The draft outline agenda for the INVASIVES 2019 Forum and AGM follows below.


Feb 4, 2019: SIDE-BAR MEETINGS

1:00 pm

Concurrent Meetings

  • Indigenous Workshop (open to Indigenous organizations and individuals only). This workshop will bring together Indigenous communities and organizations from across BC to review work that the Invasive Species Council of BC and the Indigenous Invasive Species Network have accomplished and share knowledge and experiences around invasive species management and business/funding opportunities.

  • Joint Strategic Planning Session (open to Staff & Directors of Regional & Provincial Invasive Species Organizations only)

  • Local Government Meeting (open to local government staff and elected officials only)

“Nibble and network” Reception

Attendees of the Concurrent Meetings are invited to mingle and network while enjoying some delicious nibbles

5:00 pm

RECEPTION ADJOURNed

6:30 pm


Feb 5, 2019: INVASIVES 2019 FORUM - DAY ONE

REGISTRATION OPEN

7:30 am

8:30 am

 

welcome and opening

Alec Dan, Musqueam Indian Band; Paul Rasmussen, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

8:45 am

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Australia’s Evolving Biosecurity – Integrating the Environment into an Agricultural-based System; Andrew Cox, Invasive Species Council Australia

Session 1 - Industry & Invasives

Integrated Invasive Species Management Techniques in Action; Rene Roddick, BC Hydro

Stuwix Resources, Sustainable Forestry in a Changing Environment; Lennard Joe, Stuwix Resources Joint Venture

Challenges and Opportunities for BC’s Landscape and Nursery Industry; Hedy Dyck, BC Landscape and Nursery Association

9:30 am

Refreshment Break

10:45 am

SESSION 2 - Lightning Talks

11:05 am

  • If Looks Could Kill; Poppy Dubar, Seymour Lake Conservation Society

  • Prioritizing Insect Pests and Pathways to Australia, Andrew Cox, Invasive Species Council Australia

  • Cheatgrass Management in the Western US: Challenges and Opportunities; Bill Whitacre, Western Governors’ Association

  • Nipping it in the Bud: Investigating the Threat of Alien Cattails to the Fraser Estuary; Daniel Stewart, University of British Columbia

  • Soil and Invasive Species Working Group Update; Carolyn Richman, District of Saanich

  • British Columbia’s Response to White-nose Syndrome in Bats; Manjit Kerr-Upal, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

  • The Invader Strikes Back – The Battle with Giant Hogweed in French Creek 2.0; Don Hare, Coastal Invasive Species Committee

  • Japanese Beetle in the City: Battling an Invasive in the Heart of Vancouver; Sophie Dessureault, City of Vancouver

12:15 pm

Lunch break

1:30 pm

SESSION 3 - speedy session

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

Refreshment Break

3:00 pm

Session 4 - CHANGING CLIMATES

Predicted Hot Spots for Marine Aquatic Invasions in the Arctic; Jésica Goldsmit, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada/Laval University

Are Recent Extreme Fire Seasons in BC Attributable to Human-induced Climate Change?; Nathan Gillett, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Invasive Plants on our Doorstep: What a Warmer and More Extreme Climate Could Bring to British Columbia ; David Clements, Trinity Western University

3:20 pm

 

Closing Comments & Adjournment

4:35 pm

4:45 pm

FARM TO FORK POSTER Reception

Browse invasive species poster displays, network and enjoy live music while experiencing some of our province's top cuisine with beer sampling from Fuggles and Warlock Craftworks.

Evening adjourned

7:00 pm


Feb 6, 2019: INVASIVES 2019 FORUM - DAY TWO

REGISTRATION OPEN

6:45 am

Breakfast

Attendees will have the opportunity to network and informally provide input on themed topics.

7:15 am

8:30 am

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING and Highlights of 2018

Brian Heise, Invasive Species Council of BC

9:00 am

Day Two WELCOME

Opening Comments by Brian Heise, Invasive Species Council of BC and Update on Species at Risk by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

9:20 am

SESSION 5 - ENGAGING THE PUBLIC

Canadian Council on Invasive Species National Behaviour Change Programs; Barry Gibbs, Canadian Council on Invasive Species

Having a Laugh? The Role of Humour in Environmental Education; Amanda Bangsund, Vancouver School Board

Making British Columbia Invasive-Wise - Engaging Audiences Around Invasive Species; Sue Staniforth, Invasive Species Council of BC

Refreshment Break

10:35 am

Session 6 - Federal, Provincial, Local Government & INDIGENOUS Spotlight

Federal Government Spotlight, Daniel Sauvé, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Provincial Government Spotlight; Val Miller, Inter-Ministry Invasive Species Working Group

Local Government Spotlight; Lesley Douglas, City of Port Moody and Nadia Chan, City of Surrey

Indigenous Spotlight; Harold Aljam, Invasive Species Council of BC

10:55 am

12:00 pm

Together in Action Awards LUNCHEON

1:15 pm

SESSION 7 - Cross Boundary Update

Western Governors’ Association Biosecurity and Invasive Species Initiative Update; Bill Whitacre, Western Governors’ Association

Session 8 - Concurrent Presentations on Invasive Species

1:45 pm

Session A

  • A Tail of Two Fishes: Biology and Control of Invasive Goldfish and Northern Pike in BC; Brian Heise, Thompson Rivers University

  • Herbicides and Pollinators, Paul van Westendorp, Ministry of Agriculture

  • Spartina, BC's Battle of the Blades; Matt Christensen, Ducks Unlimited Canada

Session B

  • The Trials and Tribulations of Wild Chervil in the Fraser Valley; Kathy Ma, Fraser Valley Invasive Species Society

  • Knotweed on ‘Namgis Nation; Harry Alfred and Rachel Dalton, ‘Namgis Nation

  • Marsh (Plume) Thistle; Denise McLean, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

REFRESHMENT BREAK

3:00 pm

Session 9 - EMERGING ISSUES

B.C. Invasive Plants Early Detection, Rapid Response 2019 Review; Becky Brown, Ministry of Forests, Lands Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

From K9’s to Highway Signs: Updates on the BC Invasive Mussel Defence Program; Martina Beck, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

Japanese Beetle in British Columbia; Ursula Viney, Ministry of Agriculture and Javier Maldonado, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

3:20 pm

CLOSING COMMENTS

4:35 pm

Forum Adjourned

4:45 pm


Feb 7, 2019: INVASIVES 2019 FORUM - Day Three

AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES WORKSHOP (lunch provided)

Interested to know the latest approaches and ideas to tackle aquatic invasive species in BC?  Join us for a full-day Aquatic Invasive Species Workshop, hosted by the Invasive Species Council of BC and the Government of BC. View agenda.
 

8:30 am - 3:00 PM