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Refresh Table

Wednesday, February 22

12:00PM  |  Main Foyer

Registration Desk Opens

1:00 – 4:30PM  |   Rooms 201 – 203

Pre-Conference Research Symposium: How Managing for Risk, Wildlife Habitat, and Growth and Yield Impacts Timber Supply

  • Bill Riel, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada
    • Mitigating Impacts of Insect Disturbance on Timber Supply Under a Changing Climate
  • Steve Taylor, RPF, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada
    • Wildfire, Climate Change and Timber Supply: The State of Knowledge in BC
  • Albert Nussbaum, RPF, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
    • Timber Supply – What research is taken into account and how is it used when making policy decisions. Focus on work done around growth and yield, modelling, forest health.
  • Chris Ritchie, Resource Management Objectives Branch, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
    • Wildlife and Species at Risk – What research is considered and how is it used when making policy decisions.
  • Mike Gillingham, PhD, University of Northern British Columbia
    • Wildlife Management and Cumulative Effects

A dialogue between Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO), Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN), University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), and forest professionals; the symposium will highlight the latest research and identify additional knowledge gaps and information needs of practitioners as well as examining the challenges and opportunities forest professionals face on the ground. Moderated by Mike Larock, RPF, ABCFP.

Presented by the ABCFP, FLNRO, NRCAN, and UNBC.

6:15 – 7:00PM  |  Auditorium 101

Plenary Keynote: Using Research and Science to Shape Future Forests

Join Diane and Chief Foresters' Leadership Team members as they discuss the vision of the future of forest management and the role science will play in ensuring BC's forests are sustainably managed and remain healthy and ecologically diverse.

7:00 – 11:00PM  |  Main Foyer, Auditoriums 102 & 103

Icebreaker and Trade Show

Meet new colleagues or catch up with old friends. It's sure to be an unforgettable night.


Thursday, February 23

7:00AM  |  Main Foyer

Registration Desk Open

7:00AM  |  Main Foyer & Auditorium 103

Trade Show Open

7:00AM – 8:00AM  |  Auditoriums 101 & 102


7:30 – 9:00AM  |  Auditoriums 101 & 102

Opening Welcome

  • Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall
  • Representative from the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation

8:00 – 9:00AM  |  Auditoriums 101 & 102

Opening Keynote: Truth, An Inconvenience

Jay Ingram is the former host of CBC’s Quirks and Quarks and the Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet, a best-selling author, and Order of Canada recipient. His presentation, "Truth – An Inconvenience", was selected for this conference in order to challenge our understanding of our own biases towards information, as well as that of others.

“A commonly held misconception, especially among experts, is that when it comes to scientific controversies, differences of opinion exist only because of ignorance. When people know the science better, they’ll see the ‘truth.’ Wrong! Polarized opinions have a social/cultural, not scientific, bias.”

9:00 – 9:30 AM  |  Main Foyer & Auditorium 103

Coffee Break

9:30 – 10:30AM

Breakout Options: New Opportunities

Option A
Rooms 201 – 203

Forests as a Source of Economic Development: How First Nations are Building a Forest Industry

Forestry offers BC First Nations opportunities for economic development. Hear how BC First Nations are engaging in forestry and natural resources management to provide jobs and generate income for their people.
Option B
Rooms 204 – 206
Illuminating the Forest Sector: Why Public Engagement Matters

Public engagement in forest management has been topical for several decades; however, like all social efforts, it is very difficult to quantify and to confirm whether efforts are sufficient or effective. Brian will share his suggestions and opinions on the level of engagement that should be expected of forest managers within their communities.

Option C
Room 208

Aspiring Foresters Education Program: What I Love About The Forestry Profession

This session is geared towards high school students and young adults with an interest in the outdoors who are considering pursuing a career in professional forestry.

10:30 – 10:45AM  |  Main Foyer & Auditorium 103

Coffee Break

10:45AM – 11:45PM

Breakout Sessions: Changing Landscapes

Option A
Rooms 201 – 203

First Nations Perspective on Land Use Planning

This session provides an opportunity for forest professionals to hear first-hand from representatives of the Tl'azt'en Nation Natural Resource Department about their land use plan. We will hear how the land use plan was developed, what are the important elements, the problems and barriers encountered and overcome in the development of the plan; and their vision of what the land use plan may become in the future.

Option B
Rooms 204 – 206

Cumulative Effects: How Do We Manage for Everything that Happens on the Land?

A paradigm shift is underway and how we manage across landscapes is changing. The Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) provides a platform for dialogue and research on the cumulative impacts of resource development across northern BC with the objective of integrating environmental, community, and health perspectives. The BC government is developing a cumulative effects framework policy, focusing on resource management and addressing First Nations rights and interests.

Are these two approaches complementary? What will this look like in practice – which sectors will be involved, will existing land use plans need to be revisited, will this multi-resource approach lead to overall efficiencies and better environmental outcomes, or will processes be bogged down?

Option C
Room 208

Aspiring Foresters Education Program: What Do Foresters Do?

This session is geared towards high school students and young adults with an interest in the outdoors who are considering pursuing a career in professional forestry.

12:00 – 1:30PM  |  Auditoriums 101 & 102

Inductees' Recognition Luncheon

1:45 – 2:30PM  |  Auditorium 101

69th ABCFP Annual General Meeting (AGM)

All members are invited to attend the AGM portion of the conference free of charge. Pre-registration is not required. Only registered members, limited license holders, and associate members in good standing may vote at the AGM.

Business resolutions submitted by members will be discussed during the AGM. Advisory resolutions will be discussed on Friday.

2:30 – 3:00PM  |  Auditorium 101

Council Hot Seat

3:00 – 3:30PM  |  Main Foyer

Coffee Break

3:30 – 5:00PM  |  Auditoriums 101 & 102

Plenary: Round Table on the BC Forest Sector Competitiveness Agenda

What should tomorrow’s forest industry look like for the public to gain the greatest value from its resources? In August 2016, the BC government released “Strong Past, Bright Future, a Competitiveness Agenda for BC’s Forest Sector.” The document laid out plans to address challenges regarding changing mid-term fibre supply, lack of certainty on the landbase, and access to markets. Measures are proposed to manage for three interconnected components: healthy, resilient forests that provide sustainable raw materials for a diverse, globally competitive industry that supports stable communities and First Nations partners. Members of this panel, representing government (FLNRO) and industry will address questions and offer opinions about aspects of the BC Forest Sector Competitiveness Agenda. This session is intended to provide a lively, balanced dialogue on a topical issue.

4:00 – 5:00 PM  |  Room 206

Forests Without Borders Information Session and AGM

5:30 – 6:30PM  |  Main Foyer & Auditorium 103

President's Awards Reception

5:30 – 6:30PM  |  Rooms 201 – 203

UBC Forestry Alumni Reception

5:30 – 6:30PM  |  Room 204

UNBC Forestry Alumni Reception

5:30 – 6:30PM  |  Room 205

CNC Forestry Alumni Reception

6:30 – 11:00PM  |  Auditoriums 101 & 102

President's Awards Banquet


Friday, February 24

7:00AM  |  Main Foyer

Registration Desk Open

7:00AM  |  Main Foyer & Auditorium 103

Trade Show Open

7:00 – 8:15AM  |  Auditoriums 101 & 102


8:30 – 9:30AM  |  Auditoriums 101 & 102

Plenary: The Right Tree in the Right Place: Adapting to a Changing Climate

Climate change is affecting the health of BC tree populations, which are adapted to thrive in a climate that may no longer exist. As a result, tree populations are more susceptible to insects and disease. To better adapt our reforestation choices to new climates, we need to understand the adaptation of trees to temperature and moisture regimes. Today scientists are using cutting-edge genomics technologies, as well as geospatial analysis and climate modelling, to sequence seedlings and determine which genes help trees adapt to local climate conditions, and to determine which trees should be planted where in the uncertain years ahead.

9:30 – 9:45AM  |  Main Foyer & Auditorium 103

Coffee Break

9:45 – 10:45AM

Breakout Sessions

Option A
Auditoriums 101 & 102

More Than 2x4s: New and Emerging Uses for Wood and Fibre-based Products

In keeping with the conference theme of “new opportunities” and the concept of a diverse, globally competitive BC forest industry, this panel session will offer a glimpse into exciting new and emerging uses for forest products, thanks to innovative technologies and value-added applications for building products and fibre-based products. Panelists will discuss tall wood projects, mass timber products including cross laminated timber and glulam, and the engineering, architectural, and environmental benefits of building with wood.

Option B
Room 208

Road Construction on Steep Terrain

In February 2015, the Forest Practices Board initiated a special investigation into roads built on steep terrain, due to the potential consequences of slumps, landslides, and in some cases, impacts to fish streams and private property across BC. This session will offer a first-hand synopsis of the Board’s findings, as well as a review of the ABCFP/APEGBC Guidelines for Professional Services in the Forest Sector – Forest Roads.

10:45 – 11:15AM  |  Main Foyer & Auditorium 103

Coffee Break

11:15AM – 12:15PM  |  Rooms 201 – 203

Advisory Resolutions Session

Business resolutions submitted by members will be discussed during the AGM on Thursday.

12:15 – 1:30PM  |  Auditoriums 101 & 102

Minister's Lunch and Closing Remarks

  • Steve Thomson, Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Minister

1:45 – 2:45PM  |  Off-site

Optional Tour of Wood Innovation and Design Centre