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Genevieve Parente
Researcher , Government Agency
Ottawa, Canada
Stakeholder relations, social compliance expert (Ph.D. Political Geography) in private sector-led economic development (energy sector), migration (labor, trafficking), and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Professional experience in public policy, industry research, CSR, and labor policy in federal governments and nonprofit. Social science research methods. Bilingual Eng/French. Int.Spanish
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Area of Expertise:
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
  • Government/Governance, Reforms
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Private Sector, Social Enterprise, Corporate Social Responsibility
Professional Experience:
My robust professional experience crosses international borders, spans the public and private sectors, and includes work on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and stakeholder engagement, industry analysis (hospitality/tourism/gaming and energy/natural resources), immigration policy research and international labor law.

As a doctoral researcher I worked on community and stakeholder engagement and governance by international natural resource corporations in remote communities in Northern regions (Russia, USA (Alaska)). I analyzed U.S. and Russian scientific and technical policies, programs, and agencies focused on sustainable natural resource development, and environmental monitoring and assessment. I produced a doctoral dissertation, oral presentations, scholarly journal articles, reports, recommendations, background papers and other deliverables for a range of audiences. I developed and managed grant applications for private, federal, and institutional funding bodies resulting in several research awards. I gained project management experience including budget creation and monitoring for multi-year, multi-stakeholder fieldwork in the Russian and Alaskan Arctics. I managed multiple tasks within a common time period, which involved creating, adjusting, and meeting deadlines and priorities. I am experienced with quantitative and qualitative research methods such as interviews, site visits, basic statistics, demographic research, ethics reviews.

I worked as the primary field researcher for a research project about energy resource sustainability in the Canadian sub-Arctic North, entitled: ‘Mining Conflict, North and South: Deepening the Governance Debate’, funded by The Leverhulme Trust (UK). I arranged and conducted fieldwork including site visits and interviews consulting with community stakeholders and leaders in the extractives sector about mining and natural resource management in remote communities in Northern British Columbia (in-person and phone).

In 2010 I participated on research team as labor affairs expert for international evaluation field trip to assess technical Cooperation Program designed and implemented jointly by the United Nations International Labor Organization (ILO) and the U.S. Department of Labor Office Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (DOL/OCFT). I assisted in conducting foreign field research using data collection methods including grantee and community ethnographic interviews, discussion with other international funders (World Bank, UNICEF etc) to assess multilateral efforts to eliminate child labor, participant observation in classrooms and schools and meeting of provincial child monitoring networks and site visits with focus group discussions with a range of project beneficiaries. As part of this project, I provided recommendations to guide future multilateral ILO and U.S. Department of State Child Labor negotiations and projects. Contributed recommendations to project evaluation reports, final evaluation report, and technical briefing for the U.S. Department of Labor, entitled: ‘Evaluation of the Office Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking Technical Cooperation Program: Report on the Site Visit to Cambodia.

I have also worked as a strategic research analyst for a labor union representing immigrant workers. My work focused on corporate, financial and hospitality/gaming industry research. I helped develop organizational strategy and presented it to organization’s leadership via reports, presentations, whitepapers, and memoranda to further organizational goals.

At the U.S. federal government I once again focused on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and international migrant worker policies as I helped draft the U.S. Department of Labor’s report on the United Nations’ corporate social responsibility measures. I contributed research and substantive edits to the labor section of the Department of State's annual Country Reports on Human Rights.
I am an expert in three main, interconnected areas: 1) the role of private natural resource companies in economic development and sustainability in rural areas, 2) immigration policy, particularly labor migration and human trafficking, 3.) Corporate Social Responsibility practices of energy companies, especially as they relate to labor migration and social policy in remote regions.

My doctoral work examined sustainability and the role of non-renewable natural resource companies in economic development in remote regions (particularly metals, oil and gas). I focused on oil and gas and metals companies and how they negotiated with remote communities including indigenous peoples and other stakeholders Northern and Arctic areas. My work is transferable to other geographic contexts. In a separate project (described in the employment section) I examined similar issues of stakeholder dynamics in natural resource economies in small, remote communities in Northern Canada. My work draws on several fieldwork seasons conducted under challenging conditions in remote communities in American, Canadian and Russian Northern regions. I am expert in social science research methods and I initiated and led numerous interviews and site visits with representatives from industry, government, nonprofits and other stakeholders.

I am also an expert on immigration policy, with an emphasis on migrant labor and human trafficking. My PhD and MA both focused on human migration policy in Russian Siberia, and Alaskan indigenous villages where I conducted fieldwork under challenging conditions about migration to and from remote natural resource towns.

I hold a Certificate in International Migration Studies from the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) in Georgetown University, Washington, DC. At ISIM I presented a lecture on my international evaluation field trip to assess a technical Cooperation Program designed and implemented jointly by the United Nations International Labor Organization (ILO) and the U.S. Department of Labor Office Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (DOL/OCFT ‘Child labor and Trafficking in Cambodia.’ I was also a panelist at a Session: Guidance on Corporate Social Responsibility, at the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, New York City, February 2012.

My interest in human migration extends to refugee issues. I hold a second Master's in Information Studies (MLIS), and completed a directed study on the use of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies and questions of data privacy among refugee populations in the international aid and development sector.
I have published on these and other topics:

* Urban sustainability in remote regions: Parente, G. (2016). Shaping Russia’s New Arctic: The Union of Cities in the Arctic and the High North. In Laruelle, M. Social Urban Sustainability in Russia’s Arctic Regions. Routledge Arctic Series (pp. 30-44). New York: Routledge..

* The role of natural resource companies in economic development, Parente, G. (2015). Assessing the Role of Resource Extraction Companies in Arctic Decision-Making: A New Methodological Approach. Polar Geography, 38(3), 228-232. doi: 10.1080/1088937X.2015.1086444.

* Human migration and natural resources centres: Parente, G., Shiklomanov, N.I., & Streleskiy, D.A. (2012). Living in the New North: Migration to Russian Arctic Cities. FOCUS on Geography, 55(3), 77-89. doi: 10.1111/j.1949-8535.2012.00048.
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    Years of Experience:
    15-20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French, Spanish
    United States
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