Bulkley Valley Research Centre - Science in the Public Interest

2017 AGM: Prioritizing education and community partnerships

April 3, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

On Tuesday, March 21st, the Bulkley Valley Research Centre (BVRC) welcomed their membership to its annual general meeting at the Aspen Riverhouse Lounge. From founding members Rosemary Fox and Jim Pojar, to those who have joined the society just this past year, the BVRC community came together to reflect on its collective accomplishments over the past 15 years.

Those in attendance heard an overriding message that the BVRC will continue to focus on what it has always done well, which is encouraging collaboration and undertaking high quality research, events, and initiatives to address the stewardship of natural and cultural resources. Don Morgan, BVRC Director of Operations and Vice President, shared a long list of remarkable projects and partnerships. "Some of these initiatives include the ongoing in-the-field experience we provide to graduate students, the establishment of the Skeena Knowledge Trust and collaborating with conservation organizations," Morgan said.

BVRC Treasurer, Brian Edmison, presented an overview of the 2016 financial statements. Members heard that the board and administration had taken fiscal action to align overhead costs with the anticipated level of 2017 research activity. Future revenue will continue to be generated from NGO conservation projects, government outsourced research, university applied fieldwork, technical courses (such as ML/ARD), the provision of various administrative services, and First Nation education and training. "This last category provides our Centre with an expanding opportunity to play an important role in First Nation co-management of BC's natural resources," Edmison said. The BVRC will continue to explore how it can best provide research and monitoring services to industry.

Near the end of the evening, the 2017 Jim Pojar Publication of the Year Award was presented to the co-authors of A Field Guide to Ecosystem Classification and Identification for Haida Gwaii. The award winners include Allen Banner, William H. MacKenzie, Jim Pojar, Andy MacKinnon, Sari C. Saunders, and Heather Klassen. This field guide is the result of over 30 years of research from numerous individuals, some of whom began contributing to the guide in the late 1970s.

A special thanks was extended to outgoing board members Phil Burton and Laura Guillon for their exemplary service to the BVRC. As one of the longest serving board members, Burton’s relevant and grounded perspectives will be missed. Guillon will continue her association with the Centre by moving into the role of Administrative Coordinator on the support personnel team. The Centre also welcomed incoming board member, Pam Wright, who has a wealth of expertise to bring to the BVRC.

The Bulkley Valley Research Centre is a Smithers-based not-for-profit society with charitable status that aims to improve knowledge of natural resource sustainability by facilitating credible research projects across British Columbia.

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