November 16th-18th, 2022

Prince George, British Columbia

Coast Prince George Hotel

 
We are honored to host representatives from First Nation Bands or Governments, Provincial Ministries,  Academia & Research, Guide & Outfitters, Funding Partners and Conservation Organizations.
 
The goal of the BC Wild Sheep Summit: To develop achievable priority actions that would benefit Sheep populations, and their habitat.
 
 

REGISTRATION

Registration is now closed.

We will be hosting the BC Sheep Summit at the Coast Prince George Hotel located at 770 Brunswick Street, Prince George, BC.  Guest can make a reservation directly through the Hotel.

BC Sheep Summit Objective 

The objective is to re-establish Wild Sheep populations to historic abundance across British Columbia.

BC Sheep Summit Goals

  1. Bring all interested stake and titleholders together creating a collaborative approach to tackle present wild sheep challenges.  These entities include First Nations, government, guide outfitters, industry, academia, the scientific community, funding partners and conservation organizations.
  2. Establish a baseline of overall wild sheep population numbers including trends for each region across the province.
  3. Rely on scientific and traditional knowledge to accurately identify specific limiting factors to wild sheep which may include herd-health, predation, habitat, disease or other issues.
  4. Provide region-specific working groups to identify the leading challenges to wild sheep and more importantly provide action plans that address these concerns.
  5. While threats to wild sheep will be identified and action plans generated, a long-term goal is to create a conduit for enhanced communication between all stake and titleholders to ensure these action plans are implemented.  We envision providing these action plans to the newly established Together For Wildlife Regional Roundtables and pressing for accountability that they are carried out in line with the S.M.A.R.T. goals principal.
  6. Select media representatives have been invited with the goal of promoting the conservation efforts our community is making to ensure the sustainability of wild sheep in British Columbia.

BC Sheep Summit Itinerary 

 
 

BC Sheep Summit Synopsis

The symposium will be a two and half day event focused on wild sheep concerns, and sustainability in BC. Agenda items will include Inventory, Disease & Health, Harvest, Access, and Habitat concerns.

Wednesday evening will start with our opening ceremonies, and welcome messages from WSSBC President Korey Green, local First Nation prayer & presentation, Gray Thornton from the Wild Sheep Foundation, Mike Morris MLA (tentative), Michael Burwash the Associate Director of Wildlife, with the Ministry of Forests, Scott Ellis from GOABC, and WSSBC Vice-President Chris Barker. Finally Alex Grzybowski our professional facilitator will lead us through the next two days.

Thursday morning will start with a presentation from Bill Jex, provincial mountain goat, and wild sheep specialist, addressing five key questions that everyone will be tackling throughout the summit. We will have a series of presentations by regional biologists addressing wild sheep issues by region. Following this, we will have provincial veterinarian Dr. Caeley Thacker give us a presentation on disease & health concerns throughout the province. Followed by a short break, we will have a presentation on Co-management by Hunter Lampreau, and Tara Szkorupa. Associate Director of Wildlife Michael Burwash will walk us through governments role, and perspective followed by Facilitator Alex Grzybowski breaking us out into groups to address the major concerns brought up by Bill Jex earlier in the day. Thursday evening will conclude with catered dinner, and private screening of the award winning documentary film “Transmission” which focuses on the domestic-wild sheep Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae conflict here in BC.

Friday, we will dive back into our working groups to determine action items that can be taken away from the BC Sheep Summit and vaulted forward to help the viability of wild sheep populations in BC through measurable action items, and potential future project ideas. We are extremely excited about this event, and really looking forward to getting everybody in a room together with one common goal….”Wild Sheep Forever”

Please RSVP to kstelter@wildsheepsociety.com if interested or share within your organization to those that would support. We will have an attendance limit so please keep that in mind. If you have a presentation you would like to share please let us know.

 

Meet the Facilitator

The Wild Sheep Society of BC has decided to use a professional facilitator (Alex Grzybowski of Pacific Resolutions) to help us stay on track, and assist us in getting the most out of the BC Sheep Summit. Alex has previous experience faciliating the BC Thinhorn Summit which was held in Richmond, BC several years ago, and is familiar with the issues affecting wild sheep in BC.

Alex Grzybowski has spent the last three decades directly assisting governments, international agencies, corporations, NGOs, Indigenous peoples, and other communities in finding mutually acceptable and constructive ways to resolve their differences, build new relationships and implement joint initiatives.

With undergraduate and graduate degrees in natural resource management and planning, Alex has written extensively on innovative and practical approaches to conflict resolution, conflict prevention, and partnership development. His track record for building agreements is that the vast majority of his assignments result in some form of agreement, resolution or joint initiative.

BC Sheep Summit Sponsorship

Thank you to our Pinnacle sponsor of this event:

The Wild Sheep Foundation

A big thank you to our other donors who have helped make this event happen:

  • The Guide Outfitters of British Columbia (GOABC)
  • BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF)
  • North Peace Rod & Gun Club
  • Tourism Prince George
  • Darryn Epp
  • Heather Bryan
  • David Beranek