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Looking Forward – 41st Annual MCDA Conservation Conference

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41st Annual MCDA Conservation Conference December 6, 7 & 8, 2016 at the Keystone Centre, Brandon, MB

Printable 2016 Registration Form (PDF)


Tuesday, December 6th

1:00pm Registration & Tradeshow Opens – Corridor/MNP Hall

2:00pm Keynote – Enbridge Environmental Manager – Tentative Amphitheatre                                           

3:00pm Keynote – Dr. David Lobb, Professor, Landscape Ecology University of Manitoba – Amphitheatre                  

4:00pm MCDA AGM (members only) – Amphitheatre

7:00pm “Breakin The Ice” networking event, Just 4 Kicks Band (snacks, bar is open for business until 10pm) – Roadhouse Bar

10:00pm Conservation Cup Hockey Game – Conservation World vs Conservation Districts – Westman Place

Wednesday, December 7th

8:30am Registration & Tradeshow Opens Corridor/MNP Hall

9:00am Welcome Introductions – Chris Reynolds  emcee    Amphitheatre

9:10am Keynote – Kirsten Earl McCorrister, Programs Director,Lake Winnipeg Foundation – Amphitheatre
9:35am Keynote – Lara Ellis, ALUS Canada – Amphitheatre
10:05am Keynote – Candace Parks, AIS, Sustainable Development – tentative Amphitheatre

10:45am Sponsored Networking Break, Refreshments in Tradeshow area – TUNDRA GAS & OIL – MNP Hall

11:20am Keynote – Courtney White – Former archeologist and Sierra Club, Activist, co-found the Quivira Coalition to bridge ranchers, conservationists, public land mgrs, scientists around land Health. – Amphitheatre

12:00pm Sponsored by Enbridge  LUNCH – (downstairs) UCT Pavilion

1:00pm Watershed Successes Lightening Round – Amphitheatre

1. LPCD – Adam Kerkowich
2. Alonsa CD – Shawn Gurke
3. GF2 – Dale Timmerman
4. IMCD – Jeff Thiele
5. Open Farm Day – Wendy Bulloch
6. CCCD – Colin Gluting
7. Riverwatch Program – Kent Lewarne

1:55pm Keynote – Dr. Christopher Craft – Janet Duey Professor of Rural Land Policy Director, Environmental Science PhD Prog. School of Public and Env. Affairs, Indiana University – Amphitheatre
2:40pm Sponsored Networking Break Refreshments in Tradeshow area – MNP Hall

3:15pm  Keynote – Ray Thompson – a catchment officer with the Central West Catchment Management Authority, based in Nyngan in Western Australia, creating “Water Ponds to tackle the drought clay pans on the landscape. – Amphitheatre

4:00pm Keynote Day Closing Remarks – Amphitheatre

4:30pm The Manitoba Cooperator Sponsored VIP CD Awards Reception – Salon A
5:00pm Tradeshow Takedown – MNP Hall

6:00pm Manitoba Conservation Districts Awards Banquet – UCT Pavilion


Thursday, December 8th – Conservation District Members Only

8:30 am Province of Manitoba Sustainable Development Session

12:00pm Closing Remarks – No lunch served.


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