Calendar of Events

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Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification & TEM Mapping
Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification & TEM Mapping
Oct 30 – Nov 1 all-day
The Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification & Terrain Ecosystem Mapping (BEC) training program is a three-day applied review of the BEC procedure, field applications, and classifying and mapping ecosystems.  The BEC program advances participant’s knowledge to successfully[...]
Technical Writing for Environmental Professionals
Technical Writing for Environmental Professionals
Oct 31 – Nov 1 all-day
Technical writing – be it a proposal, a progress report, a technical report to clients or regulators – forms a large proportion of the activity of consulting firms, academia and governments. It is often the[...]
Annual update on contaminated sites regime in British Columbia 8:15 am
Annual update on contaminated sites regime in British Columbia @ UBC Robson Square
Nov 1 @ 8:15 am – 4:30 pm
  This is an informative one-day seminar on new aspects of the British Columbia (BC) Contaminated Sites regime. In past years, this seminar has proven to be a popular forum for peer discussion of new[...]
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Technical Writing for Environmental Professionals
Technical Writing for Environmental Professionals
Nov 3 – Nov 4 all-day
Technical writing – be it a proposal, a progress report, a technical report to clients or regulators – forms a large proportion of the activity of consulting firms, academia and governments. It is often the[...]
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eDNA Methods
eDNA Methods
Nov 6 all-day
Environmental DNA (eDNA) is a relatively new method that is increasingly being used for survey of aquatic taxa, including vertebrates, invertebrates, and plants. This highly effective, cost-efficient and non-invasive method relies on the detection of genetic[...]
Cultural Values Based Planning for Integrated Wetland Management on a Watershed or Reservation Scale 12:00 pm
Cultural Values Based Planning for Integrated Wetland Management on a Watershed or Reservation Scale @ Webinar
Nov 6 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Cultural Values Based Planning for Integrated Wetland Management on a Watershed or Reservation Scale @ Webinar
We invite you to participate in the first of four webinars hosted by U.S. EPA Region 10, the Association of State Wetland Managers and an Advisory Committee comprised of representatives from the Tribal Wetlands Working[...]
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Pipeline Permitting 101 12:00 pm
Pipeline Permitting 101 @ Webinar
Nov 7 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Pipeline Permitting 101 @ Webinar
Presenters: ▪ Clifford Brown, West Virginia Department of Natural Resources ▪ Robert Parker, Ollsson Associates ▪ Brenda Zollitsch, Association of State Wetland Managers ABSTRACT This webinar has been designed to help provide a basic overview[...]
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Annual Environmental Law Seminar 3:00 pm
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Annual Environmental Law Seminar
Nov 7 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
This year’s guest speaker is Kelli Larsen, Senior Contaminated Sites Officer, Land Remediation Section, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. Kelli will be speaking on the proposed changes to the Site ID process. Other[...]
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8th Annual Zero Waste Conference
8th Annual Zero Waste Conference
Nov 8 – Nov 9 all-day
This year we’ll be exploring how Canadian businesses, communities, and governments are embracing and accelerating their transition to this new model, with topics such as: Materials and Design Innovation Business Model Transformation Technology Innovations Plastics[...]
Riparian Areas Regulation (RAR)
Riparian Areas Regulation (RAR)
Nov 8 – Nov 10 all-day
Background The Riparian Areas Regulation (RAR), enacted by the Ministry of Environment under Section 12 of the Fish Protection Act in July 2004, calls on local governments by March 31, 2005 to protect Riparian Areas[...]
Urban Restoration & Sustainable Agricultural Systems
Urban Restoration & Sustainable Agricultural Systems @ University of Victoria
Nov 8 – Nov 12 all-day
5 day intensive face-to-face delivery In this course, we examine how an ecological perspective can be applied to restoring urban areas and approaches to agriculture that promote sustainability and support biodiversity. The course covers two related[...]
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Testing functional restoration of linear features within boreal caribou range 1:30 pm
Testing functional restoration of linear features within boreal caribou range @ Webinar
Nov 14 @ 1:30 pm
BC OGRIS Boreal Caribou Research and Effectiveness Monitoring Board (REMB) Webinar Series   The purpose of this series is to share the results of REMB-sponsored projects that are being conducted in northeast BC to support[...]
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2018 Livable Cities Forum
2018 Livable Cities Forum @ Alt Hotel
Nov 15 all-day
This year’s Livable Cities Forum in St. John’s has a full day of sessions, workshops, and plenaries focused on collaborative vulnerability and risk assessment, managing climate risks, and mainstreaming climate change across operations. Highlights of[...]
CSAP Fall PD Workshop: Climate Adaptation 9:08 pm
CSAP Fall PD Workshop: Climate Adaptation
Nov 15 @ 9:08 pm – 10:08 pm
The purpose of the CSAP Society’s annual workshop is to provide a forum for Approved Professionals and other interested parties to explore the latest developments in contaminated sites management. This year’s theme is Climate Adaption[...]
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Building Indigenous Relationships Workshop 9:00 am
Building Indigenous Relationships Workshop @ Hakai Institute conference room
Nov 17 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Deadline to Register November 15 A workshop on science writing in an age of reconciliation  What turns First Nations off when approached by writers? Lack of knowledge of the communities and the people. What can[...]
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In-Situ Oil Sands Practices for Working in and Around Wetlands 11:00 am
In-Situ Oil Sands Practices for Working in and Around Wetlands @ Webinar
Nov 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
If you are unable to attend this day, please note the webinars are recorded and will be available for viewing shortly after the webinar concludes at https://www.wetlandbmpexchange.com/webinar-series Authors: Jeremy Reid, Devon Canada; Terry Osko, Circle[...]
Evaluating the impact of linear features: do sloppy data matter? 1:30 pm
Evaluating the impact of linear features: do sloppy data matter? @ Webinar
Nov 21 @ 1:30 pm
BC OGRIS Boreal Caribou Research and Effectiveness Monitoring Board (REMB) Webinar Series   The purpose of this series is to share the results of REMB-sponsored projects that are being conducted in northeast BC to support[...]
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Green Shores Level 2 Course
Green Shores Level 2 Course
Nov 22 – Nov 23 all-day
This two-day workshop, offered by University of Victoria and the Stewardship Centre for BC, provides participants with in-depth knowledge about how the Green Shores credit and rating system can be used in shoreline management projects.[...]
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@ Hyatt Regency
Nov 26 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Clean Energy BC invites First Nations and the clean energy community to explore different pathways of developing projects in BC. Through this full day First Nations-led workshop the main focuses will be on creating opportunities,[...]
Environmental Workshop on Staying Current: Updates on science, policy, and technology in the environmental management of clean energy 8:30 am
Environmental Workshop on Staying Current: Updates on science, policy, and technology in the environmental management of clean energy @ Hyatt Regency
Nov 26 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Join us as the top environmental professionals share their findings from the field and information on recent advances in environmental management of clean energy projects, monitoring results and emergent technology. This full day course will[...]
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eDNA Methods
eDNA Methods
Nov 27 all-day
Environmental DNA (eDNA) is a relatively new method that is increasingly being used for survey of aquatic taxa, including vertebrates, invertebrates, and plants. This highly effective, cost-efficient and non-invasive method relies on the detection of genetic[...]
Generate 2018
Generate 2018 @ Hyatt Regency
Nov 27 – Nov 28 all-day
Join the dialogue with Clean Energy BC for their 16th annual conference, Generate 2018. Experience a refreshing lineup of clean energy expertise in dynamic plenary sessions, exhibitions, workshops and networking opportunities. This signature event is[...]
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Monitoring the efficacy of functional restoration of linear features for boreal woodland caribou 1:30 pm
Monitoring the efficacy of functional restoration of linear features for boreal woodland caribou @ Webinar
Nov 28 @ 1:30 pm
BC OGRIS Boreal Caribou Research and Effectiveness Monitoring Board (REMB) Webinar Series   The purpose of this series is to share the results of REMB-sponsored projects that are being conducted in northeast BC to support[...]
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Getting Climate Ready: Adaptation Tools for Northwest Communities 8:00 am
Getting Climate Ready: Adaptation Tools for Northwest Communities @ Terrace Best Western Inn, Terrace BC
Nov 29 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Climate change is exposing communities in Northwest BC to changes in weather patterns and more frequent extreme events. This full-day, free introductory workshop will focus on flood and wildfire risk management. The afternoon will include an[...]
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2018 Livable Cities Forum @ Alt Hotel
Nov 15 all-day

This year’s Livable Cities Forum in St. John’s has a full day of sessions, workshops, and plenaries focused on collaborative vulnerability and risk assessment, managing climate risks, and mainstreaming climate change across operations. Highlights of the forum include adaptation tools to support planning, stories from Canadian cities on implementation, and interactive workshops on topics such as mapping local risks or evaluating climate change risks to specific infrastructure. The forum program is now available!

CSAP Fall PD Workshop: Climate Adaptation
Nov 15 @ 9:08 pm – 10:08 pm

The purpose of the CSAP Society’s annual workshop is to provide a forum for Approved Professionals and other interested parties to explore the latest developments in contaminated sites management. This year’s theme is Climate Adaption and will feature presentations from local experts including: Trevor Murdock, climate scientist with Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium in Victoria, B.C.; Angela Danyluk, sustainability specialist with the City of Vancouver; Mo Mofrad, project engineer for the Port of Vancouver; and Sean Smith, asset management and GIS integration specialist also from the Port of Vancouver.

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Building Indigenous Relationships Workshop @ Hakai Institute conference room
Nov 17 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Deadline to Register November 15

A workshop on science writing in an age of reconciliation 

What turns First Nations off when approached by writers?

Lack of knowledge of the communities and the people.

What can writers learn about relationships, collaborations & problem solving?

The historic and current contexts of the communities and the people.

Action plans to build better relationships.

Approaches, tools, knowledge reference material that are helpful, meaningful and practical.

We invite science writers and other communicators to join us for a dynamic workshop that will cover ways journalists and communicators can start meaningful conversations and explore unconscious bias to frame their writing in a time of reconciliation.  Including interdisciplinary and Indigenous viewpoints is the starting point for generational positive change.

This is a unique opportunity to experience hands-on learning and gain more confidence in writing about issues that concern local First Nations groups. The event will take place overlooking the beautiful Victoria waterfront, on the traditional territories Lekwungen peoples, today represented by the Songhees and Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) Nations.

This professional development event is endorsed by members of SWCC, Science Borealis, and Curiosity Collider.

Coffee, tea, and a light breakfast will be provided as part of the workshop fee.   All participants are invited to an optional informal lunch at their own expense following the workshop.

If you have specific questions that you could like to see addressed in the workshop, please email them by November 10th to: shelley@m-inktechdocs.com

This event is made possible through in-kind support from Hakai Institute.

Workshop Presenters

Michelle Washington

Ahjechwut, my ancestral name is Siemthlut and I am known as Michelle Washington.  I was born and raised in the village of Tla’amin which is a Northern Coast Salish Nation.  I also have ancestral ties to Sechelt and Maori on my grandfather’s side and Klahoose and Sto:lo on my grandmother’s side.  I am so thankful to be raising my family in the beautiful homeland of the Lkwungen speaking people now known as Victoria.  I have completed studies in Public Sector Management and Aboriginal Governance at UVIC and have returned to continue studies in Anthropology.

Recent work includes managing the exhibition “Our Living Languages” for First Peoples’ Cultural Council at the Royal BC Museum.  Programming with the Office of Indigenous Affairs at UVIC and have also worked for my Nation and others in several capacities including Lands and Resources, Governance, Culture and Treaty for well over a decade.  I am also the liaison for a multi-year archaeology, anthropology and history field school project with Simon Fraser University and the University of Saskatchewan.

Lou-ann Neel

Gilakas’la, my name is Lou-ann Neel and I am from the Mamalilikulla and Kwagiulth people of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation. My formal education is in public administration (Certificate in the Administration of Aboriginal Governments, and a Diploma in Public Sector Management from U-Vic) and I have been a practicing artist since age 14, so I also have a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art & Design.  In my professional career, I blend these two disciplines together to bring creative solutions to my work — from program management, policy writing, and strategic planning to community consultations and engagement. I have worked with both federal and provincial governments, and numerous urban Indigenous organizations throughout BC, and I am currently the Repatriation Specialist at the Royal BC Museum as part of the museum’s work to honour the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, and other important reports.

Deadline to Register: November 15

REGISTER HERE

Nov
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In-Situ Oil Sands Practices for Working in and Around Wetlands @ Webinar
Nov 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

If you are unable to attend this day, please note the webinars are recorded and will be available for viewing shortly after the webinar concludes at https://www.wetlandbmpexchange.com/webinar-series

Authors: Jeremy Reid, Devon Canada; Terry Osko, Circle T Consulting; Clayton Gillies, FPInnovations; and Matthew Pyper, Fuse Consulting.

Abstract:

Wetlands are a critical and valued component of boreal landscapes in northeastern Alberta. They also comprise a significant proportion of operational tenures within the in-situ oil sands region. The COSIA Land Environmental Priority Area initiated this project to create an inventory of shared practices, improve knowledge sharing, clarify knowledge gaps, and identify opportunities for innovation.

The result was a wetland shared practices toolbox which summarized several common and uncommon practices into field ready factsheets. These factsheets provide an easy and effective tool for sharing information within and between companies. Common practices included pre-planning efforts to understand wetland characteristics, use of culverts, and use of geosynthetics to improve bearing capacity. Uncommon practices included the use of corduroy in road and pad construction, use of rock drains to improve drainage, and use of piles to support culverts during road or pad settlement. Providing pads and roads time for consolidation during construction was a practice that has increased in use due to it providing improved effectiveness and reliability.

A series of core opportunities to improve practices were also highlighted through this work. These included:

* Training of staff to identify different wetland types and enhance use of existing digital products that identify wetland types.

* Adopting a staged approach to constructing pads and roads where possible to enable peat consolidation and encourage strengthening of the peat foundation.

* Considering the frequency of drainage structures, such as culverts, along roads.

* Developing an operational field guide for operating in and around wetlands.

* Continuing to identify opportunities to minimize footprint and/or improve the resilience of footprints that are placed on wetlands.

The project recommendations will be used to inform future study on reducing in situ oil sands impacts within wetlands. Ultimately, this project is one step in the process of broadening the application of best practices for working in and around wetlands within the sector.

This webinar is free of charge and log in information will be provided on your ticket via email following registration.

The Wetland BMP Knowledge Exchange is a venue for sharing boreal wetland best management practices information with the goal of raising awareness, increasing information transfer, and fostering collaboration amongst industry, government, and other interested stakeholders. For more information, visit our website at www.wetlandbmpexchange.com or contact us at wbf_bmp@ducks.ca.

Evaluating the impact of linear features: do sloppy data matter? @ Webinar
Nov 21 @ 1:30 pm
BC OGRIS Boreal Caribou Research and Effectiveness Monitoring Board (REMB) Webinar Series
 
The purpose of this series is to share the results of REMB-sponsored projects that are being conducted in northeast BC to support boreal caribou management.
Format: 30-minute presentations followed by 15 minutes for questions
Time: 1:30 Pacific, 2:30 Mountain, 3:30 Central, 4:30 Eastern
How to Join the webinar video:
On a computer, use any browser with Flash. Nothing to download. Click on the unique link provided for each meeting.
On a phone or tablet, launch the free join.me app and enter the unique meeting code.How to Join the webinar audio: 
Click the audio phone icon after joining the webinar to listen through your computer (small download may be required) or mobile device, or:

Dial a phone number and enter the meeting code: 154-896-609#

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Canada – Toronto   +1.647.977.2648
Canada – Quebec   +1.581.705.4251
Canada – Edmonton   +1.587.782.7458
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Canada – Saskatchewan   +1.306.400.1019
Canada – Vancouver   +1.778.654.8779
Canada – Winnipeg   +1.204.500.0399
Upcoming presentations:
 
24 October: Jesse Tigner (Explor) – Evaluating the impact of linear features: do sloppy data matter? Join the meeting: https://join.me/167-449-029
 
14 November: Craig DeMars (Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute) – Testing functional restoration of linear features within boreal caribou range. Join the meeting:  https://join.me/163-390-825
 
28 November: Jonah Keim – Monitoring the efficacy of functional restoration of linear features for boreal woodland caribou. Join the meeting: https://join.me/110-145-960
 
Videos of past presentations are archived on the BC OGRIS website http://www.bcogris.ca/boreal-caribou/extension
A calendar invite for the next webinar is attached. Subsequent invites will follow 7-10 days before each webinar. If you would like to be added or removed from this list, please reply to: steven.wilson@ecologicresearch.ca
Nov
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Green Shores Level 2 Course
Nov 22 – Nov 23 all-day

This two-day workshop, offered by University of Victoria and the Stewardship Centre for BC, provides participants with in-depth knowledge about how the Green Shores credit and rating system can be used in shoreline management projects. The first day begins with a review of shoreline ecosystems, including issues, management strategies, and regulatory structures in place. The second day focuses on application of the Green Shores credit and rating systems through desktop and field exercises. 

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@ Hyatt Regency
Nov 26 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Clean Energy BC invites First Nations and the clean energy community to explore different pathways of developing projects in BC. Through this full day First Nations-led workshop the main focuses will be on creating opportunities, exploring business values, maximizing economic development, and enabling First Nations to build capacity with non-First Nations participants. This session will present updates in government programming and how transformation to a low-carbon future through renewable energy can be achieved. Building community resilience with clean energy development has proven to be a powerful and robust tactic in BC. This course will identify strategies that advance First Nations communities’ transition off diesel or become grid independent while increasing energy sovereignty and fostering self-determination. There will be a breakdown of practical approaches for funding projects and how-to’s required for installation. Transformation through Resilience is being facilitated by Dr. Judith Sayers, a member of the Hupacasath First Nation and current president of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council.

Environmental Workshop on Staying Current: Updates on science, policy, and technology in the environmental management of clean energy @ Hyatt Regency
Nov 26 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Join us as the top environmental professionals share their findings from the field and information on recent advances in environmental management of clean energy projects, monitoring results and emergent technology. This full day course will build on knowledge from BC and beyond. Staying Current is an unparalleled opportunity to network among other environmental professionals from industry and government, share experiences, gain invaluable insights applicable to your projects, all while advancing your professional development.

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eDNA Methods
Nov 27 all-day

Environmental DNA (eDNA) is a relatively new method that is increasingly being used for survey of aquatic taxa, including vertebrates, invertebrates, and plants. This highly effective, cost-efficient and non-invasive method relies on the detection of genetic materials in aquatic ecosystems using laboratory analysis of water samples to detect DNA from the target taxa.

Environmental DNA methods are predicated on basic biological principles, and employ long-standing proven methods for laboratory testing. Quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) is the preferred method for detecting DNA in water samples as it provides an effective way to amplify, detect and identify existing DNA in sample water collected from natural aquatic systems.

This one-day course will provide training and instruction for participants’ eager to engage in the use of eDNA methods. The training will benefit those interested in conducting or contracting eDNA field programs. Managers responsible for over-seeing contracts for eDNA projects will also benefit by attending this course.

Generate 2018 @ Hyatt Regency
Nov 27 – Nov 28 all-day

Join the dialogue with Clean Energy BC for their 16th annual conference, Generate 2018. Experience a refreshing lineup of clean energy expertise in dynamic plenary sessions, exhibitions, workshops and networking opportunities. This signature event is a forum for discussion and engagement between the diverse community of Independent Power Producers, First Nations and government representatives, utilities, consultants, contractors and suppliers.

The global economy is being fueled by fresh innovation, renewable energy technology, and vast opportunities in the green industry. BC can become a global leader by growing its economy, keeping energy prices low, creating jobs and increasing resilience to climate impacts. There has never been a better time for low-cost, private-sector clean energy power producers to ensure that the province delivers on its climate change commitments. This could very well be the precipice of a renewed clean energy revolution in BC! Sign up for Generate 2018 Transformation through Electrification taking place in Vancouver, BC.