Catherine Lussier, with a PhD in social anthropology, is a specialist in indigenous peoples who is fully trilingual (English, French, Spanish). She has an extensive and diverse experience as a researcher and consultant in applied and academic social research.
For the last 20 years Catherine has worked on a variety of projects and issues in Canada (James Bay and Northern Quebec) and internationally, either solo or as part of a team, for natural resources industries (mining and forestry), government departments and agencies, consulting firms, First Nations governments and research institutions. Her expertise includes:
- Social aspects and consultations for EIAs.
- Public participation.
- Aboriginal land use studies.
- Environmental and socio-economic research.
- Resource management.
- Program evaluation, sector studies.
- Literature reviews.
- Feasibility studies.
- Needs assessments and gap analyses.
For the last 10 years, she has been involved as a senior consultant for environmental assessment/feasibility studies for various mining projects in Northern Quebec. She also acts as senior advisor to industry, government and aboriginal organizations on sustainable development issues and social acceptability regarding development in and around aboriginal communities.