College Conference & AGM
2020 Annual General Meeting and Conference
As the situation with the COVID-19 virus is rapidly evolving the College has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Conference entitled Paradigm Shifts & Partnerships that was to be held in Kelowna April 2 and 3, 2020.
It is our sincere hope that we will be able to re-schedule the conference for the fall of 2020 – however at this time we are not able to guarantee that we will be able to make that happen. We will keep you apprised.
We will maintain the page below for the coming weeks but please note that the information is no longer valid.
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.
Curious about the conference?
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?
- 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
- 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
- Trish Balcaen, Assistant Deputy Minister, Negotiations and Regional Operations Division, BC Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
- Heather Taylor, Environmental Scientist, Associated Environmental Consultants Inc.
- Jamie Leathem, Ecosystems Biologist, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
2020 Annual General Meeting & Conference Agenda
*Conference Agenda subject to change*
April 2nd, 2020
1:00-2pm: Session A -- Changes to the Federal Fisheries Act
- Networking Break (30 min.)
2:30-3:30pm: Session B -- The Riparian Area Regulation: What's New and Where Is It Applicable?
- Panelists: Jamie Leathem, Ecosystems Biologist, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development; Heather Taylor, Environmental Scientist, Associated Environmental Consultants Inc.
Annual General Meeting
- 4-5pm: 2020 AGM
- 7-9pm: Welcome Reception
April 3rd, 2020
- 7:30am: Breakfast
8-9am: Opening Remarks and Indigenous Welcome
- Networking Break (30 min.) -- Sponsored by Triton Environmental
9:30-10:30am: Session 1 -- Implementing the Professional Governance Act: Challenges and Opportunities
- Panelists: Paul Craven, Superintendent, Office of the Superintendent 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 -- Indigenous Relations: UNDRIP and Professional Reliance
- Panelists: Trish Balcaen, Assistant Deputy Minister, Negotiations & Regional Operations Division, BC Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation; Chad Day, President, Tahltan Central Government; Tom Ethier, Assistant Deputy Minister, Resource Stewardship Division, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
- Keynote Address: Art Napoleon (Âciw), Indigenous Land Stewardship: A Holistic Model
- Linda Michaluk Scholarship Fund Laureate Presentation: 2020 Laureate -- Sponsored by Ecofish Research
1-1:45pm: Session 3 -- Approaching Diversity in Resource Management
- Networking Break (30 min.)
- 2:15-3pm: Session 4 -- Indigenous Relations: Growing a New Paradigm
3-3:45pm: Session 5 -- Incorporating Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation into Decision Making
- Panelists: Vivian Forssman, Program Manager, Inspiring Climate Action: BC Professionals Adaptation Network, Royal Roads University; Tamsin Lyle, Principal, Ebbwater Consulting; Jennifer Young, Senior Wildfire Officer Prevention, BC Wildfire Service, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
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.
- 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
- Associated Environmental Consultants Inc. -- Associated Environmental offers a wide range of environmental science and management services. A member of the Associated Engineering group of companies, our environmental services are complemented by expertise in planning, engineering, and landscape architecture. We bring the benefits of our integrated services and collaborative approach to develop creative solutions. Booth 2
- Natural Resources Training Group -- Natural Resources Training Group (NRTG) is a privately-registered training agency specializing in developing and delivering quality ‘hands-on’ and in-demand natural resource-related training programs. Drop by our booth to discuss and see how our professional development training programs are designed to fasttrack your career! Booth 3
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.
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.
To make reservations guests can book online, via phone or email.
Phone: Toll free – 1-877-734-3184
Local – 250-860-1031
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