Stakeholder Workshop Series

What is the Stakeholder Workshop Series?

The Stakeholder Workshop Series- Research into Policy took place over a six month period from July to December 2011.  This three part workshop series created a safe space to explore, build, and maintain links among management issues associated with: fisheries, forestry, mining, and agriculture.  The three themes for the workshop series: water, climate change, and salmon were not mutually exclusive, each theme overlapped, with previous discussions lending insight to the next.  The purpose of this workshop series was to address the question:  How can researchers from environmental and social sciences work with different stakeholders to foster meaningful partnerships to inform policy decisions and research directions based on shared knowledge?

Who Participated in the Workshop Series? 

The target audience for this workshop series were policy makers at the level of: provincial, municipal and first nation governments (MLA Bob Simpson, City of Williams Lake, Cariboo Regional District, Northern Shuswap Tribal Council, Xat'sull First Nation, Williams Lake Indian Band), local organizations (Likely Xat’sull Community Forest, Mount Polley Mines, Gibraltar Mines, Fraser Basin Council, Horsefly Round Table, Likely Chamber of Commerce, Cattleman’s Association, The Land Conservancy, City of Williams Lake, The Council of Canadians, West Fraser Mills, Federation of BC Woodlots, BC Community Forest Association, City of Williams Lake Water Advisory Committee, Scout Island Nature Centre, Ducks Unlimited) and researchers (FORREX, UBC’s Alex Fraser Research Forest, and UNBC).  This event will provide an opportunity to communicate how the choices we make impact the environment and affect us as individuals, communities, and governments. 

Workshop 1 - Water

Click on the links below to view Workshop 1 documents

Discussion Document

Workshop 1 Booklet

 Workshop 1 - Presenters ​

Sue Hemphill, Chair, Horsefly River Round Table

Presentation title- Connection Then Knowledge.

This presentation addressed a lack of understanding combined with difficulty of comprehending research and technical development and how this has resulted in policy that limits the damage to watershed rather than preserving them. 


Mike Simpson, Senior Regional Manager, Fraser Basin Council​

Presentation title- Collaborative Watershed Governance Initiative

FRBC Research Chair of Landscape Ecology, UNBC
Presentation title- Pressure on water resources in an ever changing world. 

Canada Research Chair in Health, Ecosystems and Society, UNBC
Presentation title- Watershed governance as a vehicle for fostering social, ecological, and community health and wellbeing.  

Alex Koiter, PhD Candidate, UNBC
Presentation title- Understanding Non-Point Source Pollution in Watersheds Using a Sediment Fingerprinting Technique


Workshop 1 - Water photo album 

Workshop 2 - Climate Change

Click on the links below to see Workshop 2 documents 

Workshop 2 Schedule

Workshop 2 Booklet

Workshop 2 - Presenters

Rick Brundrige, East Chilcotin Director, Cariboo Regional District

Presentation title- Climate change adaptation strategy for the Cariboo Regional District.
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MLA Cariboo North
Presentation title- Meaningful Public Consultationand Revenue Sharing

Stephen Déry​

Presentation title- Climate change in northern BC and its impacts on water resource.

Federico Osorio

Presentation title- Changes in vegetation in the alpine and policy implications.  

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David Zirnhelt​

Presentation title- Carbon sequestering into grass finished beef in the Cariboo.


Link to related climate information

Workshop 2 - Climate Change photo album 

Workshop 3 - Salmon

Workshop 3 Booklet


Workshop 3 - Presenters​

Ellen Petticrew, FRBC Research Chair of Landscape Ecology, UNBC ​


Presentation Title - Marine derived nutrient cycling and riparian retention for interior streams: research extension and application

M. Sc., R.P. Bio, President and Senior Project Scientist of Cariboo Envirotech Ltd.

A Climate Change Adaptation Plan for Salmon in the Xeni Gwet'in Caretaker Area

Gord Sterritt, Fisheries Resource Manager, The Northern Shuswap Tribal Council

The Benefits of Inland Fisheries

Sam Albers, Research Associate, Quesnel River Research Centre​

Presentation title- Ecosystem effects of Horsefly River salmon: An example of landscape to lakes linkages  

Masters Candidate, UNBC
Centralizing Fish in Water Policy: A case study of water management concerns in the Yukon Territory.

For more information contact:

Erin Robinson
Workshop Facilitator

Phil Owens
Workshop Coordinator