Conference Overview

The Kamloops Branch welcomes you to Sun Peaks Resort

Sun Peaks Resort is Canada’s second largest ski area and is located just 45 mins from downtown Kamloops.  The resort is bustling with activities all throughout the year including numerous hiking trails within easy walking distance.  Nestled between three large mountains and centered around a well-appointed European-style village, the Kamloops Branch is excited to welcome you to the beautiful Resort Municipality of Sun Peaks, BC for the 2020 BCIA AGM and Conference! Learn more about SunPeaks Resort area

The 2020 BCIA Conference is being held at the Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference CentreSun Peaks Grand is located in the core of the European-inspired Sun Peaks Resort village on-site dining, a full conference centre, and a heated outdoor pool with mountain views, to massage therapy services and stunning new guest rooms.  BCIA Conference attendees who book before April 29, will receive excellent group rates at  the Sun Peaks Grand. Make your reservations today by visiting the Sun Peaks Grand accomodations website at https://www.sunpeaksgrand.com/accommodations/ or phone 1-844-744-7263.  Quote the booking code: GKNBCIA20 to receive the BCIA group rate.

NOTICE on COVID-19 - UPDATE as of March 18, 2020 BCIA has postponed the AGM & conference.  Additional updates will be available in the future.

This year's conference theme is  

“The Times They are A Changin' : Adaptation in Agrology”

    Agrologists like other natural resource professionals are facing many changes within their profession, not only in how the climate is impacting agriculture and the environment, but also in new legislation including the Environmental Assessment Act and the Professional Governance Act.  

    The 2020 BCIA Conference offers agrologists the opportunity to discuss and learn more about the changes coming to the profession, some of the challenges and what others are doing to address these changes.  

    Day 1 of the conference will take a look at the Professional Governance Act, how this will affect the profession of agrology in BC and the companies and firms employing natural resource professionals.  Agrologists will have the opportunity to learn more about what to expect as BCIA moves towards practice rights. 

    Day 2 of the conference Paul Michel will demonstrate the power of storytelling as a way towards indigenous reconciliation. You will have a choice to hear panel discussions about food production or water availability in the Southern Interior.  Presentations will include remediation of contaminated sites, climate change in agriculture, rural and urban garbage and recycling and agriculture in the Thompson Nicola Regional District.  To end the day, agrologist and associate professor at TRU, John Church will demonstrate the many uses of drones in agrology.

    Between sessions, take the time to enjoy a collection of poster displays on research and special projects related to agrology, and enjoy the amenities offered by the Sun Peaks resort and mountain area.

     

    Photos by Kathryne Cunningham (above) and Stephanie Winton (below)