Growing Gains/Growing Pains: The Opportunities & Challenges Facing the SW Avalon

"Memorial Presents" Public Forum

Thursday, June 6, 2013, 12:30 pm NST

Placentia Bay Cultural Arts Centre, Placentia


Part of the Southwest Avalon Regional Workshop.

The Southwest Avalon—including the Placentia Area, the Cape Shore and St. Mary’s Bay North—is facing a period of remarkable growth. Many heavy industries are now operating in the region, including a new hydrometallurgical plant in Long Harbour, a possible construction site for offshore structures in Argentia, a petrochemical plant in Come By Chance and another heavy construction site in Sunnyside. This growth provides tremendous economic benefits for the communities and their residents, but it also places stress on regional and municipal infrastructure, housing, public services, and the environment, as well as drawing workers away from more traditional industries, such as retail, tourism and the fishery.

How can citizens and communities best take advantage of these opportunities and contend with these challenges? How will communities prepare themselves for the fall-off of activity once the construction phase of these mega-projects ends? How can communities and industry work together to make sure that development benefits everyone? And who will speak for the region as a whole now that the regional economic development board is no more?

This session will be webcast live.

Mark Shrimpton (Senior Associate, Stantec Consulting Ltd.) has over 30 years’ experience assessing, planning and managing the socio-economic impacts of resource development projects. He has played a lead role in preparing requirements studies, impact assessments, and benefits plans for major projects in the petroleum, mining and hydro-electric industries. He has also undertaken policy-related studies of resource development activity, including for the UN International Labour Office and the US Minerals Management Service, and he is a member of the Pool of Experts for the UN Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment. Mark has worked on projects across Canada and in the US, Iceland, Greenland, the UK, France, Switzerland, the Falkland Islands and Australia. Mark has also taught in the Department of Geography at Memorial University.

Dr. Heather Hall grew up in Northern Ontario where she witnessed at a young age the strength and volatility of the resource economy and the importance of strong governance and regional policy. Her research interests focus on regional planning and regional development in Northern Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador. Heather is currently working as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography and the Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development at Memorial University. She is also a Board Member for the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation ( In September 2013, Heather will be researching the regional development impacts of Employment-Related Geographic Mobility (E-RGM) in the mining and mineral-processing sectors in Newfoundland and Labrador and Northern Ontario.

Mayor Bill Hogan began his career with the Newfoundland Constabulary in 1955, moved on to the Iron Ore Company of Canada in Labrador in 1962 where he worked as Safety/Fire Inspector and then as Shift Production Supervisor. He moved to Dunville in 1968 to work for ERCO Industries directing their safety, security and fire programs. In 1973 he started his own business, Plant Protection Services Limited and currently is the owner of Atlantic Safety Centre Inc. with offices located in St. John’s and Argentia. Mr. Hogan has over 50 years’ experience in the Health & Safety field and during that time he has been involved in volunteer work with the NL Amateur Sports Federation and is a member of the NL Softball Hall of Fame. He has coached, played and fundraised for various sports including hockey, bowling and softball. Mr. Hogan has served for over 30 years provincial and municipal government – 20 years as the Mayor of Dunville, 12 years as the Mayor of Placentia and four years as MHA in the Clyde Wells government. Mr. Hogan has been awarded the Queen’s Medal for Community Service not once but three times – in 1978, 1993 and 2012.



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