Green Infrastructure: Collaborating with Nature

2016 Latornell Green Infrastructure: Collaborating with Nature
Applied in both rural and urban settings, green infrastructure supports the environment, the economy, and our quality of life in a variety of ways. Green infrastructure includes living systems such as natural areas, forests, parks, streams and riparian zones, wetlands and agricultural lands, as well as engineered facilities such as green roofs, rain gardens and stormwater ponds.  It can be implemented at multiple scales including regional networks of open spaces, agricultural lands, natural areas, and through site-specific practices.

The 2016 Latornell Conservation Symposium will showcase green infrastructure, and identify how it is supported, protected, and enhanced in our watersheds.  Delegates will explore its applicability and benefits in relation to important issues in Ontario such as climate change, biodiversity loss, water management, economic development, improving public health, and fostering sustainable communities.

 The 2016 Symposium takes place November 15, 16 and 17, 2016 at the Nottawasaga Inn Resort & Conference Centre in Alliston, Ontario.

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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.

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2016 Latornell Leadership Awards. More information can be found on the Latornell Leadership Awards page.

Exhibitor Information

The Latornell Conservation Symposium offers two large, well-located exhibit areas, i.e. the Exhibitors’ Galleries A & B and the Conservation Dome.

  • Feature of the Symposium’s kick off Wine and Cheese Reception and the delegates’ Chart Your Own Course event
  • Networking, information sharing and great learning opportunities available to exhibitors.
  • Featured in the Symposium Program and on the Website.

Over 900 delegates, including 252 speakers, attended the 2015 Symposium. Exhibitors are welcome to sign up for any of the plenaries, workshops, field tours, and sessions found within the program.

The floorplan can be viewed here.

Pricing Information

Exhibitor Gallery A

$1,950+ HST
  • $2,050 + HST starting October 1

Exhibitor Gallery B

$1,700+ HST
  • $1,800 + HST starting October 1

Conservation Dome

$900+ HST
  • $950 + 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, Coordinator of the 2016 event. Karen can be reached at 1-888-274-1364 (karen@allsetinc.com).

Latornell Exhibitor Form [PDF – 23 KB]

Exhibitor’s Guide

Please read the Exhibitor’s Guide for additional information related to exhibiting at the Symposium.

Latornell Exhibitor Guide [PDF – 1 MB]

Call for Presentations

Presentation proposals are welcome from practitioners (including planners, biologists, ecologists, engineers, technicians, administration, GIS staff, etc.) in all sectors, including conservation authorities, academia, industry, ENGOs, government (municipal/provincial/federal), and education.  Proposals related to green infrastructure on planned or completed projects, successes and failures, new techniques and methods, tools for conservation, workshops, and tours are all encouraged.  Suggested topics are provided below, but this list is not intended to be exhaustive.

Topics

Agriculture – Urban and Rural

Under this sub-theme, we seek presentations relating agriculture as green infrastructure, both urban and rural. Some potential topics include:

  • green spaces and gardens in cities
  • rural agricultural buffers
  • the value/benefits of agricultural land and practices for other systems (e.g. water management, natural heritage)
  • market gardens
  • changing practices with respect to green infrastructure

Forests – Urban and Rural

Under this sub-theme, we seek presentations with respect to forestry as green infrastructure, in both urban and rural settings. Some potential topics include:

  • green spaces
  • greening of cities
  • i-Tree (UFORE)
  • green buffers, corridors and forests
  • species resilience to climate zone shifts
  • natural capital

Water Systems

Under this sub-theme, we seek presentations in a diverse range of topics with respect to various water systems such as:

  • integrated watershed management
  • watershed planning and policy
  • effects of urbanization
  • Great Lakes
  • source water protection
  • stormwater, low impact development, systems approaches
  • wetlands
  • green roofs & green spaces
  • riparian buffers & corridors
  • policy development
  • water quality – nutrients, buffers, cleanup techniques, assimilative capacity
  • shoreline protection & erosion
  • flooding & hazard management
  • ground water and surface water (quality/quantity/lake levels/interactions)
  • environmental flow requirements

We encourage submissions that speak to the foundations of watershed systems including hydrology, hydraulics, geology, hydrogeology and soils.

Natural Heritage

Under this sub-theme, we seek presentations that consider green infrastructure as a means to address natural heritage and biodiversity issues, challenges, opportunities, strategies and partnerships or include practical solutions to protect, improve or restore aquatic and terrestrial habitat. Some potential topics could include:

  • policy and planning
  • emerging science
  • monitoring of terrestrial and/or aquatic ecosystems habitat and/or species
  • species at risk, invasive species
  • natural heritage systems and connectivity
  • findings and management recommendations
  • urban wildlife
  • biodiversity
  • habitat & habitat restoration
  • green space
  • wetlands
  • application of technology
  • design solutions and projects implemented to protect or restore soils
  • fisheries
  • stream channels
  • forestry (urban and rural)
  • natural channels
  • quantifying the benefits of natural capital
  • identifying operation & maintenace costs of natural heritage system ownership

Public Spaces

Under this sub-theme, we seek presentations about how public spaces can fit into the green infrastructure system, or vice-versa. Some potential topics include:

  • where can green roofs be incorporated
  • enhanced green spaces
  • wetlands
  • natural channels
  • greening of public spaces
  • public spaces and human health linkages
  • depaving and its benefits
  • how much green space is enough
  • green space carrying capacity

Green Technology

Under this sub-theme, we seek presentations about green technology, design aspects and techniques, planting/vegetation options, effects, etc. Some potential topics could include:

  • specific projects presented and evaluated, green spaces/roofs/walls
  • positive and negative results of projects
  • what sites are best for green roof designs?
  • what is needed to implement a green wall?
  • where do green roofs fall in the building code, design codes?
  • permeable surfaces
  • rain harvesting
  • low impact development
  • incentive programs

Stewardship

Under this sub-theme, we address topics around green infrastructure connections with stewardship and outreach programs and policies. These help us to engage the agricultural community, rural and urban landowners, residents, and agencies in order to protect, enhance and restore watersheds and communities. Some potential topics could include:

  • First Nations topics such as indigenous land rights and traditional ecological knowledge/ways of knowing
  • tools, techniques and results of programs and projects to drive environmental change and engage communities
  • stewardship program/projects
  • outreach
  • urban/rural agriculture
  • urban/rural forestry
  • green roofs/green walls
  • wetlands
  • natural channels
  • policy development
  • green streets
  • low impact development case studies

Education

Under this sub-theme, we seek presentations about education with respect to green infrastructure. Some potential topics could include:

  • how do we teach the public, developers, or municipal staff/councils about green infrastructure, its benefits, costs, and impacts?
  • what examples are out there about passing on this information, in an understandable and acceptable format?
  • are there existing curriculum-linked education programs on green infrastructure that have been successful?
  • facility based education opportunities- are there demonstration sites available for school groups?

Economy

Under this sub-theme, we seek presentations that address green infrastructure with respect to ecological goods and services, and the green economy. Some potential topics could include:

  • economic benefits of low impact development
  • economy of green infrastructure
  • market based instruments
  • health and environment linkages
  • opportunities for revenue generation on public lands
  • ecological goods and services on CA lands
  • agroecology
  • permaculture
  • wildcrafting/foraging

Health

Under this sub-theme, we seek presentations that address the health benefits of green infrastructure and the environment. Some potential topics could include:

  • the health benefits of low impact development
  • green infrastructure, and health and environment linkages
  • effects of green infrastructure on environmental and human health (physical and mental)
  • the health economy of green infrastructure

Communications and Marketing

Under this sub-theme, we seek presentations that explore green infrastructure and communication issues, challenges, trends, and best practices. Some potential topics could include:

  • communicating the science
  • knowing your audience
  • framing the science story
  • exploring the tools and techniques to get the message across
  • public participation/engagement with green infrastructure
  • communication for technical/science focused (non-communications) practitioners

Climate Change

Under this sub-theme, we seek presentations that relate green infrastructure to Climate Change. Some potential topics could include:

  • what benefits does green infrastructure have with respect to mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change?
  • what more can be done to increase the beneficial effects?
  • green roofs/green walls/green spaces
  • stormwater management/low impact development
  • flood/natural hazard management
  • forestry
  • carbon sequestration

Symposia, Training, Workshops and Site Visits

This year we will again include the option of longer sessions at the conference 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)! Some potential topics could include:

  • tours of green infrastructure facilities/projects
  • natural channel design
  • low impact development design
  • wetland evaluations
  • water reuse techniques
  • vegetation consideration for greening of infrastructure
  • collaboration between disciplines
  • GIS and multispectral imagery for green infrastructure
  • how to design green infrastructure (roofs, walls, spaces)
  • how to monitor green infrastructure
  • how to estimate lifecycle costs and/or benefits of green infrastructure, particularly via a triple bottom line approach
Timing, locations, presenters, etc. are all needed to help place these sessions within the conference. The deadline to submit your idea(s) is Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Accepted speakers receive a registration discount for the day of presentation.
Submit Your Presentation Ideas Here

2016 Registration Rates

Delegate Registration Rates

Delegate Registration Rates:
Delegate Registration Type Early Rate by October 4th Late Rate starting October 5th
3-Day Package $695.00 $880.00

Single Day Packages Are Also Available:
Delegate Registration Type Early Rate by October 4th Late Rate starting October 5th
Day 1 (Tuesday) $315.00 $395.00
Day 2 (Wednesday) $315.00 $395.00
Day 3 (Thursday) $275.00 $345.00

Speaker Registration Rates

Speakers
Speaker Registration Type Early Rate by October 4th Late Rate starting October 5th
3-Day Package $495.00 $495.00

Speaker Single Day Packages Are Also Available*
Speaker Registration Type Early Rate by October 4th Late Rate starting October 5th
Day 1 (Tuesday) $110.00 $110.00
Day 2 (Wednesday) $110.00 $110.00
Day 3 (Thursday) $95.00 $95.00

* Speaker Single Day Packages are available for the day you are presenting. i.e. The discounted rate for speakers presenting on Tuesday or Wednesday and only attending that day is $110.00. The discounted rate for speakers presenting on Thursday and only attending on Thursday is $95.00. All Single Day Packages include symposium meals and events for that day.

Student Registration Rates

Students
Student Registration Type Early Rate by October 4th Late Rate starting October 5th
3-Day Package $347.50 $440.00

Student Single Day Packages Are Also Available
Speaker Registration Type Early Rate by October 4th Late Rate starting October 5th
Day 1 (Tuesday) $157.50 $197.50
Day 2 (Wednesday) $157.50 $197.50
Day 3 (Thursday) $137.50 $172.50

2015 Presentations Now Available

Presentations from last year’s concurrent sessions are available for download.

You can access the presentations here.

Watch the Recorded EcoHealth Webcast

The 2015 Latornell Conservation Symposium and EcoHealth Ontario hosted five sessions on the Symposium program exploring human-ecology connections.

You can watch the recorded session on our webcast page.

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
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