2022 ABCFP AGM and Presentations

The 2022 ABCFP annual general meeting was held online on Wednesday, February 2, 2022. Speakers included outgoing ABCFP president Trevor Joyce, RPF, ABCFP CEO Christine Gelowitz, RPF, and incoming ABCFP President Garnet Mierau, RPF.
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Watch the 2022 ABCFP awards recognition ceremony, celebrating the winners and their milestone achievements:


Watch the 2022 ABCFP inductees recognition ceremony, offering congratulations and best wishes to all in their professional careers:


2022 ABCFP Forestry Conference Sessions

Watch all of the 2022 ABCFP forestry conference sessions:

1. BC Forest Policy: The Future of Forest Management in a Changing Climate:  This session from the ABCFP 2022 virtual forestry conference includes presentations on policy changes that are influencing forest management in the province, including changes to the Forest and Range Practices Act; reconciliation with Indigenous Nations; climate change and forest carbon; and the future outlook on timber supply.  


  • Diane Nicholls, RPF, Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Forester for the province of BC
  • Rachael Pollard, PAg and ASFIT, A/Director, Forest Science, Planning and Practices Branch
  • Julie MacDougall, RPF, Executive Director Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Chief Forester
  • Albert Nussbaum, RPF, Director, Forest Analysis and Inventory Branch

Moderator: Shane Berg, RPF, then-Deputy Chief Forester for the province of BC.

2. Bringing Open Science to Land Management: Dr. Eliot McIntire’s presentation explores a path that permits open science and open models to become new open tools, leading to new conversations and new relationships.


  • Eliot McIntire, PhD, research scientist, Pacific Forestry Centre, Natural Resources Canada
  • Sam Coggins, principal, Red Acres Resources Management Ltd.

3. Climate Change Driven Ecological Drought – Research Tools to Support Adaptation: This session provides an overview of the current impacts of climate change on BC ecosystems, with a particular focus on drought. In this context, the government research program has developed the Stand-Level Drought Risk Assessment Tool, which provides the opportunity to integrate climate change into forest management, primarily timber supply analysis as well as harvesting and retention decisions.


  • Bruce Rogers, R.P. Bio P.Ag., regional research ecologist, Omineca, BC Min FLNRORD
  • Craig DeLong, MSc, senior ecologist, Ecora Engineering and Resource Group Ltd.
  • Francesco Cortini, research management lead, FLNRORD
  • Hardy Griesbauer, RPF, research silviculturist, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
  • Vanessa Foord, P.Ang, research climatologist, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operation and Rural Development

4. Forestry and Biodiversity in the Age of Genomics and Climate Change: Hear from a diverse array of regional and international speakers who will highlight how advances in the filed of genomics and biodiversity are shaping our natural resources and associated communities considering climate change.


  • Brigitte Baptiste Ballera, biologist and chancellor, Universidad Ean, Colombia
  • Danielle Ignace, PhD, professor, Indigenous natural sciences, Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences, University of British Columbia
  • Federica Di Palma, PhD, chief scientific officer and vice-president, sectors, Genome British Columbia
  • Germán Poveda, PhD, profesor titular, National University of Colombia, UNAL, Departamento de Geociencias y Medio Ambiente
  • Jörg Bohlmann, PhD, professor and associate director, Michael Smith Laboratories, University of British Columbia
    Kerry Turner, DSc(HC), CBE, FRSA, HonFCIWEM, professorial fellow, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, and director, CSERGE Research Centre
  • Marie Vance, research scientist, FLNRORD 
  • Rahul Singh, PhD, senior sector manager, agrifood and natural resources, Genome British Columbia

5. Forest Minister’s Keynote Address with the Honourable Katrine Conroy


  • Garnet Mierau, RPF, president, ABCFP
  • Honourable Katrine Conroy, minister, Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Government of British Columbia

6. PGA One Year In: Understanding Reserved Practice and the New Practice of Professional Forestry: This session focuses on specific questions registrants have about reserved and regulated practice and uses a series of case studies to provide clarity and explain the difference between reserved and regulated practice, the scope and implications of each, and provide guidance to help you understand when you are engaged in reserved practice. 


  • Casey Macaulay, MA, RPF, registrar, ABCFP
  • Christine Gelowitz, RPF, CEO, ABCFP
  • Jason Herbert, LLB, partner, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
  • Mike Larock, RPF, director of practice, ABCFP

7. A New Perspective on Managing Interior Douglas-fir: South of Williams Lake, Alkali Resource Management, owned by the Esk'etemc (Alkali Lake) First Nation, is undertaking an adaptive management project in conjunction with FLNRORD to test hypotheses and develop new methods of managing the IDF. This panel discussion will review the goals of the project, the activities currently underway, what’s working and what isn’t, and tips for how forest professionals can replicate the project in their own regions.


  • Cheryl Williston, RPBio, team lead, planning, assessment & research, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations
  • Francis Johnson, RPF, assistant forest manager, Alkali Resource Management Ltd.
  • Gord Chipman, forest manager, Xylem Resource Mangement
  • Jason Ward, senior wildfire officer-prevention, BC Wildfire Service
  • Julian Paul, development supervisor, Alkali Resource Management Ltd.
  • Travis Heckford, landscape ecologist, landscape resource management-Cariboo, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

8. Cyber Threats and Professional Liability: What You Need to Know: Hear claims examples to highlight the importance of a professional lability and how coverage may apply in the event of a claim.


  • Jordan Fellner, account executive, HUB International Insurance Brokers
  • Marianne McKinnon, BA, RPLU, E&O, underwriting manager, E&O Technology, Cyber and Errors & Omissions
  • Mouna Hanna, partner, Dolden Wallace Folick LLP
  • Richard B. Darke, B.Comm, CIP, CEO & managing director, Barnescraig & Associates
  • Stirling Angus, forestry consultant, SJA Forestry Consultant

9. Collaborative Visitor Use Management in the Sea to Sky: Learn about the Visitor Use Management Strategy for Tenquille Lake that will guide long-term, adaptive management. Through this process, project partners have built a strong foundation, rooted in respect and shared values.


  • Dave Southam, district manager, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
  • Garnet Mierau, RPF, President, ABCFP
  • Harriet Vanwart, director, lands and resources department, Lil'wat Nation, Lands and Resources
  • John Hawkings, director, recreation sites and trails, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
  • Maxine Bruce, fisheries and environmental manager, Lil'wat Nation
  • Scott Shaw-Maclaren, resource manager, Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
  • Susie Dain-Owens, land & resource specialist, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development
  • Theresa Fresco, manager, Greater Vancouver-Sea to Sky Region, Fraser Basin Council
  • Trevor Joyce, RPF, past-president, ABCFP

10. Preparing for Wildfire: Lessons Learned from Logan Lake and the Tremont Creek Wildfire: This panel discussion reviews the investments that were made in FireSmart activities over the years, what the wildfire response involved as the Tremont Creek wildfire approached Logan Lake, and the path forward for the community of Logan Lake and the Logan Lake Community Forest. 


  • Garnet Mierau, RPF, president, ABCFP
  • Hugh Murdoch, RFT, wildfire officer, Kamloops, BC Wildfire Service
  • Jamie Jeffreys, RPF, director, Strategic Engagement & Partnerships, BC Wildfire Service
  • Randy Spyksma, assistant manager, Forsite Consultants Ltd.

11. Managing Conflict in Polarizing Times: This panel discusses how conflict occurs and escalates, and offers tools a professional can use to help prepare them to respond and address others when they find themselves in the middle of a conflict.


  • Casey Macaulay, MA, RPF, registrar, ABCFP
  • Cynthia Lu, owner, Perpetual Resource Management
  • John Cathro, RPF, president, Cathro Consulting
  • Kent Highnam, dean, school of health, JIBC

12. Blueberry River First Nation: Cumulative Effects Court Decision.

Maegen Giltrow QC, LLB, counsel for the Blueberry River First Nation, discusses what led to the Blueberry River court action, how the court’s ruling is being interpreted, and how it may affect future natural resource activity, including forestry, elsewhere in the province.
Jason Fisher, RPF, LLB, Partner, MNP LLP, is also a presenter for this session.