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.

2017 Nomination Form [PDF – 0.5 MB]
2017 Nomination Form [Word – 0.2 MB]
The nomination deadline is Friday, June 23, 2017. More detailed information concerning the Latornell Leadership Award is available below in the Nomination Information section.

2017 Leadership Award Recipients

Brian Kelly, Whitby, Ontario
Geoffrey Peach, Blyth, Ontario
Mark Heaton, Aurora,, Ontario
Dr. Steven Cooke, Ottawa, Ontario

Past Leadership Award Recipients

Click here to see more information on all Leadership Award recipients.

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 Awards 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 – 2016, 91 deserving individuals have received this Award.
Latornell Conservation Symposium
c/o Latornell Leadership Award Committee
CONSERVATION ONTARIO
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 23, 2017.

Nomination Information

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 Awards Luncheon (date to be determined) where they will receive an award and be formally recognized for their important contributions to conservation.

Nomination Deadline

Nominations should be made to the Latornell Symposium Steering Committee no later than Friday, June 23, 2017.

Please Send Nominations to:

Latornell Conservation Symposium
c/o Latornell Leadership Award Committee
CONSERVATION ONTARIO
120 Bayview Parkway
Newmarket, ON L3Y 3W3
Tel.: 905-895-0716
Fax: 905-895-0751
info@conservationontario.ca
2017 Nomination Form [PDF – 0.5 MB]
2017 Nomination Form [Word – 0.2 MB]