Special Events

Informal Welcome Social

For guests arriving on Monday, April 10, join fellow conference participants at our conference venue/hotel, the Hotel RL, for appetizers, a cash bar, and great conversation with old friends and new acquaintances. The Welcome Social will begin at 6:00pm and end at 8:00pm.

Student/Mentor Panel & Mixer

Join Fisheries Professionals in a panel discussion of career paths and opportunities following graduation, followed by a chance to mingle informally. The Student/Mentor Mixer will be held the evening of Tuesday, April 11th from 5-6:30pm. A cash bar will be available to help stimulate the discussion!

Panel members:

– Jessica Walston, Fisheries Biologist II for the Kalispel Natural Resources Department

– Chris Moan, Fisheries Habitat Biologist for AVISTA

– Paul Spruell Ph.D, Assistant Professor at EWU

Would you like to volunteer to be on the mentor panel? Please see details here: 2017 Call for Mentors.

Poster Session & Exhibitor Social

Join your fellow conference attendees on Tuesday, April 11th from 6-8pm (right after the Student/Mentor Mixer) for a full evening of good food and beverages at the cash bar. Of course, you’ll also enjoy learning about the latest research, management, and technology while perusing through the Poster Session and the exhibitor tables at the Trade Show.

Spawning Run and Walk

It’s time for our annual AGM Spawning Run & Walk! This is a fun, non-competitive, 5K event that will start at 11am on Tuesday, April 11th. The race will start on the south side of the Hotel RL at the foot bridge and finish in the Havermale Meadow in Riverfont Park. The cost to participate is $12, with all proceeds going directly to WA-BC Chapter activities. The first 100 registrants will get a stainless steel water bottle! Be sure to sign up ASAP here!

WA-BC Chapter Annual Business Meeting

All Chapter members are welcome to attend the Annual Business Meeting to be held in Grand Ballroom B on Wednesday, April 12th from 12:00-1:20pm. If you would like to become a member and attend this meeting, you can do so at any time during the conference by visiting the AGM registration table. A buffet lunch will be offered to members attending this Annual Business Meeting.

Silent Auction

This year’s Silent Auction is going to be terrific thanks to the hard work of our student subunit members and the generosity of many donors. Check out the Silent Auction tables between 5:30-6:30pm on Wednesday, April 12th and remember to bid early and often! There will be a cash bar open to get the evening off to a fun start. Remember, all proceeds go to support our students through Student Travel Awards to attend AFS conferences. See some of the items up for bid here.

Banquet & Live Entertainment

Enjoy a delicious banquet while we announce the recipients of this year’s WA-BC Chapter Awards on Wednesday, April 12th from 6:30-9:00pm. We are thrilled to have Haley Young & The Bossame performing while you close the night out with some dancing.