May 25, 2023 – CKISS AGM & Speaker Series

A match made in heaven…

The spotted lanternfly and the spread of the tree of heaven in the Kootenays

Please join us to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and hear about some of the fascinating work taking place in our corner of the world. Before the AGM we will be presenting a speaker presentation on two inter-linked invasive species threatening our region: spotted lanternfly, an agriculture pest and it’s host the tree of heaven. We hope to see you there!

What is black and white and red all over? Hint: it isn’t a newspaper and it feeds on over 70 plant and tree species, especially fruit trees and is causing 45%-100% loss of grape crops in the mid-Atlantic states. Oh no! Save the wine!

About the Speakers

Dr. Chandra Moffat, Research Scientist with AAFC – Summerland Research and Development Centre, will be presenting “Knocking at the door: The invasion risk posed by spotted lanternfly for Canada.” Chandra will provide information on spotted lanternfly and its association with tree of heaven; the threat spotted lanternfly poses to numerous industries in Canada; and preparations for the imminent arrival of this insect pest species.

Dr. Hester Williams, Post Doctoral Fellow with AAFC – Summerland Research and Development Centre, will be presenting Tree of heaven: An invasive plant with a double punch! Hester will provide background information on tree of heaven and its impact as an invasive plant species; how tree of heaven may facilitate the spread of spotted lanternfly into Canada, and how biological control of tree of heaven may contribute to the management of both invasive species

Event Details:

Date: May 25, 2023
Time of speakers : 6:30 – 7:15 – special guest speakers – anyone is welcome to attend.
Time of AGM : 7:15 – 8:00 – the AGM is open to CKISS members only.
Format: on line event via Zoom, click the button below to register.




Five seats on the CKISS Board will become vacant at this year’s AGM when Directors’ terms of office expire.

The five incumbent Directors are standing for re-election. Other CKISS members who are qualified to be a Board Member per Societies Act Section 44 and who wish to stand for election may nominate themselves or be nominated by another member to stand for election. Nominations can be made before or at the AGM.

Board members make a two-year commitment to attend quarterly board meetings, take part in Board committees and join other board members in guiding the work of CKISS. For more information, please click here.