When it comes to the natural resource sector, Canada needs a new conversation. A conversation that is collaborative in nature, inclusive of all Canadian stakeholders and founded in the understanding that the future of natural resource development depends on sustainable development: finding the right balance between economic growth, protecting the environment and providing for a secure and positive quality of life for Canadians and global citizens.
UNA-Canada and our partners offer The New Diplomacy of Natural Resources as an important piece of this new conversation. Combining UNA-Canada’s successful empathy-based learning approach with a business school case competition, the programme convenes the best and brightest graduate scholars and young professionals with leaders from the private sector, NGOs, aboriginal peoples and groups, and government. With the guidance of Canada’s leading experts from the private sector, government, non-governmental and aboriginal organizations, these young leaders engage in a multi-sectoral stakeholder simulation to debate, negotiate and build consensus on the future of natural resource development and innovation. The programme provides a unique, meaningful opportunity for both educational and career development. Delegates learn from Canada’s leading experts in natural resource development and engage in a collaborative dialogue with their peers, as well as network with representatives and employers from all of the stakeholder groups in relevant fields. They develop skills and cross-sectoral relationships required to contribute to a practical framework for the development and implementation of a new conversation on natural resource development to the benefit of all stakeholders. These are the leaders, negotiators, and decision-makers of our near future.
The New Diplomacy of Natural Resources, and all of UNA-Canada’s educational and empathy-based programmes, have a legacy of facilitating the personal and professional growth of young leaders, often contributing directly to their professional success. More than thirty percent of the delegates from our inaugural iteration in 2012 were recruited by our partners as a direct result of their participation. Programme Features:
- Multi-Sectoral Stakeholder Simulation
- Keynote Speakers and Experts
- Networking Events
- Career Opportunities
- Op-Ed Competition with Cash Prizes
- … and more!
The core of The New Diplomacy of Natural Resources is a day-long multi-sectoral stakeholder simulation. With the guidance of distinguished subject matter experts and national leaders, delegates will convene in a deliberative stakeholder simulation to seek solutions to some of the foundational issues in natural resource development and innovation. Delegates will adopt the roles of key stakeholders in the process and engage in effective multisectoral consultation, including government, indigenous groups, industry, and environmental NGOs. To facilitate a successful forum, the programme also features keynote speakers and numerous networking and recruitment opportunities for participants and partners. Following the simulation, delegates are invited to participate in an Op-Ed Competition with cash prizes for the top three entries and a possible publishing opportunity for the winner.
Delegates develop skills in diplomacy, negotiation, debate, leadership and stakeholder management. In addition to an enriched educational experience, the programme offers valuable networking, career and relationship-building opportunities. The programme accepts a maximum of 30 young leaders to participate in each simulation. The application process is competitive and requires a recommendation from your university or employer (more information found here).
Partners of the programme include stakeholders in the natural resource sector and leaders in responsible resource development with a wide array of expertise. Examples of partners include municipal and provincial governments, leaders from energy, oil, natural gas, mining, forestry and other sectors, universities and educational institutions, environmental non-governmental organizations, indigenous peoples and organizations. For more information on partnership opportunities, please click here.
The New Diplomacy of Natural Resources summits are designed to functionally and realistically engage young leaders in finding realistic solutions to the most pressing natural resources issues. To see the solutions our young leaders have addressed, please click here.