2017 BCWF Annual General Meeting & Convention

NELSON, BC - MAY 4th - 6th, 2017
"Conservation Through Collaboration"


This year’s AGM will be held in Nelson, BC. Nelson is nestled in the Selkirk Mountains along the west arm of Kootenay Lake in the West Kootenay region. Boasting spectacular lake and mountain views, Nelson is also a thriving arts and small business community known as a heritage capital and the Queen city of the Kootenays.

This year's theme is "Conservation Through Collaboration".

Our hosts for the 2017 convention are The Nelson District Rod & Gun Club. Don’t miss their Club Fun Night as they will have a Red Seal chef on hand to prepare a variety of delicious fish and wild game meat as well as a whole roasted hog.

Delegates will want to bring their families to the convention as the Nelson Club has lined up enjoyable spousal activities, including a Creston Skyway Kootenay Lake ferry circle tour and a Castlegar Trail Salmo circle tour. Youth activities will include a visit to the Creston Valley Wildlife Centre, Kokanee mountain zip lining and archery and trap shooting practice at the four indoor and outdoor club ranges.

The BCWF’s 2017 Convention will be held at the waterfront Prestige Lakeside Resort. Outdoor activities and Nelson’s cultural scene are only a few minutes away. Nelson’s Heritage Streetcar #23 arrives outside the front entrance of the resort, just a short ride from historic Baker Street and local museums and galleries.



The 2017 AGM & Convention is guaranteed to be informative, exciting and action packed with a variety of guest speakers and presenters. Keep an eye on our website for agenda updates as we receive confirmations from our invited guests.


Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science, Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, Geist is a specialist on the biology, behaviour and social dynamics of North American large mammals (elk, moose, bighorn sheep and other ungulates).

Professor Geist is a wildlife artist and champion of ethical hunting. He is the author/editor of 17 books and has written seven documentary films. He has acted as an expert witness in many areas, including animal behaviour, environmental policy, native treaties, wildlife law enforcement and policy and wildlife/vehiclecollision cases in the United States and Canada. Professor Geist has testified on wildlife conservation policy in court and before the Parliamentary Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development in Ottawa.  

Evening Events this Year:

Thursday – Meet & Greet Reception @ Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre

Friday – Club Night – Hosted by and at Nelson District Rod Gun Club and Conservation Society

Saturday - Awards Gala Dinner @ Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre

On-Site Conference Registration Desk Hours:

Thursday May 4th – 5:00pm – 9:00pm @ Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre

Friday May 5th – 7:00am – 4:30pm @ Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre

Saturday May 6th – 7:00am – 3:00 noon @ Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre


The 2017 BCWF Draft Agenda is now available for download below.

2017 AGM Draft Agenda

Please Note: This is a Draft Agenda and is subject to change


Accommodations are not included with registration.  AGM Delegates may arrange their own accommodation or take advantage of SPECIAL BCWF ROOM RATES at the Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre and the Prestige Inn Nelson.

Booking and Special Rate deadline: March 24th, 2017

Rooms and rates are based on availability.

Please contact the BCWF office for further information at 1-888-881-2293 ext. 300.

Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre:

701 Lakeside Road, Nelson BC

Group Name:  BC Wildlife Federation

Call Toll Free: 1-877-737-8443   -  mention “BC Wildlife Federation” and Date

Hotel Direct Line: 1-250-352-7222

Or for those wishing to book a room off site, just a short walk away from the Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre

Prestige Inn Nelson:

1301 Front Street, Nelson BC

Group Name:  BC Wildlife Federation

Call Toll Free: 1-877-737-8443  -  mention “BC Wildlife Conference” and Date

Hotel Direct Line: 1-250-352-3595.


The BC Wildlife Federation is please to offer members discounted rates through Budget Car Rental for the 2017 AGM in Nelson, B.C.

Please book in advance to take advantage of this offer and quote the code below when reserving your rental.

Discount Code for Rentals (BCD# A507388) 

To reserve your car rental, please call 1-888-368-7368

Rates are only valid for the following Budget Locations:

Cranbrook, Castlegar, Nelson, Penticton, Kelowna, Vernon, Salmon Arm, Kamloops, Prince George, Duncan, Nanaimo, Parksville, Port Alberni, Courtenay, Comox Airport, Campbell River, Port Hardy

Rates are as follows (Rates do not include taxes and optional coverages/insurances, rates are unlimited kms)

Economy/Compact Car: $41.00/day

Mid-Size Car: $43.00/day

Full Size Car: $46.00/day

SUV & Mini Vans: 15% off Regular Rates 


Please find below Draft Resolutions and Supporting Documents to be presented for consideration at the 2017 AGM & Convention in Nelson, B.C. on May 4-6, 2017, at the Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre.

2017 Draft Resolutions

BCWF Bylaws - Society Act Updates - Overlay Version

BCWF Constitution - Society Act Updates - Overlay Version

BCWF Constitution and By Laws-Societies Act Updates - FINAL DRAFT-March 2 2017

Memo re: changes to CB - From Lawyer

Download a copy of the BCWF Resolutions Manual here.

If you have any further questions regarding the resolutions, please contact the BCWF Chair, Jared Wilkison by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the BCWF office at 1-888-881 BCWF (2293) or email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Submissions are now CLOSED.

BCWF Direct Members (those that are not Members of a Fish & Game Club), are entitled to send voting delegates to represent the Direct Members’ Club at the 2017 BCWF AGM & Convention, in accordance with section 7.2 of the BCWF Constitution & Bylaws.

The BCWF Executive Committee will review applicants from the Direct Members and select delegates up to the eligible number as set out in the voting entitlement in section 7.2 of the Bylaws. These delegates will become representatives of the Direct Members’ Club and each shall be allowed one vote in the deliberations of the Annual General Meeting.

Direct Member delegates chosen will be expected to represent the diverse interests of the Direct Members and speak on their behalf at the AGM. In addition to their participation at the event, the Direct Member delegates are required to submit a written report on the AGM & Convention that will be circulated through BC Outdoors after the event.


Ted Barsby Trophy - Conservationist of the Year 

This trophy honours Ted Barsby of Nanaimo, who was the first president of the B.C. Wildlife Federation as we know it today and is the greatest honour the Federation can bestow on any individual for an outstanding contribution to conservation over many years. Candidates for the Barsby Trophy do not to be members of the BCWF.

Art Downs Memorial Award

The award is for writing that is factual, accurate, well researched and focused on the real issues where governments, private or public companies need to be taken to task on environmental infractions. Priority consideration for winning this award will be given to the author who has managed to bring about change with his/her writing in a significant and positive way.


Bill Otway Award for Most Effective Regional President

  • The Bill Otway Award is given to the Regional President that has the most impact.
  • The jury for this award will be comprised of the BCWF Executive for the Current Year and three Designated Past-Presidents, chosen by the current President. Judgment will be based on the testimony of the person or group nominating the candidate and balanced by the actions and provable results of the nominee.
Bert Palmer Memorial Big Game Trophy 

Bert Palmer, a Vancouver building contractor, had an abiding love for fish, wildlife and the environment.  Bert was an early member of the Vancouver Angling and Game Association, a founding member of the Lower Mainland of BC Gun Association, President of the Lower Mainland Zone, a director of the BC Fish and Game Council and one of the original directors of the BC Federation of Fish & Game Clubs, later to be the BC Wildlife Federation.


Lee Straight Fishing Award

  • The B.C. Wildlife Federation's Lee Straight Fishing Award, which is sponsored by the Pfleiderer Family, is given in memory of BCWF avid fisherman, Lee Straight. This award was instituted in 2004 to give the member anglers of the Federation an equivalent to the Bert Palmer Award and is dedicated to all members "who love to fish".
  • Rules: must be a fish caught in British Columbia; must be caught in the 2016 calendar year; must have picture of fish and angler; must have name and birth date of entrant; must have species, weight, date caught, and name of lake, stream or ocean; must be witnessed.

 Roderick Haig-Brown Conservation Award - Completed Project

  • This prestigious award recognizes the accomplishments of a club whose recently completed conservation project, benefitting fish, wildlife or habitat, is deemed most worthy.

Other Awards Nomination Forms

Frank Shannon Junior Conervation Award 

Wild Sheep Foundation Awards

  • Biggest Sheep Taken in BC
  • Biggest Trophy Other than Sheep Taken in BC
  • Youth Outstanding Big Game Award

Youth Big Game Award 

Youth Fishing Award


For More Information

For more information on the 2016 BCWF Awards, contact the BCWF office at 1-888-881-BCWF (2293) / 604-882-9988 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For a complete set of nomination forms, click on the following link: 2016 BCWF Awards - Nomination Forms