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Wednesday, February 21

12:00PM  | Room: Pre-Function Area (Level 2)

Registration Desk Open

1:30PM – 3:00PM  |   Room: Lecture Theatre (Lower Pavilion)

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.

  • Rob Ballinger, RPF, Planning Superintendent, West Fraser Timber Co.
  • Jacques Marc, RFT, Visual Resource Management, VRM Services
  • Garnet Mierau, RPF, Senior Planning Forester, Forsite
  • Chris Oman, RPF, Manager, Audits & Investigations, Forest Practices Board
  • Allan Bennett, RPF, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development


Sponsored by Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC (ASTTBC)

1:30PM – 3:00PM  |   Room: Sidney (Level 2)

Balancing Timber Harvesting and Species of Management Concern – A Case Study With Coastal Northern Goshawk

A panel discussion on the expectations for managing habitat for species at risk, using the Northern Goshawk, coastal subspecies as a case study. The panel will introduce you to goshawk biology and management from both a government and industry perspective.

  • Steve Gordon, RPBio, Manager, Biodiversity and Conservation, Resource Management Objectives, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
  • Molly Hudson, RPF, RPBio, Manager, Stewardship and Engagement, TimberWest Forest Corp.
  • Sue McDonald, RPBio, Wildlife Biologist, Western Forest Products Inc.
  • Chris Hamilton, Executive Director, Resource Stewardship Division; Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development


Sponsored by: Strategic Natural Resource Consultants (SNRC)

3:00PM – 3:30PM | Pre-Function Area (Level 2)

Coffee Break

Sponsored by: DWB Consulting Services Ltd.

3:30PM – 4:30PM  |   Room: Lecture Theatre (Lower Pavilion)

Plenary: Charting the Path for Truly Sustainable Forest Management

  • Diane Nicholls, RPF, BC Chief Forester
  • Domenico Iannidinardo, RPF, RPBio, P.Eng., Vice President of Sustainability and Chief Forester, TimberWest Forest Corp.
  • Shannon Janzen, RPF, Vice President and Chief Forester, Western Forest Products Inc.
  • Jeff Mycock, RPF, Chief Forester, West Fraser Mills Ltd.
  • Al Gorley, RPF, Triangle Resources Inc.

Sponsored by: JRP Solutions Ltd.

6:00PM | Room: Pre-Function Area (Level 2)

Silent Auction Open

Over 100s of items up for bid. Check out the brochure!
6:30PM – 7:30PM  |  Room: Lecture Theatre (Lower Pavilion)           

Public Lecture: The Future of Wildfire in BC

The summer of 2017 brought the worst wildfire season in BC history. It was the same story in California where the Golden State experienced five of its 20 most destructive wildland-urban interface fires in just one year. Is this the new normal? Scott Stephens, professor of fire science at the University California, Berkeley, will discuss the future of wildfire in BC and what we can learn from California’s experience.  

  • Dr. Scott Stephens, Professor, Wildland Resource Science, University of California Berkeley
  • Tim Sheldan, RFT, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

Sponsored by: Natural Resources Canada

7:00PM - 10:30PM| Room: Salon B (Level 2)

Charity Casino Open

Check out the brochure!

7:00PM | Room: Salon A (Level 2)

Trade Show Open

7:00PM – 11:00PM | Rooms: Salon A & Pre-Function Area (Level 2)



Thursday, February 22


Trade Show, Silent Auction, and Registration Desk Open

7:00AM – 8:00AM  |  Room: Salons B & C (Level 2)


Sponsored by: BC Forest Safety Council

 7:30AM  |  Rooms: Salons B & C (Level 2)

Opening Welcome

8:00AM – 9:00AM  |  Various rooms

Breakout Sessions:

Room: Sidney (Level 2)

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?

  • Les Kiss, RPF, Vice President - Forestry, Coast Forest Products Association

Sponsored by: Island Timberlands

Room: Colwood (Level 2)

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.

  • Kelly McCloskey, RPF, Wood N Frog Communications

Sponsored by: Forestry Innovation Investment Ltd.

Room: Lecture Theatre (Lower Pavilion)

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?

  • Kevin Kriese, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
  • Jeremy McCall, Director, Outdoor Recreation Council
  • Sherry Sian, Manager, Environment, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
  • Myles Mana, RPF(Ret)

Sponsored by: TDB Consultants

9:00AM – 9:30AM  |  Pre-Function Area (Level 2)

Coffee Break

Sponsored by: Canfor

9:30AM – 10:30AM  |  Room: Salons B & C (Level 2)

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

David Usher, musician & entrepreneur

  • Robin Modesto, RPF, Peng, ABCFP Vice President
10:30AM – 11:00AM  |  Pre-Function Area (Level 2)

Coffee Break

Sponsored by: Airborne Imaging Inc.

11:00AM – 12:00PM  | Various rooms

Breakout Sessions:

Room: Lecture Theatre (Lower Pavilion)

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.

  • Werner Kurz, Senior Research Scientist, Pacific Forestry Centre
  • Satnam Manhas, RPF, Program Manager, Forest & Ecosystem Services, Ecotrust Canada
  • Albert Nussbaum, RPF, Director, Forest Analysis and Inventory Branch
  • Meggin Messenger, RPF, Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Chief Forester

Sponsored by: Conifex

Room: Colwood (Level 2)

Practising Forestry With First Nations as Land Managers

Forest professionals discuss the differences and challenges of practicing forestry for First Nations compared to conventional licensees.

  • Klay Tindall, RPF, Manager of Forestry Operations, Lil'wat Nation
  • Jeff Mosher, RPF, Planning Manager, Taan Forest LP
  • Stan Coleman, RPF, Rocky Point Forest Services Ltd.

Sponsored by: A&A Trading Ltd.

Room: Sidney (Level 2)

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.

  • Cliff Roberts, RFT, ABCFP Council

Sponsored by: DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

12:15PM – 2:00PM  |  Rooms: Salons B & C (Level 2)

Inductees' Recognition Luncheon

  • Bob Craven, RPF, Interfor

Sponsored by: Interfor Corporation

2:15PM – 3:15PM  |  Rooms: Salons B & C (Level 2)

70th ABCFP Annual General Meeting (AGM)

3:15PM – 4:30PM  |  Rooms: Salons B & C (Level 2)

Council Hot Seat

  • Peter Marshall, PhD, RPF

5:30PM – 6:30PM  |  Rooms: Pre-Function Area & Salon A (Level 2)

President's Awards Reception

5:30PM – 6:30PM  |  Room: Colwood (Level 2)

UBC Forestry Alumni Reception

The event is free for UBC alumni, but advanced registration is required.

6:30PM – 11:00PM  |  Rooms: Salons B & C (Level 2)

President's Awards Banquet

Sponsored by: Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

10:00PM | Room: Pre-Function Area (Level 2)

Silent Auction Closed

Items are available for payment and pickup right after the silent auction closes on Thursday evening and until 11:00AM Friday February 23, 2018. Cheques, cash, and credit cards accepted.

Thank you to the various people and organizations who helped to make the Silent Auction and Casino a success!


Friday, February 23


Trade Show and Registration Desk Open

7:00AM – 8:00AM   |  Room: Salons B & C (Level 2)


Sponsored by: Forsite Consultants Ltd.

8:15 – 9:30AM  |  Room: Salons B & C (Level 2)

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).

  • George Heyman, BC Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
  • Christine Gelowitz, RPF, ABCFP CEO

9:30AM – 10:00AM  |  Room: Pre-Function Area (Level 2)

Coffee Break

Sponsored by: TD Insurance

10:00AM – 11:00AM  |  Various Rooms

Breakout Sessions:           

Room: Colwood (Level 2)

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?

  • Dave Clarke, 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, Registrar & Director of Discipline, Association of BC Forest Professionals
  • Garry Mancell, LLB, RPF, DLA Piper

Sponsored by: West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.

Room: Lecture Theatre (Lower Pavilion)

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?

  • Gerry MacDougall, RPF, Regional Executive Director, Regional Operations - Thompson Okanagan
  • Rhonda Morris, RPF, District Manager, South Island Natural Resources District
  • Ray Schultz, RPF(Ret), Former ADM, BC Public Service
  • Tim Ryan, RPF, TRY Consulting

Sponsored by: Western Forest Products Inc.

Room: Sidney (Level 2)

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.

  • Dr. Richard Hamelin, Professor, Forest Pathology, Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences, University of British Columbia
  • Mauro Calabrese, RPF, RPBio, ABCFP President

Sponsored by: Genome BC

11:00AM – 11:30AM  |  Room: Pre-Function Area (Level 2)

Coffee Break

Sponsored by: Summit Reforestation and Forest Management

11:15AM – 12:00PM  |  Room: Sidney (Level 2)

ABCFP Advisory Resolutions Session

  • Garry Mancell, LLB, RPF, DLA Piper

12:15PM – 1:45PM  |  Rooms: Salons B & C (Level 2)

Minister's Lunch

  • Doug Donaldson, BC Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Introduction by:
  • Mike Armstrong, RPF, COFI Vice President - Policy

Sponsored by: Council of Forest Industries (COFI)