"Resilience in Practice"


The 40th Annual Professional Biology Conference and AGM

May 9-11, 2019
Thompson Rivers University Conference Centre, 805 TRU Way, Kamloops, BC.

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Forty years already!  The Association of Professional Biology is pleased to host the 40th Annual Professional Biology Conference and AGM at the TRU Conference Centre in Kamloops, BC.  An event not to be missed!  It offers a unique opportunity to learn from leaders in various applied biology fields, and build connections across industry, government and conservation organizations.

Join us for a day of plenary sessions on May 10 and take advantage of continuing professional development opportunities offered on May 9 and 11.

Agenda at a Glance

Thursday MAY 9
Workshop - Designing Avoidance and Mitigation for Migratory Birds and Species at Risk Critical Habitat.
Friday MAY 10     
APB 40th AGM  - Continental breakfast will be served.   (8:15 am)
  Opening Keynote - Dr. Kevin Gaston   (9:15am)
  Keynote - Dr. Michelle Marvier   (3:10 pm)
  Panel - Resilience and Future of the Practice (4:05 pm)
  APB Social & Auction   (4:30 pm - 6:30 pm)
Saturday  MAY 11   
Field Tour- Tour of Lac Du Bois and Tranquille Valley - Grasslands, Species at Risk, and Ecosystem Resilience 

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Attend the conference onsite, or remotely through conference broadcast.
Early Bird discount ends April 19, 2019.  We offer discount rates for students and retired members.

CORPORATE DISCOUNT of 10% if your firm sends 3 or more people, but you must register before the April 19th, 2019 early-bird deadline.
Please contact the APB office for group registration (250-483-4283; info@professionalbiology.com)

Resilience in Practice: Species at risk, population declines, ecosystem functions, economics, and science… where should we be putting our efforts?

The intensity of wildfires and extreme weather is increasing as the effects of climate change continue to spread. Biology Professionals have critical role in addressing these issues, while being faced with some of the greatest challenges in effecting change. We work in the trenches of environmental planning as roads are built, forests are harvested, and decisions are being made to manage the land base, decisions which are often fraught with competing interests are being made.

There is opportunity to build resilience in practice. Diversity in ecosystems increases chance for survival through redundancy, new growth where old growth is lost, and advantage gained by mixture of specialists and generalists responding to the chaos of nature. Resiliency in ecosystems can reduce the threat of fires and buffer against the extremes of weather, but we are seeing evidence that of a planetary-wide breaking point.

A goal of this year’s AGM is to invite speakers to talk about the different priorities and approaches that are being advocated by government that, in turn, frames how we respond as a profession. Species at risk are a legislated priority, but what about the common species whose populations face continued decline? What about migration? Fish passage through culverts has been restricted as much as the migratory pathways of amphibians are being fragmented by the construction of roads.

Should we be focusing our efforts and financial resources on the rare and endangered or the common and abundant organisms that are important for the ecosystem services they provide? Billions of western toad tadpoles filter through mountains of sediment in aquatic ecosystem across the province and that is something we might want to sustain as well. How does this relate to the economics or science in our practice? These are the difficult questions that we will be addressing through lively debate in our 2019 Conference and AGM.

Who should attend:

The APB annual conference attracts Biology Professionals, natural resources managers, researchers, industry representatives, First Nations and not-for-profit organizations. Whether you contributed to successful project implementation, developed policy or guidelines that influences practice within the applied biology community, or you just want to take advantage of a unique opportunity to network and learn from the experience of others, this conference is for you!

MAY 9:  Designing Avoidance and Mitigation for Migratory Birds and Species at Risk Critical Habitat.

Dr. Kevin Gaston
, U. of Exeter, - The importance of conserving common species to challenge priority in conservation science; Dr. Michelle Marvier, Santa Clara University - Effective conservation science.

MAY 11:  Tour of Lac Du Bois and Tranquille Valley - Grasslands, Species at Risk, and Ecosystem Resilience 

Our Sponsors

The APB would like to thank our sponsors who play a key role in supporting the natural resource profession in BC.  Proceeds from the conference will support APB initiatives such as the APB Mentorship Program, future workshops, webinars and other professional development opportunities.


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Tradeshow 2019


Join other exhibitors at our tradeshow and celebrate the APB 40th AGM!

This exhibition provides you and our conference delegates with the opportunity to connect and see your latest technologies, products and services. It will run all day, May 10, concurrent to the plenary sessions, and carry on with the APB Social & Auction from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

This year 2 styles of booths are offered to accommodate the room’s features:  The full-size 8’ x 8’ booth, and the half booth with a table and drape backdrop.  Book early to avoid disappointment.

For further details on how to become an exhibitor at the 40th APB Conference and AGM:
Booth Reservation Form