Student Moderator

Call for Student Moderators

I would like to let you know about an exciting opportunity to participate in the 2018 Latornell Conservation Symposium – one of the premier gatherings of over 900 conservation practitioners and academics in North America! The Symposium is currently soliciting 14 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 ‘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.

The 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 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 2-hour training session in advance of the conference, to be held in October on the University of Guelph main campus. Remote training via zoom or a similar platform will also be available.
  • 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 12th
  • Attend a mandatory hour-long orientation session in the evening on Monday, November 12th
  • 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 2018 Latornell Conservation Symposium will be held from the morning of Tuesday, November 13th to the afternoon of Thursday, November 15th 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 7th, 2018 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 14th, 2018. 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 2018 Latornell Conservation Symposium!

Sara Epp
Moderator Committee Coordinator
2018 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