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Program Development Officer
Patrick Weiler is the Program Development Officer at UBC’s Canadian International Resources and Development Insitute.
Mr. Weiler is a lawyer with a background in environmental and aboriginal law with over 10 years’ experience working on issues of environmentally sustainable development of both local and global concern. Mr. Weiler’s legal practice has included representing municipal and indigenous groups in the context of provincial and federal environmental assessments of proposed natural resource development and linear infrastructure projects. A significant portion of Mr. Weiler’s professional experience and academic writing has focused on the development and implementation of effective policy, institutional and legislative responses to improve the management of transboundary watercourses. Mr. Weiler’s work has included engaging in policy processes at the national and global levels to create the enabling legal/policy environment to mitigate the use of mercury and formalize the artisanal and small-scale gold mining sector, and direct support to groups of artisanal and small-scale miners to develop business models, and to obtain permits to operate legally.
Working with organizations such as the Global Environmental Facility and the United Nations Development Programme, he has written global comparative analyses on international water law conventions, and capacity building guidance on science to policy processes in natural resource governance. He has also coordinated a series of lectures on topics related to how the law can combat corrupt practices.