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Paul Mitchell-Banks, CP3


Port Moody, British Columbia

Paul has worked as a commercial and corporate banker, a BC Government Program Manager and Trust Fund Controller, Norwegian Institute Senior Researcher, and consultant for governments, companies, and as a senior member of consulting firms. As a Socioeconomics/Human Environment Team Manager and Senior Consultant, he has worked extensively with the forestry sector for planning and approvals, the mining sector with multiple Environmental Assessments, and for Energy, Oil and Gas projects including LNG Plant EMCC proposals, oil pipelines and facilities, and transmission lines. This diverse background allows him to see things from an operational as well as a policy/legislation lens.

His First Nations consulting work has extended over three decades and during that time he has served as a Forestry Tribal Coordinator, Forestry Planner, General Manager of a First Nations Joint Venture and Bare Trust, and Project Manager for numerous projects including the refurbishment of a major ranch and the conception, fundraising and design for an Indigenous Memorial Facility and running an eight First Nation community process to design forestry practices around Cultural Survival Areas. He has worked extensively with Local and International Non-Governmental Organisations such as WWF, IUCN (both out of Switzerland), DSF, Gowgaia Institute and others. His favourite work are the most complex projects involving multiple parties addressing a multi-faceted and complicated set of challenges.

Paul has a multidisciplinary educational background with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Life Sciences from Queen’s University, an MBA in International Business, Finance and Policy from UBC, a M.Sc.(Pl) – (Master of Science in Planning) with an Environmental Focus from UofT, and finally a Ph.D. in Forestry from UBC. He has taken additional training from the European Forestry Institute (EFI) in Forestry Planning, and Forestry Planning and conflict management. He also took a course in Wilderness Management from the University of Natal in South Africa. He is a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planning and a Registered Professional Planner (MCIP and RPP), an Environmental Professional under Eco Canada (EP) and holds the CP3 designation from IAP2 Canada. These multiple perspectives allow a truly triangulated approach to engagement and consultation.

It is a privilege to hold the CP3 from IAP2 with this amazing group of colleagues. I am committed to supporting the practice and to paying back in engagement, planning and land and resource management. One way I do this is by mentoring young talent and serving as an Adjunct Professor at the UBC Land and Water Department as well as sitting on their Professional Advisory Board.

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