Deidre Alves is IRWA’s Chief Learning Officer.
are able to pinpoint the most efficient methodology
for assisting students towards their learning
objectives. That methodology can range widely
and can include group discussion, a role-playing
exercise and even an entertaining real-life example.
You also learn from your students. Although they
may be new to the IRWA University, many course
attendees are seasoned right of way professionals.
They will typically complement the materials
with their own unique points of view, stories
and insights. Junior members also contribute to
the learning experience, often providing a new
perspective on long-established theories and
2. IRWA’ s purpose is to improve the
quality of life through infrastructure
development. As an instructor, how do
you contribute to the fulfillment of this
The majority of the material I teach deals with
expropriation, which is the focus of my legal
practice. The expropriation process can generally
be described as the compulsory acquisition of
privately-owned land to advance infrastructure
projects for a benefit to the public. To expropriated
landowners, this process may initially appear to be a
daunting and extreme exercise of legislative power.
From the perspective of expropriating authorities,
it is viewed as necessary for the greater good of the
Quality of life is improved when, as a group, we
learn that expropriation is about balancing the
public good with the rights of owners. The majority
of attendees will work on behalf of expropriating
authorities in their careers. They come to
understand that although governments and other
bodies are indeed equipped with these powers, the
expropriations regime in Canada is structured to
ensure expropriated owners are treated fairly and
ultimately made whole through the process. We also
explore various approaches to communicating with
owners effectively to ensure they understand the
process as well as their rights to fair compensation.
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When owners feel they have been treated fairly, an
expedited resolution is often achieved. This is a benefit
to all parties. It lets the expropriated owner move on
with their life and usually lowers acquisition costs for
the expropriating authority.
3. What is the most important thing you
would like your future students to know
upon entering your class?
Be prepared to contribute. The learning experience
is improved for those who contribute and IRWA
members have a wealth of experience to share. A
good portion of the learning happens through group
discussion and exercises. The more people are willing
to share their perspectives and knowledge, the more
the students will benefit. When this becomes a
collective group exercise, the learning experience is
A special thank you to Guillaume for sharing his unique
insights in our Instructor Spotlight Series. For more
information on our CLIMB Certified Instructor Team
or to book one of our CLIMB Certified Instructors with
your Chapter today, please visit https://www.irwaonline.
org/members/irwa-course-instructors and click “Find an
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