2017 APB Annual Conference and AGM - APB meets with MoE - Other events at APB - Accepting applications for the APB Mentorship Program -  Professional development
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  • The 2017 APB AGM & Conference date  ++ Coming events
  • Science Charter
  • Now accepting applications for the APB Mentorship Program (Aug 15 deadline for September 6 2016 start)
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Recently on BioServe

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What's New at APB?

APB's next AGM and Conference will be held April 19-21, 2017 in Richmond, BC.

Help us shape the 2017 APB Annual Conference and provide suggestions for a theme!

All suggestions are welcome and should be forwarded to the APB office (  Thank you for your input.

A few things we are working on...

Meeting with the B.C. Ministry of Environment

In May 2016, your APB President, Domenico Iannidinardo and Executive Director, Marie Vander Heiden had a great meeting with our AD Minister, Karen Lewis, of the B.C. Ministry of Environment (MOE). There were also a few other members from the MOE who were in attendance.

The goal: To update the MOE on News and Events of the APB. In particular, our newly designed APB Mentorship Program. Meeting attendees were very happy with the changes and additions, as it is now designed to ensure those 'Mentors' are acknowledge for both Past and Present mentoring support contributions. Proteges will also find many more advancement and growth opportunities with the APB Mentorship Program.

With that said, we would like to give so much praise to one of our own, amazing Board of Directors, Mark Thompson. Mark, spent many hours researching other Mentorship programs which failed and succeeded. After compiling his data, he was able to redesign the old APB Mentorship Program and come up with this NEW and improved program that will Lead a new path for all other programs of the past. We hope the APB Mentorship Program will ensure SUCCESS for ALL.

The 2016 UVIC Co-op and Career Fair

The APB will be hosting a booth at the University of Victoria's Co-op and Career Fair (Oct 4 and 5th 2016). The APB Exec Director, Marie, will be on-site and available to answer questions and provide APB membership details; including, the APB Mentorship Program. Look forward to seeing you there!

APB at the 2016 APEG BC and AGM Conference

Representatives from the APB will be attending the APEG BC AGM & Conference. The APEG BC event will run October 20 - 22nd with a couple of wonderful Field Tours scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. 

The APB joins Science Charter BC

The purpose of the Charter is to foster coherence and collaboration among organizations involved in science promotion in British Columbia by defining common understandings and purposes. Each of the Charter signees shares a belief that science and technology are pivotal to our economy, environment, health and many other dimensions of our lives.

Please visit website for more information and details on Science Charter BC.

Lots on the Horizon for 2016 and 2017 at APB. 

Please visit website for more information and details on the APB Mentorship Program.

Professional Development

Upcoming CPD Events (July - September 2016)

For more professional development opportunities please see the APB Calendar of Events


Webinars and Teleconferences

Date:     Thursday, July 28, 2016 Time:     10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Ministry of Environment—Land Remediation Section has scheduled a repeat of the July 20 webinar regarding the intentions paper “Prevention of Contamination from Soil Relocation.”

If you are interested in attending, please simply join the webinar using the connection information below. This webinar will include a presentation and an opportunity for questions. We encourage you to read the intentions paper and consultation questions before attending the webinar. The intentions paper (including consultation questions) can be downloaded from
Connection info for the webinar / Telephone dial-in information (for audio) Toll free: 1-877-353-9184
When prompted, enter your Participant Conference  ID:  3041102 followed by the pound sign (#). Please mute your phone line (press *6) 
Note that the connection will support Firefox, Explorer or Safari Internet browsers (but not Chrome). 
We would recommend that you establish connection 5–10 minutes prior to the start time. Thank you.


University of Victoria: Ecological Restoration Professional Specialization Certificate

This non-credit certificate provides advanced training for professionals working in landscape architecture, landscape design and management, forestry, agrology, biology, mining, ecological restoration, and environmental practice.

These online courses will provide the skills and knowledge to conduct advanced detailed site assessment and restoration projects that pay special attention to the unique conditions and challenges presented by built or otherwise highly altered environments. Participants may sign up for one course or the entire certificate.

The Natural Resources Training Group (NRTG) is offering the following training programs: 

Electrofishing Certification (NRTG’s Electrofishing Certification are Worksafe BC-approved, and includes free, lifetime re-certification), Fish Habitat Assessment, and Fisheries Field Skills Program.


2016 Site Remediation in BC Conference / September 21-22, Vancouver B.C.

International Conferences

International Marine Conservation Congress. / July 30 to August 3 St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

IAIA Special Symposium: Water and Impact Assessment: Investment,  Infrastructure, Legacy / September 1 and 2,  Lincoln, England, United Kingdom .

Recently on BioServe and our  Social Networks

Articles and Publications


The Canadian context for evidence-based conservation and environmental management.
"Canada has strong institutional capacity for science-based decision-making related to natural resource conservation and environmental management. Yet, the concept of using systematic reviews (conducted in accordance with established guidelines) to support evidence-based conservation and environmental management in Canada is in its infancy."

How to Restore an Urban River? Los Angeles Looks to Find 

Mapping the migrations of the greater Yellowstone.
"At the recent “Invisible Boundaries” exhibit opening on migrations at National Geographic Headquarters, ecologist Arthur Middleton explained how migrations are the arteries of this landscape and this mapping effort represents no less than understanding the pulse of one of the few remaining largely intact ecosystems in North America."

Evidence for Democracy - We Want to Hear from YOU!!!

Starfish babies return in droves following massive die-off



Saving Amphibians: The Quest To Protect Threatened Species

Information for salamander owners and scientists: a factsheet and guide for permit applicants

Assessing Wetland Compensation and Examining Limitation to Native Plant Establishment in the Lower Fraser River Estuary 

Wildlife and Wind Energy: Are They Compatible?
B.C. to end self-regulation of real estate industry after critical report

Regulatory Body for Quebec Engineers Placed under Trusteeship

USFWS to Evaluate New Incidental Take Permitting Program Under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act


Regulations and Guidelines

Federal government announces long-awaited review of environmental legislation

“The federal government today set in motion a process to rebuild and strengthen Canadian environmental laws, including the much-criticized system for conducting environmental assessments of major projects” –
Meanwhile in Alberta, the government has released an updated recovery strategy for the Grizzly Bear along with a consultation survey open until July 15. The Alberta Wilderness Association has provided this review:


"Best Management Practices for Amphibian and Reptile Salvages in British Columbia" now available online.

Water Sustainability Act

New regulations in Water Sustainability Act.
Regulations include a “bizarre” grandfather exemption to thousands of existing industrial and commercial operators, locking in their licences to draw groundwater without consideration for impacts on connected rivers and lakes.

The BC Conservation Data Centre annual rank and taxonomy update announcement.

2016 Taxonomy, Classification and Rank Updates
The 2016 CDC changes to taxonomy and Provincial Conservation Status Ranks for species, and changes in classification and Provincial Conservation Status Ranks for ecological communities are now available through BC Species and Ecosystems Explorer (BCSEE). 
Details of the 2016 taxonomic, classification, and rank changes can be found on the Endangered Species and Ecosystems Changes web page
Please make use of our web tools to access information on species and ecosystems at risk!
BC Species and Ecosystems Explorer - Through this application you can generate lists of provincial species and ecological communities; conduct searches based on a number of criteria options, including conservation or legal status, and spatial distribution; print your results, or download them to Excel; and access related reports and documents.
CDC iMap - Use our customised iMap to view mapped known locations (occurrences) of species and ecosystems at risk and print occurrence records.
DataBC - Download shapefiles of CDC mapped occurrences through the DataBC Data Distribution Service.
Species and Ecosystems Information Portal - This site guides you to search for or submit information relating to B.C.’s animalsplants and ecosystems.

BC Amendments to Organic Matter Recycling Regulation

JUNE 10, 2016 - The Ministry of Environment is amending the organic matter recycling regulation (OMRR) to require permits for compost facilities that process food waste or biosolids.
Along with obtaining a permit, affected facilities must continue to comply with all the applicable requirements of the OMRR. This permitting process will further ensure that the OMRR is protective of human health and the environment. The new requirements take effect immediately. Learn More
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