Relations Forum?

The Forum will be of value to community relations staff, planners, policy and decision makers in the natural resource and energy sectors as well as those working within government and NGOs. Time has been set aside to permit participants who are involved in a project with land-related and/or displacement issues to consult with our specialists in private.

The cost of the Forum is C$995.00 + HST.

For more information, please contact Anne Johnson (