Call for Presentations

We Welcome Your Presentation Ideas!

We would like to thank all those who submitted presentation ideas for the 2019 Symposium and for taking time to get engaged in this process. The Call for Presentation Ideas is now closed.

If you haven’t been contacted by a committee member, chances are your presentation has not been selected for this year’s program.
Once again, thank you to all who submitted ideas!

The 2019 Latornell Conservation Symposium Call for Submissions is now open!

We look forward to hearing about the great work you’ve been doing to continuously redefine our work and shape our role within the broader conservation movement. The 2019 Latornell Conservation Symposium provides us with an opportunity to inspire one another, create change and transform our work through this incredible annual gathering. We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 Symposium!

We want to hear your ideas and solutions related to capacity building, change management and fiscal constraints using case studies, new research, stories and inspirational content.

We particularly encourage presenters to share Indigenous perspectives, best practices and innovations across all program areas.

Suggested Topics:
While none of the topic description categories below are comprehensive, we invite and encourage content submissions dealing with the following areas (descriptions included below):

  • Natural Heritage and Biodiversity
  • Water and Watershed Management
  • Climate Change
  • Conservation and Stewardship
  • Green Technologies
  • Eco-health
  • Soils, Soil Health and Nutrient Management
  • Communications, Marketing and Outreach
  • Municipal and Environmental Relationships
  • Capacity Building and Change Management
  • *Pre-Latornell Workshop Proposals*

Details on type of presentation, timing, presenters, etc. are all needed to help place these sessions within the program. The deadline to submit your idea(s) has been extended to Friday, May 10, 2019.

Please note accepted speakers receive a registration discount and 2019 rates will be announced shortly. For reference, 2018 speaker registration rates were $510 for the 3-Day Package and $115 for the Single Day Package.

Contact 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.


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, wildlife management, terrestrial and wetlands as well as their monitoring and management. Additionally, projects, challenges and issues related to the Oak Ridges Moraine, Provincial Growth Plans, the Greenbelt, Niagara Escarpment Plan and similar topics are welcomed and encouraged.

Water and Watershed Management

Current and emerging tools, techniques and approaches around watershed management planning and programs, development of and alignment with the green economy as well as planning and regulations. Presentations are encouraged which related to or address issues around topics such as the Great Lakes, improved flood management, water quality and quantity, source water protection, wetland management and restoration, and conservation.

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.

Conservation and Stewardship

Stewardship, outreach programs and policies which engage the agricultural community, rural and urban landowners, urban residents, and agencies in order to protect, enhance and restore communities, watersheds and landscapes are welcomed. Incentives, program implementation, municipal projects, stewardship topics and perspectives, community-driven approaches, emerging policies, program successes and/or information sharing related to technical barriers and ‘lessons learned’ are encouraged. 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.

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, projects and approaches related to low impact development (LID/GI) are also welcomed and encouraged. 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.

Soils, Soil Health and Nutrient Management

Innovative approaches to farming (with a focus on nutrient management) and new research in soil science, soil health, urban soils, urban/rural 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 soils provide are also encouraged. Research, case studies and work focused on nutrient management with soil-less agriculture (both urban and rural) are also encouraged.

Communications, Marketing and Outreach

Submissions that explore environmental communication issues, challenges, trends, and best practices are encouraged. Content which speaks to engagement strategies, overcoming misperceptions, social media strategies, generation-specific communication approaches, the communication of science, understanding audiences, framing stories, soliciting public participation, and communication for technical and non-technical audiences alike are all encouraged.

Municipal and Environmental Relationships

Within this category, we are looking to highlight the integral relationships that municipalities have with the environment, specifically through land use planning, implementing provincial policy, and collaborating with environmental agencies to safeguard and restore natural heritage systems and related successes. We also encourage submissions related to Municipal approaches and solutions which address water, wastewater and stormwater stormwater servicing, as well as integrated transit planning and complete streets/complete communities planning approaches.

Capacity Building and Change Management

Environmental programs or projects responding to changing circumstances, be they economic, social, relational, political, or environmental. This includes conservation-related capacity building or training initiatives for helping adapt people, programs, organizations, or communities to address changing “climates” of all kinds. Inspiring case studies of behaviour change, resiliency, adaptation, reconciliation, or collaboration. Inspire us by sharing how you’re making lemonade from lemons.

*Pre-Latornell Workshops*

In addition to workshops which may be included as part of the official Conference Program, the Latornell Conservation Symposium is proud to provide a cost efficient opportunity for partners – including Conservation Authorities, NGO’s, government agencies, and Indigenous organizations – to host their own unique workshop(s) at the Nottawasaga Inn on the day before the annual Symposium. In 2019, all pre-Latornell workshops will take place before the Symposium on Monday, November 18th. For more information, visit: