Government Relations

 

Government relations is a key function for many companies as the government is the regulator of many activities. As such, government decisions can have a large impact on companies’ risk profiles. It is important to take a well thought out, long-term approach to government relations. IMC takes an integrated approach to public affairs ensuring that the approach considers policy, political, regulatory and stakeholder implications. This helps us to ensure that risks are properly mitigated, and problems are solved quickly utilizing an integrated framework that covers all the angles. 

 

Advocacy

IMC has considerable experience with advocacy with various levels of government. Strong relationships have been developed and maintained within government bureaucracies and across political parties. IMC’s approach to advocacy is tailored to the circumstances. It is usually “bottom up”, involving dialogue with officials involved in policy development but can as necessary, also be “top down”. The advocacy is fully integrated with work related to regulatory issues and policy development and supports the client’s commercial goals.


Policy Development

Policy change usually is required as a precursor to regulatory change and is goes hand in hand with political change. IMC team members have a strong commercial background in various sectors, extensive analytical skills, as well as considerable experience with policy development. This allows IMC to work efficiently with government policy staff to ensure the implications of various policy changes are well understood.

 

Regulatory Support

We provide in-depth, hands-on, experience with government departments and regulatory tribunals, providing support services to clients dealing with regulatory applications. We also provide hearing support services for interveners or other interested parties. Our services include:

    • Researching application requirements under various acts, regulations, directives and guidelines.
    • Assisting with application planning, positioning strategies, public disclosure documents and consultation.
    • Supporting management of environmental service contractors retained for environmental impact assessments, and interfacing with engineering contractors, including trouble-shooting regulatory difficulties.

 

Stakeholder Relations

IMC team has extensive experience in planning, implementing, managing and strengthening stakeholder relationships.  We do so in an integrated manner that meets regulatory needs while considering political and policy considerations and direct stakeholder engagement feedback. IMC has experience dealing with a range of stakeholders including landowners, environmental NGOs and municipal politicians. 


Indigenous Relations

We have extensive experience with indigenous consultation as part of project approvals as well as ongoing relationship development and management.   We have trained professionals that are highly skilled at conflict management, risk communication and consensus building. This support ensures consultation requirements are met and exceeded while building indigenous community support for projects.  We also have experience negotiating economic benefit arrangements. 

 

Why We Are Unique

IMC employs a unique approach to government relations, which helps us to manage externalities. This approach helps us create:

    • A broad risk assessment including conducting the necessary up-front research to set the context and adequately identify all the risks.
    • Development of integrated solutions and risk mitigation measures – integrating commercial, policy, regulatory, political, stakeholder (including First Nations) considerations.
    • Direct involvement in the policy development process with departmental officials when necessary.
    • Engagement with all relevant political parties.