Vilma Gayoso-Haro

Practice Leader, Human Environment

Vilma is Practice Leader, Human Environment with experience supporting industry, government clients and advancing responsible resource development projects in Canada and internationally. Vilma’s expertise includes economic, social, land use and Indigenous interests baseline studies, impact assessments, socio-economic management plans and monitoring programs.

I am passionate about the responsible and sustainable development of resource projects. Social sciences have important contributions to make to the realization of sustainable and inclusive projects.

Vilma is a technical expert with over 19 years of direct experience with large-scale mining, oil and gas, hydroelectric and infrastructure projects. She is widely respected across Canada and internationally for working closely with her clients to ensure a thorough and robust environmental and socio-economic effects assessment is delivered that meets their needs as well as the expectations of Indigenous communities, local communities, assessors, and regulators.

Vilma’s areas of focus include developing and implementing collaborative and cooperative approaches to engage communities and Indigenous groups in the impact assessment process and employing best practices and analytical rigour in the socio-economic impact assessment process. She has managed multi-disciplinary project teams and multi-million-dollar budgets. She is skilled at developing robust and comprehensive social science research programs that foster trust and mutual respect amongst all parties.

Vilma has a thorough knowledge of the Canadian environmental impact assessment processes (federal, provincial, and territorial) and works according to best international practices including the World Bank Equator Principles, the IFC Performance Standards, and the UNDP guidelines. She has conducted numerous social impact assessments for major projects and has provided senior social expertise for due diligence and audits in Canada, the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru.

Vilma is an Economist with a master’s degree from University College London. She is proficient in building modelling and the use of qualitative and qualitative techniques for social and economic evaluations.