Training Courses

Given the spread of COVID-19, we are postponing the RE3 event by a full year to 19-24 June 2021.
If you previously registered and/or had an accepted abstract, symposium, workshop or training course proposal, click here

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 affordable 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 09h00 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: Édith Lacroix, 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.

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 known for his high plant species transfer rate resulting in the establishment of peatland plant communities supporting 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. The participants will also receive a printed version of the recently updated Peatland Restoration Guide (3rd edition). 

Participants to this Training Course should also consider registering to the mid-conference excursion 7 “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)


Dimanche 7 juin de 8h30 à 17h00, Université Laval
Cette formation de 4 présentations se donnera en français
Organisateur: Lucie Labbé, President CLRA Quebec Chapter


Le cadre légal applicable aux travaux en milieux humides et hydriques - par Prunelle Thibault-Bédard, Avocate, Centre québécois du droit de l’environnement

Résumé : Cette formation présentera dans un langage clair et vulgarisé le régime de conservation des milieux humides et hydriques mis en place par le Projet de loi no 132, qui a modifié quatre lois environnementales, ainsi que le Règlement sur la compensation pour l'atteinte aux milieux humides et hydriques. Les nouveaux règlements d'application de la Loi sur la qualité de l'environnement seront également abordés (publication prévue pour l'hiver 2020). L'objectif de la formation est de donner aux participants une compréhension générale du cadre légal applicable aux travaux en milieux humides et hydriques.

Réhabilitation de berges en milieux lacustre et fluvial - par Nicolas Roy, Terraformex

Résumé : La formation sera divisée en 4 thèmes principaux (1) Études préalables (2) principales techniques (3) enjeux et (4) des exemples de cas. Le formateur présentera d’abord les types de milieux rencontrés, notamment en ce qui concerne la géomorphologie du site, les substrats et leur sensibilité à l’érosion, les processus d’érosion en jeux et leur mode d’analyse. Ensuite, il portera l’attention des participants sur différentes techniques rencontrées en stabilisation et réhabilitation de berge. Troisièmement, il abordera des enjeux à tenir en compte lors de la préparation des projets. Enfin, quelques exemples de cas seront présentés.

Restauration d’habitats aquatiques - par Lucie Labbé, AECOM

Résumé : Grâce à divers exemples de projets d’aménagement, madame Labbé guidera les participants à travers les différentes étapes de restauration de milieux aquatiques (habitat du poisson, création de nouveaux milieux humides, aménagement de bassins de rétention).  Les principales étapes traitées lors de cette formation comprennent, entre autres, 1) l’identification des objectifs visés par le projet de restauration, 2) l’analyse du site à restaurer pour définir les conditions climatiques et de sol, la topographie/bathymétrie ainsi que la profondeur de la nappe phréatique et les variations de niveau d’eau du site, 3) le choix des espèces herbacées, arbustives et arborescentes à implanter et finalement 4) les stratégies et les techniques de revégétalisation pour atteindre les objectifs visés.

L’évaluation environnementale des projets de protection des littoraux contre l’érosion et la submersion dans le Saint-Laurent marin : stratégies, enjeux et exemples de cas - par Mario Heppell, Stantec

Résumé : Dans le cadre de cette formation, M. Heppell abordera d’abord les principales caractéristiques des problématiques d’érosion et de submersion en milieu marin, dont la dynamique apparaît souvent nettement plus puissante que dans les secteurs d’eau douce.  Il expliquera alors dans quelles circonstances, l’érosion côtière constitue réellement un problème puisqu’en réalité, celle-ci répond aussi souvent à un besoin des systèmes sédimentaires que l’on ne doit pas tenter de bloquer.  Ensuite, il traitera des enjeux liés à la manifestation de l’érosion comme telle et, ceux liés à la volonté de se protéger contre celle-ci.  Une fois ces enjeux précisés, les principales stratégies d’adaptation du littoral pour répondre aux besoins humains, et aussi écologiques, de protection seront examinés à travers différents cas du Saint-Laurent maritime.  Plusieurs aspects liés à l’évaluation des impacts sur l’environnement des projets d’adaptation et aux procédures d’autorisation environnementale seront aussi traités. Enfin, on y abordera également les programmes de compensation des dommages induits aux habitats aquatiques qui peuvent être requis, soit de manière intégrée aux projets ou en complément de ceux-ci. Ces programmes en sont souvent de restauration des sites côtiers dégradés.


Nombre de participants (Min/Max): 20 / 60

Prix: $ 125 CAN (inclus deux pauses-café et exclus le lunch)


Saturday June 6 to Sunday June 7, 2020, from 08h30 to 16h30 each day, Université Laval
Convenor: Dr. Gail Chmura, McGill University ( )


Summary: This workshop will explain the science and methodologies required to put a wetland restoration project on the carbon market.  Funds from the carbon market can support restoration activities.  The workshop targets practitioners, e.g., those who (can) run a restoration project as well as government representatives and policymakers.

Note subsidies for attendance may be available for those who work on tidal systems of the Gulf of Maine

The facilitators of the workshop have developed the standards for crediting wetland restoration on carbon markets.  See affiliations below.

Day 1: (Training-Focused)

  • Science
  • Techniques, Standards and Methodologies
  • Carbon Project Cycle (from design to crediting and marketing)
  • Wetland Restoration Carbon Projects: Key Elements (Permanence, Leakage, Control and Law, etc.)
  • Running a Project: Best Practices
  • Voluntary Markets vs. Compliance Markets
  • Double Counting Issues

Day 2: (Workshop-Focused)

  • Project Ideas (Canada)
  • Project Ideas (World)
  • Financing and Cash Flow
  • Risks from Sea-Level Rise
  • Options for Scaling Up Restoration Action


Number of participants (Min/Max): 35 / 40

Price: $ 540 CAD (including one coffee break, excluding lunch)


Location : 

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

Secretariat Québec RE3
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Important Preliminary Dates

Conference Postponed
June 19-24, 2021

New Call for Symposia and Workshops
August 3 to October 15, 2020 Now open

Deadline to Update 2020 existing abstract
November 13, 2020


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