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Looking Forward – 42nd Annual MCDA Conservation Conference

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42nd Annual MCDA Conservation Conference December 11, 12 & 13th, 2017 at the Keystone Centre, Brandon, MB

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Monday, December 11th


1:00pm (Corridor/MNP Hall):

Registration & Tradeshow Opens


1:30pm (Amphitheatre):

Welcome Introductions – Shane Robins, executive director MCDA

-O Canada-


1:45pm  (Amphitheatre):

Speaker –Wanda McFadyen, executive director, Assiniboine River Basin Initiative

“Whole Watershed Picture”

Duncan Morrison, executive director, Manitoba Forage and Grasslands Assoc.

AQUANTY update


2:30pm (Amphitheatre):

Speaker – Dr. David Lobb, Professor, Landscape Ecology – University of Manitoba

Presentation on Lake Winnipeg Basin Stewardship Fund 4 year Water –

Retention Projects, sponsored by MCDA


3:15pm (Amphitheatre):

Speaker – Steve Sager, P.Ag., Soil Resource Specialist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Addressing Nutrient Contamination of Tile Drainage Effluent with Denitrifying Woodchip Bioreactors in Cooler Climate Areas


4:15pm (Amphitheatre):
MCDA AGM (members only)


7:00pm (Roadhouse Bar):

“Breakin The Ice” networking event –

Just 4 Kicks Band (snacks, bar is open for business until 10pm)

Tuesday, December 12th


8:30am (Corridor/MNP Hall):

Registration & Tradeshow Opens


8:45am (Amphitheatre)

Welcome Introductions- Shane Robins



Speaker – Lara Ellis, Director of Strategic Initiatives, ALUS Canada

Update on ALUS Canada Initiatives



Speaker – Dr. Hank Venema, Director of Planning, Prairie Climate Centre, International Institute of Sustainable Development


10:15am (MNP Hall)

Sponsored Networking Break – TUNDRA OIL & GAS

Refreshments in Tradeshow area


10:40am (Amphitheatre)

Speaker – Roger Remple, Director, Climate Group, Risk Sciences International

“The Cost of Climate Change – hidden and deeper impacts”      


11:20am (Amphitheatre)

Speaker – Shawn Gurke, Manager, Alonsa Conservation District

Project presentation


12:00pm (UCT Pavilion)

Sponsored by Enbridge

LUNCH (downstairs)


1:00pm (Amphitheatre)

Speaker – Jodi Goerzen, Manager, Seine Rat River Conservation District

Project presentation


1:50pm (Amphitheatre)

Keynote – Gord Pyzer – Canada’s Most Scientific Angler, Canadian Angler

Hall of Fame and award winning writer. – “The Tragedy of the Commons”


2:40pm (MNP Hall)

Networking Break –

Refreshments in Tradeshow area


3:15pm (Amphitheatre)

Keynote – Judith SchwartzAccredited journalist, author of “Cows Save the Planet and Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth” and  “Water in Plain Site”.


4:15pm (Amphitheatre)

Presentation Day Closing Remarks


5:00pm (MNP Hall)

Tradeshow Takedown


6:00pm (UCT Pavilion)

Manitoba Conservation Districts Awards Banquet

Wednesday, December 13th

Conservation District Members Only                                   

8:30 am

Province of Manitoba Sustainable Development Session


Closing Remarks – No lunch served.


Thank You For Participating in our 42nd MCDA Conference!

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