MAY 1, 2023
Labour Mobility Act Proclaimed
The Labour Mobility Act and the new Labour Mobility Regulation were proclaimed into force on April 6, 2023, according to a recent article posted by Field Law.

The Labour Mobility Act and Regulation apply to “labour mobility applicants.” These are applicants who are currently registered to practice the same profession in other Canadian provinces or territories. The Fair Registration Practices Act has been amended so that it does not apply to “labour mobility applicants.”  

Professional regulators should review their registration processes for labour mobility applicants to ensure they are compliant with this new legislation.
ECCC biodiversity consultations
will take place in May and June
Environment and Climate Change Canada intends to provide Canadians with a high-level overview of the Global Biodiversity Framework as well as next steps toward updating Canada’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP). Consultations in May and June, 2023 will kick-off engagement activities for the NBSAP by bringing together provinces, territories, and Indigenous organizations, as well as other partners and stakeholders to hear perspectives to inform the strategy. You can learn more at Consultations on Canada's 2030 Biodiversity Strategy
Biologists take the most beautiful –
and interesting – photos!
The ASPB is hosting a photo contest in 2023, and will announce the winners and their prizes at the annual conference (November 22-24). Photos from smartphones are very welcome, as are photos from other cameras. The ASPB is interested in photos showing “this is the practice of biology” and in keeping with that goal, the conference committee will pre-select the Top Ten photos based on the entrant’s ability to capture something biology-related. The winner(s) from those top-ten entrants will be voted on by conference members in attendance at the conference.
The photo submission deadline is October 31, 2023; you can read the submission guidelines HERE.
Court Expands Ability
to Seek Unpaid Overtime
According to Field Law, a new Court of King’s Bench decision has confirmed that employees are not limited to the six months referenced in the Employment Standards Code. With employees no longer limited to six months, they can arguably claim overtime from two years from when the action was begun. Employers should ensure they have enforceable overtime agreements to avoid potentially significant awards for employees who have accrued unpaid overtime.
Janet Bauman Appointed
ASPB Deputy Registrar

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School of Fish Workshop:
Fishes of Alberta - Field Identification
This fish ID course will be instructed by Shona Derlukewich, B.Sc., P. Biol., at Mount Royal University in Calgary on Saturday, May 6, 2023, from 1300h to 1630h. The cost per student is $100; pre-payment by etransfer to hold seat, non refundable after April 22, 2023. Field guides are included in the workshop cost and will be provided to participants upon arrival. Additional details (map for parking and room number) will be supplied to registered participants. To register, email Shona Derlukewich and for more fishy details check out the WEBSITE.
Back to Botany Basics:
Plant Diversity of Ecosystem Resilience
Join the Alberta Native Plant Council (ANPC) for the last webinar in the Back to Botany Basics series, on May 9th, 2023 at 12:00 MST. Plant–pollinator interactions are acknowledged to depend on multiple factors, including the availability of certain plant species. In this webinar, Dr. Jana Vamosi shares her research about how plant diversity influences the resiliency of ecosystems, including plant–pollinator relationships. You can register on the ANPC website or HERE.
Responsible Recreation:
Pathways, Practices and Possibilities 
Recreation and adventure tourism opportunities and activities are expanding globally. However, empirical measures of impacts are often difficult to obtain. This two-day conference hosted by the Columbia Mountains Institute will be an excellent opportunity to network and learn about current thinking on increasing outdoor recreation activities and the effect on wildlife and ecosystems. This event on May 9 and 10, 2023 will be a hybrid event, with both in-person and online participation. Please go HERE for more information.
An Introduction to Mosses of Alberta
Designed for environmental consultants, land reclamation and restoration specialists, biologists, ecologists, and foresters, the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta is offering a 3-day workshop in moss identification from Wednesday, May 17, 2023 through Friday, May 19, 2023. For more information and to register please go HERE.
Pedology Field School (SOIL230 Sp23)
May 29 to 31, 2023 (in-person in the Edmonton area) This 24-h introductory soil science course is fully field-based. The 3-day field school led by Dr. Konstantin Dlusskiy focuses on hands-on experience with application to industry standards.
Whitebark Pine Science and
Management Conference in October
The annual Whitebark Pine Science and Management Conference will take place October 12 and 13, 2023 in Revelstoke, BC. There will also be two optional field trips: a pre-conference trip on October 11 to tour the Kalamalka Research Center in Vernon, and a post-conference trip on October 14 to visit 5-needle pine stands near Golden. Early Bird Registration is open until June 30, and here you can find: Conference details and Registration.

BMC265 - Environmental Impact Assessments
Start Date: June 30 2023

Thanks to the generous support of the Columbia Basin Trust and KCP, we are able to offer this series free of charge. For full details and registration please go

Environmental Field Skills Program (EFS) – Self Paced – May 2 – July 8, 2023
Experimental Design in Ecology – Online, May 2-3, 2023
Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Cranbrook, May 5, 2023
Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Nanaimo, May 10, 2023
Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & North Vancouver, May 11, 2023
Ichthyology – Online, May 11-12, 2023
Technical Writing for Professionals: Proposals – Online, May 11, 2023
Technical Writing for Professionals: Report Writing – Online, May 12, 2023
Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Kamloops, May 16, 2023
Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Saskatoon, May 16, 2023
Boat Electrofishing – Calgary, AB, May 17-18, 2023
Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Prince George, May 17, 2023
Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Cochrane, May 19, 2023
Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Winnipeg, May 23, 2023
Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Dartmouth, May 24, 2023
Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Edmonton, May 24, 2023
Working in and About Water – Online, May 25-26, 2023
Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Whitehorse, May 26, 2023
Wetland Assessment – Online, May 30-31, 2023
Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Fort St John, May 31, 2023
For the full calendar of upcoming courses the link is here:
Spring 2023 Registration Now Open! Biophysical Bootcamp Field Course, Bragg Creek, Alberta, May 30, 2023
Understanding ACIMS Tools Online Course
Alberta Soil Information Viewer Online Course
Alberta Wetland Policy Basics Online Course
Navigating the Alberta Soil Information Viewer Video Short (free)
Registration Link:
Wetland Water Cycle Video Short (free)
Registration Link: 

The Connector is a compilation of applied science and land management event listings, across a variety of sectors and disciplines, published monthly.
You can find the SALMTEC CONNECTOR website HERE.
Janet Bauman Appointed
ASPB Deputy Registrar
Since 2013, Janet Bauman, P. Biol., has served the ASPB in various capacities, including as registration committee chair, assistant registrar and more recently as registrar until Executive Director Dean Falkenberg assumed that role in 2019. She has since served as assistant registrar, and to better reflect growth in the ASPB's regulated membership and the corresponding increase to her workload, Bauman has now been appointed Deputy Registrar. "We are gifted to be able to benefit from Janet Bauman's deep commitment to public service through her ten years of leadership at the ASPB," Falkenberg told the BIWEEKLY on April 28, 2023.
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