Our team of social scientists and engagement specialists understand that now, more than ever, relationships are a vital component of project development. Hatfield supports clients and communities at all stages of the relationship cycle. Our expertise includes a deep understanding of Indigenous histories and contemporary concerns. We help clients navigate the dynamic regulatory environment with strategic advice and technical support for Indigenous engagement and public participation and involvement. We are expert collaborators and dedicated listeners. We foster and strengthen the building blocks of trust: communication, knowledge-sharing, and mutual understanding.
Hatfield understands the importance of customized engagement plans that are comprehensive, yet flexible and responsive. Our approach to engagement rests on an expectation that all parties will be informed, respectful, and transparent. Community engagement can improve decision-making by incorporating local advice, knowledge, and concerns into a project’s design and management, while also building community trust and support. We offer effective, innovative, and meaningful engagement services to ensure that stakeholders are informed, heard, enabled and supported. Hatfield works within a broad range of regulatory contexts and has the expertise to design and implement processes that exceed the regulatory requirements for community and Indigenous engagement and communications.
We have a proven history of developing effective working relationships with communities, industry clients, working groups, and government agencies. Our social scientists work tirelessly to facilitate productive discussions in multi-stakeholder environments to help all parties reach a common understanding of proposed developments and their associated environmental and social effects. Our team also supports the development of guidance and capacity building tools in areas that include: climate resilience; climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies; environmental monitoring and management; and human health risk assessment, management and mitigation.