Training Courses

On Sunday June 7, 2020, several training courses will be offered, click on the buttons below to have more information. 

For your convenience, training courses registration is integrated to the registration process. As the number of attendees are limited, we strongly suggest you to book your place at the same time as you register for the Québec REConference.

The training course will be confirmed to attendees no later than March 15 depending on the number of attendees received. In the event of a cancellation, participants will be refunded the full amount.

*Please note that coffee breaks are included but lunch is not included for all Training Courses. There is an afordable cafeteria or food court nearby.*

Sunday June 7, 2020, from 08h30 to 16h30, Université Laval
Convenor: Emily Gonzalez, Parks Canada


Summary: This training course will introduce concepts for collaborative strategic restoration planning. Participants will be introduced to the five-step adaptive management framework that has become the international standard in conservation and restoration planning: The Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation.

Restoration practitioners have only recently begun using rigorous approaches to their work.  In contrast, other industries, from accounting to medicine to manufacturing, have developed streamlined processes, standard practices, and knowledge banks that allow those industries to work efficiently, leverage prior knowledge, interact with each other, and prove the value of their products and services to clients and investors. 

The OS is flexible and applicable by an individual on a small site or at a regional scale while collaborating with multiple jurisdictions. The OS promotes accountability and transparency. As an added bonus, a user-friendly software package (Miradi) helps practitioners adhere to the standards, prioritize actions, and monitor intervention results and restoration outcomes.

The OS integrates with, and is recommended by, the International Principles and Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration because the OS helps teams design and implement restoration initiatives, test their assumptions, learn from their actions, and adapt for success. 


Number of participants (Min/Max): 20 / 50

Price: $ 30 CAD (including two coffee breaks, excluding lunch)


Training Course affiliated with CLRA/SER
Sunday June 7, 2020, from 13h00 to 17h00, Université Laval
Convenor: David Polster, Polster Environmental Services Inc.


Summary: Natural systems have been ‘restoring’ disturbed sites (landslides, volcanic eruptions, shoreline erosion, etc.) for millions of years.  By understanding how these natural systems operate they can be applied to sites humans disturb (mines, industrial developments, etc.).  Natural systems initiate recovery using pioneering species such as Willows (Salix spp.), Balsam Poplar (Populus balsamifera L.) or Alder (Alnus spp.).  The seeds of these species are designed to travel long distances and use commonly occurring conditions to get established.  Balsam Poplar and Willows have light fluffy seeds that at some times of the year look like snow.  They land on puddles or other waterbodies and are blown to the wet mud at the edges of the puddle or on the shore of the waterbody where they germinate and grow.  By creating these conditions (making puddles) on a mine site these species can be encouraged to establish on sites that are being reclaimed.  The cost of these treatments are a fraction of traditional reclamation costs and because the resulting vegetation is appropriate to the area and the site where it establishes, natural processes can provide effective strategies for the reclamation of mining disturbances.  Examples are drawn from the author’s experience.

Number of participants (Min/Max): 30 / 50

Price: $ 50 CAD (including two coffee breaks, excluding lunch)


Sunday June 7, 2020, from 08h30 to 16h30, Université Laval
Convenor: Alain Armellin, Environment and Climate Change Canada


Summary: The Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) is a national program in Canada used to assess the integrity of aquatic ecosystems using benthic invertebrate communities.  Developed by researchers from Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), CABIN is network of networks composed of academics, government agencies, non-government organizations, consultants community led monitoring groups, and First Nations. 

The CABIN protocol has been used in wadeable streams since 2003. Last summer 2019, ECCC launched a new CABIN standardized protocol for sampling invertebrates in wetlands. 

The collection of the macroinvertebrate community and the complementary physical and chemistry methods of this protocol can be used to monitor the health and restoration of wetlands, as well as to assess the integrity of undisturbed wetlands. The advantages of using macroinvertebrates are that  they reflect conditions at specific locations, show cumulative impacts, and they are sensitive to a variety of disturbances. Macroinvertebrates are present in all fresh water ecosystems and they are a key part of aquatic food webs. 

This one-day training course will be a hands-on field practicum. We will drive to one or two wetlands in Quebec City area and the instructors will provide a short demo of the protocol. Proceeding the demonstration, the participants will practice the particular macroinvertebrates sampling technique in wetlands and other field collection methods for this protocol. Upon completion of this one-day training course, the participants will receive a CABIN “field assistant” certification.

Please refer to the CABIN Website [CABIN] for more details on the program and the certification process.

Number of participants (Min/Max): 10 / 30

Price: $ 50 CAD (including two coffee breaks, excluding lunch)


Training Course affiliated with SWS
Sunday June 7, 2020, from 09h00 to 17h00, Université Laval
Convenor: Dan Schmutz, Greenman-Pedersen Inc.


Summary: This one day training course will provide a gentle introduction to the somewhat arcane world of R, covering topics useful for those with no prior exposure to the software as well as those interested in more advanced applications. This free, open source system for statistical computation and graphics has become the de facto standard for ecologists with more than half of published scientific papers now using the software. Given its flexibility and widespread adoption by the scientific community, R training has broad applicability for restoration professionals and wetland scientists working in all contexts requiring data management, statistical analysis, and graphical presentation of data. R allows precise documentation of steps taken in data processing in order to provide reproducible results in alignment with the Open Science movement. Graphical user interfaces and integrated development environments now make R much more user friendly for beginners (i.e., more point-and-click and less command line). Users have contributed over 13,000 packages to R, greatly extending its capabilities. Bring your laptop, if possible, as the workshop will include a hands-on portion. 

Number of participants (Min/Max): 17 / 50

Price: $ 55 CAD (including two coffee breaks, excluding lunch)


Training Course affiliated with SER
Sunday June 7, 2020, from 08h30 to 12h00, Université Laval
Convenor: Brick Fevold, General Dynamics Information Technology


Summary: What do reclamation, restoration, and rewilding all have in common? A dependence upon reliable field data to accurately assess ecosystem conditions, inform effective decision making, and to provide empirical evidence on the effectiveness of management or policy actions. In this course, participants will obtain a basic understanding on the concepts of re-measurements, measurement error tolerance, data quality acceptance criteria (DQAC), and their role in the collection of reliable field data. Planning for and conducting re-measurements for quality control assessment is an essential component to any monitoring program. Re-measurements provide the empirical data necessary to estimate measurement uncertainty and evaluate conformance with DQAC used to assess precision, bias and accuracy for compliance with data quality objectives. Participants will engage with the speakers, and each other, in practical exercises demonstrating the value of conducting re-measurements while learning the mechanics of establishing measurement error tolerance and DQAC for ecological data. This course will conclude with instructors introducing how re-measurements can be designed to represent Quality-Control Field Checks integrated into broader project or program quality management planning. Participants will walk away with a digital copy of a compendium of the presentations, exercises, and recommended resources. The instructors of this short course are co-authors of the publication “Application of Quality Assurance and Quality Control Principles to Ecological Restoration Project Monitoring”, EPA-905-K-19-001 ( recently published by the USEPA Great Lakes National Program Office and the Interagency Ecological Restoration Quality Committee. This course is provided under EPA contract (EP-C-17-024) in support of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Number of participants (Min/Max): 20 / 50

Price: $ 15 CAD (including one coffee break, excluding lunch)


Sunday June 7, 2020, from 08h30 to 16h30, Université Laval
Convenor: Marie-Claire LeBlanc, Université Laval, Peatland Ecology Research Group & François Quinty, WSP Group


Summary: Peatlands represent an important carbon sink and the restoration of disturbed peatlands can contribute to the return of ecosystem function including carbon sequestration. As of today, more than 1,200 hectares of peatlands have been restored across Canada by the Moss Layer Transfer Technique (MLTT). More than 25 years of research and partnership between the Peatland Ecology Research Group and the Canadian horticultural peat industry led to the development of an efficient technique for the restoration of cutover bogs where peat extraction activities occurred. The MLTT is know for his high plant species transfer rate resulting in the establishment of peatland plant communities sustaining the return of the carbon sequestration function within 10-15 years. 

This Training Course is dedicated to examining each step of the MLTT, from planning to conducting and assessing the success of restoration projects. Through numerous examples and case studies, participants will learn how to plan, perform and monitor peatland restoration projects. Cutover peatlands extracted for peat extraction are the focus of the course, but examples from other environments (mines, linear disturbances, wetland management) will be discussed. The course will also be an opportunity to exchange about lessons learned and new ways of achieving cost-efficient and ecologically-sound peatland restoration projects. 

Participants to this Training Course should also consider registering to the mid-conference excursion “Visit of different peatland landscapes”, during which a site restored by the MLTT, along with its donor site will be visited.

Number of participants (Min/Max): 20 / 50

Price: $ 60 CAD (including two coffee breaks, excluding lunch)


Location : 

Université Laval
Pavillon Paul-Comtois
2425, rue de l'Agriculture, local 1122
Québec (Québec) G1V 0A6 Canada

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Important Preliminary Dates

Call for abstracts starts
November 28, 2019 Now open

Registration starts
December 10, 2019

Abstract submission deadline
January 30, 2020

Abstract acceptance notice
March 2, 2020

Early bird and presenting author registration deadline
March 15, 2020

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