APB comments on the future of wildlife management in BC.

Association of Professional Biology Responds to Proposed Approach from Former BC Liberal government to Managing Wildlife in British Columbia through a separate agency.

  • The Association of Professional Biology (APB) represents an independent voice for Biology Professionals in British Columbia.
  • Sees the proposed new agency as lacking an essential science-based mandate
  • Asks that BC’s new government involves accredited, independent wildlife biology professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to inform decision-making with reliable science.

VICTORIA (July 10 2017) – In the spring of this year, the then BC Liberal government proposed a new approach to managing wildlife in BC. While details remain scarce, the Province proposed that wildlife be managed through a separate agency to roll out in fall of 2017. The provincial government identified a number of stakeholder groups that it would approach for developing this new agency. To date it is unclear who has been included in discussions other than organizations with a vested interest in the harvest of wildlife resources, mainly for commercial benefit. What are the plans of BC’s new government on this issue?

The Association of Professional Biology letter to Premier-designate John Horgan and Leader of the Green Party of BC Dr. Andrew Weaver stated, “The success of a new provincial wildlife management agency will depend on its ability to represent the diversity of values that our society holds for wildlife, which include inherent values independent of human use. Wildlife management is complex, because wildlife represents diverse values to people, and because species and ecosystems are dynamic. Yet the proposed agency does not appear to have any mandate to address the health and management of the ecosystems that BC’s wildlife depends on, or the management for Species at Risk.  Rather, its mandate appears to be the exclusive management of big game and fur-bearing species – wildlife that is harvested to generate revenue for the province and special interests.”

The APB has expressed its concerns over the need for the new Provincial Government to integrate sound science in stewarding natural resources in BC.  If the provincial government wishes to continue moving forward on this new wildlife agency, consultation must include organizations and individuals that are accountable to the public interest. The APB believes its members have a key role to play in that regard by bringing an objective, science-based perspective to the table.

Read the full letter: Letter to BC Government on Proposed Wildlife Mgmt Agency

The APB represents applied biology professionals who specialize in the study, management and conservation of living organisms and the environment. APB advocates on behalf of its members and promotes high professional standards and sound science in management of natural resources, as well as providing professional development and networking opportunities.

APB Contact: Pamela Zevit RPBio, Director of Advocacy and Outreach, 604-786-9521

email: pamela@professionalbiology.com

Emily Mercer – Recipient of the 2016 APB Scholarship.

Congratulation to Emily Mercer who is a member of APB and received the 2016 APB Scholarship.  Emily is an undergrad student in the Microbiology Department at the University of Guelph. She has been doing research in both the Environmental Sciences and Pathobiology departments. A world traveler and volunteer for international help projects, Emily plans to continue to graduate school and specialize in the field of human gastrointestinal health and disease.  The APB is happy to present Emily with $1500 in scholarship.

Bethany Arndt – Recipient of the 2016 APB Scholarship for non-members.

Congratulation to Bethany Arndt who received the 2016 APB Scholarship offered to non-members. Bethany is a biology student at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus. She has been working with an environmental consulting company, and doing volunteer work and information sessions on species-at-risk. The APB is happy to present Bethany with $500 in scholarship.

NEW in 2016 – APB is now accepting Associate Members!

This membership is available for those who are not members of accredited regulatory organizations in BC or Alberta, Canada (e.g.: CAB, ASPB). ‘Associate’ members do not have the ability to; vote, provide direction and use the accreditation that a ‘Member’ has for their own personal or business advancements.

APB signs the Science Pledge

The last few years has seen substantial changes to regulation and legislation at the provincial and federal level greatly affecting the profession and practice of applied biology in BC. Indeed these issues go well beyond BC’s borders.

The Association of Professional Biology has a commitment to raise a voice on behalf of you our members. It is our role to address policy decisions or actions (and conversely inaction) that result in an environment where the ability of our members is to work effectively and responsibly is impacted. Examples include our response to the federal Bill C-38 (amendments to the Federal Fisheries Act) and subsequent meeting with federal representatives in Ottawa, or our testimony on a number of provincial task forces and review panels.

While our focus is at the provincial level, these actions reflect that there are times when there is a need to align ourselves on issues that go beyond BC’s borders. Recently the national advocacy organization Evidence for Democracy opened a call for individuals and organizations to show their support by signing on to a national Science Pledge, committing to support actions that put evidence before politics to uphold the security, health, and prosperity of all Canadians. The APB does not generally get involved in issue specific campaigns of this nature. However we of the APB Board and Executive felt that the “Science Pledge” reflected a high level of complementarity to the mission and purpose of the Association as well as the core obligations and responsibilities of our profession to protect the public interest.

With the increasing reliance on professional due diligence, the ever-changing regulatory landscape and increasing stressors on our biosphere we felt the pledge has come at a timely juncture in the work of the APB.

So today we would like to share with you that the APB has signed the pledge which reflects that as a unique voice for biology professionals, we believe that: “… all Canadians benefit when governments solicit, collect and use the evidence and expertise needed to make smart policy decisions that safeguard the health, safety and prosperity of Canadians. [We] support actions that invest in public-interest science; ensure open, honest and timely communication of scientific information; and make public the evidence considered in government decisions.”

If you have any questions please contact me at info@professionalbiology.com or 250-483-4283.

Recipients of the 2016 APB Scholarships

Emily Mercer – Recipient of the 2016 APB Scholarship.
Congratulation to Emily Mercer who is a member of APB and received the 2016 APB Scholarship.  Emily is an undergrad student in the Microbiology Department at the University of Guelph. She has been doing research in both the Environmental Sciences and Pathobiology departments. A world traveler and volunteer for international help projects, Emily plans to continue to graduate school and specialize in the field of human gastrointestinal health and disease.  The APB is happy to present Emily with $1500 in scholarship.

Bethany Arndt – Recipient of the 2016 APB Scholarship for non-members.
Congratulation to Bethany Arndt who received the 2016 APB Scholarship offered to non-members. Bethany is a biology student at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus. She has been working with an environmental consulting company, and doing volunteer work and information sessions on species-at-risk. The APB is happy to present Bethany with $500 in scholarship.

New APB Member Benefit with CMC

CMC-British Columbia is a provincial Institute of CMC-Canada (the Canadian Association of Management Consultants), which fosters excellence and integrity in the management consulting profession as a whole. CMC-Canada administers, and its provincial Institutes confer, the CMC designation in Canada. The association and its members advocate for the CMC designation and are dedicated to advancing the profession and delivering the benefits of those efforts to the client community.

The APB and CMC-BC have partnered to provide the delivery of a ‘Specialized Track’ to obtain the Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation, targeted at members of the Association of Professional Biology (APB). There are three streams of designation: Entry Experienced  or Executive.

As an APB member you can receive up to 25% off CMC offered courses in pursuit of the CMC designation.

Please visit the CMC partner page or contact the APB office (info@professionalbiology.com) for further information.

APB Participates in September 13, 2012 EMA of BC Special Session on Bill C-38 Impacts (changes to the Fisheries Act)

On September 13, 2012 the APB participated in the EMA of BC Special Session on changes to the Fisheries Act at SFU (Harbour Center in Vancouver). The session went very well and was well attended (sold out with 180 attending and a waiting list).  Our presentation focused on the changes to Section 35 of the Fisheries Act with side discussions on Section 36 (deleterious substances) and Section 40 (administration and enforcement). Please see here for our presentation.