The draft agenda for INVASIVES 2018 follows below. Please use this link to view last year's INVASIVES 2017 Forum & AGM - FULL PROGRAM.


1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Concurrent Meetings

  • Indigenous Workshop (open to open to Indigenous organizations and individuals only) - This 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) - An opportunity to network, share a meal and expand your knowledge of Indigenous issues in invasive species management.
  • 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

  • Application of Best Management Practices Workshop
  • Local Government Meeting (open to Local Government ONLY)

11:45 Am


1:00 pm


Official Welcome, followed by Forum Sessions

  • Keynote Address: Adrian Cockle, Hootsuite

Session 1 - Pathways & Vectors

  • Recreational Boating Pathways; Andrew Drake, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Horticulture Pathways and Vectors in the Anthropocene ; Kathy Dunster, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Firewood Pathways; 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
  • Rhonda Kariz (TBD), BC Hydro
  • (TBD), Western Forest Products

3:15 pm





Closing Comments & Adjournment

4:50 pm

5:00 pm

Evening Reception

Browse invasive species poster displays, network and enjoy live music while experiencing some of our province's top cuisine including 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 OPENING Address

      • Minister George Heyman (TBD), Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

      9:00 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

        Preventing Whirling Disease from Entering British Columbia; Stephanie Whyte (TBD), Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

        Invasive Species - The Ranching Perspective; Doug Fossen, Fossen Ranch


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

        Refreshment Break

        10:15 am

        Session 4: Federal, Provincial & Local Government Spotlight

        • Kelly Torck (TBD), Environment & Climate Change Canada
        • Val Miller & Dominique Sigg, Inter-Ministry Invasive Species Working Group
        • Lesley Douglas, City of Port Moody & Nadia Chan, City of Surrey
        • (TBD), Musqueam First Nation

        10:35 am





        Highlights of 2017: ISCBC Report; Annual General Meeting and Together in Action Awards

        11:35 am


        Lunch Break

        12:15 pm

        Session 5: Speedy Sessions

        1:30 pm

        Refreshment Break

        3:00 pm

        Session 6: Emerging Issues

        • Wildfire Recolonization and Restoration of Rangeland; Perry Grilz, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
        • Asian Carp in Canada and DFO’s Asian Carp Program; Julia Colm, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
        • Japanese Beetle’s Arrival in British Columbia; Dave Holden, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

        3:20 pm






        Closing Comments

        4:30 pm

        Forum Adjourned

        4:40 pm

        Feb 8, 2018: INVASIVES 2018 FORUM - Day Three

        Concurrent Workshops

        • Land Management and Development Workshop – This informative workshop will provide an introduction to invasive species and will include the identification of potential problems at a landscape level, real-life scenarios that have affected property owners, and key ways to help guide clients and others on what steps to take when posed with invasive species on residential and commercial properties. Ideal training for Realtors, land developers, landscape architects, local government and more!
        • 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 - 2:00 PM




        Workshops Adjourned