January 2021

Bear Safety Review: Using Bear Biology to Help Keep You Safe

Organized by the Engineers and Geoscientists in the Resource Sector Division

Status: Advanced registration is now closed. Please contact Stuart Nash at 604.558.6655 for more information. Thank you.
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Time: Log-in: 11:45 AM
Webinar: 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
Location: Webinar
Credit: 1 Informal Continuing Education (CE) Hours
Cost: Engineers and Geoscientists in the Resource Sector Division member: $15 + GST = $15.75

Engineers and Geoscientists BC registrant (Professional or EIT/GIT): $20 + GST = $21.00

Non-registrant of Engineers and Geoscientists BC: $25 + GST = $26.25 (Note: Non-registrants need to create an online account prior to registering for webinars. See below for more details.)

Group webinar presentation (for office environments): $45 + GST = $47.25

Students: $10 + GST = $10.50

Please note that all attendees must have an online account with Engineers and Geoscientists BC prior to registering for webinars. For non-registrants and first-time users, this will mean creating a new account. Once your account is created, please login and return to the event registration page to complete your registration.

We highly encourage attendees to consider becoming a member of the Division for discounts on webinars, participation in the Division LinkedIn group, and inclusion in monthly newsletters keeping members informed of upcoming events. More information about the Division can be found here: Engineers and Geoscientists in the Resource Sector Division
Contact: For registration inquiries, please contact Garth Lord at [email protected].
Note: If you purchase the Group Registration, there is no need to enter your guests or you will be charged additionally for each guest.
Important Dates: Please register by Friday, January 22.
In this webinar, our speaker, Tony Hamilton, RPBio, M.Sc., will focus on bear biology, including how a priori knowledge of seasonal food and habitat selection and sign interpretation can be used to help stay safe. He will review the differences between black and grizzly bear encounters, defensive or predatory situations, and provide an updated summary of BC bear attack circumstances and statistics.

Please come prepared to describe your recent bear encounters: Did you do the right thing? Did you know why the bear did what it did? What would you do differently? How would you advise your colleagues on the basis of your encounter? If you had a recent encounter you are willing to share with the group, please let us know in advance during registration. He will give us his perspective on what happened, why, and whether you did—or perhaps didn’t—respond appropriately. If time permits, Tony will also attempt to answer any questions you may have about BC bears, not necessarily related to safety.


A.N. (Tony) Hamilton, RPBio, M.Sc. (Forestry)

Tony is a semi-retired bear biologist currently contracted by the Okanagan Nation Alliance to assist with Grizzly bear recovery planning in the Manning and Skagit Park area. Tony worked for the Ministry of Environment on bears from 1982–2018 as a researcher and manager, with specialties in bear-forestry interactions, land use planning and cumulative effects of major project development. He is a regular educator on human-bear conflict prevention, including worker safety in bear country and has recently helped the Forest Practices Board and FLNROD Inventory Branch review and update their field crews’ bear knowledge safety practices and protocols.

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