Susan Dowse

Susan Dowse


expert in socio-economic impact assessment, scenario planning, stakeholder engagement and indigenous peoples and gender analysis; formerly director, government affairs; & manager, community and aboriginal affairs, Calpine

Key skills/ experience:

  • Socio-Economic Impact Assessment
  • Stakeholder and Aboriginal Engagement
  • Integrated/Strategic Assessment
  • Gender Analysis
  • Energy, Petroleum, Power
  • Government and Regulatory Affairs
  • Capacity Development

Susan Dowse has over 16 years of experience assessing and managing socio-economic issues, community and stakeholder relations, Aboriginal relations, and public and government affairs pertaining energy sector and infrastructure development projects.  She has worked on projects in various sectors including: oil and gas development and production (conventional, non-conventional); pipelines; power generation and transmission; transportation; and water distribution. Susan has in-country project experience in Canada, United Kingdom, Thailand, China, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Peru, Ecuador, Bosnia & Herzegovina, the Falkland Islands.  

She is familiar with working on assessments in the context of international best practices and Equator Principles’ criteria, as guided by the IFC’s Environmental and Social Sustainability Performance Standards.   In any project context, Susan is skilled at identifying, scoping, and researching social and economic issues and impacts, developing both technical and community-focused data collection programs, and working with local stakeholders to effectively characterize issues and develop appropriate mitigation and enhancement measures.  Susan’s focus is always on identifying strategies to manage issues and enhance opportunities from a local perspective, while at the same time reducing business risk and enhancing the social license to operate for proponents in a pragmatic manner.  Susan holds a B.A. in Political Science and Anthropology from the University of British Colombia and a MSc in Regional and Urban Planning from the London School of Economics.

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