May 2016

Breakfast Seminar: The ECHO Program – Working To Reduce The Impact Of Ocean Traffic On Whales

Organized by the Vancouver Branch of APEGBC

Status: Advanced registration is now closed or the event is full. For space availability, please contact [email protected] Thank you.
Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Time: 6:30 AM-9:00 AM: "The ECHO Program" Breakfast Seminar
Location: Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre, 180 W. Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Krista Trounce
Project Manager for the Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) Program at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
Credit: 1.5 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $60.00

Non-Member Price: $65.00

Student Member Price: $25.00
The Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) Program is led by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (Port Metro Vancouver). The ECHO Program is undertaking a variety of short-term scientific projects that study the effects of vessel traffic on whales, and how these effects may be mitigated.

The presentation will talk about the importance of multi-stakeholder collaboration and engagement to meet program goals, highlight the state-of-the art underwater listening station in the Strait of Georgia that uses hydrophones and AIS to measure the sound signatures of vessels, and describe how computer modelling is being used to simulate vessel movement and underwater noise distribution to allow for modelling of mitigation measures.


6:30 AM – 7:00 AM:Registration and Networking
7:00 AM: Breakfast Served (Buffet format)
7:30 AM – 8:45 AM: Featured Presentation by Krista Trounce
9:00 AM: Closing


Krista Trounce
Project Manager, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

Krista Trounce is a project manager who is using her background in engineering to help marine mammals and ocean-going vessels co-exist in BC’s waters. Krista is the Project Manager for the Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) Program at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. The ECHO Program is a collaborative research and management initiative which aims to better understand and manage the potential threats to at-risk whale species from commercial vessel activities throughout the southern coast of British Columbia.

Krista brings to the ECHO Program a B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering, nearly 20 years of experience, a willingness to learn and adapt, and an open mind. Her background includes the investigation and remediation of contaminated sites, with a significant focus on human and ecological risk assessment from environmental contaminants.

After 17 years as project manager and environmental consultant to government and industry in Ontario, Krista left the private sector to fill a contract position with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (Port Metro Vancouver), acting as the contaminated sites specialist. When the opportunity arose to transition to a project management position with the ECHO Program, Krista jumped at the chance to apply her experience to a different subject area. Although new to the world of marine mammals, a background in engineering teaches one to be a quick study and a problem solver, skills which can be applied to any topic.       


  • Seating is limited. Please register ASAP to secure your seat.
  • For group bookings or to sponsor this event, please contact Tim Verigin at the APEGBC head office [email protected].
  • For more information about this seminar, please contact the Vancouver Branch at [email protected].

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