Calendar of Events

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Online course: Invasive Species and Novel Ecosystems
Online course: Invasive Species and Novel Ecosystems @ Online
Sep 3 all-day
Dates: September 3 to December 9, 2018; tuition $750; online delivery In this course you will examine the biology of invasive species, focusing on the life-history adaptations and dispersal strategies that contribute to their success[...]
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Water Quality Monitoring
Water Quality Monitoring @ Whistler Learning Centre
Sep 11 – Sep 13 all-day
Course Description The intent of the water quality monitoring and design course is to provide participants with knowledge required in order to sample and design programs for effluents and fresh water safely, properly, and with[...]
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2018 Wetlands Institute Workshop: Salt Spring Island
2018 Wetlands Institute Workshop: Salt Spring Island @ Salt Spring Island Conservancy, 265 Blackburn Rd
Sep 17 – Sep 23 all-day
The BC Wildlife Federation’s Wetlands Insitute, a 7-day environmental stewardship workshop, is coming to Salt Spring Island! It is with great pleasure and excitement that we bring this valuable course to the area free of[...]
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Canadian Environmental & Engineering Executives Conference
Canadian Environmental & Engineering Executives Conference @ Terminal City Club
Sep 19 – Sep 21 all-day
The Canadian Environmental & Engineering Executives Conference is the only annual platform for the industry’s corporate executives to meet, network, discuss key issues and benchmark industry trends.  Participants from across the country will enjoy networking[...]
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2018 Canadian Herpetological Society Annual Conference
2018 Canadian Herpetological Society Annual Conference @ Thompson Rivers University
Sep 21 – Sep 24 all-day
The conference will kick-start with a wine and cheese on Friday Sept. 21st, followed by platform and poster presentations on Saturday Sept. 22 and Sunday Sept. 23, and will wrap up with a field trip[...]
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Webinar: Fall Update and Implications of the Fisheries Act Review (Bill C 68) 10:00 am
Webinar: Fall Update and Implications of the Fisheries Act Review (Bill C 68) @ Webinar
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Pursuant to the work of the 2016 ministerial Standing Committee, in February 2018, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans presented changes to The Fisheries Act . In order to assist professional biologists in their practice,[...]
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8th Annual SABCS Conference and Workshop on Contaminated Sites
8th Annual SABCS Conference and Workshop on Contaminated Sites @ Segal Centre
Sep 26 – Sep 27 all-day
Data science is a rapidly evolving field that is changing our environmental and mining practices.  New technologies in data acquisition and internet of things (IoT), data analytics including approaches for big data, automation, artificial intelligence[...]
Bioengineering: A Restoration Course
Bioengineering: A Restoration Course
Sep 26 – Sep 27 all-day
Course Description Soil bioengineering is an applied science that uses live plant materials, rocks, soil and landscape elements to perform an engineering function such as slope stabilization, soil erosion control or seepage control. Topics to[...]
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2018 Annual Researchers’ Forum
2018 Annual Researchers’ Forum
Sep 28 all-day
Every year CMI members get together to provide updates on their projects  such as local research, field trials, new initiatives in southeastern British Columbia, etc.  It’s an informal atmosphere and non-CMI members are encouraged to[...]
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Canadian Ecotoxicity Workshop: CEW 2018
Canadian Ecotoxicity Workshop: CEW 2018 @ Sheraton Wall Centre
Sep 30 – Oct 3 all-day
Formerly known as the Aquatic Toxicity Workshop (ATW), CEW is Canada’s predominant annual meeting in the field of ecological toxicology and related disciplines.  It provides the opportunity to share information on current and emerging topics[...]
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2018 Wetlands Institute Workshop: Salt Spring Island @ Salt Spring Island Conservancy, 265 Blackburn Rd
Sep 17 – Sep 23 all-day

The BC Wildlife Federation’s Wetlands Insitute, a 7-day environmental stewardship workshop, is coming to Salt Spring Island! It is with great pleasure and excitement that we bring this valuable course to the area free of charge for B.C. residents that submit an application before August 1st (worth over $1000 per participant). This special offer is available thanks to the generous contributions from our funders (This does not include food and lodging).

This workshop is suitable for consultants, planners, environmental/conservation groups, government representatives, First Nations, and engaged community members. Participants are expected to come to the course with a wetland project or program that they wish to implement in their community. In some cases, participants with a high propensity to intiate a project or use the Institute’s training have been accepted.
Apply soon, as this course has been known to fill quickly. There are only spaces for 25 participants.

Recieve hands on experience restoring wetlands and be trained by wetland experts in a variety of wetland restoration and stewardship topics. This year, you will have the opportunity to assist renowned Wetland Restoration Specialist Tom Biebighauser in the restoration of multiple wetlands on Salt Spring Island. This year’s presentations and activities are not yet confirmed but some topics that were covered in previous Wetlands Institutes include:

  • Wetland types and functions
  • Hands-on experience planning, constructing, and restoring wetlands using groundwater and liner techniques
  • Invasive species identification and management
  • Amphibian identification
  • How to write a successful grant
  • Landowner contact techniques
  • Integrating Traditional Ecological Knowlege into your projects
  • History of Wetland Drainage in North America
  • Wetland invetebrate sampling
  • Wetland regulations
  • etc

See the 2017 schedule by clicking here and click here to see a short video about the Wetlands Institute.

This experience will also provide you access to a network of individuals who will help you successfully complete your local conservation project(s). You will leave with the skills,support, and confidence you need to make a difference in the world of wetland conservation. BC Wildlife Federation offers follow up support and resources to participants who complete the workshop for up to 3 years. Full time participants are eligle to recieve a certificate after successfully completing the workshop.

If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact Jason Jobin, Wetlands Education Program Coordinator at 604-882-9988 ext 225 or jason.jobin@bcwf.bc.ca

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Canadian Environmental & Engineering Executives Conference @ Terminal City Club
Sep 19 – Sep 21 all-day

The Canadian Environmental & Engineering Executives Conference is the only annual platform for the industry’s corporate executives to meet, network, discuss key issues and benchmark industry trends.  Participants from across the country will enjoy networking events and receive an industry benchmarking report. Panel sessions have been designed to reflect key topics of current importance to the industry.

Panel Session Topics:

  • Industry consolidation and M&A in the industry and its impacts
  • Industry commoditization due to supply chain management and procurement practices in Canada
  • Artificial Intelligence impact on the industry
  • Corporate risk management challenges related to finance, litigations and leadership in the changing labour pool
  • Employee empowerment, ownership transition and creating a sustainable corporate culture
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2018 Canadian Herpetological Society Annual Conference @ Thompson Rivers University
Sep 21 – Sep 24 all-day

The conference will kick-start with a wine and cheese on Friday Sept. 21st, followed by platform and poster presentations on Saturday Sept. 22 and Sunday Sept. 23, and will wrap up with a field trip on Monday Sept. 24th. The CHS banquet, awards presentation and trivia will be held on the evening of Saturday Sept. 22nd.

Additional information about the 2018 conference will be posted on the conference page as it becomes available.

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Webinar: Fall Update and Implications of the Fisheries Act Review (Bill C 68) @ Webinar
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Pursuant to the work of the 2016 ministerial Standing Committee, in February 2018, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans presented changes to The Fisheries Act . In order to assist professional biologists in their practice, Rick Kiriluk (DFO) will provide an overview of the amendments and present the current status of the implementation of Bill C-68

Register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3969195587895378947

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8th Annual SABCS Conference and Workshop on Contaminated Sites @ Segal Centre
Sep 26 – Sep 27 all-day

Data science is a rapidly evolving field that is changing our environmental and mining practices.  New technologies in data acquisition and internet of things (IoT), data analytics including approaches for big data, automation, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and virtual reality are being rapidly developed.  Innovations in these areas offers the potential for more efficient and sustainable practices.  This workshop will explore the latest advances in these areas by bringing together leading researchers and practitioners involved in data science.  There will be both leading edge talks on emerging trends and practical tools and approaches currently in use and available to practitioners.

Technical workshop theme is Innovation in Data Acquisition, Analytics and Automation for Contaminated Sites and Mining Environmental Applications

Bioengineering: A Restoration Course
Sep 26 – Sep 27 all-day
Course Description

Soil bioengineering is an applied science that uses live plant materials, rocks, soil and landscape elements to perform an engineering function such as slope stabilization, soil erosion control or seepage control.

Topics to covered include:

  • Factors involved in successful restoration
  • Successional reclamation, with discussion of tools such as:
  • Wattle fences can be used to treat steep slopes. The terracing reduces erosion while the wood cuttings grow to provide a vegetative cover on the slope.
  • Live staking: taking live cuttings of shrubs and staking them in the ground where there is a lack of vegetation along eroding stream banks. The clippings will re-sprout and establish new vegetation.
  • Soil bioengineering techniques
  • Regional differences in climate, soils, hydrology, plant types, and growing seasons
  • Maintenance and monitoring.

Course Format

  • Day One: A classroom session to be held in Revelstoke.
  • Day Two: A field session near Revelstoke (location TBA) to give participants hands-on experience with a restoration project.
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2018 Annual Researchers’ Forum
Sep 28 all-day

Every year CMI members get together to provide updates on their projects  such as local research, field trials, new initiatives in southeastern British Columbia, etc.  It’s an informal atmosphere and non-CMI members are encouraged to join!

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Canadian Ecotoxicity Workshop: CEW 2018 @ Sheraton Wall Centre
Sep 30 – Oct 3 all-day

Formerly known as the Aquatic Toxicity Workshop (ATW), CEW is Canada’s predominant annual meeting in the field of ecological toxicology and related disciplines.  It provides the opportunity to share information on current and emerging topics of regional, national and international importance related to contaminants in ecosystems, both aquatic and terrestrial. Participants include students, academics, government scientists and regulators, environmental consultants and industry representatives.

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RISC: Archaeological & CMT Inventory Training for Crew Members @ Whistler Learning Centre
Oct 1 – Oct 5 all-day

The RISC course in Archaeology and Culturally Modified Tree (CMT) Inventory for Crew Members is for resource professionals who are interested in archaeological and heritage resources. The course is intended to teach basic site identification, survey, and recording skills, it is delivered in Whistler by Vancouver Island University’s Natural Resources Extension Program. Throughout the course, students will conduct simple inventories of archaeological resources, learn to recognize and avoid archaeologically sensitive areas during resource development, as well as navigate the Heritage Conservation Act, the provincial legislation that protects cultural heritage resources in BC.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants are registered with the province and receive a certificate signed by the Archaeology Branch as a Certified RISC Technician.

Objectives

The course is intended to teach basic site identification, survey, and recording skills. By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

•    Describe an archaeological inventory project
•    Understand requirements, protocols and safety issues associated with archaeological projects
•    Use survey equipment correctly and navigate in the field
•    Identify different site types, and describe cultural materials and features
•    Understand how to use archaeological survey methods
•    Take accurate and detailed field notes
•    Read maps and plot locations
•    Navigate to a site location
•    Record and map site features and materials

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CWMA Annual Conference 2018 “Global Challenges – Local Solutions” @ Westin Bear Mountain, Victoria, BC
Oct 17 – Oct 19 all-day

This year’s Coast Waste Management Association will bring together over 300 waste and recycling professionals to network and explore leading edge topics that affect the waste management, recycling and organics sector today. Learn More

This year’s featured guests are:

  • Dr. Judith Sayers was the elected Chief of the Hupacasath First Nation (located in Port Alberni, BC) for 14 years and the Chief Negotiator for 15 years. In her role as Chief, she focused on capacity building, sustainable development and restoring and rehabilitating Hupacasath territory. Judith is an adjunct professor to the Environmental Studies Department at UVIC.
  • Dr. Lisa Skumatz is an economist with more than 30 years of experience in solid waste policy and program design, evaluation, and modeling. Lisa is widely known for her expertise in “best practices” and quantities policy, program, and funding work, designed to identify effective and cost-effective sustainability initiatives. Lisa has published more than 150 well-cited papers and articles in solid waste, and has won two national “Lifetime Achievement” awards for her innovative work in solid waste (from SWANA and NRC).