Lands to Great Lakes - Relationship Status: It's Complicated
The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River are critically important to Ontario’s environment and economy. They are also a source of joy for many Ontario residents in terms of scenic views, recreational opportunities, and spiritual significance and renewal.

The relationship between the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River, and the surrounding landscape, is complicated. Many efforts have been made, and continue to be made, to understand, protect and restore these important water resources and to manage the impacts our activities have on them.

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The 25th Latornell Conservation Symposium will explore the status of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River and the lands that connect them in order to assess the work currently underway to protect, conserve and enhance them. What progress is being made, and what more needs to be done?

The 2018 Symposium takes place November 13, 14 and 15, 2018 at the Nottawasaga Inn Resort & Conference Centre in Alliston, Ontario.

Image Credit: NASA/JSC

Choose Your Own Adventure Activities

Have you heard about the Choose Your Own Adventure we have this year? You’ll be able to participate in old favorites, and there’s also some new activities for you to try.

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Looking to Carpool to Latornell?

Head over to the Carpool page to sign up as a passenger or driver and connect with other Symposium delegates who are interested in carpooling to Latornell.

Carpooling will not only help the environment, you’ll be able to create connections before the Symposium starts and after the Symposium ends.

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As part of our 25th Anniversary, the Latornell Conservation Symposium is celebrating women working in ‘conservation’. A series of social media infographics featuring six women in Conservation is kick-starting the conversation.


You can participate in the campaign by liking and sharing our social media posts and adding your own comments and experiences!

Read more on the women working in Conservation and the campaign on the #IAmConservation page.

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Registration Now Open!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – registration for the 2018 Latornell Conservation Symposium is officially open!

Register by midnight October 5th, 2018, to take advantage of the early rates for this year’s event. Head over to the Registration page to view the package rates, what’s included with your registration, and other relevant registration information.

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Preliminary Program Now Available!

The wait is over! The Program Committee is pleased to announce the 2018 Preliminary Program is available for download. The Committee has done an incredible job of producing a rich and exciting program and was eager to share it with conference delegates.

The Preliminary Program can be found on the Program Information and Registration pages.

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Keynote Speakers

We have an stellar lineup of keynote speakers for the 2018 Latornell Conservation Symposium! Join us to hear from Dr. Dan Longboat, David Ullrich, Cher Jones, Autumn Peltier, Dr. Robin Kimmerer, and The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

Learn more about the Keynote Speakers

GREATNESS | The Great Lakes Project

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Connecting Ontarians to the Great Lakes is a responsibility shared by many partners including the Greatness Project.

Supported by Ontario Lieutenant-Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Greatness is a campaign celebrating the majesty of the Great Lakes and their importance to 40 million residents of Canada and the United States who live in the Great Lakes basin.

The Greatness Project uses history, art, culture and recreation to strengthen the importance of the lakes for everyone living near them.

And, it promotes learning and ambassador opportunities for Ontario youth.

Learn more about GREATNESS | The Great Lakes Project

Our Partners

 The 2018 Symposium takes place November 13, 14 and 15, 2018 at the Nottawasaga Inn Resort & Conference Centre in Alliston, Ontario.

Make sure you are subscribed to our Mailing List to stay up-to-date with news and updates related to the Symposium.

2017 Presentations Now Available

Presentations from the 2017 concurrent sessions and previous years are available for download.

You can access the presentations here.

Contact Us

Karen Anderson, Symposium Coordinator
Phone: 1-888-274-1364 ext. 103
Karen Anderson, Symposium Coordinator
Phone: 1-888-274-1364 ext. 103
Fax: 1-888-274-1324
Nottawasaga Inn and Conference Centre
6015 Highway 89
Alliston, ON L9R 1A4
Phone: 705-435-5501 or 416-364-5068
Toll-Free Phone: 1-800- 669-5501
Fax: 705-435-5840
Your conference registration DOES NOT include accommodations.
Conservation Ontario
120 Bayview Parkway
Newmarket, ON L3Y 3W3
Phone: 905-895-0716
Fax: 905-895-0751
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Members Page

Latornell Steering Committee members can login here.