2018 Joint Annual General Meeting and Conference

TWS: Manitoba Chapter & Canadian Section of tWS
March 15 - 17, 2018

Holiday Inn airport West & Fort Whyte Alive, Winnipeg Manitoba

We are now accepting submissions for posters and paper presentations!

Poster and Presentation Deadline (Extended): March 1st, 2018

Please click here to go to the online submission form. 


We are excited to welcome you to a Joint Annual General Meeting and Conference for The Wildlife Society: Manitoba Chapter, and the Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society!

Held on March 15th - 17th 2018 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, this event will bring together wildlife professionals from across the country. Two days of meetings, presentations, workshops, and socials will be held to share the latest research and happenings in the wildlife field.

Registration Prices

(including two days of lunches, and all three evening events):

Professional: $160
Student: $110
Student 1-day: $70

Registration closes March 7th.

A block of 30 guestrooms has been reserved at a preferred rate of $126.00/night plus taxes. For reservations please visit the Holiday Inn Winnipeg Airport West website, or call 204-885-4478, and use Group Block Code: W3E. Note, the preferred rate expires February 26th.

Students that are interested in room sharing are encouraged to connect and discuss with each other on the Manitoba Chapter Facebook page! @wildlifesocietymanitoba

Spousal registration for entry to both the Friday and Saturday evening events only can be purchased here.


Thursday, March 15th

19:00 - 22:00    Mixer hosted by the University of Winnipeg Student Chapter

                 Open to all, meet and mingle with students and professionals from across the country!

                             Snacks, cash bar, networking games

                 "What can TWS do for you?" presentation from TWS President, John McDonald.


Friday March 16th

8:30 - 8:45         Opening remarks from Manitoba Chapter and Canadian Section - Erin McCance & Brian Kiss
8:45 - 9:00         Indigenous Welcome/prayer
9:00 - 9:15         Greetings from Minister of Manitoba's Department of Sustainable Development – Honourable Rochelle Squires
9:15 - 9:45         John McDonald, President of The Wildlife Society (parent organization)
9:45 - 10:30       Ken Higgins, South Dakota State University - Birds, Bees, Butterflies, Dung Beetles, and Jackrabbits – the New Canaries in the Coal Mines
10:3 - 10:45       Break
10:45 - 1200     Canadian Section AGM
12:00 - 13:00     Lunch
13:00 - 14:00     Manitoba Chapter AGM
14:00 - 14:15     Manitoba Wildlife and Fisheries Branch - Sustainable Fisheries Certification update
14:15 - 14:45     Accepted Presentations
14:45 - 15:00     Break
15:00 - 16:30     Accepted Presentations
16:30 - 16:35     Closing Announcements


19:00 - 22:00     Poster session, cash bar, appetizers (bus transportation provided for out of town attendees)


Saturday March 17th

9:00 - 9:15          Opening remarks/ housekeeping
9:15 - 9:45          Darren Sleep, Sustainable Forestry Initiative
9:45 - 10:00       Stuart Slattery, Duck Unlimited Canada - Roads, Pipelines, and Seismic Lines…What Do They Mean for Boreal Ducks?
10:00 - 10:20     Break
10:20 - 10:40     Phil McLoughlin, University of Saskatchewan - Caribou in the boreal
10:40 - 11:00     Art Rodgers, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources - Moose in the boreal
11:00 - 11:20     Stewart Hill, University of Manitoba - Indigenous perspectives on the boreal
11:20 - 11:45     Plenary Panel Discussion Period
11:45 - 12:45     Lunch  
12:45 - 13:30     Ken Higgins, South Dakota State University - The Historic Echoes and the Invisible Metrics of the Fall Flights of Wild Ducks
13:30 - 14:15     Accepted Presentations
14:15 - 14:30     Break
14:30 - 16:30     Accepted Presentations

18:00 - 19:00     Cocktails
19:00 - midnight  Dinner – Invited Speaker Wini Kessler
                              Best Student Paper and Poster Awards, Special Recognitions, Silent Auction
                              Manitoba Social


Want to be the first to know when the final schedule is announced? Make sure you are a member of TWS: Manitoba or the Canadian Section of TWS (or both!) and subscribe to our email updates. Click here to become a member of the Manitoba Chapter. Or, click here to go to the Canadian Section Website.