2019 Latornell Conservation Symposium Grants

Grant Brochure [PDF – 60 KB]
Grant Application Form [PDF – 219 KB]
Grant Application Form [Word – 167 KB]
In 2019, funds raised during the 2018 Dream Auction will provide opportunities for grant recipients to participate in Ontario’s premiere conservation symposium.

What is the Grant?

The Latornell Conservation Symposium Grant was established in memory of A.D. Latornell to provide support for students and active members of the conservation community so that they may attend the annual Latornell Conservation Symposium. Eligibility is determined on the basis of the criteria outlined below.

The Three Day Grant includes: one three (3) day registration package, meals and two (2) nights accommodations at the Nottawasaga Inn. Successful applicants will be asked to double up for accommodations due to limited room availability. Transportation is not included.

The One Day Grant includes: one (1) day registration package for the day of your choice including meals for that day. Accommodations and transportation are not included.

What Principles Guide the Grant Award?

  • Applicants must be able to declare and demonstrate that without the grant they would be unable to attend the symposium.
  • Applicants must submit a complete application including one letter of reference prior to the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Successful applicants must commit to attend the symposium. Grants are not transferrable to other individuals.
  • Successful applicants must complete and return an evaluation form following the symposium.

Who is Eligible?

  1. Students registered in an Ontario university or college.
  2. Individuals affiliated with an Ontario not-for profit/community conservation organization including volunteers, interns and contract employees.
  3. Individuals seeking employment in the conservation field.
  4. Indigenous people.

Applicants must be 19 years of age or older and have not received a Latornell Conservation Symposium grant in the past. Generally applicants should be living, working or studying in Ontario.

If the grant program is over-subscribed no more than three participants from any one organization, university, college or community may receive grants.

How to Apply

To apply for grant support, you must

  1. Complete the application form*. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  2. Provide one reference
    If you are a student: letter of reference from a supervising professor, including contact information.
    If you are from a not-for-profit, community conservation organization, Indigenous Organization or Community: letter of support from the organization head or a community leader, including contact information.

The application form and reference letter are to be submitted electronically to grants@latornell.ca with the applicant’s name in the subject line on or before midnight September 30, 2019.

* Application form should be saved locally before starting to fill out the fields. Filling out the form online then saving it locally will not capture the information.


Many positive comments about the symposium have been received from previous grant recipients. The Latornell Conservation Symposium Steering Committee, on behalf of all grant recipients, thanks everyone who has contributed to the success of our Dream Auctions.
The Latornell Symposium was a great opportunity for me to learn more about the current issues in the conservation arena. The workshops and speakers were relevant, interesting and inspiring. Throughout the symposium I was able to connect with many individuals who are working to provide all Canadians with a bright and healthy future
Kim Ootjers, Conservation Halton
The conference experience introduced me to a number of conservation challenges and the innovative people working to solve them. I left with a clearer picture of current issues – and excited to face them
Jane Simmons, University of Guelph
The treatment I received as a grantee was above and beyond. The steering committee did a great job of providing opportunities for grantees to get to know each other and the symposium in general was a great networking experience. The topics covered by speakers were vast and informative. Overall the Latornell Symposium proved to be a great experience.
Olivia Bakowski, Credit Valley Conservation Authority


Latornell Conservation Symposium Steering Committee
C/O Janet Ivey
Grand River Conservation Authority

Application Deadline: Monday, September 30, 2019. Successful applicants will be notified the week of October 14, 2019.