The agenda for INVASIVES 2019 will be made public in the summer of 2018.

The agenda for INVASIVES 2018 follows below. Click here to view the INVASIVES 2018 Forum & AGM - FULL PROGRAM.


1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Concurrent Meetings

  • Indigenous Workshop (open to open to Indigenous organizations and individuals only) sponsored by Pacific Coastal Airlines and Spirit Bear Coffee CompanyThis workshop will bring together Indigenous communities and organizations from across BC to: access and provide input to new tools including the new Fill and Soil Relocation Guide for Reserve Lands and the updated Indigenous Toolkit for Invasive Species Management; review work that ISCBC has done with Indigenous communities and the Indigenous Invasive Species Network, and hear speakers from several Nations on invasive species management and business opportunities. Click here to view agenda.
  • Joint Strategic Planning Session (open to Staff & Directors of Regional & Provincial Invasive Species Organizations ONLY) - Board and staff members from ISCBC and regional invasive species organizations across BC are invited to participate in a joint dialogue on key issues.  Discussion topics include a dialogue with key government and industry funders from 1-3 pm, followed by discussion on the Trust Fund and sharing strategic priorities for 2018/2019 (based on a one page written summary provided in advance of the session). Click here to view agenda.

Concurrent Dinners

  • Indigenous Dinner with Speaker (open to open to Indigenous Organizations and Individuals only) sponsored by Pacific Coastal Airlines and Spirit Bear Coffee CompanyAn opportunity to network, share a meal and expand your knowledge of Indigenous issues in invasive species management with special guest Geri Collins presenting on Starting and Growing a Business: Funding and Strategies for Invasive Species and Other Opportunities.
  • Joint Strategic Planning Dinner with Speaker (open to Staff & Directors of Regional & Provincial Invasive Species Organizations only) - An evening professional development joint session will be held to increase understanding of Conflict of Interest and Divided Loyalties, with special guest Michael Blatchford from Norton Rose Fulbright.

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm









Feb 6, 2018: INVASIVES 2018 FORUM - DAY ONE

9:00 am



Concurrent Workshops

11:45 Am


1:00 pm


Official Welcome, followed by Forum Sessions

  • Keynote Address: Hooting, tweeting and roaring: Social media for conservation; Adrian Cockle, Hootsuite

Session 1 - Pathways & Vectors

  • Research and Management of Aquatic Invasive Species: Are We Working at the Same Spatial and Temporal Scales?; Jonathan Bossenbroek, University of Toledo; Jonathan Bossenbroek, University of Toledo
  • Horticulture Pathways and Vectors in the Anthropocene ; Kathy Dunster, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Firewood Movement within Canada: A Pathway and Gap Analysis; Tracey Cooke, Invasive Species Centre

2:00 pm







Refreshment Break

3:15 pm

Session 2 - Industry & Invasives

  • Forage Production and Invasives: the Perpetual Battle; Serena Black, BC Forage Council
  • Integrated Invasive Species Management Techniques in Action; Rene Roddick, BC Hydro
  • Training for BC's Forestry Industry; Jennie McCaffrey, Invasive Species Council of BC

3:35 pm






Closing Comments & Adjournment

4:50 pm

5:00 pm

FARM TO FORK Evening Reception

Browse invasive species poster displays, network and enjoy live music while experiencing some of our province's top cuisine accompanied by craft beer sampling and prizes with Richmond brewery Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks.

Evening adjourned

7:00 pm

      Feb 7, 2018: INVASIVES 2018 FORUM - DAY TWO

      "Planning for the Future" Breakfast

      7:15 am

      8:30 am

      Day Two WELCOME

      8:35 am


      9:20 am

      Session 3: Concurrent Presentations on High Interest Topics

        Rafting the Pacific: Transoceanic Species Dispersal following the 2011 East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami; Henry Choong, Royal BC Museum

        Monitoring Programs at Points of Entry; Catherine Black, Canadian Border Services Agency


        Pigs in Space: Mapping and Mitigating Highly Invasive Feral Swine in Canada; Ryan Brook, University of Saskatchewan

        Whirling Disease in British Columbia; Stephanie Whyte, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

        Ranching, Land Management and Growing Crops Successfully; Doug Fossen, Fossen Ranch


        New Pests of Concern in British Columbia; Tracy Hueppelsheuser, Ministry of Agriculture;

        Refreshment Break

        10:35 am

        10:55 am

        Special Announcement: Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, Brian Springinotic

        Session 4: Provincial GOVERNMENT, Local Government & INDIGENOUS NATION Spotlight

        • Val Miller & Dominique Sigg, Inter-Ministry Invasive Species Working Group
        • Lesley Douglas, City of Port Moody & Nadia Chan, City of Surrey
        • Lindsey Ogston, Tsleil-Waututh Nation

        11:05 am




        11:50 am

        Arrival of the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia

        Together in Action Awards

        12:00 pm

        Lunch Break

        12:30 pm

        Session 5: Speedy Sessions

        Download the program for the 14 hosted round tables in this year's Speedy Sessions. Participants visited up to 8 tables of their choice, changing table every 10 minutes.

        1:45 pm




        Refreshment Break

        3:15 pm

        Session 6: Emerging Issues

        • Wildfire and Invasive Plants; Perry Grilz, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
        • Detection of Japanese Beetle in Vancouver; Dave Holden, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
        • Asian Carp in Canada and DFO’s Asian Carp Program; Julia Colm, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

        3:35 pm






        Closing Comments

        4:45 pm

        Forum Adjourned

        5:00 pm

        Feb 8, 2018: INVASIVES 2018 FORUM - Day Three

        Early Detection and Rapid Response Boot Camp

        Co-hosted by the Inter-Ministry Invasive Species Working Group and ISCBC. Join this workshop to learn how to help detect and respond to current top priority EDRR species in the province of BC. Experts will present on a variety of aquatic and terrestrial species and the workshop will include including hands-on ID sessions for high-risk new or potential invaders such as Maltese star thistle, White nose syndrome, and Wall lizards.

        8:45 am - 2:30 PM




        Workshop Adjourned