The A.D. Latornell Conservation Symposium is one of Ontario’s premier annual environmental events. It provides a forum for practitioners, policy makers, nongovernment organizations, academics and businesses to network and discuss the challenges and opportunities in Ontario’s conservation field.
The theme of the 2013 Symposium is:
Resilience building allows us to anticipate and adapt to ongoing challenges and enables us to cope and even thrive in the face of change. The outcomes from such an approach will be robust ecosystems, sustainable economies and healthy people. Delegates attending the 20th A.D. Latornell Conservation Symposium will learn how to build local resilience to continue to manage towards a sustainable future.
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The Latornell Conservation Symposium is run by large committee made of up of a combination of Conservation Authorities, government agencies, and environmental nonprofit organizations. Co-hosts include Conservation Ontario and the University of Guelph.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Latornell Conservation Symposium, a strategic review was undertaken in order to ensure the next 20 years would be as successful as the first 20 years.
More information on the Strategic Review is available here.
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What does this mean? Bullfrog Power’s generators inject clean, renewable electricity onto the grid to match the amount of electricity this event uses. Across Canada, Bullfrog’s electricity comes exclusively from wind and hydro facilities that have been certified as low impact by Environment Canada under its EcoLogo program instead of from polluting sources like coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear.
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2013 Keynote Speakers
Hadfield is the pioneer of many “firsts” in Canadian space history. In 1992, he was among the first chosen as Canada’s second class of astronauts. Three years later, he became the first Canadian to use the Canadarm and the first Canadian to board a Russian spacecraft during his mission to the Russian space station. In 2001, he performed two spacewalks as a mission specialist on STS-100—the first Canadian to do so, and in 2010 the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced Hadfield’s third mission: commanding the International Space Station (ISS)—again a first for a Canadian.
Hadfield launched into space on December 19, 2012 and took command of the ISS on March 13, 2013. His multiple daily Tweets and photographs from space made people see the world differently.
A heavily decorated astronaut, engineer, and test pilot, Hadfield’s many awards include being named a Member of the Order of Ontario (1996); receiving an honourary Doctorate of Laws from Trent University (1999); the Vanier Award (2001); the NASA Exceptional Service Medal (2002); and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2003).
Note for Friday Lunch: Stand alone Friday lunch tickets are available for purchase to attend Chris Hadfield’s keynote presentation. Included is lunch and attendance to the keynote plenary session. Adult tickets are $75.00 each. A special rate of $35 for children aged 13 and under is being offered to delegates wishing to bring their child(ren). Please keep in mind the presentation is prepared for an adult audience. To order a Friday lunch ticket, please contact the Conference Registrar at email@example.com.
Jeremy Gutsche is an innovation expert, the award-winning author of Exploiting Chaos, "one of North America's most requested keynote speakers", a judge on BNN's tv show ,'The Pitch', and the founder of TrendHunter.com, the world's largest, most popular collection of cutting edge trends, attracting nearly 1 BILLION views. He has been described as "a new breed of trend spotter" by The Guardian, "an eagle eye" by Global TV, an "Oracle" by the Globe and Mail, an "intellectual can of Red Bull" by Association Week and "on the forefront of cool" by MTV.
Jim Bradley is the MPP for St. Catharines. He was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 1977 and has been re-elected ten consecutive times. He was appointed Minister of the Environment in October 2011.
Bradley has served as Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Municipal Affairs and Housing, Transportation, Tourism, Minister Responsible for Seniors and Government House Leader. He served as interim leader of the Ontario Liberal Party from November 1991 to April 1992.
Before his election to the legislature, Bradley was a teacher with the Lincoln County Board of Education. He also served as a member of the St. Catharines City Council from 1970 to 1977.
Dr. Gordon McBean was a scientist at Environment Canada from 1970 to 1988 when appointed Professor and Chair of the Atmospheric Science Program at UBC. In 1992, he was appointed Head of the Department of Oceanography. From 1994 to 2000, he was Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for the Meteorological Service of Environment Canada.
Dr. McBean is active nationally and internationally. He is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences and member of the US National Academy of Sciences Committee on partnerships in weather and climate services, and the International Council for Science Advisory Committee on the Environment. He is also lead author for the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment's chapter on the climate system.
Dr. Neil Hutchinson has always felt an affinity to water, although his mother recalled that mud was a more apt description. He is the founder and President of Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd., eleven water quality scientists providing consulting services across Canada from offices in Bracebridge and Kitchener Ontario, and Edmonton, Alberta. He graduated with the first cohort of the Honours Ecology program from the University of Guelph in 1978 and returned to complete his Ph.D. in aquatic toxicology in 1984. He spent 14 years working on acidification, nutrient management and contaminants at the MOE's Dorset Research Centre and is forever indebted to Deborah Martin-Downs for bringing him to Gartner Lee Ltd. from 1998 to 2009.
When not working, Neil lives in a house full of women on the shore of an excellent snapping turtle lake in Bracebridge, Ontario with his wife Barb, three daughters, two dogs and too many blackflies in June. He is an accomplished singer, songwriter and flautist, and is always happy to escape to the water in his kayak, canoe or sailboat.
Additional information related to the Latornell Keynote Speakers is available here.
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