Currents of Change: Inspiring, Creating, Transforming
Many of today’s economic, environmental, and social challenges are impacting the health of Ontario’s natural resources and creating the need for us to re-think traditional approaches. To ensure healthy watersheds and people, we need to continue to look forward, adapt and find innovative new ways to protect our critical natural resources.

At this year’s Latornell Conservation Symposium, we’re asking delegates to share their research and experiences in order to refresh, motivate and inspire the shifts we need to make in order to transform our approaches and match the pace at which our challenges change. All on a tight budget, of course.

The 2019 Symposium takes place November 19, 20 and 21, 2019 at the Nottawasaga Inn Resort & Conference Centre in Alliston, Ontario.

Upcoming Professional Development Program Event - Seminar and Networking Session

The Latornell Professional Development and Mentorship Program has another event lined up! Reserve your spot for the upcoming Seminar and Networking session, “How Scientific Research Translates into Action in the Conservation Sector”, on Wednesday September 18. It is a chance for graduate students to engage with working professionals from the consulting and conservation communities, learn how graduate research supports on-the-ground conservation efforts, and learn about regional soil and water conservation priorities.

Presented by the Latornell Professional Development Program and the Ontario Chapter of the Soil & Water Conservation Society

Pre-registration is required however there is no cost to attend. For more information, visit the Professional Development Program page.

Seminar and Networking Session Registration

Registration Now Open!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – registration for the 2019 Latornell Conservation Symposium is officially open!

Register by midnight October 4th, 2019, 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 2019 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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Latornell Grant Program Application

The Latornell Conservation Symposium Grant was established in memory of A.D. Latornell to provide support for students and active members of the conservation community so that they may attend the annual Latornell Conservation Symposium.

We are excited to announce that the Latornell Grant Program is officially open and accepting applications for 2019!

For more information about eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit our Grant Program page.

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Keynote Speaker Announcement
Rebecca Thomas

Keynote Speaker Rebecca Thomas

Morning, November 19

Rebecca Thomas is a Mi’kmaq woman whose father is a residential school survivor and she has used poetry as a powerful tool for educating about the racism and inequality that still haunts many Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Learn more about Rebecca Thomas

Keynote Speaker Announcement
Dave Meslin

Keynote Speaker Dave Meslin

Lunch, November 20

Dave Meslin is an activist, artist, and community organizer who inspires better engagement between governments and citizens. Multi-partisan and fiercely optimistic, his presentations focus on how we can overcome cynicism and create a culture of participation.

Learn more about Dave Meslin

Keynote Speaker Announcement
Dr. Peter Beckett

Keynote Speaker Dr. Peter Beckett

Lunch, November 21

Dr. Peter Beckett is a restoration/reclamation ecologist and wetland specialist at Laurentian University in Sudbury. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology and in the Vale Living with Lakes Centre.

Learn more about Dr. Peter Beckett

Our 2019 Partners

 The 2019 Symposium takes place November 19, 20 and 21, 2019 at the Nottawasaga Inn Resort & Conference Centre in Alliston, Ontario.

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2018 Presentations Now Available

Presentations from the 2018 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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