Jackie Lerner is an impact assessment specialist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Jackie has been an environmental consulting professional for over 20 years. Her experience includes environmental and social impact assessment of major resource developments across Canada and internationally: primarily mining, oil and gas, and infrastructure projects. Jackie holds a PhD from the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability at UBC. Her academic research focuses on methodologies for creating future development scenarios in cumulative effects assessment as well as practicable approaches for incorporating gender-based analysis into impact assessment. She is also broadly interested in innovation in assessment processes, and how the processes themselves might be improved as tools for public participation in decision-making. Jackie has presented evidence to the Senate Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment in their review of Canada’s Impact Assessment Act and serves on the practitioner’s focus group assisting British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Office in developing guidance to support the new provincial Environmental Assessment Act.