College Conference & AGM
2019 Annual General Meeting and Conference
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!
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.
2019 Annual General Meeting & Conference Agenda
*Download the Conference Agenda above for the full schedule of events*
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 Gage, Staff Lawyer, West Coast Environmental Law; Kevin Kriese, Chair, Forest Practices Board; Jody Shimkus, VP of Environment and Regulatory Affairs, Kirk Environmental
11am-12pm: Session 2 -- Professional Governance: What's Changing for You?
Panelists: Jennifer McGuire, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy; Derek Marcoux, College of Applied Biology; Christine Houghton, College of Applied Biology; Dr. Vanessa Craig, College of Applied Biology
12-1:30pm: Keynote speech -- Captain William (Bill) Noon, Capt. Bill Noon & Sir John Franklin's Fabled Arctic Voyage. Lunch served.
1:30-2:15pm: Session 3A/3B (Break-out sessions)
Session 3A -- Federal Legislation changes
Panelists: Al Magnan, Manager, Fish and Fish Habitat Protection Program (Nanaimo), Fisheries and Oceans Canada; Lisa Walls, Director General of Regional Operations West, Cdn. Environmental Assessment Agency; Ryan Greville, Reg. Manager, Navigation Protection Program, Transport Canada
Session 3B -- Human/Wildlife Coexistence and Conflict: What's the Role of the Professional Biologist?
Panelists: Alina Fisher, Research Manager for Environmental Studies, University of Victoria; Todd Golumbia, Enivornmental Conservation Specialist, Capital Regional District Regional Parks; Tony Hamilton, Large Carnivore Biologist
2:45-3:30pm: Session 4 -- How Professionals Get Into Trouble
Panelists: Casey Macaulay, Registrar/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 Eichenberger, Executive 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.