Special Events

Informal Welcome Social

For guests arriving on Monday, February 16th, join fellow conference participants in Grand Ballrooms B & C at our conference venue/hotel, the Executive Airport Plaza, for appetizers, a cash bar, and great conversation with old friends and new acquaintances. The Welcome Social will begin at 5:30pm and end at 7:30pm.

Student/Mentor Mixer

Join Fisheries Professionals in an informal session to discuss career paths and opportunities following graduation. The Student/Mentor Mixer will be held on Tuesday, February 17th from 5:00-5:30pm in Grand Ballrooms B & C of our conference venue/hotel. A cash bar will be available to help stimulate the discussion!

Poster Session & Exhibitor Social

Join your fellow conference attendees on Tuesday, February 17th from 5:30-7:30pm (right after the Student/Mentor Mixer) in Grand Ballrooms B & C for a full evening of good food and beverages at the cash bar. Of course, you’ll also enjoy learning about the latest research, management, and technology while perusing through the Poster Session and the exhibitor tables at the Trade Show.

Spawning Run and Walk

It’s time for our annual AGM Spawning Run & Walk! This fun, non-competitive, free, 5K event will start at 7am on Wednesday, February 18th across the street from our conference venue/hotel at the tent in Minoru Park. Get that blood pumping and enjoy the beautiful Middle Arm Trail route along the Fraser River. Remember to sign up for the Spawning Run & Walk when you check in to the conference! Participants will be able to register at the AGM registration booth until 4:00pm on Tuesday, February 17th.

WA-BC Chapter Annual Business Meeting

All Chapter members are welcome to attend the Annual Business Meeting to be held in Grand Ballroom B on Wednesday, February 18th from 12:00-1:20pm. If you would like to become a member and attend this meeting, you can do so at any time during the conference by visiting the AGM registration table. A buffet lunch will be offered to members attending this Annual Business Meeting.

Silent Auction

This year’s Silent Auction is going to be terrific thanks to the hard work of our student subunit members and the generosity of many donors. Check out the Silent Auction tables in Grand Ballroom C between 5:00-6:00pm on Wednesday, February 18th and remember to bid early and often! There will be a cash bar open to get the evening off to a fun start. Remember, all proceeds go to support our students through Student Travel Awards to attend AFS conferences.

Banquet, Awards, Live Entertainment

Enjoy a delicious banquet while we announce the recipients of this year’s WA-BC Chapter Awards on Wednesday, February 18th from 6:30-9:30pm in Grand Ballrooms B & C.  A DJ will spin your favorite tunes while you close the night out with some dancing.