University of Victoria, ER 503: Restoration Ecology
January 2 - April 2, 2017

This course provides advanced instruction on the ecological theory underlying restoration projects, emphasizing the unexpected connections that can have significant implications.

The material in this course falls into two broad themes: ecological foundations (applications of ecology to advance restoration) and ecological practice (using restoration to solve a problem in ecology). Topics covered include ecological theories, vegetation dynamics, trophic interactions, adaptive management, and the use of decision-support tools. The course encourages you to broaden your approach to ecological restoration and deepen your understanding of the way nature works.

Dates: January 2 to April 2, 2017

Tuition: $750

To register for a course or apply for the program, use the online application form which can be found at:

NAIT 2nd Peatland Training School
1st Session: April 24-25, 2017
2nd Session: April 26-27, 2017

Time: 8 am to 4:30 pm (each day)
Location: Boreal Research Institute, 8102 – 99 Avenue, Peace River, AB  T8S 1R2
Please only sign up for one of the two-day sessions
Course Overview
The Boreal Research Institute is offering two-day, hands-on lab and field training sessions with Dr. Dale Vitt and Dr. Bin Xu. Participants will learn:

1.Key characteristics of common bryophyte species associated with different peatland types in Alberta
2.Lab and field identification methods
3.Field practice of bryophyte identification and peatland classificatiom
Visit to learn more about the event.
Contact Name: Jeannine Goehing
Phone: 780-618-2600
New State of MINE
April 30 – May 03, 2017
Time:  08:00 – 17:00
Location:  Palais de Congrès , Montreal
The theme is “New State of MINE” that will drive topics of discussion at the upcoming 2017 CIM Convention taking place in Montreal from April 30 to 03 May, 2017. In addition to a rigorous technical program, mining will be examined through the lens of employment, innovation, leadership, management, and more. Over 6,000 mining industry professionals are expected to take in the events at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal.
Deadline for abstracts : OCTOBER 31, 2016
Website URL:
Registration URL:  submit your abstract
Contact Name: Lise Bujold
Contact Phone Number: 514-939-2710
Contact email:
2017 Alberta Soils Tour

May 29 - 31, 2017

Edmonton - Athabaska - Ft. McMurray - Ft. MacKay

The Alberta Soil Science Workshop is glad to announce the 2017 Alberta Soil Tour scheduled for May 29 to May 31, 2017. This 3-day event will bring registered participants to the Athabasca Oil Sands Region. The Tour will start in Edmonton and will go to Ft. McMurray and back. The Tour is a good opportunity for those working with soils, whether the focus is soil conservation, land reclamation, or agronomy. Experts will provide background on soil formation and the various soil profiles for each of the landscapes encountered during the Tour. Various soil conservation, land reclamation, and agronomy challenges will be addressed with site visits, along with special emphasis on the history of forest fire in the area.

Key speakers for the 2017 Alberta Soil Tour are:

  • Len Leskiw – P.Ag., Senior Soils Scientist with Paragon Soil and Environmental Consulting
  • Larry Turchenek – P.Ag.(retired), formerly Senior Soil Scientist with AMEC Foster Wheeler

Stops along the Tour include wide variety of soil sites:

  • Natural soil catenas on various deposits in boreal landscapes 
  • Sites recovering from Ft. McMurray, Bitumount Complex, House River, and Mariana Lake fires 
  • Reclaimed sites at Syncrude and Suncor oil sands mines
  • Agricultural facilities at Ft. McMurray, Wandering River, and Athabasca, AB
  • Pipeline reclamation case with demonstration of decompaction techniques
  • Visit to the Oil Sands Discovery Center at Ft. McMurray

Click here to register online and/or Click here for more information


RFG 2018
Date:  June 16 -21, 2018
Time:  08:00 – 17:00
Location:  Vancouver Convention Center 

The Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG 2018), scheduled for June 16-21 2018, held at the Vancouver Convention Center, takes its theme from a new International Union of Geological Sciences initiative designed to mobilize geoscientists, policy-makers and other stakeholders to explore resource and related sustainability issues. RFG 2018 is the first international conference focused on the resources that will be required for future generations. It will explore four vital themes: energy, minerals, water and the earth.

This International conference, themed around energy, minerals, water and the Earth, will include a Technical Program with plenary, oral and posters sessions, and pre and post conference workshops, short courses and field trips. The conference is expected to attract a slate of 4000-5000 delegates including those involved in research, resource development, and resource management.  The call for abstracts, workshops and short courses opens in February 2017. Please visit the conference web site for more details and to subscribe to updates (
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