College Conference & AGM

2019 Annual General Meeting and Conference

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"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 open. Early-bird rates are in effect until March 15!

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.

Watch for the Conference Program and a list of topics and speakers! *Just Announced: Session 1 update and Session 3A panel details*

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 Conference Agenda

April 5th: *Check back soon for panel and speaker details; agenda subject to change before event*

9:00-9:30am: Opening Remarks

10-11am: Session 1 -- Defining Public Interest: What Are We Protecting?
Panelists: Adam OlsenMLA Saanich North and the Islands; Andrew GageStaff Lawyer, West Coast Environmental Law; Kevin KrieseChair, Forestry Practices Board; Jody ShimkusVP 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 VoyageLunch served.

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

Panelists: Al Magnan, Reg. Director, Department of Fisheries and Oceans (CAN); Lisa Walls, Director of Public Engagement, Cdn. Environmental Assessment Agency; Ryan Greville, Reg. Manager, Navigation Protection Program/Transport Canada

Session 3B -- Human/Wildlife Interaction Management: What's the Role of the Professional Biologist?
Panelists: TBC

Networking break.

2:45-3:30pm: Session 4 -- How Professionals Get Into Trouble
Panelists: TBC

3:30-4:15pm: Session 5 -- Indigenous Relations: Learning From The Past For The Future
Panelists: Chief Ernie Crey, Cheam First Nation; Garry Merkel, Executive Director, First Nations Housing and Infrastructure Council; Kathy Eichenberger, Executive Director, Columbia River Treaty Review

Accommodation & Venue

The Delta Ocean Pointe Hotel is located at 100 Harbour Road, Victoria, BC. To book a room, visit the group bookings page, or call 1-800-268-1133 and ask for the College of Applied Biology reservation.
Important: The Delta Ocean Pointe can only offer the College's group pricing rate until March 12. Thereafter, accommodation at the property will be subject to availability. Please book early for best rates and availability.