Student Moderator

Call for Student Moderators

I would like to let you know about an exciting opportunity to participate in the 2019 Latornell Conservation Symposium – one of the premier gatherings of over 600 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 ‘Currents of Change: Inspiring, Creating, Transforming’

Many of today’s economic, environmental, and social challenges are impacting the health of Ontario’s natural resources and creating the need for us to re-think traditional approaches. To ensure healthy watersheds and people, we need to continue to look forward, adapt and find innovative new ways to protect our critical natural resources.

At this year’s Latornell Conservation Symposium, we’re asking delegates to share their research and experiences in order to refresh, motivate and inspire the shifts we need to make in order to transform our approaches and match the pace at which our challenges change. All on a tight budget, of course.

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 18th
  • Attend a mandatory hour-long orientation session in the evening on Monday, November 18th
  • 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 2019 Latornell Conservation Symposium will be held from the morning of Tuesday, November 19th to the afternoon of Thursday, November 21st 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 6th, 2019 with a short letter expressing your interest to Jessica Lukawiecki ( 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 13th, 2019. 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 2019 Latornell Conservation Symposium!

Jessica Lukawiecki
Moderator Committee Coordinator
2019 Latornell Conservation Symposium Steering Committee

For more information or to submit a student moderator application, please e-mail:
Jessica Lukawiecki, M. A. (Geography)
Student Poster Committee Coordinator
Geography, Environment and Geomatics
Hutt Building
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON, N1G 2W1