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Unique conference coming to Harrison

A unique conference is being held in Harrison Hot Springs next week that may appeal to many local arborists.

The Women's Arboriculture Conference was designed for women, by women, and runs Mar. 5-7 at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa.

Keynote speaker will be Professor Suzanne Simard, and will host distinguished speakers, including arborists, professors, a landscape architect, an author, social scientist, lawyer, environmental planner, councillor and policymakers.

Dr. Simard, from the Faculty of Forestry at UBC, specializes in Forest Operations & Ecology. She is joined by Dr. Kathleen Wolf, Research Social Scientist with the College of the Environment, University of Washington, Susan Murray, currently chairperson for ISA's Board Certified Master Arborist Test Committee, Nancy McLean, a registered landscape architect and professional planner currently working for the Corporation of Delta as the Development Planner, Community Planning and Development; Sasha Nowicki, B.Sc., LL.B., whose diverse expertise ranges from the minutiae of corporate tax law to the underwater science of aquatic biology.

Also speaking is Nancy Hofer, who holds a Master's degree from the School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia and has a background in ecology and natural resource conservation. She currently works at the City of Courtenay as Environmental Planner, and is the first to hold this dynamic and evolving position.

“We are very excited about the level of enthusiasm we have received from speakers, sponsors and attendees for this unique conference,” said Verna Mumby, founder of Women's Arboriculture Conferences and president of Mumby's Arboriculture Consulting. “We look forward to bringing together the many women leaders in arboriculture-related professions for a substantive discussion of real-world solutions to key issues facing the arboriculture professions today.”

“The speakers at the Women's Arboriculture conference represent many important facets of arboriculture –  industry, government, education, law, human mental health care and service providers,” said Mumby, “We feel that it’s important that all these voices are heard as we work toward our common goal of addressing trees, their place in our world and our relationship with them, and by doing so, problem-solving tree-related issues by integrating professional approaches.”

For more information and to register for the conference visit www.womenarborists.ca .

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