2024 Effects Monitoring Joint Symposium

Perspectives on Measuring and Monitoring Biological Effects in Impact Assessment

A symposium co-sponsored by The International Association for Impact Assessment – Western and Northern Canada (IAIA-WNC) and the British Columbia Association of Professional Biology (APB).

2/6/2024 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Pacific Standard Time
SFU's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue 580 West Hastings Street Vancouver, BC V6B 1L6 CANADA
Registration is closed.


Effects monitoring is a process of measuring and evaluating the actual environmental effects of a project after it has been implemented. It is used to verify the predicted effects, identify unforeseen effects, and determine the effectiveness of mitigation measures. Effects monitoring can also provide feedback for adaptive management and future impact assessments. Effects monitoring is an important component of impact assessment, as it can help to ensure that a project achieves its intended outcomes, minimizes its adverse effects, and contributes to improvement of impact assessment practices.

The conference will consist of a one-day event (8:00am-4:00pm) including two scientific sessions and two working group sessions.

The deadline for registration is January 28, 2024. Registration fees for the in-person attendees includes continental breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks. Please inform the APB office of any food allergies or dietary restrictions.

Online attendance details for the scientific session and the moderated working groups will be provided in advance of the conference. *NOTE: The online portion will be recorded.




Symposium sign-in and continental breakfast


Opening Remarks


Scientific Session 1


8:45 – 9:05am

Protocol adherence and maintaining the status quo: when to "break the rules" in an effects assessment.

Jason Jones (Ecologic Consultants Ltd.)


9:05 – 9:25am

Follow-up programs: How are they implemented on major project?

Kerman Bajina, Cathy Mackay, Meghan Anderson, and Daryl Johannesen (EDI Environmental Dynamics Inc.)


9:25 – 9:45am

Evolving role of environmental DNA survey methods for baseline ecological studies and environmental monitoring

Doug Bright (Hatfield)


Coffee break


Scientific Session 2


10:15 – 10:35am

Learning by design, not by accident: A case study of impact monitoring on north Baffin Island.

Kerman Bajina, Patrick Audet, and Mike Setterington (EDI Environmental Dynamics Inc.)



Exploring the valuations, compensation and offsetting for wildlife mitigation during development: a South Coast example.

Myles Lamont (TerraFauna Wildlife Consulting Inc.), Jack Evans (Ministry of Water, Lands & Resource Stewardship), and David Hancock (Hancock Wildlife Foundation)



Whitebark pine mitigation: a complex process with endangered species recovery gain potential.

Randy Moody (Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation of Canada)


Wrap-up and planning for working groups




Moderated Working Groups (online and in-person)


Group 1

Designing baseline programs to explicitly address questions asked during an effects assessment


Group 2

Establishing thresholds and implementing effective adaptive management


Coffee break


Moderated Working Groups (online and in-person)


Group 3

Recognition and management of uncertainty at all stages of an effects assessment (i.e., baseline through monitoring).


Group 4

Determining the effectiveness of mitigation


Working group summaries and closing remarks



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