Conference & AGM

2019 College Conference & AGM

2019 Annual General Meeting and Conference

"Right to Practice: What's the Future?"





The College’s 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Conference will be held on April 4-5, 2019 at the Delta Ocean Pointe Hotel in Victoria, BC. Registration is now closed for this event.

The College of Applied Biology Annual General Meeting & Conference will open with a Meet & Greet on Thursday, April 4th for networking and enjoyment, followed by the AGM & Conference on Friday, April 5th. This year's theme is "Right to Practice: What's the Future?"

Members will have the opportunity to participate in both the conference and the AGM through a live web broadcast. Members who attend the AGM that precedes the Conference will be eligible to claim to 2 CPD points and participation in the Conference will be valued at 7 points.

Download the Conference Agenda or the official Conference Program for a detailed list of topics and speakers!

Keynote speaker

The College is very excited that Captain William (Bill) Noon, master of the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) icebreaker Sir Wilfrid Laurier, will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Conference. Captain Noon played a key role in the discovery of the HMS Erebus one of the two ships (the other the HMS Terror) lost in Canada’s Artic for over 160 years. His on scene account covers an overview of recent modern searches, the collaboration with the Inuit peoples and the drama of the discovery of both HMS Erebus and HMS Terror







Capt. Bill Noon

2019 Annual General Meeting & Conference Agenda

*Download the Conference Agenda above for the full schedule of events*

April 5th:

Annual General Meeting

7:30am: Breakfast Served

7:50am: Indigenous Welcome

8:00-9:00am: Annual General Meeting


9:00-9:30am: Opening Remarks

10-11am: Session 1 -- Defining Public Interest: What Are We Protecting?
Panelists: Adam Olsen (SȾHENEP)MLA Saanich North and the Islands; Andrew GageStaff Lawyer, West Coast Environmental Law; Kevin KrieseChair, Forest Practices Board; Jody ShimkusVP of Environment and Regulatory Affairs, Kirk Environmental

11am-12pm: Session 2 -- Professional Governance: What's Changing for You?
Panelists: Jennifer McGuireMinistry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy; Derek MarcouxCollege of Applied Biology; Christine HoughtonCollege of Applied Biology; Dr. Vanessa CraigCollege of Applied Biology

12-1:30pm: Keynote speech -- Captain William (Bill) Noon, Capt. Bill Noon & Sir John Franklin's Fabled Arctic VoyageLunch served.

1:30-2:15pm: Session 3A/3B (Break-out sessions)
Session 3A -- Federal Legislation changes

Panelists: Al MagnanManager, Fish and Fish Habitat Protection Program (Nanaimo), Fisheries and Oceans Canada; Lisa WallsDirector General of Regional Operations West, Cdn. Environmental Assessment Agency; Ryan GrevilleReg. Manager, Navigation Protection Program, Transport Canada

Session 3B -- Human/Wildlife Coexistence and Conflict: What's the Role of the Professional Biologist?
Panelists: Alina FisherResearch Manager for Environmental Studies, University of Victoria; Todd GolumbiaEnivornmental Conservation Specialist, Capital Regional District Regional Parks; Tony HamiltonLarge Carnivore Biologist

Networking break.

2:45-3:30pm: Session 4 -- How Professionals Get Into Trouble
Panelists: Casey MacaulayRegistrar/Director of Compliance, Association of BC Forestry Professionals; Catherine Boies Parker, Partner, Arvay Finlay LLP

3:30-4:15pm: Session 5 -- Indigenous Relations: Learning From The Past For The Future
Panelists: Garry Merkel (nadi' denezā’)Executive Director, First Nations Housing and Infrastructure Council; Kathy EichenbergerExecutive Director, Columbia River Treaty Review; Christina Clarke, Executive Director, Songhees First Nation

Accommodation & Venue

The Delta Ocean Pointe Hotel is located at 100 Harbour Road, Victoria, BC. Accommodation at the property is now subject to availability.