Conference & AGM

College Conference & AGM

2020 Annual General Meeting and Conference

The College’s 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Conference will be held on April 2-3, 2020 at the Manteo at Eldorado Resort in Kelowna, BC. Registration is now open, early bird rates are available until March 13, 2020!

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The College of Applied Biology Annual General Meeting & Conference will open with two seminars, the AGM and an evening reception on Thursday, April 2, followed by the plenary Conference on Friday, April 3. This year's theme is "Paradigm Shifts & Partnerships: Opportunity, Momentum, Growth".

The conference structure is a series of panels featuring two to four speakers apiece. Each speaker will deliver a short presentation before the discussion opens to questions from attendees. Panel topics and panelists have been developed and invited by the College's Conference Planning Working Group.

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 two CPD points and participation in the Conference will be valued at a maximum of nine points -- one each for Thursday's seminars and seven for the Friday plenary.

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Keynote Speaker:

The College is pleased to welcome Art Napoleon (Âciw), Host and Co-Producer of APTN's Moosemeat & Marmalade as the 2020 Conference keynote speaker.

Art grew up in the boreal forests and mountains of Northern BC where he learned hunting, plant use and outdoor cooking. Art holds an MA in Language Revitalization from the University of Victoria, is an advocate of Indigenous food sovereignty and practices subsistence activities on a seasonal basis. Based in Victoria, BC, Art remains connected to his home territory and his Cree and Dane Zaa roots. When he is not producing TV, he tours regularly as a performer and speaker. His moose stew has been known to cure hangovers and his campfire tales have mended broken hearts…or so the stories go.

Art Napoleon (Âciw)

At the 2020 Conference, Art will present a keynote entitled Indigenous Land Stewardship: A Holistic Model.

From Cree concepts such as miyopimâtisowin (the good life) and wahkôtowin (interrelatedness), Art will explore broader concepts such as Indigenous food sovereignty and perspectives on land stewardship. With issues such as climate change, the depletion of wildlife species, and an economic system that is not prepared for the depletion of "natural resources", the world is at a crossroad. Is it time to examine our interconnectedness with nature and reframe Western thinking on environmental management?

Committed Speakers:

  • Paul Craven, Superintendent, Office of the Superintedent of Professional Governance, BC Ministry of Attorney General
  • Christine Houghton, CEO, College of Applied Biology
  • Melanie Stewart, Assistant Deputy Minister, Office of Gender Equity, BC Ministry of Finance
  • Tom Ethier, Assistant Deputy Minister, Resource Stewardship Division, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
  • Brittany John, Referrals Analyst, Tsleil Waututh Nation
  • Christine Gelowitz, CEO, Association of BC Forest Professionals
  • Jennifer Young, Senior Wildfire Officer Prevention, BC Wildfire Service, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
  • Dave Carter, Regional Manager, Fish and Fish Habitat Protection Program, Ecosystems Management Branch, Fisheries & Oceans Canada
  • Maryam Mofidpoor, Project Manager, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
  • Bryan Williams, Manager, Indigenous Relations, Species at Risk Recovery Branch, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
  • Vivian Forssman, Program Manager, Inspiring Climate Action: BC Professionals Adaptation Network, Royal Roads University
  • Tamsin Lyle, Principal, Ebbwater Consulting
  • Chad Day, President, Tahltan Central Government

2020 Annual General Meeting & Conference Agenda

*Conference Agenda subject to change*

April 2nd, 2020


  • 1:00-2pm: Session A
  • 2-2:30pm: Refreshment Break
  • 2:30-3:30pm: Session B

Annual General Meeting

  • 4-5pm: 2020 AGM

Welcome Reception

  • 7-9pm: Welcome Reception

April 3rd, 2020

Conference Plenary

  • 7:30am: Breakfast
  • 8-9am: Opening Remarks and Indigenous Welcome
    • ​Networking Break (30 min.)
  • 9:30-10:30am: Session 1 -- Implementing the Professional Governance Act: Challenges and Opportunities
    • Panelists: Paul Craven, Superintendent, Office of the Superintedent of Professional Governance, BC Ministry of Attorney General; Christine Gelowitz, CEO, Association of BC Forest Professionals; Christine Houghton, CEO, College of Applied Biology
  • 10:30-11:30am: Session 2
  • 11:30am-1pm: Lunch
    • Keynote Address: Art Napoleon (Âciw), Indigenous Land Stewardship: A Holistic Model
    • Linda Michaluk Scholarship Fund Laureate Presentation: 2020 Laureate
  • 1-1:45pm: Session 3
    • Networking Break (30 min.)
  • 2:15-3pm: Session 4
  • 3-3:45pm: Session 5


New for 2020 is the College of Applied Biology's Conference Tradeshow. Within the foyer of Manteo at Eldorado Resort you will find a number of exhibitors with useful information, products and services. Stay tuned as more vendors are added.

Confirmed Vendors:

  • College of Applied Biology -- Stop by the College of Applied Biology booth to view informative posters about the applied biology profession, scope of practice and other regulatory processes. You can also find out about volunteer opportunities with the College's various committees, task forces and working bodies, and speak to College staff and Councillors. Booth 1


The College is grateful for the support of the following sponsors. Please take the time to click the links below to explore the products and services of our generous partners.


Friendship SPONSORS:

Are you interested in sponsoring the 2020 Conference or participating in the tradeshow? Contact Tory Davis, Communications Officer for more information, or call the College Office at 1-250-383-3306.

Accommodation & Venue

The Manteo at Eldorado Resort is the event venue and offers a variety of accommodation options, available through the College's group rate, which can be used from March 30-April 5, 2020 for those that wish to extend their trip. The College's group rate is based on availability, so book now for best price. The deadline to book using the College's group rate is March 2, 2020.

To make reservations guests can book online, via phone or email.
Phone: Toll free – 1-877-734-3184
Local – 250-860-1031
Email: [email protected]

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