Associate Professor & Consultant
Jill Blakley, PhD,
has specialized in regional, strategic, and cumulative effects assessment (CEA) since 2005, making regular academic, non-academic contributions to the advancement of these fields. Blakley has an international profile as a thought leader in CEA best practices in both regional and strategic contexts, including framework and process development, and application to natural resources planning, management, and policy-making, particularly within the energy sector. Her work includes expert reviews of CEA practice for Canada’s marine shipping areas and national parks, Alberta’s South Athabasca Oil Sands Region, and Manitoba’s Regional CEA. She has developed widely-used national and international guidance on regional strategic environmental assessment and CEA for organizations such as the International Association for Impact Assessment, the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment, and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. An associate professor in the Dept. of Geography and Planning at USask, Blakely has published more than 50 journal articles, book chapters, and technical reports on environmental assessment topics, and given upwards of 60 related presentations. She periodically serves as an expert witness in environmental assessment hearings (e.g. Manitoba Clean Environment Commission: Bipole III transmission line; Keeyask hydroelectric dam; Manitoba Public Utilities Board: Conawapa hydroelectric dam).