“Emerging Science and Shifting Challenges: Looking Beyond Wildlife Policy”

Westin Wall Centre, 3099 Corvette Way, Richmond, BC.
April 5, 2018.

 “In 2018 the Association of Professional Biology and the College of Applied Biology will jointly hold their annual conferences.  Attend both events and take advantage of two great professional development and networking opportunities! 

A range of workshops for professional biologists is offered in conjunction with the conference, April 4 and 7.”

The APB will hold The 2018 Association of Professional Biology Conference and AGM, APB Awards Banquet, and Tradeshow on Thursday April 5th.  The APB conference in Richmond is an event not to be missed. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn from leaders in various applied biology fields, and build connections across industry, government and conservation organizations. In addition to our great speaker lineup, delegates will be able to take advantage of networking with various vendors at our tradeshow and our distinguished keynotes.

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!

The College of Applied Biology 2018 AGM & Conference

Westin Wall Centre, 3099 Corvette Way, Richmond, BC.
April 6, 2018.

The College of Applied Biology will be hosting a Meet and Greet on Thursday evening to celebrate 15 years of governing the profession under the College of Applied Biology Act, followed by The College of Applied Biology 2018 AGM & Conference on Friday April 6th. This year’s theme is “Professional Reliance: Shaping the Future”.   Visit the CAB Conference Webpage for more details.

View the APB 2018 Annual Professional Biology AGM and Conference Program here


Members can choose to attend one or several events from both, the APB and the CAB Annual Conferences while keeping travel costs down.
Register by March 15, 2018 for the Early Bird discount.

Thursday April 5, 9:00 am PLENARY KEYNOTE

The APB is pleased to have Larry Pynn join us in 2018. As a highly recognized journalist with the Vancouver Sun, Larry will be setting the stage by presenting on how biology and natural resource professionals can work with the media to improve communication around science and environmental policy. Larry Pynn has received eight Jack Webster Awards and a citation of merit from the Michener Awards. He is also a member of the Explorers Club and the author of two non-fiction books, The Forgotten Trail: One Man’s Adventures on the Canadian Route to the Klondike and Last Stands, a Journey Through North America’s Vanishing Ancient Rainforests.

Thursday April 05, 7:00 pm: APB AWARDS BANQUET SPEAKER

For our Awards Banquet in 2018 the APB is very are excited to host Dr. William (Bill) Rees. Dr. Rees is a bio-ecologist, ecological economist, former Director and Professor Emeritus of the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning. He has served on numerous advisory committees and lectured by invitation in 30 countries. He is widely recognized for his work on the ground-breaking sustainability concept the “Ecological Footprint”. Most recently he authored the provocative article in the Tyee about the loss of global biodiversity, questioning whether our present all or nothing focus on climate change is resulting in an epic fail to stem the loss of species and habitat.




Natural Processes for The Restoration of Drastically Disturbed Sites

Date: April 4, 2018
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (lunch provided)
Location: Room Gulf of Georgia, Westin Wall Centre, 3099 Corvette Way, Richmond, BC.
Instructor:  David Polster, M.Sc., R.P. Bio. Polster Environmental Services, Ltd.

Natural processes have been restoring natural disturbances since the beginning of time. This full day workshop will explore how these natural processes can be applied to the restoration of sites that humans have disturbed to greatly reduce the cost of restoration.  See CPD webpage for more information.

Register for this workshop.

Using Science Communications Principles to Improve Science Technical Writing and Visualization

Date: April 7, 2018
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Room Steveston B, Westin Wall Centre, 3099 Corvette Way, Richmond, BC.
Instructor:  Josh Silberg, Akai Institute

Science communication is like a translation service. You can take a fieldwork description, academic paper, or a research talk intended for one audience and translate it to another audience in a different medium. But where do you start? See CPD webpage .

Register for this workshop.

A Primer on Monitoring and Inventory Best Practices for Amphibians and Reptiles

Date: April 7, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Room Steveston B, Westin Wall Centre, 3099 Corvette Way, Richmond, BC.
Instructor: Mark D. Thompson MSc, MEd, RPBio.

Amphibians and reptiles are notoriously difficult to survey, because they are small and cryptic. They also live and move through heterogenous environments and have complex life histories with developmental steps and behaviours that respond to seasonal weather patterns in ways that are hard to predict. See CPD webpage for more information.

Register for this workshop.

CAB Sponsored Workshops:

  • ;  9:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  • How to Find and Access Data to Screen for Species at Risk Critical Habitat and Occurrences;  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
    See CAB Conference webpage

Our Sponsors

APB conference sponsors play a key role in supporting natural resource professions in BC.  Their investment not only ensures a memorable conference experience but also supports APB initiatives such as the newly launched APB Mentorship Program, future workshops, webinars and other professional development opportunities.

Thank you to our sponsors !


This is an excellent opportunity to connect to a diverse network of hundreds of applied science and natural resource professionals while gaining recognition for the skills, programs and services your organization provides! Details on how you or your organization can raise your profile across the applied biology community by becoming a 2018 APB Annual Professional Biology Conference Sponsor can be found here.

Our Contributors

Thank you to our contributors for helping us make this event a success!


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Tradeshow and Exhibitors

The APB Tradeshow provides exhibitors and conference delegates the opportunity to connect to the latest technologies and products supporting the practice of applied biology in BC.  The tradeshow will be hosted for only one day on April 5.   Take advantage of the marketing opportunities our trade show offers to showcase your research, services or programs.  Booths are reasonably priced at $525.

Reserve a Booth.



Special rates are being offered for conference attendees at the Westin Wall Centre, 3099 Corvette Way, Richmond, BC. Please book your room before March 12 to take advantage of discount rates.

Only minutes from the Vancouver Airport, the Westin Wall Centre is located in Richmond near the area’s top attractions, and at proximity to the Canada Line rapid transit system with seamless access to downtown Vancouver.  Amenities of this pet friendly hotel include a fitness studio, indoor pool and vitalizing cuisine at the apron, their signature restaurant.

Reserve your room by March 12 and take advantage of the special rate offered for attendees of the APB Annual Conference and AGM .

See website for more information and to book a room.