Calendar of Events

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Marine Safety Training 10:00 am
Marine Safety Training @ Deep Bay Marine Field Centre, BC
May 29 @ 10:00 am – Jun 3 @ 10:00 pm
TRAINING & WORKSHOPS Course Description There are 3 portions within our marine training course, individual course descriptions are as follows: Small Vessel Operator Proficiency – SVOP (4 days) SVOP (Small Vessel Operator Proficiency) is a[...]
Webinar: Fundamentals in Remediation– Topic 4: Bioremediation 9:00 am
Webinar: Fundamentals in Remediation– Topic 4: Bioremediation
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
GeoEnviroPro’s annual webinar series on contaminated sites fundamentals has been expanded to include 15 hours of the science, engineering and regulation related to Site Characterization, Risk Assessment and Remediation. Take the whole series or pick[...]
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Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshop
Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshop @ Burnaby and Coquitlam, BC
Jun 3 – Jun 5 all-day
The Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshop is a 3 day action-packed introductory course consisting of presentations, specimen study, field mist-netting, banding, and processing under the direction of Derek Matthews, Master Bander and Bander-in-charge at the[...]
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2017 RPIC Federal Contaminated Sites Regional Workshop: Shore and Underwater Contaminated Sites 2:09 am
2017 RPIC Federal Contaminated Sites Regional Workshop: Shore and Underwater Contaminated Sites @ Richmond, BC
Jun 6 @ 2:09 am – Jun 7 @ 3:09 am
This workshop will provide a forum for the contaminated sites community to learn about technical, scientific and organizational innovations, and best practices for the management of shore and underwater contaminated sites. It will offer a[...]
Shore and Underwater Contaminated Sites 10:00 am
Shore and Underwater Contaminated Sites @ Westin Wall Centre, Richmond, BC
Jun 6 @ 10:00 am – Jun 7 @ 10:00 pm
TRAINING & WORKSHOPS The Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC) is well known for its Federal Contaminated Sites (FCS) Workshops, leading professional development events for federal and industry environmental professionals involved in the management and[...]
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Field Soil Description & Classification Course
Field Soil Description & Classification Course @ Okanagan College, Revelstoke, BC
Jun 7 – Jun 9 all-day
Field Soil Description & Classification Course @ Okanagan College, Revelstoke, BC
Course Description The emphasis of this course is to record accurate soil description data for subsequent soil classification in the field and verify with other groups. Techniques will be demonstrated to improve the quality of field[...]
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Tracking CPD’s and the Audit Process
Tracking CPD’s and the Audit Process @ Best Western Dorchester Inn, Nanaimo
Jun 8 all-day
The College of is holding a CPD event Thursday evening in Nanaimo in association with a College Council meeting occurring the following day! Do you have questions about how you track CPD? What counts as[...]
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Fish Habitat Assessment (FHA) – Level Two
Fish Habitat Assessment (FHA) – Level Two @ Courtenay, BC
Jun 13 – Jun 15 all-day
The Fish Habitat Assessment – Level Two (FHA-2) course is a comprehensive, professional-level training program exploring the theory and application of advanced freshwater fish habitat assessment methods. Using case studies, exercises and field training sessions,[...]
Stewardship Centre for BC AGM and Pannel Discussion 2:00 pm
Stewardship Centre for BC AGM and Pannel Discussion @ Online or Vancouver
Jun 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
PANEL: A River Runs Through It:  The value of scientifically defensible, evidence-based decision-making for effective stewardship Panelists: Val Schaefer (Restoration of Natural Systems Program, University of Victoria) Dana McDonald (Environmental Stewardship Coordinator, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation)[...]
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EMA of BC Environmental Management Awards Gala
EMA of BC Environmental Management Awards Gala @ Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, Point Grey, Vancouver
Jun 15 all-day
The 2017 EMA Awards Celebration event will be an evening dedicated to recognizing and celebrating extraordinary achievements in environmental management by our members, including presentations of Award Plaques to member organizations and project owners, and[...]
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Invasive Species Research Conference
Invasive Species Research Conference @ Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC
Jun 20 – Jun 21 all-day
The Invasive Species Council of BC convened the first Invasive Plant Research Conference in 2011 along with compiling an online research database of recent and current research projects on invasive plants as related to BC.[...]
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Online & field training course: Alberta Wetland Rapid Evaluation Tool Training Course
Online & field training course: Alberta Wetland Rapid Evaluation Tool Training Course @ Online, Calgary, Edmonton
Jun 26 – Jun 29 all-day
ABWRET Training Course Overview This course provides participants with a strong understanding of the Alberta Wetland Rapid Evaluation Tool. Both on-line learning and hands-on field training from the creator of the wetland evaluation tool, Dr.[...]
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Online & field training course: Alberta Wetland Rapid Evaluation Tool Training Course @ Online, Calgary, Edmonton
Jun 26 – Jun 29 all-day

ABWRET Training Course Overview

This course provides participants with a strong understanding of the Alberta Wetland Rapid Evaluation Tool. Both on-line learning and hands-on field training from the creator of the wetland evaluation tool, Dr. Paul Adamus, are combined in this easily accessible course, to prepare you for the 2017 field season.

Accepting registrations until June 15, 2017

Course Format

This course consists of eight 1 to 2 hour on-line modules and a 1-day of field training component.

  • Online Modules through SALMTEC’s on-line learning platform.:
    • 4 of 8 modules are available immediately
    • Each module takes ~ 1-2 hours to complete
    • Total of 12-16 hours of online time
  • Field Training (led by Dr. Adamus):
    • One day field component instructed by Dr. Paul Adamus
      • June 26 (YYC): Limited Spots Remaining
      • June 27 (YYC): SOLD OUT
      • June 28 (YEG): SOLD OUT
      • June 29 (YEG): limited Spots Remaining

Field training will be offered in both Calgary and Edmonton areas.

On-line modules, including associated tests, must be completed before the field training day. What is ABWRET? Alberta Wetland Rapid Evaluation Tool is a standardized method for assessing the important natural functions of all types of wetlands present in Alberta. Use of this method is a requirement through the Government of Alberta’s Wetland Policy where Water Act approval is sought and wetlands will be permanently impacted. A strong understanding of this tool is required at three sign-off points in the Water Act approval process for wetlands: at the pre-disturbance stage in the Wetland Assessment and Impact Report (WAIR), at the wetland restoration design stage in the Wetland Restoration Plan, and at the final verification stage in the Verification Report.

Who should take this course?

  • Professional wetland science practitioners who intend to sign-off on WAIRs, wetland restoration plans, or verification reports
  • Wetland science practitioners who, although not able to sign-off, can participate on wetland assessment teams and who want to provide a level of due diligence when using ABWRET
  • Any practitioner who works with the Alberta Wetland Policy, the Alberta Water Act, or at any level of wetland assessment, removal, replacement, or reclamation who needs to understand how wetland value is determined

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding the context for using ABWRET (green and white areas)
  • Understanding the methods used to create ABWRET
  • Understanding the basic theory behind the four wetland function categories
  • In-depth understanding of ABWRET indicators and wetland functional models
  • Using the ABWRET-A Tool
  • Submitting and interpreting ABWRET-A Results

Competencies

  • Skills, such as regional analysis, sampling methodology, plant ID and field techniques are beneficial.
  • Participants who successfully complete the course will be issued a certificate of completion and a username to join SALMTEC’s on-line ABWRET Community Discussion Forum.
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The 8th World Recreational Fishing Conference @ Victoria, BC
Jul 16 – Jul 20 all-day

The 8th World Recreational Fishing Conference is returning to Canada for 2017. The conference unites the global recreational fishing community – providing an essential forum to discuss current research. Held every three years, this is the only international conference focused solely on recreational fisheries. The host organization for the 2017 conference is the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, in cooperation with the Sport Fishing Institute of BC.

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Introduction to the Wetland Plants of British Columbia @ various field sites and science lab at Revelstoke Secondary School
Jul 25 – Jul 26 all-day

Course Description

This course will introduce students to the freshwater vascular plants of British Columbia, providing them with an overview of prominent and ecologically important groups as well as giving them the skills to identify many species in the field. The course will prioritize the identification of families and easily-identifiable species, but will also cover species-level identification within more challenging genera so as to introduce students to the process of species-level identification using dichotomous keys. Other topics that will be touched upon in this course include the ecological, biogeographic, and evolutionary relationships of the focal plants, wetland classification and indicator plants, general plant terminology, and the proper collection and preparation of plant specimens. This course will include both classroom time (mornings at the Okanagan College in Revelstoke) and field trips to nearby wetlands (afternoons).

Included in this course:

  • Textbook: Brayshaw. 1985. Pondweeds, Bur-reeds, and their Relatives: aquatic families of monocotyledons in British Columbia. (Valued at $25/copy from the Royal British Columbia Museum.)
  • Tools to be supplied: hand lenses, plant presses (can purchase both from UBC herbarium if you would like your own.)
  • Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Students will have the option of ordering lunch from La Baguette (highly recommended), or they can bring their own bagged lunch (there will be a place to order lunch in your registration form).
  • Transportation: Students can expect to carpool with one another. Please let us know if you are able to help out in this regard (there will be a place in your registration form for this.)

To see the course outline, email Hailey with that request at office@cmiae.org

Introduction to the Wetland Plants of British Columbia @ Revelstoke, BC
Jul 25 @ 2:13 am – Jul 26 @ 3:13 am

his course will introduce students to the freshwater vascular plants of British Columbia, providing them with an overview of prominent and ecologically important groups as well as giving them the skills to identify many species in the field. The course will prioritize the identification of families and easily-identifiable species, but will also cover species-level identification within more challenging genera so as to introduce students to the process of species-level identification using dichotomous keys. Other topics that will be touched upon in this course include the ecological, biogeographic, and evolutionary relationships of the focal plants, wetland classification and indicator plants, general plant terminology, and the proper collection and preparation of plant specimens. This course will include both classroom time (mornings at the Okanagan College in Revelstoke) and field trips to nearby wetlands (afternoons).

Included in this course:

  • Textbook: Brayshaw. 1985. Pondweeds, Bur-reeds, and their Relatives: aquatic families of monocotyledons in British Columbia. (Valued at $25/copy from the Royal British Columbia Museum.)
  • Tools to be supplied: hand lenses, plant presses (can purchase both from UBC herbarium if you would like your own.)
  • Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Students will have the option of ordering lunch from La Baguette (highly recommended), or they can bring their own bagged lunch (there will be a place to order lunch in your registration form).
  • Transportation: Students can expect to carpool with one another. Please let us know if you are able to help out in this regard (there will be a place in your registration form for this.)
Sep
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World Multidisciplinary Earth Sciences Symposium (WMESS 2017) @ Prague (Czech Republic)
Sep 11 – Sep 15 all-day
This is the meeting point for the Earth Scientists & a forum for discussion of the latest findings and technologies in different fields of the Earth Sciences.
Nov
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2017 Canadian Science Policy Conference @ Shaw Centre, Ottawa, ON
Nov 1 – Nov 3 all-day

The CSPC themes are being structured within the following context:

  • How effectively have we used science-based knowledge to meet Canada’s challenges over the past 150 years and also today?
  • How should we use science-based knowledge more effectively over the next 50 years to meet Canada’s challenges?
Nov
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IAIA Special Biodiversity Symposium @ Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) HQ
Nov 14 – Nov 15 all-day

Mainstreaming the Mitigation Hierarchy in Impact Assessment

Abstract Submissions are invited through 14 July, 2017. For 36 years IAIA has been holding annual conference and special events all over the world to promote best practices in impact assessment.

IAIA, in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and IUCN, is holding a two-day special symposium on Mainstreaming the Mitigation Hierarchy in Impact Assessment in Washington, D.C., followed by two days of specialized training courses.

The symposium will provide a forum for sharing and advancing leading practice in mitigation hierarchy implementation for biodiversity and ecosystem services to improve outcomes for society, conservation, business, and finance. It aims to broaden the community of practice, building a shared interpretation of standards and approaches commensurate with risk and opportunity.

Some of the topics of the symposium are:

  • Framing the process: goals and outcomes
  • Advantages and techniques of mitigation hierarchy implementation throughout the IA process
  • Stakeholder engagement and participation
  • The offset step: implementing commensurate and lasting interventions
  • Ecosystem services: mind the gap
  • Defining the business case