Friday May 22 Presentations & Panel Discussions

8:30 - 10:15 am

Meeting the Challenge of Truth and Reconciliation by Sharing the Breath of Mother Earth and Returning to a More Safe and Secure Place

Presenter:  Paul Michel, Special Advisor to the President on Indigenous Matters, Thompson Rivers University 

The presentation will focus on storytelling as it relates to Reconciliation, UNDRIP, and Indigenization.     This session provides a sharing of traditional Secwepemc stories that will be powerful, unique, relevant, dynamic, and transformative.   Indigenous storytelling shares Indigenous values, philosophies, ethics, spirituality and healing knowledge.   This storytelling session will inspire the participants to re-discover, re-learn, and revitalize their traditional storytelling ways.   All of the stories shared by Paul will be relevant to traditional healing methods and philosophies.

Paul Michel, Cstélnec (Adams Lake) Secwepemc ancestry, is currently Thompson Rivers University Special Advisor to the President on Indigenous Matters.  He has over 25 year’s senior administration and teaching experience that includes elementary school principal, adult basic education, post-secondary, Indigenous student-support leadership, and First Nations research.  He is engaging, principled, accountable, and visionary.  Paul continues to promote and maintain excellent partnerships with Elders, Metis, Aboriginal, First Nations, and other Indigenous community partners.  Paul respects and honors traditional knowledge in Secwepemc storytelling, drumming and spiritual ceremonies.

10:45 - 11:45 am - Panel discussions

Panel 1 - "Have You Ever Seen the Rain ?": Water Availability in the Southern Interior

Panelist Bios

Panel 2 - "Cheese Burger in Paradise" : Food Production in the Southern Interior

 The past years have definitely presented challenges arising from the constantly evolving changes in climate conditions. From smoke to rain to fluctuating temperatures there is no time to assume things will work out.  Those in food production must be proactive and think outside of the box.  Each panelist will provide their perspective on meeting the challenges and changes in food production.

Panelist Bios

1:00 - 1:45 pm - Concurrent Presentations

P1- "Kicking Up Mud:: Sustainable Remediation of Contaminated Sites

Contaminated Sites Assessment and Remediation in BC: The CSAP Society and Updates for Practitioners

Eva Gerencher is BCIA’s elected Director on the Board of the Contaminated Sites Approved Professional Society (CSAP) and Cindy Ott is a past President of CSAP and active committee member. They will provide an overview of the CSAP professional reliance regime and its benefits to the province and stakeholders in meeting environmental management and protection goals for the cleanup of contaminated sites. The presentation will also highlight recent and upcoming changes to the regulation and management of contaminated sites, climate change adaptation strategies for remediation, and building sustainability into current approaches for site assessment and remediation.    

Eva Gerencher, M.Sc., PAg   

Eva Gerencher has over 30 years of experience providing consulting services in the areas of contaminated site investigation and remediation, environmental impact and compliance assessments, waste management, permitting and regulatory affairs in British Columbia, Alberta, and Yukon. She has managed and provided technical direction for hundreds of simple to complex phased site investigations and remedial programs at a variety of operating and abandoned industrial/commercial properties. Eva provides senior-level technical support and regulatory guidance for SLR’s BC and Yukon project teams working with diverse client groups.  Eva has been qualified as an external reviewer with the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy since 1998 and was appointed a CSAP Approved Professional for Standards Assessment in 2004.  She is currently representing BCIA on the CSAP Board and chairs the Performance Assessment Committee.

Cindy Ott, M.Sc., PAg, GeoL., P.Chem.    

Ms. Ott has over 30 years of experience in providing consultation in the areas of human health and ecological risk assessments (HHERA), contaminated site investigation and management, environmental chemistry, environmental impact assessment, hydrogeology and environmental analytical chemistry. An experienced scientist and project manager, Ms. Ott possesses a unique combination of direct experience in ecological and human health risk assessment, and direct experience in contaminated sites investigation and monitoring.  She is a past President of the BC Society of Contaminated Sites Approved Professionals (CSAP). In the past fifteen years, Cindy has managed major HHERA projects for large development sites in Ontario, Yukon, Northwest Territories and British Columbia. Ms. Ott has provided senior technical reviews of quantitative human health risk assessment reports as well as designed and conducted quantitative HHERA (including problem formulation, hazard assessment, exposure pathways analysis, uncertainty analysis and risk characterization) according to Canadian, Yukon, British Columbian and Australian guidance.

P2- I Love Trash: City Garbage, Country Garbage

Population density impacts all aspects of solid waste management. In this session two speakers will team up to explore similarities and differences in how garbage and recycling is handled in an urban community of 90,000 residents within 300 km2 (Kamloops) to a rural area of 16,000 people spread over 45,000 km2 (Thompson Nicola Regional District). They will look at collection, landfill operations, public education, environmental initiatives, and ponder the future of solid waste management in their communities and beyond.

Glen Farrow   

Glen graduated from Thompson Rivers University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, concentrating on Accounting and Human Resources. While completing his degree, Glen began working for the City of Kamloops as a labourer in Parks. He has spent the last 16 years of his career with the City working in a variety of exciting roles. The last 8 years he has been within the Environmental Services Section as a Supervisor and Manager. Glen currently holds the position of Streets & Environmental Services Manager where he has many varying responsibilities related to areas such as Solid Waste Collection, Waste Reduction and Disposal, Line & Symbol painting, weed control, street sweeping, and snow & ice control.  In his spare time, Glen also enjoys being active in the community alongside his wife and two kids, Rachel and Daniel.

Jamie Vieira      

Jamie is the Manager of Environmental Services at the Thompson Nicola Regional District based in Kamloops. In this role he oversees solid waste and recycling services, invasive plant control, and the mosquito reduction and surveillance program. He has worked for the TNRD for the past 12 years Jamie has a degree in natural resource science from Thompson Rivers University and is a BCIA professional Agrologist.   When not at work he can usually be found on the mountain bike trails around Kamloops or skiing up at here Sun Peaks with his wife and two young daughters.

P3 - "Walking in Sunshine" : Adapting to Climate Change in Agriculture

Climate change is bringing a number of new challenges (and a few opportunities) for B.C’s agriculture sector. Within the theme areas of water, extreme events, pests and increasing variability, this presentation will highlight efforts underway to plan, adapt and enhance the resilience of the sector.  The presentation will also identify priority areas for adaptation action and investment into the future.

Emily MacNair  

Emily MacNair is the Director of the BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative, and has managed the Initiative’s activities and programs since its inception in 2008.  This has included developing the BC Agriculture & Climate Change Action Plan, leading a project to evaluate the agriculture sector’s risks and opportunities in relation to climate change and the managing the development and delivery of adaptation-focused programs for the sector in B.C.  From 2004 to 2008, Emily was a Program Manager with the Investment Agriculture Foundation.  Prior to this Emily led projects for various non-government organizations.   

2:00 - 3:00 pm - Presentation

"Take Me Home Country Roads": Agriculture in the Thompson Nicola Regional District

Graham Strachan presents an overview of agriculture in the Thompson Nicola Regional District (TNRD) and how the industry is changing in response to climate, market, real estate prices, and new technology.  The region’s extensive historical ranches and apple orchards have partially given way to residential demand, and also to more intensive and diverse agricultural activities, with a recognition of the opportunity for growth in the food supply from the interior of the Province.  Graham’s presentation explores some of the factors driving this progression, the limits and possibilities, and provides examples of diversity, innovation and new directions in agriculture throughout the TNRD.

Graham Strachan  

Graham Strachan graduated from UBC and started working for the BC Ministry of Agriculture in 1975.  He spent 35 years with the Ministry, retiring in 2009 as the Regional Agrologist.  His career took him to locations such as Fort St John for 3 years, Quesnel for 5 years and then the remaining 27 years in Kamloops.  He has been involved in Land Use Consulting from 2010 to 2018 and currently sits on the Thompson Nicola Regional Districts Agricultural Advisory Commission.  He was also the recipient of the BCIA Agrologist of the Year Award in 2002 and retired from BCIA in 2017.

3:00 - 4:00 pm

"Learning to Fly": Drone Use in Agrology

A live demonstration of the use of Drones in Agrology.  Drones will be flying and piloted by Dr. Chruch’s team.  Participants will be able to ask questions and learn everything you ever wanted to know about the use of Drones.

Dr. John Church