John has been involved with impact assessment (IA) for almost 40 years. He has undertaken multi-disciplinary project planning and IA assignments at all scales for a wide variety of industrial, infrastructure and natural resource developments in Canada and internationally, including strategic/regional assessments. As well, he has carried out IA training and capacity building at university and in-service, and has contributed to the advancement of IA policy and administration in both developed and developing countries. He currently works with an international mining company and chairs the IAIA Training and Professional Development Committee.
Originally (and still, at heart) an engineer and amateur naturalist, he has gradually, through activist activities and a couple of graduate degrees, increased the spread of his tent to more substantially encompass the social side of things. He has come to think that biophysical IA is a largely left-brain activity, while social IA is more right-brain and thus far more intriguing. How to have a project be an agent of sustainable development? What a great inquiry!
Dr Soleyman Pakseresht
Bu Ali Sina University
Social Impact Assessment e-learning programme
Community Insights Group