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The 2020 Annual Professional Biology Conference and AGM

Conference Theme: Professional Biology (un)Tangled

April 28-29, 2020
Nita Lake Lodge, 2131 Lake Placid Rd, Whistler, BC

The APB is pleased to host its 2020 Annual Professional Conference and AGM in beautiful Whistler, located in the traditional territories of the  Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and the Lílwat7úl (Lil'wat) peoples.  Join us for a unique opportunity to learn from leaders in various applied biology fields, and build connections across industry, government and conservation organizations. 


Dr. Kyle Artelle, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Geography Dept., University of Victoria

The rigour of management approaches in BC and  the role of values in environmental management.

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Dr. Jessica Dempsey, Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts, University of British Columbia

How and why does biodiversity loss continue despite the proliferation of conservation laws and policies?

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Dr. Richard Schneider, Alberta Biodiversity Conservation Chair, University of Alberta.

Biologists as conservation advocates: Good idea or bad?

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Conference Title: Supporting Biology Professionals to Lead in Applied Research and Resource Management in British Columbia

Tangled in conflicting policies and politics, competitive work environments, public opinion, mistrust of science, misconceptions about our profession, ethical commitments, and new professional governance legislation, professional biologists must forge a path to practice in applied biology in a scientific way. How can we support biology professionals to lead in applied research so that we can effectively manage natural resources in British Columbia?

Who should attend:
The APB annual conference attracts Biology Professionals, natural resources managers, researchers, industry representatives, First Nations, not-for-profit organizations, naturalists and biology students across western Canada. If the mission of the APB (listed below) catches your interest, then this conference is for you!

  • Our mission is to communicate and advocate on issues and values that are important to practitioners of biology and foster a public understanding of impacts of human and other activities on natural resources.
  • Of great importance to our mission is the advancement of science in policies, decisions, and execution of projects that affect natural resources, species, organisms, and ecosystems in our areas of practice.
  • As biologists, we recognize the value of resilience and other services that ecosystems provide as a vital part of the economic and social well-being of society.

Conference Program

  • Tuesday April 28:  Welcome Reception - APB Social and Silent Auction.
  • Wednesday April 29:  Continental Breakfast, APB Annual General Meeting, Keynote Presentations and Plenary Sessions, Buffet Lunch and Coffee Breaks.

Optional Program Items

  • Monday April 27:  Evening seminar "Ecosystem Mapping in Applied Research and Resource Management in British Columbia"
  • Tuesday April 28:  Full day workshop "Species Distribution Modelling Using Occupancy and Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping"
  • Thursday April 30: Half day session "APB Strategic Planning"
  • Thursday April 30: Full day field skills training "Wildlife Tracking Fundamentals"
  • Friday May 1: Full day field skills training "One Day Track & Sign Certification"

Can't join us in Whistler? Remote participation by video conference is available for the Annual General Meeting, Keynote Presentations, and Plenary Sessions on April 29.

Download the complete 2020 APB Conference Program (includes registration fee details).

Call for Abstracts

The deadline for abstract submissions is March 20, 2020. 
See Guidelines for Abstract Submission.

Register Today

Early registration discount for APB members and group rate on Nita Lake Lodge reservations end March 28, 2020!

Registration Fee: 

                               $295 Non-Members
                               $150 APB Student and Retired Members
                               $230 APB Members Early Registration (until Mar 28)
                               $245 APB Members (after Mar 28)

                          *Become a member prior to registering to receive the member's rate.



Where to Stay

The Nita Lake Lodge is offering excellent room discounts to attendees of the 2020 APB Conference!


Take advantage of discount rates in one of the top resorts in Canada and enjoy an unforgettable getaway in Whistler.

Room discounts apply starting 3 days before the conference and extend 3 days after.

Offer on room discounts expires March 28.

Book now – Availability is limited!

Located in the village of Creekside, along the shores of a beautiful, glacier-fed lake, this is the only lakeside hotel in Whistler. Recently named one of the top resorts in Canada by Condé Nast Traveler, and in the Top Hotels in Canada by TripAdvisor®, Nita Lake Lodge proudly redefines upscale mountain comfort all year long.

604 966 5700

Payment & Cancellation Date: Saturday, March 28, 2020;  Check-in time: 4pm, check-out time: 11am, and a credit card is required at the time of booking.