March 1, 1980

The First Project by ESSA

The first project on record (PR001) was called “An Adaptive Environment Assessment Approach to the Effects of Development of the Alberta Oil Sands”. The project team consisted of Bob Everitt, Mike Jones, Nick Sonntag, and Mike Staley.
March 1, 1979

The Beginning of ESSA

ESSA Environmental and Social Systems Analysts is created by Bob Everitt, Nick Sonntag, Mike Staley and Joan Anderson (hence a double acronym). Bob, Nick and Mike were all grad students at UBC who had been exposed to Adaptive Environmental Assessment through their instructors and research.