Call for Presentations

We Welcome Your Presentation Ideas!

We would like to thank all those who submitted presentation ideas for the 2018 Symposium for taking the time to get engaged in this process.
If you are not contacted by a committee member by July 6th, chances are your presentation has not been selected for this year’s program.
Once again, thank you to all who submitted ideas!
We are looking to hear about your great work to include as part of the 25th annual Latornell Conservation Symposium. The time to celebrate successes and chart a sustainable course forward is now. With a focus on the Great Lands and Lakes of our treasured Basin, we look forward to sharing information, ideas and passion to ensure that our most precious of natural resources is preserved for generations to come.

We welcome proposals for presentations, panels, workshops, training sessions, field trips, success stories and new research on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River and the watersheds that feed them.

Suggested topics are provided below, but this list is not intended to be exhaustive.

Information on type of presentation, timing, presenters, etc. are all needed to help place these sessions within the conference. The deadline to submit your idea(s) is Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Accepted speakers receive a registration discount for the day of presentation. See Registration page for more information on Speaker Registration Rates.

Have any questions? Contact William (Bill) Trenouth

Submission Form Now Closed
Agencies may also wish to submit an idea for a Pre-Latornell workshop or event.
Guidelines, application form and contact information can be found on the  Pre-Latornell Workshop page.


Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River

New research, insights and approaches to understanding, protecting and enhancing the health of the Great Lakes. This includes – but is not limited to – work regarding flora, fauna and abiotic aspects of the Great Lakes including their geology, sediments, nutrients and pollutants, as well as remediation and enhancement efforts. We also welcome work related to the economic valuation and quantification of ecological goods and services afforded by the Great Lakes.

Great Lands

Innovative approaches to farming and new research in soil science, soil health, urban soils, agriculture, land management, agricultural best management practices, soil ecology, soil structure, nutrient dynamics and the economic value/benefits of soil management. Soil physical processes, sediment transport, erosion mitigation and work which furthers our understanding of soils and the benefits they give to our Great Lakes is also encouraged.

Water and Watershed Management

Current and emerging tools, techniques and approaches to support improved flood management, stormwater management, development regulations and planning. Submissions regarding real time monitoring, urban hydro modification, source water protection, low impact development, wetland management and restoration, water infrastructure management and more are sought.

Climate Change

The latest research and on-the-ground approaches to adapting to – and mitigating – climate change. Investigations into the impacts of climate change on Great Lakes water levels, hydrology, flood risk, erosion and water quality are encouraged, along with landscape and watershed-based climate research.

Natural Heritage and Biodiversity

Under this broad category, we seek presentation ideas the address natural heritage and biodiversity issues, challenges, opportunities, strategies and partnerships, or include practical solutions to protect, improve or restore aquatic and terrestrial habitat. This includes aspects pertaining to policy and planning, SAR restoration and monitoring, natural heritage systems and connectivity, invasive species management, streams and natural channels, terrestrial and wetlands as well as their monitoring and management.

Green Technologies

Green Infrastructure, tools and technologies including innovative water, stormwater and wastewater management technologies, GIS and asset management technologies, integrated water management, water reclamation and reuse approaches. Research in the fields of hydrology, hydrogeology, water quality, real-time controls, natural and enhanced green spaces are also encouraged.


Research, policy and on-the-ground work related to the physical, psychological and other health benefits of natural spaces and/or exposure to the natural environment, the effects of green spaces on environmental and human health (physical and mental) and the eco-health/economy nexus.

Conservation and Stewardship

Stewardship, outreach programs and policies which engage the agricultural community, rural and urban landowners, residents, and agencies in order to protect, enhance and restore communities, watersheds and the Great Lakes. Topic areas could include current and emerging policies, First Nations issues, stewardship programs which use market incentives to encourage BMP adoption, and the analysis of stewardship program implementation successes and ‘lessons learned’. Work speaking to the translation of science and policy into on-the-ground action and benefits of community-driven environmental and green infrastructure initiatives are all encouraged.

Communications and Outreach to connect people to the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence River

Submissions that explore environmental communication issues, challenges, trends, and best practices are encouraged. Potential topics could include the communication of science, understanding audiences, framing stories, soliciting public participation, and communication for technical and non-technical audiences alike.

Municipal and Environmental Relationships

Within this category, we are looking to highlight the integral relationships that municipalities have with the environment. More specifically, through land use planning, implementing provincial policy, and collaborating with environmental agencies, to achieve natural heritage systems and other environmental successes.