Updated April 15, 2019

Day 1, Wednesday April 24
The Gathering Place, Burns Lake

8:00 Registration Opens (coffee, tea & goodies provided)
8:30 Territory Acknowledgement and Welcome
Welcome Address and Opening Remarks by Conference Chair
9:00 Lead Facilitators’ Introduction & Ground Rules

Theme I. Partnerships

9:30 Keynote: Chief Maureen Chapman, Sq’ewá:lxw First Nation – Strengthening Our Partnerships: One Year After the Chapman/Abbott Report

10:00 Cameron Lewis, Provincial Government Executive Lead, Emergency Management Review – Progress update on the Abbott/Chapman Action Plan

10:30 Morning break (coffee & goodies)

11:00 Plenary Panel: Community Perspectives

  • Chief Corrina Leween, Cheslatta Carrier Nation – Perspective on 2018 Wildfires
  • Clint Lambert, Regional District of Bulkley Nechako Electoral Area “E” – Perspectives from the Southside on 2018 Wildfires
  • Chief Rick McLean, Tahltan Band Council – Telegraph Creek Wildfires: Fire preparedness, response and recovery
  • Moderated Q & A – cue cards and Pigeonhole Live

12:30 Buffet Lunch & Networking

13:30 Participant Exercise: Opportunities for partnering and communicating for community and forest resilience

14:30 Afternoon Break

15:00 Interactive Q&A with Pigeonhole Live and Facilitator’s Report: What we heard

16:00 Partnership Presentation: Opportunities to Improve Synergies

  • Kalin Uhrich, Chief Forester Canfor Corporation – Response approaches and synergy with BCWS and Industry

16:30 Health Break

18:30 Dinner Buffet & Evening Social

Day 2, Thursday April 25
The Gathering Place, Burns Lake

8:00 Doors Open (coffee & tea provided)
8:30 Welcome, summary of outcomes from Day 1

Theme II. Practices

8:45 Keynote: Dr. Lori Daniels, Professor, Forest and Conservation Sciences, Faculty of Forestry UBC – Transformative changes to wildfire and forest management

9:20 Scientific Panel: Shifting practices in landscape-level management

  • Dr. Sonja Leverkus: Landscape ecologist, Wildland Fire Ecologist and Ecosystem Scientist for Shifting Mosaics Consulting – Incorporating Cultural Knowledge to Manage Fire-prone Ecosystems
  • Marie-Lou Lefrancois MSc RPF: Wildlife Resource Specialist North Area, BCTS Headquarters – Sustainable Forest Management and Partial Cutting.
  • Moderated Q&A – cue cards and Pigeonhole Live

10:30 Morning Break (coffee & goodies)

11:00 Participant exercise: Opportunities and actions to reduce landscape-level wildfire risks

12:00 Facilitators’ Report: What we heard

12:30 Buffet Lunch & Networking

Theme III. Policies

13:30 Keynote: Tony Pesklevits, Director of the Policy Secretariat – Designing Policy for Disruption

14:00 Plenary Panel: Disruptive policy and incentivizing utilization practices

  • Shane Berg, Deputy Chief Forester for Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development – Policies for Forest Resilience
  • Jason Fisher, Vice President of Fiber for Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. – Viable solutions, wood waste, and the role of secondary users
  • Moderated Q&A – cue cards and Pigeonhole Live

15:00 Afternoon Break

15:30 Participant exercise: Policy tools and actions for resilience

16:20 Facilitators’ Report: What we heard

16:30 Health Break


Evening Community Session: Resilience in the Nadina Forest District
Open to the public, free of charge

18:30 Doors open to the public
Refreshments and treats available

19:00 Territory Acknowledgement and Welcome
Welcome Address and Opening Remarks by Conference Chair

19:30 Regional Panel: Advancing Resilience in the Nadina Forest District.

  • BC Wildfire Service and MFLNRORD: Challenges and How Organizations are Responding
    • Diane Mackay, Fire Centre Manager, Northwest Fire Centre
    • Brent May, District Manager Nadina Forest District, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
  • Holistic, Collaborative Ecosystem Restoration – Opportunities and Challenges
    • Dr. Karen Price
    • Dave Daust
  • How do Community Forests Contribute to Resilience?
    • Bruce Blackwell M.Sc., RPF, R.P.Bio., Principal B.A. Blackwell and Associates Ltd: Burns Lake Community Forest – Community Wildfire Plan
    • Peter Tweedy RPF, Tyhee Forest Consultants Ltd.: Babine Lake Community Forest Community Wildfire Protection Plan
  • Moderated Q & A

20:45 Closing Remarks
21:00 Doors closed

Day 3, Friday April 26
The Gathering Place, Burns Lake

8:00 Doors open (coffee & tea)
8:15 Welcome, summary of outcomes from Day 2

Theme IV. Planning

8:30 Keynote: Dr. Paul Hessburg, Research Landscape Ecologist, U.S. Forest Service Research & Devel. Landscape-level planning in fire-prone forests: Seven Core Principles

9:15 Panel: Landscape-level Planning for Resilience in Northern BC.

  • Jeff Mycock: Chief Forester BC for West Fraser Mills Ltd. – Forest Management Paradigm Shifts Required for Forest and Community Resilience
  • Kevin Kriese: Chair of the Forest Practices Board – Landscape-level Planning and Wildfire Hazard Abatement: Shovel Lake Fire Case Study
  • Moderated Q&A – cue cards and Pigeonhole Live

10:00 Morning Break (coffee & treats)

10:30 Working Session: Pulling it all together. How do these pieces all come to bear on your work moving forward?

12:00 Facilitator’s Report: What we heard

12:30 Buffet Lunch & Networking

13:30 Capstone Plenary Panel: What have you heard? What will you commit to? Northern Initiative Community Representatives

  • Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
    • Rick Manwaring, Associate Deputy Minister MFLNRORD
    • Eamon O’Donoghue, Assistant Deputy Minister MFLNRORD
  • BC Wildfire Service
    • Diane Mackay – Fire Centre Manager, Northwest Fire Centre
  • Local/ Regional Government
    • Mayor Dolores Funk, Village of Burns Lake
    • Director Brad Layton, Director of Regional District Bulkley Nechako’s Forestry Committee
  • First Nations
    • TBC
  • Forest Industry
    • Jeff Mycock, Chief Forester BC for West Fraser Mills Ltd.
    • TBC

14:30 Closing summary by Conference Chair
14:45 Early Departure