Interdisciplinary Approaches to Managing Health of Fish and Wildlife

  • Start Date: May 01, 2018
  • End Date: May 02, 2018
  • City: Kimberley BC
  • Venue: Kimberley Conference and Athlete Training Centre
  • Proceedings document now available!

Event Proceedings

A summary of event presentations and number of presentation recordings can be found in this proceedings document. Please feel free to share this with others.


Event Description

The expanding footprint of humans increasingly alters the complex dynamics of wildlife health and disease, which can threaten wildlife populations. An unprecedented rate of emergence and re-emergence of infectious disease has been enabled via transport of organisms, environmental degradation, and by other factors that compromise ecological stability, including climate change. In Western North America, population-threatening diseases are occurring in fish and wildlife at an increasing rate, presenting significant conservation challenges.

To ensure proactive conservation of wildlife populations, there is a need for cross-discipline sharing of information on current disease issues by governments, communities, scientists, wildlife managers, the agriculture industries, public health, and stakeholders from all sides.

This upcoming conference will provide an opportunity for improved dialogue among experts: First Nations, veterinarians, academics, epidemiologists, wildlife biologists, stakeholders, managers, stewardship groups, and the public. Experiences with successful citizen science and disease-reporting tools will be shared. New research on the role of climate change and variables that help predict disease outbreaks will be of interest to species-specific disease monitoring and management efforts.

See here for a draft event schedule with list of speakers.

The following are invited speakers:

Dr. Glenna McGregor, BC Animal Health Centre – BC Ministry of Agriculture, Veterinary Pathologist. A Walk on the One Health Wild Side: how wildlife health knowledge can help with human health 

Dr. Vikram Misra,  Western College of Veterinary Medicine.  Bats: threatening or threatened? Bat health and how it may directly impact human health

Dr. Tom Okey, Ocean Integrity Research, University of Victoria Environmental Studies, and the Local Environmental Observer (LEO) Network & Linda Pillsworth, First Nations Health AuthorityThe Local Environmental Observer (LEO) Network for surveillance of ecological changes

Bill Oestreich, Tahltan Guide Outfitters Association. Local communities working together for the betterment of wildlife in rural British Columbia

Dr. Helen Schwantje, BC Wildlife Health Program – BC Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Wildlife Veterinarian. From Bighorns to Bats and Everything In Between: Year 25 of a Wildlife Vet’s Story

Dr. Craig Stephen, Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative, Chief Executive Officer. From Monkeys to Salmon: Harm reduction as an approach out of stagnation in wildlife health management


We continue to welcome posters that address these themes:

  • One Health – links between wildlife, domestic animal, and human health
  • Anthropogenic effects on fish and wildlife health
  • Climate change effects on fish and wildlife health
  • Approaches to fish and wildlife disease management
  • Role of disease in population and ecosystem health
  • Citizen Science for disease detection/management
  • Emerging technology in disease detection


Who should attend this conference?

CMI events attract people from a variety of disciplines and professions. This issue requires collaboration amongst veterinarians, fish and wildlife biologists, managers, citizen scientists and anyone interested in increasing awareness of disease, and the role of disease in fish and wildlife population dynamics.



The deadline for submitting an oral presentation abstract has now passed, but abstracts for posters and displays are still welcomed and encouraged. Time will be available on both Day 1 and Day 2 for mingling, networking, and discussion focused at poster presentations and displays. To guarantee that your poster or display can be accommodated, please send title, abstract, or description of your display, a short bio, and full contact information by March 30, 2018. Your abstract will be included in the forum proceedings. The primary author of a registered poster or display will receive the membership discount on registration fees.

Submission guidelines for presentations, posters, and summary papers appear on our website here



Registration for this conference includes 2-days worth of presentations including the keynote speakers and all catering.

*Member and Presenter: $240

Non-member: $280

Student: $160

*You can purchase your annual CMI membership at the same time as you register. See more about CMI membership here

Email for late registration requests.


Event partners & sponsors

Columbia Mountains Institute is pleased to work with these organizations in hosting this event: Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative, BC Animal Health Centre – BC Ministry of AgricultureBC Wildlife Health Program – BC Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and the BC Sheep Separation Program.






We give thanks to these organizations for their financial support of this event: Columbia Basin TrustWild Sheep FoundationFish and Wildlife Compensation Program, Vast Resource Solutions, and Wild Sheep Society of BC.










Event Sponsors and commercial exhibitors are welcomed to contact CMI after reviewing the information found here


Where to Stay

We have set up room-blocks for people who would like to rent rooms on-site. The conference venue is just above the town of Kimberley but surrounded by accommodation options which service the ski and golf resorts in the area. All establishments listed below are within a 5 min walk of the conference facility.

Trickle Creek Lodge & Polaris Lodge – room rates and booking instructions are HERE. Room rate does not expire but is subject to room availability. Rates range from $86 – $221 night. Restaurant on-site is currently being renovated and re-branded so we can’t tell you what dining options exist for breakfast at this point in time.

Mountain Spirit Resort – room rates and booking link can be found HERE. Room block expires April 6, 2018 after which the rates will be honoured but are subject to availability.  Rates range from $132-$192/night. Guests have the option of ordering a continental breakfast.


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