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

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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Early Bird Registration Deadline is Near!

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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#IAmConservation

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.

#IAmConservation

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 Speaker Announcement
Cher Jones

Keynote Speaker Cher Jones

Cher Jones is a Social Media Trainer & Personal Brand Strategist with the love of technology hardwired into her personality. She leverages over 18 years of PR, marketing and broadcasting experience and has worked internationally with a wide variety of organizations including the City Of Toronto, Hong Kong Police, PokerStars, Meeting Professionals International, Canadian Decorators’ Association, The UK Trade and Investment, Emirates Steel (UAE), The Ontario Ministry of Education and CBC.

Cher is dedicated to helping professionals develop S.M.A.R.T. personal brands that drive results. She’s regularly invited to speak at conferences, schools, and industry events. Her knowledge and expertise have many people referring to her as one of Canada’s top personal branding experts.

Learn more about Cher Jones

Guest Speaker Announcement
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Guest Speaker The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell was invested as Ontario’s 29th Lieutenant Governor on September 23, 2014. Her eclectic public service career has spanned provincial, federal, and international borders, and has transcended disciplinary and sectoral lines.

Ms. Dowdeswell began her professional career as a teacher and university lecturer. After serving as the Deputy Minister of Culture and Youth for the Government of Saskatchewan, she held increasingly senior positions in the Canadian public service, most notably as head of the Atmospheric Environment Service. Throughout this period, she managed several public inquiries and royal commissions.

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Keynote Speaker Announcement
David Ullrich

Keynote Speaker David Ullrich

David Ullrich is an Advisor to the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative where he served as executive director from 2003 to 2017. He currently serves as US Chair of the Great Lakes Water Quality Board for the International Joint Commission, Chair of the Great Lakes Advisory Board, and in 2006 and 2012 was appointed by the President to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.

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Keynote Speaker Announcement
Autumn Peltier

Keynote Speaker Autumn Peltier

Autumn is a “sacred water” advocate. She attended the Children’s Climate Conference in Sodertalje, Sweden, where she delivered her message about the importance of clean drinking water. Her work continues with talks and presentations to young people and First Nations communities across her territories.

Learn more about Autumn Peltier

Keynote Speaker Announcement
Robin Kimmerer

Keynote Speaker Robin Kimmerer

Dr. Kimmerer is a mother, plant ecologist, writer and SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York. She is the founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.

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Keynote Speaker Announcement
Dan Longboat

Keynote Speaker Dan Longboat

Dr. Dan Longboat – Roronhiakewen (He Clears the Sky) – is an Associate Professor in the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies, Director of the Indigenous Environmental Studies and Sciences Program and the Director of the Indigenous Environmental Institute at Trent University in Peterborough.

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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.

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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
Email: karen@allsetinc.com
Karen Anderson, Symposium Coordinator
Phone: 1-888-274-1364 ext. 103
Fax: 1-888-274-1324
Email: karen@allsetinc.com
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
Email: info@nottawasagaresort.com
Website: http://www.nottawasagaresort.com
Your conference registration DOES NOT include accommodations.
Conservation Ontario
120 Bayview Parkway
Newmarket, ON L3Y 3W3
Phone: 905-895-0716
Fax: 905-895-0751
Email: info@conservationontario.ca
Website: www.conservationontario.ca
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