Macdonald-Laurier Institute Managing Director Brian Lee Crowley will be speaking at the University of British Columbia on Jan. 15 on the growing issue of social licence.

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Crowley, whom the school describes as “Canada’s leading commentator on social licence”, will be speaking at 12:30 p.m. at the Liu Institute for Global Issues.

The debate around social licence has exploded since Crowley published a column in the Globe and Mail last year looking at the issue. Since then, debates in policy circles have centred around taking a closer look at the issue.

In 2014, MLI published a pair of commentaries on the issue. Crowley argued that the vague definition of social licence has become a weapon for activists to wield in opposing natural resource development of any kind.

For more information on Crowley’s talk, click here.

Natural Resource Works, another group which Crowley addressed, posted a photo gallery of his speech.