Facilitating the protection and restoration of species and ecosystems at risk on BC’s South Coast

Conservation Connections 2021 Webinar

Event Date: 
September 28, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
***Presentations in PDF are now posted at the bottom of this page.***
BC’s South Coast species at risk info sharing and networking event has returned! For 2021 we are taking this event online for the first time! All who are involved and/or interested in conservation and species at risk recovery on BC's South Coast are welcome. 

The South Coast Conservation Program (SCCP) is pleased to offer our annual opportunity where you can hear from and connect with experts involved in species at risk recovery. This two hour Zoom webinar has an exciting lineup of interesting speakers, with some time for networking and discussion included. The cost is free, but you must pre-register (see form below). Spaces are limited!

See the full agenda here. There are six speakers to present about species at risk recovery, conservation and research activity from across the region. 


Bill Harrower, PhD, Senior Wildlife Biologist, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, South Coast Region: Bill has over 25 years working on Wildlife Resource Management and Species At Risk throughout western North America in forest, grassland and montane ecosystems. His species expertise includes mid-sized carnivores including wolverine and goshawk. Along with assessments of assessment and listing phases of species recovery, he continues to seek on-the-ground alternatives for recovery and implementation. He is current part of team developing multispecies recovery objectives and tracking that integrates indigenous values and perspectives in the Fraser Valley / S’ólh Téméxw
Andrea Tanaka, Habitat Planner, Pacific Region, Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment and Climate Change Canada - Andrea Tanaka is a Habitat Planner with the Canadian Wildlife Service of Environment and Climate Change Canada in Pacific Region. Andrea’s work focuses on supporting stewardship activities for species at risk and migratory birds in Southwest BC through planning, partnership and funding. 
John Reynolds, PhD, Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) Chair, Professor Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University: John's research focusses on conservation and ecology, with an emphasis on salmon and other aquatic species, as well as interactions between marine and terrestrial habitats. As Chair of COSEWIC, he oversees assessment of threatened species of plants and animals across Canada, for potential protection under the federal Species at Risk Act.  
Rob Knight, Founder/Director, Community Mapping Network: Rob Knight retired in 2010 after 32 years with the BC Ministry of Environment. Before and after retirement he has worked with local land use decision makers and community stewardship groups to be better informed about land and water resource issues in south coast of BC. Rob has recently helped direct assessments of legacy habitat compensation sites in the lower Fraser River and estuary, provided data management service for the Canada wide, citizen science survey for the COSEWIC listed Common Nighthawk, and developed a web registry for completed stewardship projects (1995 present) in BC & the Yukon.
Ione Smith, Program Manager, Farmland Advantage: Ione is passionate about working to find solutions to challenging food system problems. She is a Professional Agrologist with a background in community engagement, agricultural planning, and land resource science. Ione founded Upland Agricultural Consulting in 2010 and recently took on the additional role of Program Manager for the Farmland Advantage initiative, which is being administered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation. Ione has built a career on developing innovative agriculture and food security plans and climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies by working with Indigenous communities, governments of all levels, and non-governmental organizations.
Cole Burton, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia, and the Canada Research Chair in Terrestrial Mammal Conservation. He is the Principal Investigator of the Wildlife Coexistence Lab (“WildCo”), a diverse team of researchers applying science to support human-wildlife coexistence in western Canada and around the world. Cole’s research focuses on developing rigorous approaches to wildlife monitoring, assessing the cumulative impacts of human activities on animal populations, and evaluating the effectiveness of management actions.



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