2019 Canadian Forest Genetics Association Conference

August 19 to 23, 2019

Thanks you for attending the 2019 CFGA Conference

A week of very interesting presentations, discussions and a great field trip is over. Thanks to all who participated and supported our 2019 CFGA conference “Applied forest genetics – where do we want to be in 2049? “. We had a great attendance of over 110 participants for this joint meeting together with the “Tree Seed Working Group”, the GE3LS and the “Poplar and Willow council of Canada”.

A thank you to the students, post-docs and researchers for their excellent volunteer oral communications and poster presentations. We are also grateful to the four keynotes speakers who shared their thoughts and expertise during very entertaining presentations and who set the stage for our discussions. A special thanks to all the volunteers (including the moderators, timekeepers and judges for student awards, etc.) that helped in making this event a success.

Nathalie, Patrick and the rest of the team of organizers

Congratulations to the winners of 2019 CFGA Student Awards

Hughes La Vigne

(Université de Sherbrooke)

“Carl Heimburger Award” for the best oral presentation

Rafael Candido Ribeiro

(University of British Columbia)

“Gene Namkoong Award” for the best poster

Conference Program Overview

(Updated Aug. 1. Subject to change):

Detailed Conference Program

(Updated Aug. 15. Full Program):​

Guidelines for Posters

•    Poster must be 4 x 3 feet or 3 x 4 feet in size.

•    Velcro for fixing posters to the boards will be provided.

•    Please summarize the information, limit the text of your poster space and use visuals to generate discussions, BE CREATIVE.

•    For a conference special activity, authors are asked to send us a question whose answer can be found on their poster.

For example:

•    Manuel Lamothe works on which species?
•    Does Karelle Rheault work on biotic or abiotic factors?
•    Which group is working on wood identification?
•    Please send your question to the following email address:  acgf2019cfga@gmail.com


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Tree Seed Working Group

GE3LS Group

Canadian Council of Poplar and Willow

Wednesday visit of Vieux-Québec and dinner

Transportation will be provided for conference participants and their companion.

Departure time from Manoir du Lac Delage : 15:00

Departure time from Vieux-Québec (return to the Manoir du Lac Delage) : 22:30

Friday Field Trip

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Guest Speakers

Janice Cooke

Connecting genotype with phenotype: it takes a village 

Janice Cooke is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta. Janice received her BSc from the University of Victoria, and worked as a technician at the Weyerhaeuser Technology Centre before returning to school to complete her PhD at the University of Alberta. She went on to do a postdoc at the University of Florida, and was a research associate at Université Laval before arriving at the University of Alberta in 2005. She has been involved in forest biology research for over 25 years. For the last 15 years, Janice has been using genomics technologies to better understand how trees respond to their environment.

Heidi Dungey

Transformation of forest tree breeding in New Zealand through genomics, propagation and remote sensing

Dr. Dungey specialises in tree breeding and genetic resource characterisation for commercial forestry species including radiata pine, Douglas-fir, cypresses, eucalypts and redwoods. Her research encompasses quantitative and ecological genetics and breeding, including the application of new technologies in tree breeding programmes. As leader of Scion’s genetics research programme, Heidi works closely with New Zealand seed producers and forest growers to ensure breeding strategies are tailored to meet consumer needs.

Shannon Hagerman

Trees, trust and genomics: Leveraging social science insights in the pursuit of climate resilient forests

Shannon Hagerman is an Assistant Professor of Social-Ecological Systems in the Department of Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia. Her research examines the science-policy-management interface in the context of adapting conservation and resource management to the impacts of climate change. She is particularly interested in dilemmas associated with proposals for novel interventions (such as assisted migration). Her research uses qualitative and quantitative social science methods to investigate the diverse ways in which people (publics, experts, stakeholders) perceive the risks and benefits of novel interventions, the preferences for policy alternatives that they hold, and the logics of these preferences. Insights from her novel interventions research over the past decade emphasize the importance of understanding how trust, and values-based commitments influence attitudes about novel, climate adaptive interventions for conservation and resource management. Dr. Hagerman is the co-lead for the GE3LS research (short for “genomics and its ethical, environmental, economic, legal and social aspects”) with the CoAdapTree: Healthy Trees for Future Climates project funded by Genome Canada. She is also the principal investigator on two federally funded (SSHRC) projects investigating novel interventions in conservation, and science-policy interactions in global conservation governance. Dr. Hagerman received her PhD in resource management and environmental studies at the University of British Columbia.

Christian Landry

From Reading to Writing Genomes to Understand and Tame Evolution

Dr. Landry is a full professor in the Department of Biology and the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Bioinformatics at Université Laval. He is a researcher at the Institut de Biologie Intégrative et des Systèmes (IBIS) at Université Laval and holds the Canada Research Chair in Evolutionary Biology of Cellular Systems.  Dr. Landry received his PhD from Harvard University in 2007. He then did a postdoctoral internship in the Department of Biochemistry at the Université de Montréal from 2007 to 2009.   His work focuses on the evolution of biological systems, in particular cellular systems such as gene networks and genome organization. Its goal is to understand how the environment and population dynamics can shape the organization of these cellular systems and better understand how the organization of these systems can also shape their own evolution. His work is at the interface between the natural sciences and medical biology.

Abstract Submission


Important Dates

Submission for oral presentations and posters: 1 December 2018 to 22 March 2019

Registration – regular: 1 December 2018 to 26 April 2019

Notification of acceptance to authors: Before 26 April 2019

Registration – late: 27 April 2019 to 19 August 2019

Thanks to our partners!

The organizers of the conference would like to thank all the partners of the event for their valuable support and collaboration.






The conference venue is at the Manoir du Lac Delage.

40 Ave. du Lac, Lac-Delage, QC, G3C 5C4
Telephone: 1-418-848-2551 / 1-800-463-2841
Website: http://www.lacdelage.com/en/

This hotel is located near Stoneham, 20 minutes away from Vieux-Québec.

Rates for the LA VILLAGEOISE or LA RIVERAINE rooms:
$144.00 / night (single occupancy)
$79.50 / night (double occupancy)

Breakfast is included with the room.
Taxes will be added at check-out.
Non-smoking establishment.

Use the following code: 286803
Please reserve as soon as possible

Rental equipement is available on site:

Tourist Information

Quebec City is the national capital of the province of Quebec, one of the provinces of Canada. As of July 2016, Quebec City had a population of 531,902 inhabitants. The St. Lawrence River narrows between the cities of Québec and Lévis, located on the opposite shore. The name given to the city originates from the Algonquin keyword “Kébec”, which means “where the river narrows”. Founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, Québec is one of the oldest cities in North America. Québec is the only fortified city remaining north of Mexico. Vieux-Québec was declared a World Heritage site in 1985 by UNESCO.  Try to practice your French while you are here, even though people working in tourist areas are usually bilingual.


Taxis, Uber, Public Transportation and Car Rental

From the Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport and within Quebec City

From the Manoir du Lac Delage
Taxi Lac Beauport

Taxi des Lacs


Average temperature in August in Quebec City : 24°C during the day and 14°C at night

Average number of days with precipitation in August in Quebec City : 11 days


Activities in Quebec City

Discover Quebec City : https://www.ville.quebec.qc.ca/en/touristes/index.aspx

Discover Vieux-Québec : https://www.quebecregion.com/en/old-quebec-summer/

Outdoor Activities in Parc National

Parc National de la Jacques-Cartier :   https://www.sepaq.com/pq/jac/

Les Sentiers du Lac-Delage :    https://e47.ca/

Les Marais du Nord :  https://maraisdunord.com/



Nathalie Isabel & Patrick Lenz

(Natural Resources Canada)

Marie Deslauriers, Christopher Keeling & Caroline Levasseur
(Natural Resources Canada)

Sylvie Carles, Marie-Josée Mottet, Martin Perron & Laurence Tremblay
(Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs)

Jean Beaulieu, Jean Bousquet & Ilga Porth
(Université Laval)


Tree Seed Working Group

Fabienne Colas
(Berthier Tree Seed Centre, Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs)

Dave Kolotelo
(BC Provincial TreeSeedCentre, chairpersonof the TreeSeedWorkingGroup Bulletin)

Melissa Spearing
(Forest Gene Conservation Association, editor of the TreeSeedWorkingGroup Bulletin)

GE3LS Workshop

Nancy Gélinas
(Université Laval)

Poplar and Willow Council of Canada

Raju Soolanayakanahally
(Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Saskatoon Research and Development Centre)


Sylvie Carles, Martin Perron & Laurence Tremblay
(Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs)


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