2016 Spring Training Keynote Presenters


Maintenance Day, Wednesday, February 17, 2016

John Hawkings

Opening Keynote  |  The Trails Strategy of BC — a collaborative multi-jurisdictional approach to recreation trails  |  8:15 — 9:15 am

John Hawkings is director of the recreation, sites and trails branch of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Prior to joining the Ministry as the trails manager in 2007, John spent much of the previous 15 years involved in forest-based recreation planning and implementation throughout the sea to sky corridor in both the public and private sector. John completed a BSc in biology from the University of Victoria in 1998 and holds a diploma in outdoor recreation from Mount Royal College in Calgary.  An avid mountain biker, hiker, skier and all around outdoor enthusiast, when not at work John tries to spend as much time as he can enjoying the trails and endless recreation opportunities in Squamish BC.


Brenda Robinson

Closing Keynote  |  Dealing with difficult people  | 

8:15 — 9:15 am

Brenda Robinson is a speaker, trainer, writer and consultant. She has been addressing groups for over twenty years on topics related to communications, humour, laughter, positive working skills and wellness in general. Brenda received her Bachelor of Arts from Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba (Major in English) and her Masters of Education from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC in 1998.


Horticulture Day, Thursday, February 18, 2016

Elizabeth Elle, PhD

Opening Keynote  |  The bees' needs — planting for pollinators  |  8:15 — 9: 15 am

Elizabeth Elle is Professor and Chair of Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University.  She has been studying pollination for over 20 years, most of that time in different environments in BC.  Her current focus is on how human-modified ecosystems (parks, agriculture) can support pollinators and pollination services.


David Nowak, PhD 

Closing Keynote  | Trees and forest characteristics for improving air quality  |  2:15 — 3: 15 pm

David Nowak is a contributing member of the Nobel Peace Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2007. He is a team leader with the USDA Forest Service in Syracuse, NY. Dr. Nowak received a BSc and MSc from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. His research investigates urban forest structure, health, change and its effect on human health and environmental quality. He has authored over 250 publications and leads teams developing software tools to quantify ecosystem services from urban vegetation (eg. UFORE and i-Tree programs).



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