2023 Featured Guest Speaker - Suzanne Simard


Come join us at the Frank Venables Theatre in Oliver for conversations with Suzanne Simard. The doors will open at 5:30 for a reception including a beverage of your choice and hors d’oeurves as well as a whole list of exciting silent auction items.

Suzanne will be on stage at 7:00 so we will close the auction and the reception at 6:45 to give everyone a chance to find their seat. There will be an opportunity for a few questions as she wraps up and then she will be signing books in the foyer after the talk. Copies of her book – Finding the Mother Tree- will be available for purchase on site or you can bring your own well-thumbed copy. The Meadowlark painting for 2023 will be up for live auction after the talk.

The winning bids on the silent auction items will be announced as Suzanne finishes her talk. Please be sure to take note if you hear you name and go and pay for and collect your auction item.

Tickets $50.00 adult and $30.00 Student

Suzanne Simard is a Professor of Forest Ecology at the University of British Columbia and the leader of The Mother Tree Project, which researches forest renewal practices that protect biodiversity against climate change. Dr. Simard’s work has been published widely, with over 170 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Nature, Ecology, and Global Biology. She is also co-author of the book Climate Change and Variability.

Her latest book, Finding the Mother Tree, brings us into the intimate world of trees, exploring the ways in which trees learn and adapt their behaviors, remember the past, demonstrate agency over the future, and cooperate with a sophistication typically ascribed to humans. Dr. Simard’s research has been communicated broadly through TED Talks and TED Experiences, as well as articles and interviews in The New Yorker, National Geographic, The Globe and Mail, NPR, CNN, CBC, and many more.