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


Join the conversation on CWD -- topics and speakers.

Friday AM (Session 1) Introduction to CWD

Learn about CWD biology, history and the potential impacts to wildlife and human health. Familiarity with CWD can be low in jurisdictions where it has not been detected. This session will provide the basics on CWD 101.

Friday PM (Session 2) Keeping CWD Out

Learn about what can be done to prevent the spread of CWD into Ontario and other jurisdictions.

Saturday AM (Session 3) Wildlife Management with CWD

Learn about the biological, social and economic impacts of CWD in areas where CWD is a day-to-day reality, and eradication is impossible.

Saturday PM (Session 4) Where do we go from here?

In this session we will discuss next steps and ways to work collectively to combat the threat of CWD on our wildlife, economy and our hunting heritage.

Guest speakers include:

Dr. Vic Adamowicz
Professor, Natural Resource and Environmental Economics, University of Alberta
Dr. Evelyn Merrill
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
Nick Pinizzotto
President and CEO, National Deer Alliance
Dr. Margo Pybus
Wildlife Disease Specialist, Fish and Wildlife Division, Alberta Environment and Parks
Dr. Iga Stasiak
Provincial Wildlife Health Specialist, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment
Dr. David Westaway
Director, Centre for Prions and Protein Folding Diseases, University of Alberta
Dr. Michael Coulthart
Head, Prion Diseases Unit and Canadian CJD Surveillance System, Public Health Agency of Canada

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