INVASIVES 2017 included a diverse line-up of speakers presenting on a wide range of invasive species topics. All presentations can be viewed by clicking the presentation title highlighted below:

February 7 2017


Take Your Partners; Tim Readman, Stroke Recovery Association of BC. 

Tim Readman is the Executive Director of the Stroke Recovery Association of BC and Professor at the UBC School of Rehabilitation Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine. Tim graduated from the University of Northumbria, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, as an occupational therapist. He worked in the field of mental health as an O.T. before taking a position educating occupational therapy students. He immigrated to Canada in 1987 and managed the O.T. service at Vancouver General Hospital for 10 years. He then established a consultancy and has worked with health care organizations in the non-profit sector for the past 20 years, mainly in the field of organizational development. Tim is a professional musician, songwriter, producer and music journalist. He is also a dedicated supporter of Newcastle United Football Club aka The Magpies. Tim Readman has a long history of working with non-profits and has a successful track record of building innovative and effective partnerships at all levels. His talk will address the importance and challenges of building and maintaining partnerships; a key issue for us all. 

SESSION 1: Engaging the Public

2:05 pm Aquatic Invasive Species Campaigns in Alberta: Ninety Percent of the Solution; Kate Wilson, Alberta Environment & Parks

2:25 pm Engaging Youth – New Trends & Opportunities; Sue Staniforth, Invasive Species Council of BC

2:45 pm PlayCleanGo – The Future Stage; Barry Gibbs, Canadian Council on Invasive Species

SESSION 2: Partnering for Solutions with Industry

3:40 pm Biosecurity Practice to Stop the Spread of Invasive Species; Joe Caffrey, INVAS Biosecurity (Ireland)

4:00 pm Partnering to Achieve Operational Excellence in Vegetation Management; Dean Marshall, Spectrum Resource Group

4:20 pm International Ballast Water Regulations; Al Rushwan, Transport Canada

February 8 2017


8:30 am Tackling Invasive Species – Experience from Europe; Joe Caffrey, INVAS Biosecurity (Ireland). 

Joe Caffrey worked as a Senior Research Scientist with Inland Fisheries Ireland for 39 years, where he headed up the Invasive Species Section. Joe has project-led a number of multi-million euro national and international research projects and has been directly involved with the development of national and EU legislation relating to invasive species. He has written in excess of 80 peer reviewed scientific papers. In 2015 Joe joined INVAS Biosecurity as a Director, where he is continuing his work with invasive species.

Joe's talk addressed current developments with invasive species research and management and the top issues relating to invasive species in Europe. He provided examples of some of the challenges and successes in invasive species control in Ireland. He also discussed the impact that the new EU Regulation on invasive alien species (No. 1143/2014) will have on the control of invasive species in Europe.

SESSION 3: Emerging Issues of Invasive Species

9:15 am Invasive Species and Species-at-Risk Assessment in BC; Eric Taylor, Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada

9:35 am Prioritizing Invasive Species for Management in a Changing Climate; Shauna-Lee Chai, InnoTech Alberta

9:55 am Rapidly Responding: Montana’s Recent Invasive Mussel Detections; Stephanie Hester, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

SESSION 4: Provincial Spotlight

10:45 am Inter Ministry Invasive Species Working Group; Dominique Sigg, Matthias Herborg and Martina Beck, BC Ministry of Environment

11:00 am EDRR Successes in 2016 - BC Government Highlights; Becky Brown, Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations

11:15 am Highlights of 2016; Jodi Romyn, Invasive Species Council of BC Forum Agenda

11:40 am Annual General Meeting & Together in Action Awards

SESSION 5: Speedy Sessions

This concurrent session featured multiple hosted tables focusing on high interest topics. Attendees had the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue and make connections during this high energy session.

SESSION 6: Moving Forward at the National Level

3:20 pm Invasive Alien Species and Domestic Plant Health Programs; Mélanie Gauthier, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

3:40 pm The Role of Marine Science in Supporting the New Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Regulations; Tom Therriault, Department of Fisheries & Oceans Canada

4:00 pm CLOSING SESSION: Future Directions Looking forward at emerging opportunities and challenges; Brian Heise, Invasive Species Council of BC &

February 9 2017 Post Forum Workshops

Knotweeds Workshop

8:45 am Setting the Stage on Knotweeds; Crystal Chadburn, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure; Becky Brown, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
9:00 am Knotweed Research Updates; David Clements, Trinity Western University
9:15 am Knotweed Treatment; Bob Drinkwater, Drinkwater Environmental Services
9:30 am Moving Forward – Input on Knotweeds; round table sharing solutions
10:05 am Discussion and Recommendations

Fire Ants Workshop

10:30 am Addressing European Fire Ants & Other Invasive Ants in BC; Rob Higgins, Thompson Rivers University
10:50 am Ants in our Plants: Control Trials and Tribulations with European Fire Ants; Cynthia Sayre, VanDusen Botanical Gardens
11:10 am Moving Forward – Input on Ants; round table sharing solutions
11:50 am Discussion and Recommendations

Soil Workshop

1:00 pm Soil Workshop Panel Discussion: Dominique Sigg, Ministry of Environment; Carolyn Richman, District of Saanich; Laurie Bates-Frymel, Metro Vancouver Regional District; Taryn Hesketh, City of Richmond.
1:00 pm Introduction & Setting the Stage
1:20 pm Discussion: Key Vectors & Responsibilities
1:50 pm Discussion: Short & Long Term Solutions
2:20 pm Next Steps