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Dr. Jill Blakley PhD, MCIP, RPP, CLC Associate Professor and Interim Vice-Dean Faculty Relations, College of Arts and Science

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Dr. Blakley received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Saskatchewan (1996). This was followed by her MSc in Natural Resources Management (2000) from the University of Northern British Columbia and PhD in Environmental Assessment (2009) from the University of Saskatchewan. She joined the Department of Geography and Planning in 2009 as an Assistant Professor and was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 2015.

She has held an Associate Membership in the School of Environment and Sustainability since January 2010, is a full Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and is a Registered Professional Planner with the Saskatchewan Professional Planners Institute. She is also a Certified Leadership Coach through the International Coach Federation.

She previously served as Interim Vice-Dean Academic for the College of Arts & Science, as well as Faculty Council Chair, and Chair of the interdisciplinary Regional and Urban Development Program. In addition, she is bringing to the Vice-Dean Faculty Relations position, committee experience at the departmental, college and university levels including as a member of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, College of Internal Reviewers and of the President’s SSHRC Committee, as well as a member of the College Review Committee in the College of Arts & Science.


  • PhD, 2009, University of Saskatchewan, Department of Geography and Planning, Environmental Assessment
  • MSc, 2000, University of Northern British Columbia, Natural Resources Management
  • BA (Hons), 1996, University of Saskatchewan, Department of Geography and Planning, Regional and Urban Development

Research Interests

Dr. Blakley’s research program centers on cumulative effects assessment and strategic environmental assessment, particularly as applied to regional-scale natural resource development programs. She is the lead editor of the Handbook of Cumulative Impact Assessment (Edward Elgar Publishing, Ltd., 2021), part of an international series of Handbooks on best practice in impact assessment. She is co-lead editor of two other forthcoming volumes (with Aimee Craft, University of Ottawa): In Our Backyard: The Keeyask Exerperience, which profiles the legacy of cumulative impacts on people and lands affected by more than 60 years of hydro-electric development in northern Manitoba, and Mega-Projects and Extractivism in Indigenous Territories: What is Good Development? (University of Manitoba Press).

Some of her most significant work includes a series of papers and technical reports that helped crystalize regional strategic environmental assessment (RSEA) in concept and practice in Canada and internationally. These papers informed national policy guidance endorsed by the Canadian Council of Ministers of Environment, and Alberta Environment’s Land Use Framework for the northeast oil sands development area and province-wide. This work also subsequently informed the development of Transport Canada's National Framework for assessing the cumulative effects of marine shipping; the call for RSEA in Ontario’s Ring of Fire region; the call for better CEA of Ontario’s Deep Geologic Repository project; and more. Dr. Blakley’s research team is currently synthesizing lessons from more than 60 cases of regional assessment across Canada and internationally to foster cumulative effects assessment best practices. She is also forging research connections at the Universidad de Colima, Mexico, to develop international guidance for regional food security assessment.

Over the past two decades, Dr. Blakley has provided expertise and training to organizations including
the International Association for Impact Assessment; the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment; the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (now IAAC); Transport Canada; Parks Canada; the Wildlife Conservation Society (Canada); Alberta Environment; the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission; Manitoba Hydro; BC Hydro; the Public Interest Law Centre of Manitoba; the Consumers Association of Canada (Manitoba chapter); Pape Salter Teillet LLP Barristers and Solicitors; Fisheries and Oceans Canada; the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council, the Canadian International Development Agency; the Canadian Institute of Planners, and the City of Saskatoon.

Position profile

Reporting to the Dean, the Vice-Dean Faculty Relations is the senior leader in the College of Arts and
Science responsible for all faculty relations and faculty complement planning-related matters and will, on behalf of faculty, students, and other stakeholders, provide vision and leadership for the development and implementation of a comprehensive, integrated complement plan for the College.