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Speaker: Richard Dixon, University of Alberta
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Speaker: Theresa Herbert
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Speaker: Shaffeek Ali, PAg, AIA
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Speaker: Darlene Howat, PAg 
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Ethical conduct is essential in being recognized as a competent, respected and trusted professional in our service to the public. What is acceptable behavior/conduct in the current state of political activities and technical facts? This session will provide some tools for agrology practitioners to navigate through the ethical challenges at the work place, the industry and society to meeting their ethical obligations. Topics will include legal, professional development and moral responsibilities, entity ethics, evidence complacency and insurance costs. Actual case studies will be used for the participants to explore how they would respond should they find themselves in ethical dilemmas.

Speaker: Robert Oakley, Rangeland Agrologist, Alberta Environment and Parks
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Speaker: Marie Tremblay, Conservation Scientist, Parks Canada
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Speaker: Brian Peers, Director of Municipal Lands and Leases, District of Taber
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Speaker: Nolan Ball, Rangeland Agrologist, Special Areas Board, Hanna
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Speaker: Karen Raven, PAg, Manager, Land Use, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
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Representatives from the Prairie Conservation Forum (PCF) board will present on initiatives related to the status and conservation of native prairie and parkland ecosystems identified in our Prairie Conservation Action Plan and lead round table discussions following each session. CLICK HERE for the full presentation summary.

"The Prairie Conservation Forum: Who we are and What We Do" – Robert Oakley P. Ag.
The purpose of this session is to provide a broad overview of role, composition and approaches of the Prairie Conservation Forum and the Prairie Conservation Action Plan.

"Maintaining Large Native Prairie and Parkland Landscapes"- Karen Raven P. Ag.
Within this session, collaborative approaches undertaken by the PCF to quantify the state, extent and change over time of native prairie and parkland within Alberta will be presented. Other strategies to support achieving this outcome include completing inventories and assessment of biodiversity and identifying and mapping areas of high native biodiversity.

"Habitat connectivity in the prairies: more than just lines on a map"- Dr. Marie Tremblay
In this session, we will explore connectivity from the perspective of the moving organism and discuss why ensuring functional landscape connectivity entails a lot more than drawing corridors on a map. Key questions to be discussed include: Why, how, and when do organisms move? What elements of the landscape either impede or facilitate movements? How can land managers ensure habitat connectivity across the prairie landscape for a full spectrum of biota?

"Contemporary Challenges"- Brian Peers BSc. (solar) and Nolan Ball R.T. Ag (wind)
In an effort to address the potential impacts renewable energy developments may have on native landscapes, the Prairie Conservation Forum has commissioned Graminae Services Ltd. to produce “Beneficial Management Practices for Renewable Energy Projects. This document identifies strategies for proponents of renewable projects to minimize their footprint on native landscapes in which they may be working. The speakers for this session will summarize this report and provide their experiences with the renewable energy industry from a municipal government perspective.

Speaker: Darrell Toma, MSc, PAg, CMC of Toma & Bouma Management Consultants
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Speaker: Jim Chester, MBA, CMC, President of Canadian & International Project Management Ltd.
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Speaker: Michelle Cotton, BSc, PAg, Owner of Solstice Canada Corporation
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Three consulting experts will present on consulting skills, career opportunities and industry trends which professionals need to consider in their careers. The presentations will conclude with a panel discussion for your general questions.

“Consulting Skills for Your Career"- Darrell Toma, MSc, PAg (Dist), CMC
Darrell will lead you through developing your consulting career. Canada’s agri-food, life science and environmental sectors have much potential for consultants. Being market responsive and having good management practices is critical over the next decade. Developing a career includes skill building, writing and presenting, using ethics, practice management and collaborating with other professionals. Becoming a good professional will also mean developing as an expert and potentially even as an authority in a specific practice area.

“International Consulting Career Opportunities” - Jim Chester, MBA, CMC
Jim will lead a discussion on international consulting which is of interest to many people as many countries desire to improve their economies, regulations and business conditions. Jim will take you through how to get involved in international work, the top trends in international development consulting and the rewards and risks of the profession. He will address trends in international sourcing of consultants and how to avoid risks in your career path.

“Building and Operating an Environmental Consulting Business”- Michelle Cotton, BSc
Michelle will present how to develop an environmental consulting business successfully and work through the challenges. Environmental consulting requires knowledge of a technical practice area as well as relevant regulations, writing and assessment practices, use of technology and understanding the market and business aspects in a consulting practice. Project management and technical management are very important aspects to understand.


Speaker: Dr. Dale Christenson, DPM, PMP, CMC
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Project Management Essentials is an introductory workshop that enables both new and current project managers to increase their likelihood of delivering their projects on time, on budget and in scope while meeting or exceeding stakeholder expectations. You will maximize your time in this workshop by using several common project management tools and templates. You will learn about project management from ‘concept to cash’ or from the initial contemplation of a project to the realization of its benefits after successful implementation. You will also learn about the methods of project selection to ensure that you do not end up doing the wrong project right. Also, consideration will be given as to whether the right project is feasible and has a positive cost benefit equation.

Speaker: Konstantin Dlusskiy, Ph.D., P.Ag. Soil Scientist, Paragon Soil and Environmental Consulting Ltd. ( CLICK HERE for Konstantin's Biography)

In 2012, a new soil order was proposed for the CSSC (Naeth et al 2012). Since publication of the Field Handbook for the Soils of Western Canada in 2016, Anthroposolic soil classification is at the testing stage (Pennock et al 2016). Members of soil and land reclamation communities are encouraged to test the classification and provide feedback to the Canadian Society of Soil Science (CSSS). Participants of this seminar will review:

  • classification of Anthroposols,
  • diagnostic features, and
  • nomenclature of anthropogenic soil horizons.
Examples from various reclaimed areas will illustrate common variants of Anthroposols in Alberta. These examples will provide an opportunity for participants to practice description and classification of Anthroposols. Discussion will be focused on limitations of the proposed classification, possible ways to improve it, and on the feedback to the CSSS.

Speaker: Emile deMilliano, Crop Production Services
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Agrologists are often called to be crop diagnosticians. Proper investigation of crop symptoms requires one not to jump to conclusions, to follow a consistent diagnostic process and finally, to have the confidence that the facts collected truly defend the conclusion. This session will address these factors, emphasize the need to consider agronomy as a package deal and test your knowledge and skill in diagnosing numerous real-life crop symptoms situations.

Speaker: Stephen Kuntz, Associate Director, Writing Resources, University of Alberta
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Part workshop and part instruction, the purpose of this session is twofold:
1) to see your writing in new ways and be more confident in producing clear, concise, coherent, and correct writing;
2) to produce a revised version of your resume by the end of the session.

Along the way we will consider what makes a good resume, the purpose and audience of a resume, the “seeable” resume, and how to actually see and thus revise our own writing.

Speaker: David Lloyd, CEO/ Registrar, AIA

Speaker: Les Fuller, Practice Standards Coordinator, AIA

Speaker: Michelle Heffernan, PAg, AIA Council Chair
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Michelle Heffernan, PAg and AIA Council:   AIA governance and future direction.  Discussion will continue from AGM Q&A session and Council will have Richard Dixon, Executive Director, Regulatory and Strategic Affairs Center, David Lloyd, PAg, CEO/Registrar and Dr. Les Fuller, Director, Practice Standards & Chair, Competence Committee, available to present information and respond to questions about professions, AIA procedures, legislation and agrology in Alberta and Canada.