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  • The 2017 APB Annual Professional Biology Conference and AGM
  • Herpetology Management and Research - Workshop
  • View from the Directors Chair

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The 2017 APB Annual Professional Biology Conference and AGM

Executive Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre, 7311 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC.
April 20 to 21, 2017




This conference will focus on Industry Practices and Social License, Effective Collaboration with First Nations and Local Communities, Species and Ecosystems at Risk, and New and Traditional Sampling Technology and Protocols. 



Join us for a great line up of speakers, including Keynote speaker Dr. Wendy Palen, research scientist at SFU working for the application of sound science in government decision-making across Canada.  Her research group is broadly defined by the ecology of aquatic communities, currently ranging from amphibian populations of California, to the river and lake food webs that support salmon populations from California to Alaska.

Enjoy an evening of networking at the Awards Banquet with Special Guest Dr. Kristina Miller, Head of Molecular Genetics, Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Her diverse research program centres on molecular population genetics and genomics of aquatic organisms has developed applied molecular tools and databases for management and conservation of aquatic resources.

Visit the APB trade show for the opportunity to connect to the latest technologies and products supporting the practice of applied biology in BC.
Outdoor Adventures / Door Prizes. Attendees of the 2017 APB Annual Professional Biology Conference and AGM run the chance to win:

See CONFERENCE WEBPAGE for more information.


Thank you to our sponsors

The APB would like to thank our sponsors who play a key role in supporting the natural resource profession in BC. Proceeds from the conference will support APB initiatives such as the newly launched APB Mentorship Program, future workshops, webinars and other professional development opportunities.



See APB Sponsorship / Tradeshow Invitation 2017 for details on how you or your organization can raise your profile across the applied biology community by becoming a 2017 Annual Professional Biology Conference sponsor.

We are looking forward to see you at the conference!
The APB Board of Directors and Staff

Workshop – Herpetology Management and Research

Saturday April 22, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Instructor: Mark Thompson, MSc, MEd, RPBio., Senior Ecologist / Project Manager, DWB Consulting Services Ltd.

Participants will learn about provincial regulations, including permit requirements and how to obtain a permit under the BC Wildlife Act to conduct research or salvage of amphibians and/or reptiles in BC. Permitting requirements will include a review of the General Wildlife permitting process, Animal Care, and Park Use Permits. Provincial hygiene protocols and how to implement them will also be addressed as these are required under the permitting process. Provincial BMPs and the RISC standards applicable to amphibian management in the province will be reviewed in context of case study examples. Salvage of amphibians and reptiles will be a key focus, including the preparation of a salvage operations plan and how to execute these measures in context of environmental planning and management.

Research methods including (Passive Integrative Transponder) PIT tagging, skin pattern image analysis, pitfall traps, wetland surveys, and sampling design with the use of plots and transects will be included in this workshop. Participants will have the opportunity to look into the construction of a PIT tag antennae for short range telemetry. Sampling design for research into herpetofauna will be covered, including stratified random sampling, adaptive sampling, structured sampling, and how sampling design fits into the context of research and experiment. Participants will be given an introduction to software is used for design and analysis in the spatial ecology of amphibians and reptiles (or wildlife more generally). The software introductions will include QGIS, r-stats for importing data tables, Spatially-Explicit-Capture-Recapture (SECR), rSPACE, and I3S pattern+; other types of analytical software will be discussed, but the listed pieces will be used to go through a worked-out example. Each piece of software is used to process example data sets so that participants will learn how to map their study design, input their data, and perform an mark-recapture analysis for obtaining estimates of abundance or other applicable data on the spatial ecology of herpetofauna.



Browse the APB Calendar of Events to find out about upcoming professional development opportunities.


View From the Directors Chair

The APB Board of Directors meets regularly to strategize on improving services for members and discuss matters important to the profession.  Decisions and action items that arise from these meetings allow the organization to move forward and continue to provide support to members.
The APB Board of Directors recognizes its core responsibilities around transparency and accountability when it comes to managing your continued investment in the Association. Here are just a few actions and activities from the past years we want to share.

Face-to-Face Board Meeting

In the fall of 2016, the board had one Face-to-Face meeting to discuss strategic planning for the coming year and review the APB's mandate. Important outcomes since this meeting include.

The purpose and mandate of the APB

  1. Encourage the development and application of sound biological principles in the management and conservation of resources;
  2. Assist Biology Professionals in the development and maintenance of high professional standards in management, research and education related to biological resources;
  3. Inform and advise industry, governments and the public of the potential impacts on biological resources of land use and resource development proposals;
  4. Promote liaison with other professional associations for mutual professional development; and
  5. Engage in such other activities as are complementary to the purposes of the Association
- Advocacy is an important component of the APB mandate.
- Issues-based responses (op-eds, blogs etc.)
- Social media/extension (linked in, Bio Notes, Bio Serve, Bio Notice)
- Supporting evidence based decision making and application of sound science
- Comments on policy and regulations

Member services
- Marketing the values of the profession/securing sponsors/grants
- Professional Development and Practice support (webinars, workshops, courses conferences etc.)
- Mentorship Program
- Affiliate liaison

Changes in APB staff structure

In view of the departure of the Executive Director, the Staff Committee was created to review and update the job description and contract for Isabelle Houde, who has now become the Director of Operations for the Association. Committee members were Domenico Iannidinardo (President), Pamela Zevit (Vice-president), Astrid van Woudenberg (Treasurer) and Sean Pendergast, (Director at Large). 

Pamela Zevit, Vice-president who has been increasingly called upon to undertake a number of duties for the APB was asked to submit a proposal to formalize her service role for the Association and help with various tasks including her role as an advocate and representative for the APB, and the coordination and planning of professional development opportunities (annual conference, webinars, workshops).
  • It was Moved To retain on contract the professional services of Pamela Zevit, RPBio., Adamah Consultants.  Pamela now joins the APB as Director of Advocacy and Outreach on a part time basis. Starting January 2017.

Pamela Zevit will not be renewing her term as a Director on the APB Board aftr the AGM in April 2017.

Committee Activities

Besides planning of the 2017 APB annual Professional Biology Conference and AGM, there are a number of initiatives undertaken by the APB over the past few months:


Practice Advisory Committee

  • Pamela Zevit represented the APB on the CAB's initiative to promote the standardized practice and accreditation of professional biology Canada-wide.
  • Pamela Zevit and Isabelle Houde, Director of Operations, are both involved with the BC Climate Action Secretariat's Professionals and Climate Change Adaptation Working Group which grew out of the professionals and climate change joint statement from 2014.
  • Pamela Zevit has continued her work started in 2014 with BCIT's Fish, Wildlife and Recreation and Ecosystem Restoration Programs to provide mentorship for students on preparing for and dealing with conflicts and ethical challenges in the work force. Pamela works with students in a group dialogue setting to  promote critical thinking around the application of professional codes of conduct in dealing with ethical dilemmas.

Advocacy and Outreach Committee

The advocacy committee works to promote the profession and its members.  This includes internal and external communications.
  • Domenico Iannidinardo, President gave a presentation to  Saanich Council on the role of professional biologists (Jan 2017).
  • APB was at the 2016 UVIC Career Fair in Victoria.
  • APB is a sponsor of the 2017 VIU Science Fair.
  • APB is a sponsor of Science Fair Foundation BC.

Member Interests and Benefits Committee

  • The new APB Mentorship Program was launched to explore and promote incentives for mentors to join the program (e.g. to provide knowledge sharing, skills development and CPD credit opportunities).
  • The new APB website offers an improved "Find a Consultant" search engine for members to advertise their services.
  • In conjunction with the 2017 APB Conference and AGM, Mark Thompson, Chair of the Mentorship Committee will be instructing a workshop on Amphibian Research and Management.
  • The APB has begun planning new webinar and workshop opportunities as exclusive offerings to its members.

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