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

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.

Learn more about David Ullrich

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

Upcoming Professional Development Program Event - Lost Rivers Walk

The Latornell mentorship committee has a second event lined up for the summer. Reserve your spot for the upcoming Lost Rivers Walk around Toronto’s Port Lands on Sunday August 19. The approximately 3 km walk goes from the mouth of the Don, past future Villiers Island to Corktown Common. Following the walk, refreshments will be served at Betty’s (240 King St. E.) and networking will take place!

The Port Lands Project is one of the largest infrastructure projects in Toronto’s history that will renaturalize the mouth of the Don River, create 40 hectares of green space and reduce flooding risks.

Registration is required to reserve your spot and a contribution of $5 on the day of the walk is suggested to help offset expenses. For more information, visit the Professional Development Program page.

Lost Rivers Walk Registration

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.

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To celebrate the symposium’s 25th anniversary, a total of 25 grants (a combination of three day and one day grants) will be available in 2018.

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

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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
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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