Deanna Higginson

Socio-Economic and Community Engagement Specialist , Hemmera, an Ausenco Company
Speaking at: Social Innovation in Mineral Exploration Panel

Deanna has over 10 years of experience focused on providing socio-environmental, consultation, engagement, and Indigenous-specific services to clients. She holds a Masters of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (Indigenous community-based natural resource management focus) and is experienced in designing, facilitating, and managing cross-cultural community engagement programs. Her Masters’ research involved working closely with Tl’azt’en Nation in northern BC to develop an environmental monitoring framework based on their Traditional Knowledge and land use.

Deanna is passionate about demonstrating the potential for new knowledge to be gained from the complementary use of Traditional Knowledge and western science, and is skilled at identifying opportunities to apply the two knowledge systems together in a respectful and meaningful manner. She has successfully delivered projects ranging from community-based Traditional Knowledge studies to socio-economic assessments. In addition to her technical skills and experience, Deanna understands the broader issues associated with working with communities, and the considerations which should be given to ensure the appropriate and respectful inclusion of their contributions.