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Integrated Environmental Plant Management Association

of Western Canada (I.E.P.M.A.)

15th Annual Conference
Thursday & Friday, January 27/28, 2011
A Two-Day Educational & Informational Event in Kelowna, B.C.
● As usual, the IEPMA is offering a wide range of topics for our 2011 Conference, including presentations on IPM,
GPS systems, new pest problems, a report from the PMRA, equipment calibration, how to comply with regula-
tions, and much more.
● An influential documentary on the deadly effects of environmental activism will be presented—in its first public
viewing in Western Canada.
● Thisis probably our most information-packed and relevant conference in 15 years. It is unusual to have such an
opportunity to hear so many high-quality and influential speakers in one conference, so this is definitely one
event you should not miss.

Keynote Speakers
Paul Driessen, Fairfax, Virginia—Author and senior policy adviser for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow,
a public policy organization that promotes environmental stewardship and the enhancement of human health and welfare. He writes
and speaks frequently on energy, the environment, economic development, malaria eradication, human rights, and corporate social

Dr. Gilbert Ross, New York, New York―Medical Director and Executive Director of the American Council on
Science and Health, author, and Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine (which establishes certification requirements
and sets standards for internal medicine). He has appeared on many radio and national television programs, including ABC, Fox, and
CNN, and speaks on the real nature of pesticides and carcinogenic risk.

Dr. Rutledge Taylor, Los Angeles, California—Medical Doctor and writer, producer, and director of a recently
released compelling documentary that provides a disturbing look at what happens when science is discarded in favour of activist fab-
Jeffrey Lowes, Kingston, Ontario―Director of Government Relations & Environmental Policy, MREP Communications.
Among other topics, Jeffrey will provide an update on the effects of the Ontario pesticide ban and subsequent civil actions.

Environmental Activism: Dismissing Science, Embracing Myth

Besides providing you with our usual outstanding offering of presentations covering the knowledge you need about the pro-
fession in which you work, we are pleased to host internationally known and respected experts on pesticides and environmen-
talism. This is where you will learn the scientific information needed to answer questions from clients, colleagues, or employ-
ees, and how activism has been destructive to human lives. Anyone involved with the use of pesticides needs to know as much
about the true nature of these products as possible.
With a number of Provinces and many municipalities across Canada passing pesticide prohibitions, it is imperative that you
learn the real facts and science of pesticides—as well as how to respond to the myths, mistruths, and misinformation being fed
to all levels of government and the public by activists who care more about ideology than science, and more about their view of
the ‘environment’ than human health.
Plan now to attend: this is a conference you cannot afford to miss!

Those wishing to attend should register as early as possible, since attendees are being
invited from throughout Western Canada


▪ British Columbia Applicators
▪ Alberta Applicators
▪ International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
See the IEPMA website at
Thursday, January 27 ― IEPMA of Western Canada 15th Annual Conference
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

8:15―Jacquie Doherty, IEPMA President: Welcome to the 2010 Conference

John Holland, IEPMA Communications Director: Explanation of Continuing Education Credits (BC, Alberta, ISA)
Dudley Gordon, IEPMA Vice-President, Speaker Introductions
8:30—Ministry of Environment’s Compliance and Enforcement Strategy: Results so far and future
directions—Andreas Wins-Purdy, IPM Technician, BC Ministry of Environment, Penticton, B.C.
● In the last couple of years, the Ministry of Environment has employed a number of different approaches aimed at improving compliance
with the IPM Act. These have included promotion of IPM adoption, verification of compliance with pesticide use records, and field inspec-
tions conducted with the Conservation Officer Service. The results of these efforts will be discussed, as well as aspects of our future ap-
proach toward gaining and maintaining compliance with our legislation.

9:00—Complying with Complicated Legislation—a common sense approach, Paul Visentin, Cranbrook,
● Having spent 32 years as a Conservation Officer enforcing environmental legislation, Paul will provide the basis for a better understand-
ing of the complex rules in BC and Alberta surrounding pesticide application.

9:30—Girdling Roots―Don Burnett, Certified Arborist and Garden Consultant, Kelowna, B.C.
● I predict 80 percent of the trees planted today will be dead or in decline within 10 years due to girdling roots. My presentation will outline
a history of nursery stock production and the path we have taken to get into this dilemma. There are ways to stop this.

10:30—Coffee Break
10:45―Epidemiology, Pesticides, and Environmentalism―John J. Holland, Communications Director, IEPMA,
Kelowna, BC
● Environmental activists have convinced many in the public—as well as numerous municipal and provincial politicians—that modern pesti-
cides as presently used are causing, or capable of causing, great harm to human health. The ‘growing body of evidence’ to which they
inevitably refer—and which they insist is sufficient ‘proof’ of harm—consists of selected epidemiological studies. Never discussed are the
major problems with epidemiology and the often contradictory results obtained through the use of limited and inexact epidemiological tools.
This presentation will provide an overview of both the history of, and the problems with, epidemiology, with reference to specific epidemiol-
ogical studies on pesticides as examples. Also covered will be clear examples of the adverse effects of following the advice of activists.

12:00—Lunch: A hot lunch is provided for participants

1:00―Pesticides: Powerful Weapons for Protecting Human Health… and Human Rights—
Paul Driessen, author and senior policy adviser for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow, Fairfax, Virginia
● Opposition to DDT and other insecticides to control malaria in poor countries is equivalent to opposing chemotherapy to cure cancer. We
should always be cognizant of risks and side effects, and strive to minimize them. But we must never let the (often exaggerated or purely
conjectural) risks of using life-saving chemicals overwhelm or exclude the benefits of using them.
The pest management industry has an opportunity to join this policy debate, to challenge and defeat the forces of darkness, disease and
death. Paul Driessen’s talk will provide powerful intellectual ammunition for carrying the battle to the human rights violators.

2:30―Spotted Wing Drosophila: A Serious Pest of Soft Fruit—Dr. Susanna Acheampong, Entomologist,
Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, Kelowna, B.C.
● Spotted wing drosophila, a new vinegar fruit fly pest was first detected in the Central Okanagan and Fraser valleys of B.C. in 2009. It
attacks thin-skinned fruit including cherry, raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, black berry, peach, plum, nectarine and grapes. Information on
identification, biology, monitoring and control options will be presented.

3:00―Coffee Break
3:15―Impacts and Actions–Jeffrey Lowes, Director of Government Relations & Environmental Policy, MREP Communi-
cations, Kingston, Ontario.
● Jeffrey will present different points of view and an update on the legal proceedings and civil actions by the tree and lawn care industry in
Ontario. Since Ontario’s ‘cosmetic’ pesticide ban was enacted on Earth Day, April 22, 2009, the Province has claimed that “Ontario’s
lawns, gardens, school yards and parks are a lot healthier.” This is a good example of what can occur when facts get in the way of a good
story. The industry experienced $500 million in losses in the first year of the ban and over $600 million in the second year. In a short video
presented by Jeffrey, you will hear from Ontario companies on how they were affected by the ban and what they are doing to move forward.

4:15 p.m.—End of Day Sessions for Day 1

Special Evening Documentary Presentation:

7:00―3 Billion and Counting: a documentary, personally presented by its writer, director, and pro-
ducer, Dr. Rutledge Taylor (Los Angeles, California). This compelling film, presented for the first time
in Western Canada, is a look at what happens when human health takes a back seat to the goals of
environmental activism. A question-and-answer period by Dr. Taylor will follow the film.
Friday, January 28
8:15 a.m. — Opening of Day 2
Welcome to Day 2: Dudley Gordon, Vice-President, IEPMA

8:30―Equipment Calibration and IPM―Robson Rogon, Professional Agrologist (P.Ag), Purity Feed Ltd., Kamloops,
● An understanding of the importance of equipment calibration in the development and implementation of an Integrated
Pest Management program is provided, along with an overview of basic safety requirements for the personal protection of
applicators working within the pesticide application industry.
9:30―Simply GPS—Doug Unger, President, Pro-tec Systems Ltd., Onoway, Alberta
● The presentation will centre on the need in our industry for a simple, yet effective, GPS system which gives the operator
the means to provide operator/weather/spray data, pictures of area sprayed, and an invoice for the work completed—all
from the guidance system on/in the vehicle. I hope to help others see through all of the mystery surrounding these systems
to the actual usable simple GPS system and how easy it is to use. Basically, I'll try to remove all the layers of fluff and show
how a simple systems works.

10:30—Coffee Break
10:45―PMRA Registration Updates―Yvonne Herbison, Regional Pesticide Officer, Pest Management Regulatory
Agency (PMRA), Kelowna, B.C.
● Updates on Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency's recent pesticide registration decisions, policies, and

11:15―More cost effective and environmentally sustainable nutrition for beautiful landscapes—
Kenneth Dart, National Technical and Marketing Manager, Agro-K Inc., Wenatchee, Washington
● Provided will be an explanation of how to improve the quality and sustainability of ornamental, turf, and small garden land-
scapes by understanding the relationship between plant nutrition and plant physiology. This will be a practical discussion of
how to get better plant health without waste and unintended side effects.

12:00—Lunch: A hot lunch is provided for participants

1:00―Understanding the Real Nature of Pesticides and Carcinogenic Risk―Dr. Gilbert Ross, Medical
Director and Executive Director of the American Council on Science and Health, New York, New York.
● Since its founding in 1978, the American Council on Science and Health has been dedicated to separating real, proven
health risks from unfounded health “scares” based on questionable, hypothetical, or even nonexistent scientific evidence.
The public aversion to chemicals and risk has arisen due to a variety of factors: advances in biochemical science allowing
the detection of ever smaller amounts of chemicals; evolution of the Internet and social media; emergence of environmental
advocacy organizations staffed mostly with committed activists but with few scientists; uncritical or outright biased media
reporting about claims of risks from chemicals; industry capitulation to campaigns against their products; scientists remain-
ing mute in the face of clearly false claims about chemicals, including pesticides; government inclination to respond to exag-
gerated claims in politically safe but scientifically unsound ways; and the erosion of public trust in authority, including of gov-
ernment, industry and the scientific community. In my discussion, I will argue that we misunderstand the nature of pesti-
cides, our number one technology for protecting our crops. Our misunderstanding starts in failure to perceive their need,
failure to see how they protect us against natural toxins in addition to protecting our yields, and failure to understand that if
we are exposed to them, their fate is ultimately the same as any biochemical, natural or made by our own hands.

2:30—Knowing Your Spray Equipment ―Kim Blagborne, President and Owner, Slimline Manufacturing,
• What you should know before buying a pump, and the basic do’s and don’ts of pump maintenance.

3:00 p.m.—End of Conference

3:15—Annual IEPMA General Meeting: Election of IEPMA Executive, General Discussions, Old and New
We have arranged a special Conference Price with the Ramada Hotel: $107/night (plus taxes). When booking your room, refer
to ‘IEPMA Block Booking’. The Ramada has placed a limited number of rooms on hold for us until January 12, 2011. Book
early, as after this date the same rate can only be honoured if rooms are available.
Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre: 2170 Harvey Avenue (Hwy 97 South at Dilworth Drive), Kelowna, B.C.
Ramada toll-free number: 1-800-665-2518

You have 3 options for attending the Conference, as follows:


• $249 for first registrant

• $195 for each of second or more registrants from the same company/organization

(B) ONLY Day 1 (Thursday)

• $199 for first registrant

• $199 for each of second or more registrants from the same company/organization

(C) ONLY Day 2 (Friday)

• $199 for first registrant

• $199 for each of second or more registrants from the same company/organization

Please Note: Cancellations after January 17, 2011 will result in a 50% cancellation charge
For more information, phone: John Holland (Kelowna) @ 250-764-7628; Jacquie Doherty (Kamloops) @ 250-578-8383;
Dudley Gordon (Penticton) @ 250-488-0899; OR email to
Please PRINT CLEARLY all requested information below. Email addresses are used to send members updates during
Circle Option

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Cost for: (A) Full Conference (B) Day 1 Only (C) Day 2 Only

• first participant $249 $199 $199

• each additional participant $195 $199 $199

Paid attendance can include (at no extra cost) 1-year membership in the IEPMA, subject to Executive approval
YES, I wish to be an IEPMA member (please check box)

Total amount owing (No GST): $_____________ May be paid by either cheque or money order (Sorry—no credit cards)
Payment must be received by January 17/10. Add $25 per person if sent after this date

Mail cheque/money order to: IEPMA, Box 28182, RPO East Kelowna, Kelowna, BC V1W 4A6

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