Next Forum will happen in 2020. For Information about past forums please check the info below:



The 2018 Forum will took place on December 3th, 2018 at the Summerhill Winery. The event was a total success with more than 130 attendees from all over the Okanagan Region and B.C.

The event had 20 presenters distributed in 4 Panels in the topics of Land Access, Policy, Production and Consumption.

The keynote presenter was Dr. Nancy Turner from  the University of Victoria with the presentation: “Foods of Yesterday, Foods for Tomorrow” Indigenous Plant foods of the Okanagan Region and their potential for the future.

Dr. Turner presentation can be downloaded here

Additional information please go to the exclusive event website at

Previous Forum: 2016


Our 2014 Water & Biodiversity Forum was a total success! Our next forum will take place in 2016, so stay tuned… in the mean time if you want to take a look about the speakers, presentation and details for the 2014 Forum please do.

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Registration is now open.

Join this dynamic forum that brings together local, regional, national, and international researchers to share world-class research, build valuable partnerships, and create actionable solutions for the Okanagan.

The issues of focus include: ecology, conservation, management, and governance of biodiversity and water resources.

Over two full days, engage in presentations and panel discussions by more than 40 leading-edge experts from UBC’s Okanagan and Vancouver campuses, international and national organizations, and three levels of government. All events take place at the Rotary Centre for the Arts (421 Cawston Avenue), downtown Kelowna, except where noted.*

Our distinguished keynote speakers present talks on separate evenings.  Attendance at these talks is free and is open to the general public:

Bob SandfordDr. Robert Sandford (Sept. 16)

Canada’s energized water cycle: climate change and its consequences

Dr. Sandford is EPCOR Chair of the Canadian Partnership Initiative in support of the United Nations “Water for Life” Decades and Director of the Western Watersheds Research Collaboration. He will speak on the challenges of managing our freshwater resources.

Time: 7pm (doors open for wine and cheese reception at 6pm)

Venue: Rotary Centre for the Arts, Downtown Kelowna

Pauly8814_MDDr. Daniel Pauly (Sept. 17)

The Impact of Fisheries and Global Warming on Marine Ecosystems, with Some Emphasis on British Columbia

Dr. Pauly is Professor in Fisheries & Zoology, UBC Vancouver and Principal Investigator of the  Sea Around Us Project.  He is internationally renowned for his work in documenting the diminishing resources in our oceans and will speak about the marine biodiversity crises.

Time: 7pm (doors open for wine and cheese reception at 6pm)

Venue: Laurel Packinghouse (1304 Ellis Street), downtown Kelowna

Full program details here  |  Register here

For more information, please email Carolina Restrepo.

Sponsored by: The BRAES Institute, Okanagan Basin Water Board, Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program, South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program, Summerhill Pyramid Winery, Summit Environmental Consultants Inc., and Manteo Resort Waterfront Hotel & Villa.

Thank you to Summit Environmental Consultants for the carbon neutral  sponsorship of the Okanagan Water & Biodiversity Forum. For the carbon neutral offsets from delegates’ long-distance travelling, Summit Environmental Consultants will contribute this amount to an approved carbon neutral program such as tree planting.