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2017 SFI Annual Policy Conference and Big Splash Gala Fundraiser

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Vancouver, BC

Annual Industry Policy Conference 

On Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 the SFI will hold its Annual Industry Policy Conference at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver in Vancouver.  This event has become a key forum where elected officials, public servants and those in the sport fishing industry can meet, share their perspectives on trends, innovations and issues facing the recreational fishery.

This year’s theme is Sharing Knowledge. The conference begins with a hot lunch buffet at 11:30am and continues until 5pm, just in time for the Big Splash Gala Fundraiser.

Tickets are on sale now through eventbrite or by contacting our office at 604-946-0734 or 250-591-0734 or

Big Splash Gala Fundraiser 

We are pleased to be hosting our 19th Annual Big Splash Gala Fundraiser at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver in Vancouver, BC on Thursday November 23rd, 2017.

Over the years, many changes have occurred in the fishery. Without our efforts, the fishery and public access to BC fishery resources would look very different than they do today. Issues including those related to allocation, adequate funding for sound management of our fisheries, licensing and transport of catch, and understanding of the social and economic benefits generated by recreational fishing still persist and have potentially significant impacts on recreational opportunities now and in the future. Now more than ever, we need your support as we face these challenges so that we can continue to provide a strong, unified and determined voice for the sport fishing community.

Please join us on November 23rd at 5:30pm for an exquisite sit down dinner provided by the talented chefs at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Our event is expected to draw more than 300 guests and supporters from all over BC and we welcome you to attend and support sport fishing in BC!

Tickets are on sale now through eventbrite or by contacting our office at 604-946-0734 or 250-591-0734 or






2017 Agenda and Presenter details will be available soon. We look forward to hearing from DFO scientists and senior staff, BCWF representatives, Fishing BC and Destination BC and others relevant to the sport fishing industry and community.  In the meantime please see the 2016 agenda and a number of the presentations from last year’s conference to provide a sense of the variety that you can expect on November 23, 2017


2016 SFI Conference Agenda – Sharing Responsibility

Vision Implementation Program : Gerry Kristianson, SFAB and SFI
FishingBC App Update : Owen Bird, SFI
Guide and Lodge Catch Logbooks : Martin Paish, SFI and Wilf Luedke, DFO

Pacific Salmon Foundation  : Dr. Brian Riddell
BC Wildlife Federation : Al Martin
SARA Planning – Killer Whales : Sheila Thornton, DFO
Yelloweye Rockfish and Boccaccio Update : Caroline Wells, DFO
Fishing BC Marketing Initiative : Matt Jennings, BCFROA
Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC : Adrian Clarke



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