About AGM & Fish and Wildlife Conference

The OFAH has partnered with Fitzsimons Financial Group Inc. to focus our traditional OFAH Annual Fish & Wildlife Conference into a two-day event that tackles one of the biggest conservation threats we face today: Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a highly infectious, incurable and completely fatal disease affecting all members of the deer family. In Ontario this includes white-tailed deer, moose, elk and caribou. The disease has already been detected in three Canadian provinces and 25 American states and is known to have devastating impacts on wildlife. CWD is not solely a hunting issue. It is a wildlife conservation issue and we all need to work together to address it.

This event will be highlighted by informative presentations and thought-provoking discussions that showcase leading CWD experts from across North America. Additionally, the conference will provide excellent networking opportunities with other conservation organizations, scientists, Indigenous communities, wildlife managers, government officials, as well as other outdoors enthusiasts to share ideas, experiences and a passion for wildlife conservation.

The outcomes of this event will not only demonstrate the need for positive policy changes, but also help establish the common ground to build a broad collaborative of interested groups that can work together beyond the event to influence timely and effective actions on CWD.

2019 OFAH Annual General Meeting and Conference - Save the Date March 14-16


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Registration Packages

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For Inquiries Contact: Giselle Hatton Phone: 705-748-6324, ext. 232
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6750 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, Ontario

President's Appreciation Social & Chronic Wasting Disease Conference

  • Thursday - Annual General Meeting & President's Appreciation Social
  • Friday - Breakfast, Working Lunch & Evening Social
  • Saturday - Breakfast & Banquet Reception

Chronic Wasting Disease Conference

  • Friday and Saturday

Annual General Meeting

No Charge
  • Thursday Evening

Youth / Student Rate

  • Up to 25 years of age.
  • Contact: Giselle Hatton Phone: 705-748-6324, ext. 232
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The Agenda

Tentative / Subject to Change

Join the conversation on CWD -- topics and speakers.


6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.
Buffet Breakfast – sponsored by Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale Hotel

8:45 a.m.
Welcome and Conference Overview -- Kerry Coleman, OFAH President
Opening Remarks -- John Yakabuski, Ontario's Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

Session 1: Introduction to CWD

9:15 a.m.
CWD BASICS -- Dr. Evelyn Merrill, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta

10:00 a.m.

10:15 a.m.
PRIONS, CWD AND HUMAN HEALTH: CAUSE FOR CONCERN? -- Dr. Michael Coulthart, Head, Prion Diseases Unit and Canadian Creutzfeldt-Jakob Surveillance System, Infectious Disease Prevention & Control Branch, Public Health Agency of Canada

11:00 a.m.
HOW POLICY HAS SHAPED CWD TODAY -- Darrel Rowledge, Director, Alliance for Public Wildlife

11:45 p.m.
THE BLACKFOOT PEOPLE AND SURVIVAL OF CHRONIC WASTING -- Brian Jackson, Band Councillor, Piikani First Nation


Session 2: Keeping CWD Out

1:15 p.m.
ONTARIO'S CWD SURVEILLANCE AND RESPONSE PLAN -- Chris Heydon, Senior Wildlife Policy Advisor, Wildlife Section, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

2:00 p.m.
CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE PREVENTION IN MANITOBA - A SUCCESS STORY -- Richard Davis, Big Game Health Program Manager, Manitoba Sustainable Development

2:45 p.m.

3:00 p.m.
INTERAGENCY COOPERATION AND RAPID RESPONSE: THE NEW YORK MODEL -- Jim Farquhar, Chief, Bureau of Wildlife, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation & Justin Gansowski, District Supervisor, USDA APHIS Wildlife Services

3:45 p.m.
NEW APPROACHES TO CWD PREVENTION -- Dr. David Westaway, Director, Centre for Prions and Protein Folding
Diseases, University of Alberta

4:30 p.m.

5:30 p.m.
Cocktails/Social Hour

6:00 p.m.
SOCIAL EVENING -- Brought to you by BrokerLink
Opening Remarks

9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Hospitality Suite (South Studio 3)


6:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Buffet Breakfast

8:00 a.m.
Opening Remarks -- President, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Session 3: Wildlife Management with CWD

8:15 a.m.
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT in CWD ENDEMIC AREAS -- Dr. Margo Pybus, Wildlife Disease Specialist, Fish & Wildlife Division, Alberta Environment and Parks

9:00 a.m.
PERCEPTION AND PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT ON CWD -- Dr. Vic Adamowicz, Professor, Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology,
University of Alberta

9:45 a.m.

10:00 a.m.
THE HUNTER’S VIEW OF CWD -- Nick Pinizzotto, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Deer Alliance

10:45 a.m.
CWD: A SASKATCHEWAN PERSPECTIVE -- Dr. Iga Stasiak, Provincial Wildlife Health Specialist, Saskatchewan Ministry of the Environment

11:30 a.m.

Session 4: Where do We go from Here?

1:00 p.m.

2:30 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

3:15 p.m.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER -- Bryan Richards, Emerging Disease Coordinator, National Wildlife Health Center, United States Geological Survey

4:15 p.m.
FINAL THOUGHTS -- Matt DeMille, Manager, Fish and Wildlife Services, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

5:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m.
OFAH BUFFET RECEPTION – Brought to you by Fitzsimons Financial Group Inc.
Opening Remarks

9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Hospitality Suite (South Studio 3)

Our sponsors

The OFAH Annual General Meeting and Fish & Wildlife Conference brought to you in part by:

Fitzsimons Financial Group Inc

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Who is coming

Conference speaker and attendees affiliations.

Alberta Fish & Game Association
Alberta Prion Research Institute
ALUS Canada
Alliance for Public Wildlife
Bruce Peninsula Sportsmen's Association
Canada Border Services Agency
Canadian Cervid Alliance
Canadian Federation of Outfitters Associations
Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative
Centre for Prions and Protein Folding Diseases (University of Alberta)
Fitzsimons Financial Group Inc.
Fleming College
Fort Erie Conservation Club
Gowling WLG, LLP
Halton Sportsmen Association
Manitoba Sustainable Development
Minnesota Deer Hunters Association
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
National Deer Alliance
National Farmers' Union of Ontario
Nature and Outdoor Tourism Ontario
New York Department of Environmental Conservation
Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
Ontario Hawking Club
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Ontario Sheep Farmers
Ontario Veterinary College
Osgoode Township Fish & Game Conservation Club
Oxford County
Piikani First Nation
Public Health Agency of Canada
Quality Deer Management Association (Rideau-St. Lawrence)
Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment
Toronto Zoo
Trent University
United States Department of Agriculture APHIS Wildlife Services
United States Geological Survey
University of Alberta
University of Guelph
Carleton University
Federation Quebecoise des chasseurs et pecheurs
BC Wildlife Federation