SMEC is now a corporate member of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA), the leading global network on best practices in the use of impact assessment for informed decision-making regarding policies, programs, plans and projects. Impact assessment, simply defined as the process of identifying the future consequences of a current or proposed action, is a practical tool for helping meet today's needs without compromising the opportunities of future generations.

Organized in 1980, the IAIA has more than 1,600 members and represents more than 120 countries with the collective goal of protecting the earth and its environments and peoples. IAIA members include individuals and entities from many disciplines and professions including corporate planners and managers, public interest advocates, government planners and administrators, private consultants and policy analysts, university and college teachers and their students.

“The IAIA provides vital advocacy for a more sustainable world and will connect our team to a global network of impact assessment tools and resources. We look forward to contributing to this important community by adopting impact assessment best practices in all of SMEC’s infrastructure projects.”

Libby Paholski, Functional General Manager Social Development & Environment Group

As an IAIA Corporate Member, SMEC will have access to the latest impact assessment news and learning through IAIA’s online professional community, website, and peer-reviewed journal. IAIA’s growing network of international affiliates, branches and strategic partnerships will also give SMEC the opportunity to develop business relationships with potential clients and partners.