Student Moderator

Call for Student Moderators

I would like to let you know about an exciting opportunity to participate in the 2017 Latornell Conservation Symposium – one of the premier gatherings of over 900 conservation practitioners and academics in North America! The Symposium is currently soliciting 12 college and university undergraduate and graduate students to moderate sessions at the Symposium, in exchange for FREE conference registration, meals and accommodation, and INCREDIBLE networking and learning opportunities.

This year’s theme is ‘Succession – The Nature of Change’

Many of us identify with natural or ecological succession – the process by which a plant or animal community successively gives way to another, leading to a new state. But the same is true of our organizations, as we have matured in our purpose and knowledge, and have seen leadership transfer to successive generations. The ongoing growth of knowledge through research, monitoring, observation, analyses and education have informed our actions on the ground, the policies we have developed and our legislative responses to emerging challenges.

The Benefits of Being a Student Moderator

Choose from over 100 different cutting-edge presentations and panel discussions from conservation professionals across Ontario

Gain public speaking, moderation and facilitation training, skills and experience

Attend plenary talks by high profile and engaging speakers. The Latornell Symposium has a history of inviting very inspirational talks including Stephen Lewis, Bob MacDonald, Wade Davis and Chris Hadfield. We are anticipating that the speakers for this year will be just as energizing!

Network with potential employers and colleagues from all levels of government, the private sector, and non-profit organizations

The Duties

  • Attend a mandatory 3-4 hour training session in advance of the conference, to be held in October on the University of Guelph main campus
  • Arrange travel to and from the Symposium- travel costs and arrangements are not included, although carpooling may be an option
  • Assist with conference set-up on the afternoon of Monday, November 20th
  • Attend a mandatory hour-long orientation session in the evening on Monday, November 20th
  • Moderate 2-3 sessions daily throughout the conference and assist with a small number of other duties as assigned
  • Attend the entire conference (details below) and stay to assist with cleanup
  • Share accommodation with one other moderator (of the same gender)

Conference Information

The 2017 Latornell Conservation Symposium will be held from the morning of Tuesday, November 21st to the afternoon of Thursday, November 23rd at the Nottawasaga Inn in Alliston, Ontario.

For more information, see the conference website at

To Apply / Contact Information

If you are interested in pursuing this exciting opportunity, note that positions are limited. Selections will be made by a selection committee, and preference will be given to those who have not moderated at the Symposium before.

Please reply no later than Friday, September 8th, 2017 with a short letter expressing your interest to Sara Epp ( Any questions can be directed to the same e-mail address. In your submission, please indicate:

  • Any previous experience with public speaking, moderating, or facilitation
  • Whether you have moderated at or attended previous Latornell Symposia
  • Your ability to commit to training sessions and conference attendance as outlined above
  • Your reasons for applying, and any area(s) of interest
  • A brief (1 paragraph) outline summarizing your interest in the environmental / conservation (or other related) fields
  • What you hope to gain from attending the conference as a student moderator

Successful applicants will be notified no later than Friday, September 15th, 2017. Finally, please note that interested students are eligible to apply for both the Poster Presentation and Student Moderator components of the Symposium if they choose to do so – both are wonderful student opportunities!

I look forward to seeing you at the 2017 Latornell Conservation Symposium!

Sara Epp
Moderator Committee Coordinator
2017 Latornell Conservation Symposium Steering Committee

For more information or to submit a student moderator application, please e-mail:
Sara Epp, M.A. (Geography)
Student Poster Committee Coordinator
School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Landscape Architecture Building
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON, N1G 2W1