Community & Aboriginal Engagement

Practical Solutions – Sustainable Results

We are a social performance consultancy with significant expertise supporting our clients’ success in stakeholder and Indigenous engagement, regulatory processes, negotiating agreements and capacity building initiatives.

We are known for our depth of knowledge and results, providing strategic counsel to ensure robust social performance approaches designed to earn social license and create shared value. Arbutus works with communities, companies, industry associations, investors, government agencies and multi-party collaboratives.

Our services include
  • Stakeholder & Indigenous engagement
  • Creating shared value
  • Community-company agreements
  • Social performance programs and management
  • Social risk & impact assessments

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Let our clients speak for us

Arbutus has been a key resource to our BC Ferries team in the upgrading of over 40 ferry terminals in our service area. Laureen’s knowledge and understanding of First Nations, combined with her professional approach to constructive dialogue with stakeholders have helped us to secure the timely support we’ve needed to succeed with advancing the terminal improvements.

Manuel AchadinhaVP, Terminal Operations BC Ferries

Laureen worked with FLNRO on a complex land use plan in northern BC involving multiple diverse stakeholders, and on natural resources policy involving the minerals sector. Her knowledge about the dynamics of communities, First Nations, government and industry combined with her mature and thoughtful approach to public policy were helpful in successfully concluding these processes. Laureen has been a pleasure to work with.

James CuellRegional Executive Director, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Arbutus is a resource of choice for strategic guidance and management of community, First Nations and government relations. Laureen has a breadth of knowledge of the many complex dynamics involved in establishing social license with stakeholders and First Nations, and in permitting processes. Combined with her extensive network, her team has provided value to us and the communities where we operate.

Sean WhitefordVP Exploration, Cliffs Natural Resources

It is my pleasure to provide this letter of support for Ms. Laureen Whyte because she has given generously of her time and expertise and has made significant contributions to the mining, mineral exploration and energy sectors with a special focus on creating healthy community relationships along the way. Laureen is respected and trusted in the communities she has served through the Natural Resources sectors.

Shawn A-in-chut Atleoformer National Chief, Assembly of First Nations

Arbutus has been of very material value to First Point Minerals in our exploration activities in BC. Laureen's broad knowledge, extensive experience, and solid advice have been of great assistance to us in the areas of community relations and corporate social responsibility in particular. This is very much appreciated. Laureen is also great fun to work with and we look forward to continuing the association.

Dr. Peter M D BradshawChairman, First Point Minerals Inc.

Arbutus clearly understands what it takes for business and Aboriginal organizations to succeed in their relationship-building and development objectives. Laureen’s wealth of experience in working with Aboriginal communities and the gas industry enables her to deliver analysis and strategic advice that has been very meaningful and immediately useful.

Bruce FalsteadAboriginal Relations Manager, Terasen Gas

Laureen's tireless work with the Minerva Foundation resulted in an excellent leadership program being developed for women in our communities.

Chief Sophie PierreSt. Mary's Indian Band, Ktunaxa Nation

Laureen carefully balanced the priorities of the perspective of Terrane shareholders, Board of Directors, Senior Management and staff, First Nations, Stakeholders and Government regulators. Her assistance was highly effective, and provided for a positive reception of the project, ultimately resulting in project approval and construction. Her conduct is characterized by professionalism and full commitment to her clientele.

Glen W WondersVice President, Corporate Affairs, Terrane Metals Corporation