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.
STAY TUNED FOR A FULL CONFERENCE AGENDA.
Tentative / Subject to Change
FRIDAY, MARCH 15 -- DAY ONE
6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.
Buffet Breakfast – sponsored by Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale Hotel
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
CWD BASICS -- Dr. Evelyn Merrill, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
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
HOW POLICY HAS SHAPED CWD TODAY -- Darrel Rowledge, Director, Alliance for Public Wildlife
THE BLACKFOOT PEOPLE AND SURVIVAL OF CHRONIC WASTING -- Brian Jackson, Band Councillor, Piikani First Nation
Session 2: Keeping CWD Out
ONTARIO'S CWD SURVEILLANCE AND RESPONSE PLAN -- Chris Heydon, Senior Wildlife Policy Advisor, Wildlife Section, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE PREVENTION IN MANITOBA - A SUCCESS STORY -- Richard Davis, Big Game Health Program Manager, Manitoba Sustainable Development
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
NEW APPROACHES TO CWD PREVENTION -- Dr. David Westaway, Director, Centre for Prions and Protein Folding
Diseases, University of Alberta
SOCIAL EVENING -- Brought to you by BrokerLink
9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Hospitality Suite (South Studio 3)
SATURDAY, MARCH 16 -- DAY TWO
6:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Opening Remarks -- President, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
Session 3: Wildlife Management with CWD
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT in CWD ENDEMIC AREAS -- Dr. Margo Pybus, Wildlife Disease Specialist, Fish & Wildlife Division, Alberta Environment and Parks
PERCEPTION AND PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT ON CWD -- Dr. Vic Adamowicz, Professor, Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology,
University of Alberta
THE HUNTER’S VIEW OF CWD -- Nick Pinizzotto, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Deer Alliance
CWD: A SASKATCHEWAN PERSPECTIVE -- Dr. Iga Stasiak, Provincial Wildlife Health Specialist, Saskatchewan Ministry of the Environment
Session 4: Where do We go from Here?
QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION WITH PANELISTS
KEYNOTE SPEAKER -- Bryan Richards, Emerging Disease Coordinator, National Wildlife Health Center, United States Geological Survey
FINAL THOUGHTS -- Matt DeMille, Manager, Fish and Wildlife Services, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
OFAH BUFFET RECEPTION – Brought to you by Fitzsimons Financial Group Inc.
9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Hospitality Suite (South Studio 3)
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