CPD Seminar - Sessions Details 2019

CPD Seminars - Session Details 

You MUST register to attend.

Fees only apply to CPD sessions and case study days. Refer to our conference fees for more information 


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 We have nine sessions running concurrently. Please ensure you do not register in two sessions slated for the same time slot.


DATE: MAY 8  Penticton Trade and Convention Centre

Large Room Sessions - Salon C

9:45am-10:15am Rod Boulay

Explosives Regulatory Update ***FREE SESSION***

A discussion on storage issues and the new electronic License Management System. Things that currently affect the avalanche community, with a brief outlook on what the Explosives Regulatory Division is contemplating for the future. Rod Boulay will present on potential enhanced security measures.


Rod Boulay was an Officer in the Canadian Air Forces, working as an Aerospace Engineer and Ammunition Technical Officer. His career extended as an advisor to NATO and DND on ammunitions and explosives. Currently, he is the Regional Manager/Sr Inspector of Explosives, Natural Resources Canada.

10:30am-11:30am Matt MacDonald

Mountain Weather Refresh

Is your meteorology a little foggy? Join professional meteorologist, Matt MacDonald for a review of key mountain meteorology concepts including the importance of flow patterns and the power of atmospheric instability as a forecast tool. Attendees are encouraged to bring laptops and electronic devices to practice the proposed weather analysis workflow and to discover the various components that make up the Avalanche Canada Mountain Weather Forecast.


Matt MacDonald has been working as a meteorologist with Environment Canada for 15 years. Originally from Montreal, he has spent the last 10 years trying to understand the weather in our BC mountains; he thinks he might be starting to figure it out. Matt is an Active Member.


Don McPhalen


Managing Pain in Mountain Environments

Join Dr. Don Mcphalen as he discusses recent advances and changes in practice to assist CAA practitioners in managing pain in mountain environments.  

Don Mcphalen, MD. FRCSC. is the Medical Director for Kananaskis Country Public Safety in Canmore, Alberta and sits on the ICAR Medical Commission. He is an active CAA member, CARDA hopeful and enjoys being the most junior member on the K-country avalanche forecasting team.

2:15pm-4:15pm Jordy Shepherd

Avalanche Search and Rescue Advanced Skills Update

Jordy Shepherd will focus on refreshing the deep burial and multiple burial transceiver skills and strike team conveyor shoveling.


Jordy Shepherd is an ACMG/IFMGA mountain guide, BCA ambassador and instructor. His work experience includes CAA Course Leader for Advanced AvSar skills, mountain and industrial rescue specialist, heli-skiing operations manager, lead guide and licensed real estate agent.


Keith Robine

Avalanche Education: Where do we stand and where are we going?

An independent provider of AST courses, Keith Robine leads a discussion on the current state of avalanche education in Canada: the numbers, the culture, the message and the new book. What is the future?


Keith is a CAA Professional member, working in the avalanche patch since 1990. In addition to guiding, Keith also runs Kootenay Avalanche Courses. Keith and James Floyer co-authored the Avalanche Skills Training Handbook, published by Avalanche Canada in December.


Small Working Group CPD Sessions

May 8, 2019 (unless otherwise listed)

Additional fees apply to these sessions. Space is limited. Register April 2, 2019 to reserve your spot!


8:00am-12:00pm Andrew Jones & Danyelle Magnan The Working Mind First Responders

Education-based program designed to promote mental health and reduce the stigma of mental illness in a first-responder setting. 


Andrew has a Bsc in Biology and Msc in Environment and Management. He started in the avalanche industry on the Kicking Horse ski patrol and has been working as an Avalanche Technician in Rogers Pass since 2010.


Danyelle has a BSc in environmental sciences and is an ACMG Ski Guide. She's been a first responder with Parks Canada for over 15 years and has been working with the Avalanche Control Section in Glacier National Park since 2010.

1:30pm-4:30pm Roger Yim & Kristin Anthony-Malone

Leadership Styles- Improving Your Leadership Through Awareness

This practical, hands-on workshop is designed to help you identify your leadership style and work with your strengths. Based on the curriculum of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), you will learn to work with your strengths and shore up your weaknesses. 


Both Roger Yim (Ski Guide) and Kristin Anthony-Malone (Hiking Guide) are members of the CAA and ACMG who have extensive experience in the field and teaching the NOLS curriculum.




May 9


Evan Stevens

Modern Mapping and Navigation Tools (2 sessions offered)

How to efficiently use modern navigation tools on laptops and phones for moving through the mountains.


Evan Stevens is an IFMGA mountain guide with a degree in cartography. Originally an avalanche forecaster for the USFS out of Utah, he then became an backcountry ski lodge owner/operator. Coming back full circle to his studies, he currently teaches all there is to know about modern navigation tools.


Last Updated March 27, 2019

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