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Wednesday, February 21

12:00PM  

Registration Desk Open

1:30PM – 3:00PM  |   Room: Colwood

What a View: Balancing Public and Legal Expectations for Visual Resource Management

A panel discussion and interactive session blending the legislated requirements for visual management, the actual experiences of foresters working on the ground, and the findings of the Forest Practices Board. This session will include examples where expectations were, and were not met, and discuss why and what was learned.

Speakers:

  • Garnet Mierau, RPF, Forsite
  • Del Williams, RPF, Forest Practices Board

1:30PM – 3:00PM  |   Room: Sidney

Keeping Critters Safe: Balancing Timber Harvesting and Species of Management Concern

A panel discussion on the expectations for managing wildlife habitat and species of management concern, using the Northern Goshawk as a case study. The panel will discuss changes to legislation, public expectations, cumulative effects, and how to manage in and around critical habitat as designated by government agencies.

3:30PM – 4:30PM  |   Room: Salon C

Plenary: Charting the Path for Truly Sustainable Forest Management

Speakers:

  • Diane Nichols, RPF, BC Chief Forester
  • Domenico Iannidinardo, RPF, RPBio, P.Eng., Vice President of Sustainability and Chief Forester, TimberWest Forest Corp.
  • Shannon Janzen, RPF, Chief Forester, Western Forest Products Inc.
  • Jeff Mycock, RPF, Manager, Forest Tenure and Policy, West Fraser Mills Ltd.
6:00PM

Trade Show Open

6:30PM – 7:30PM  |  Room: Salon C

Public Lecture: Wildfire - What You Don't See on the Evening News

The summer of 2017 was the worst wildfire season in BC's history, with more than 900,000 hectares burned and 50,000 people evacuated. How did this happen and what does the future hold? Can we expect more and larger fires? What steps can we take to ensure community safety and build fire resilience? 

7:00PM – 11:00PM  |  Rooms: Salon A & Pre-Function Area

Icebreaker

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Thursday, February 22

7:00AM  

Trade Show and Registration Desk Open

7:00AM – 8:00AM  |  Room: Salon B

Breakfast

 7:30AM  |  Rooms: Salon B & C

Opening Welcome

8:00AM – 9:00AM  |  Various rooms

Breakout Sessions:

#1
Room: View Royal 

Water and Dirt: Managing the Mix


What are the water quality and management of sedimentation risks when developing a cut block? Expectations that cut blocks can be developed simply by following FRPA guidelines are no longer true. The reality is we need to consider the big picture - climate change, soil conditions, road design efficiency, and other road users all affect hydrology. How much risk is acceptable and to whom?

Speakers:
  • Glynnis Horel, PEng, Honorary RPF
  • Cam Leitch, RPF, Forest Practices Board
  • Rick Monchak, RPF
#2
Room: Colwood

Developing New Markets for BC Wood


Amid the softwood lumber dispute and renegotiation of NAFTA, BC’s forest industry and the province have worked to expand markets for BC wood overseas, primarily China, India and Japan. The expectation is we need to move away from reliance on the US market. Is that possible or realistic? What are the current realities? We will discuss efforts to diversify BC’s markets and what that means for forest professionals.

Speakers:
  • Rick Jeffery, RPF, President and CEO, Coast Forest Products Association
  • Michael Loseth, CEO, FII or Bruce St. John, Vice President International Marketing, FII
  • Kevin Mason, Managing Director, ERA Forest Products Research
#3
Room: Sidney

Managing the Land Base for Multiple Uses


Today, forestry is multi-faceted and forest professionals face a wide breadth of professional practice. What are the expectations of other users (mining, oil and gas, recreation, etc.) for how the land base should be managed and the role of the forest professional in the process?

Speakers:
  • Kevin Kriese, FLNRORD
  • Jeremy McCall , Outdoor Recreation Council
  • Sherry Sian, Manager, Environment, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

9:00AM – 9:30AM  |  Pre-Function Area

Coffee Break

9:30AM – 10:30AM  |  Room: Salon C

Keynote:

Core Creativity: How to Bring Creativity, Innovation, and Inspiration to the Work You Do

David Usher, musician & entrepreneur

10:30AM – 11:00AM  |  Pre-Function Area

Coffee Break

11:00AM – 12:00PM  | Various rooms

Breakout Sessions:

#4
Room: View Royal

Carbon Conundrum: Balancing Timber Supply While Managing for Targeted GHG Emissions Reduction


Can we manage our provincial forests to store more carbon to help achieve climate change goals on GHG emission reduction, while at the same time providing a supply of fibre to sustain jobs and our economy? Join a panel of scientists and professionals who will discuss and debate the opportunities for forest management to sequester and store carbon within a working forest landscape amid falling AACs in many TSAs and increasing pressure to maintain cuts.

Speakers:
  • Werner Kurtz, Senior Research Scientist, Pacific Forestry Centre
  • Satnam Manhas, RPF, Ecotrust Canada
  • Albert Nussbaum, RPF, Director, Forest Analysis and Inventory Branch
#5
Room: Colwood

Practising Forestry With First Nations as Land Managers


Forest professionals discuss the differences and challenges of practicing forestry for First Nations.

Speaker:
  • Klay Tindall, RPF, Lil'wat Forestry Ventures LP
#6
Room: Sidney

Getting to Yes: Strategies for Effective Community Engagement

Case study on how Woodfibre LNG built trust and gained support for its LNG project from Squamish First Nation.

Speakers:
  • Byng Giraud, President, Woodfibre LNG

12:15PM – 2:00PM  |  Rooms: Salon B & C

Inductees' Recognition Luncheon

2:15PM – 3:15PM  |  Rooms: Salon B & C

70th ABCFP Annual General Meeting (AGM)

3:15PM – 4:30PM  |  Rooms: Salon B & C

Council Hot Seat

5:30PM – 6:30PM  |  Rooms: Pre-Function Area & Salon A

President's Awards Reception

5:30PM – 6:30PM  |  Room: Colwood

UBC Forestry Alumni Reception

The event is free and guests are welcome, but advanced registration is required.

Please RSVP by Thursday, February 15, 2018 to Michelle Lindsay or by phone at 604-827-0297.

5:30PM – 6:30PM  |  Room: Langford

UNBC Forestry Alumni Reception

The event is free and guests are welcome, but advanced registration is required.

6:30PM – 11:00PM  |  Rooms: Salon B & C

President's Awards Banquet

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Friday, February 23

7:00AM  

Trade Show and Registration Desk Open

7:00AM  |  Room: Salon B

Breakfast

8:15 – 9:30AM  |  Room: Salon C

Plenary: Professional Reliance Under the Microscope

In October, the NDP government announced its review of professional reliance, headed by Environment Minister George Heyman. The Minister will discuss the purpose of the review, terms of reference, rationale, hoped for outcomes, timeline and/or results (if completed).

Speakers:
  • George Heyman, BC Environment Minister

9:30AM – 9:45AM  |  Room: Pre-Function Area

Coffee Break

9:45AM – 10:45AM  |  Various Rooms

Breakout Sessions:           

#7
Room: View Royal

Myths and Realities of Maintaining Accountability in Your Practice


This panel discussion, led by ABCFP's registrar, will explore how practices land within the regulator’s mandate – a common source of misunderstanding. What are the divisions between the regulators? What are the boundaries of their limits?

Speakers:
  • Dave Clark, RPF, Executive Director, Forest Practices Board
  • Kevin Edquist, RPF, Director, Compliance and Enforcement, Ministry of Forest, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
  • Casey Macaulay, RPF, ABCFP Registrar & Director of Discipline
#8
Room: Colwood

Non-statutory Expectations vs. Legal Requirements


A panel of FLNRORD district managers discuss the issues they see on a daily basis and how the evolving forest resource policy and decision-making environment in BC is butting up against changing public expectations. What are the legal/legislative requirements? What are public/social expectations? How much discretion does a professional and/or statutory decision maker have to accommodate public expectations? How are those expectations gauged?

Speakers:
  • Gerry MacDougal, RPF, Regional Executive Director, Regional Operations - Thompson Okanagan
  • Rhonda Morris, District Manager, South Island Natural Resources District
  • Ray Schultz, RPF(Ret), Former ADM, BC Public Service
#9
Room: Sidney

Future of Biosurveillance in Combatting Invasive Insects and Plant Pathogens


Outbreaks of insects and plant pathogens are threatening Canada’s capacity to provide long-term fibre supply, which is vital to our annual $33-billion forest export industry. Canadian wood products could be rejected on the global market if severe outbreaks were to occur. These invasive alien species also menace the important ecosystem services provided by forests that including carbon storage, nutrient cycling, water and air purification, soil preservation and maintenance of wildlife habitat.

10:45AM – 11:15AM  |  Room: Pre-Function Area

Coffee Break

11:15AM – 12:15PM  |  Room: View Royal

Resolutions Session

12:15PM – 1:45PM  |  Rooms: Salon B & C

Minister's Lunch

  • Doug Donaldson, BC Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

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