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Latornell Conservation Symposium

The Latornell Conservation Symposium is one of Ontario’s premier annual environmental events. It will again be held at the Nottawasaga Inn Resort & Convention Centre in Alliston, Ontario. The 22nd edition of the Symposium will be held from Tuesday to Thursday, November 17th to 19th, 2015. The Symposium 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.

Program at a Glance

Day One - Tuesday November 17th 2015
Time Start Time End Event
8:00 AM 9:30 AM Registration
(Refreshments provided in Conservation Dome)
9:30 AM 10:45 AM Opening Opening Plenary Session
Welcome Remarks
Keynote Speaker
11:00 AM 12:30 PM Concurrent Sessions (T1A – T1G)
12:30 PM 1:45 PM Lunch
Young Conservationist Profession (YCP) Graduation Ceremony
2:00 PM 3:30 PM Concurrent Sessions (T2A – T2G)
3:30 PM 4:00 PM Refreshment Break with Exhibitors
4:00 PM 5:30 PM Concurrent Sessions (T3A – T3G)
5:30 PM 7:00 PM Wine & Cheese with Exhibitors
7:00 PM 8:30 PM Harvest Dinner
Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) A.D. Latornell Award of Merit Presentation
9:00 PM 11:00 PM Chart Your Own Course – Variety of Social Events
Day Two - Wednesday November 18th 2015
Time Start Time End Event
7:00 AM 8:30 AM Registration 
(Refreshments provided on convention level)
8:30 AM 10:00 AM Concurrent Sessions (W1A – W1G)
10:00 AM 10:30 AM Refreshment Break with Exhibitors
10:30 AM 12:00 PM Concurrent Sessions (W2A – W2G)
12:00 PM 1:45 PM Lunch
Latornell Leadership Awards Presentation
Keynote Speaker
2:00 PM 4:00 PM or
5:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions / Workshops / Field Trip (W3A – W3G)
Note: some training sessions and tours may run until 5:00 PM
4:00 PM 4:30 PM Refreshment Break with Exhibitors
4:00 PM 6:00 PM Post Graduate Student Poster Display & Competition
4:00 PM 7:00 PM Dream Auction
6:30 PM 9:30 PM Gala Banquet & Entertainment
Day Three - Thursday November 19th 2015
Time Start Time End Event
7:00 AM 8:30 AM Registration 
(Refreshments provided on convention level)
8:30 AM 10:00 AM Concurrent Sessions (TH1A – TH1G)
10:00 AM 10:30 AM Refreshment Break with Exhibitors
10:30 AM 12:00 PM Concurrent Sessions (TH2A – TH2G)
12:00 PM 1:00 PM Networking Lunch
1:15 PM 2:45 PM Concurrent Sessions (TH3A – TH3G)
3:00 PM 4:30 PM Keynote Speaker
Wrap Up

Send Us Your Latornell Leadership Award Nominations

Latornell Leadership Awards

From 1999 to 2012, the Latornell Conservation Symposium honoured individuals who have contributed significantly over their entire lifetime (either professionally or as a volunteer) to the conservation movement in Ontario by presenting them with the Pioneer Award. This presentation took place at a special luncheon called the Pioneer lunch.

To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Symposium in 2013, it was decided to revise this award in order to also recognize individuals who made significant contributions at any time, for any duration – and not just over the course of their entire lifetime, as long as their achievements demonstrate leadership accomplishments. To reflect this, the award was renamed the Latornell Leadership Award.

2015 Nomination Form [PDF – 339 KB / Word – 190 KB]

Quick Facts

An individual who has demonstrated leadership accomplishments in the conservation field is eligible for this award. Such contributions could be through work, career or volunteer experiences.

These contributions can include but are not limited to:

  • Conservation legislation/policy development/reform
  • Conservation innovation i.e. best management practices in forestry, agriculture, water technology/techniques/management
  • Habitat enhancement – restoration/rehabilitation projects
  • Conservation research/fieldwork/studies
  • Concepts in Sustainability
  • Environmental education/communications
  • Natural resource management/planning
  • Advocacy
  • Community organization

Nominations are typically made by organizations and agencies involved in conservation such as Conservation Authorities, non profit organizations, government agencies, and universities.

An organization or agency can make one nomination per year.

A committee is appointed each year by the Latornell Conservation Symposium and typically includes representatives from the organizing committee, Conservation Ontario and the University of Guelph.
Latornell Leadership Award Recipients are recognized at the Leadership Luncheon held during the Latornell Conservation Symposium in November of each year.

A gift and/or plaque is presented to each recipient.

A plaque with all the recipients’ names is displayed at the Centre for Land and Water Stewardship, University of Guelph.

1999 was the first year that the Pioneer Awards were presented. From 1999 – 2014, 82 deserving individuals received an Award.
Latornell Conservation Symposium
c/o Latornell Leadership Award Committee
120 Bayview Parkway
Newmarket, ON L3Y 3W3
Tel.: 905-895-0716
Fax: 905-895-0751
E-mail: info@conservationontario.ca
Nominations should be made to the Latornell Symposium Steering Committee no later than Friday, June 26, 2015.

Nominate a Leader

Organizations and agencies involved in conservation such as conservation authorities, universities, not-for profit organizations, and government agencies can make one nomination per year for the Latornell Leadership Awards.

A small biography answering the following three questions must be included with the nomination form.

  1. What are the nominee’s accomplishments (both professionally and/or in a volunteer capacity) to the (local and/or provincial and/or national) conservation community?
  2. How long has the nominee been involved in (local and/or provincial and/or national) conservation issues and what actions has he or she taken to protect and/or promote land and water conservation?
  3. How has the nominee’s work helped to inspire young people in the conservation field?

Nominations must also include an explanation of one project or accomplishment of the nominee that would demonstrate his/her leadership qualities.

Additional information, letters and news clippings, and awards are to be attached to the nomination.

Nominations are reviewed on an annual basis and a maximum of four recipients are recognized at the Latornell Symposium annually. Organizations may resubmit nominations each year for those nominees who were not chosen in previous years.

Once individuals have been chosen, a member of the Latornell Symposium Steering Committee will contact the nominating organizations and the Leadership Award Recipients to advise them of their selection. A letter will then be sent to the nominating organizations requesting additional information about the Leadership Award Recipients and advising them of their responsibilities as a nominating organization.

What They Receive

Latornell Award Recipients will be honoured at the Leadership Luncheon, Wednesday, November 18, 2015 where they will receive an award and be formally recognized for their important contributions to conservation.

Nomination Deadlines

Nominations should be made to the Latornell Symposium Steering Committee no later than Friday, June 26, 2015.

Please Send Nominations to:

Latornell Conservation Symposium
c/o Latornell Leadership Award Committee
Box 11, 120 Bayview Parkway
Newmarket, ON L3Y 4W3
Tel.: 905-895-0716
Fax: 905-895-0751

Become an Exhibitor!

Exhibitor Information

The Latornell Conservation Symposium offers two large, well-located exhibit areas, i.e. the Exhibitor’s Galleries A & B and the Conservation Dome. These exhibit areas are the venues for special events, plenary sessions, meals and refreshment breaks, thereby providing the exhibitors with a high level of exposure to the delegates throughout the event.

Networking, information sharing and great learning opportunities are a few of the benefits offered by the Latornell Conservation Symposium.

In 2014, 230 speakers and over 900 delegates were involved in presentations, plenary sessions, workshops and other activities at the Symposium. The delegates of the Symposium were represented in the following sectors:

  • Conservation Authorities – 38.6%
  • Private Sector – 19.4%
  • Provincial Government – 12.0%
  • Non-Profit Organizations – 9.2%
  • Other – 6.7%
  • Student – 6.5%
  • Municipalities – 6.1%
  • Federal Government – 1.5%

As an exhibitor, your organization will be highlighted on the Symposium Program and Web site.

Exhibitor Floorplan

Exhibitor Gallery A

Exhibitor Gallery B

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  4. Verbinnen’s Nursery Ltd.
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Conservation Dome

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  11. Conservation Ontario
  12. Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – Stewardship and Conservation Incentives
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Exhibit Booth Pricing

Exhibitor Gallery A

$1,850+ HST
  • $1,950 + HST starting October 1

Exhibitor Gallery B

$1,600+ HST
  • $1,700 + HST starting October 1

Conservation Dome

$850+ HST
  • $900 + HST starting October 1
All Exhibits include one complimentary registration to the 3 day Symposium.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact Karen Anderson, Event Coordinator of the Latornell Conservation Symposium. Karen can be reached at 1-888-274-1364 (karen@allsetinc.com).

Exhibitor Registration Form

To secure your booth, complete the form and return to Karen Anderson as instructed.

Latornell Exhibitor Download Form

Partnership Information

For more information on Partnership opportunities, consult the Partnership Booklet. Opportunities can also be tailored to your needs. Please contact Karen Anderson, Symposium Coordinator (1-888-274-1364 ext. 103 or karen@allsetinc.com) if you have questions or for additional information.

Latornell Partnership Booklet

Latornell Partnership Pledge Form

Don’t Delay in Booking Your Exhibit Space!

We Welcome Your Presentation Ideas!

The program committee for the 22nd Latornell Conservation Symposium is looking for ideas on a number of different topic areas related to this year’s theme which is “Weathering Change – Navigating a New Climate” in the form of presentations, symposia, training, workshops and site visits.

Ideas should be submitted to one stream only. However, you may submit as many ideas as you like. The deadline to submit your idea(s) is Monday, March 30, 2015. Accepted speakers receive a registration discount for the day of presentation.

Submission Form Now Closed

Stream Description

View a description of each stream below.

In this session we seek presentations in topics such as integrated watershed management, watershed planning and policy, effects of urbanization, Great Lakes, source water protection and watershed monitoring. We would encourage some submissions that speak to the foundations of watershed functions including geology, hydrogeology and soils.
In this session we seek presentations in topics such flooding, erosion, storm water management, hazard management, assimilative capacity, ground water and surface water (quality/quantity/lake levels), as effects of urbanization and environmental flow requirements.
In this session we seek presentations that address natural heritage and biodiversity issues, challenges, opportunities, strategies and partnerships. Topics could include policy and planning, emerging science, or monitoring of terrestrial and/or aquatic ecosystems habitats or species, species at risk, invasive species, natural heritage systems and connectivity, findings and management recommendations. This session is more focussed on the understanding of species and systems and the policy or science contributing to it.
In this session we seek presentations that assist practitioners in learning about other disciplines or new tools, technologies or techniques to be able to improve their capacity or effectiveness in their field. This session can include ‘101’ or ‘for dummies’ sessions in various disciplines (e.g. hydrogeology, hydrology, municipal planning, environmental assessment). We also seek presentations on how information management, models and technology are being used to address environmental challenges and support analysis and solutions. Exhibitors may wish to profile some of their technologies. This stream will showcase tools, techniques, and innovations to help us investigate, understand, and communicate the environmental condition.
In this session we address topics around stewardship, education and outreach tools, programs and policies, including social marketing which help us to engage the agricultural community, rural and urban landowners, residents, and agencies in order protect, enhance and restore watersheds and communities. First Nations topics such as indigenous land rights and traditional ecological knowledge/ways of knowing would be included in this session. Tell us about the tools, techniques and results of programs and projects to drive environmental change and engage communities.
In this session we seek presentations that address ecological goods and services, the green economy and the health benefits of the environment. Topics may include the benefits of Low Impact Development, Green Infrastructure, market based instruments, health and environment linkages.

Opportunities for revenue generation on public lands can be explored including ecological goods and services on CA lands, agroecology, permaculture and wildcrafting/foraging for example.

In this session we seek presentations that explore communication issues, challenges, trends, and best practices. Topics may include communicating the science, knowing your audience, framing up the science story and explore the tools and techniques to get the message across.
In this session we seek presentations that address practical solutions to protect, improve or restore aquatic and terrestrial habitat. Topics may include application of technology, design solutions and projects implemented to protect or restore soils, forestry, fisheries, stream channels, species at risk, wildlife and wetlands.
This will be the second year where we have included a longer session on Wednesday where symposia, training, workshops or offsite field trips can be accommodated. 2 or 3 hour slots are available with the express intention of providing the added flexibility for greater exploration of topics. Make us an offer (although offer is subject to availability of time and cost implications)!

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