• Three-day annual conference that originated in 1993 and is co-hosted in November by Conservation Ontario, the organization that represents the network of 36 Conservation Authorities and the University of Guelph
  • Forum for practitioners, policy makers, students, researchers, and non-government organizations to discuss challenges and opportunities in the conservation movement in Ontario while sharing new tools, techniques and strategies for natural resources management
  • One of Ontario’s most prestigious and well-attended annual conservation conferences
  • Organized by a steering committee made up of representatives from a wide range of government and non-government (ENGO) agencies working in Ontario’s environment (previously included MOECC/MECP, MNRF, OMAFRA, Soil & Water Conservation Society, Environmental Commissioner’s Office, Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation, Ontario Nature, Ontario Heritage Trust, Forest Ontario, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Conservation Authorities, Conservation Ontario, University of Guelph, Ontario Stewardship Council, Indigenous Cooperative on the Environment, municipalities)
November 19, 20 & 21, 2019 at the Nottawasaga Inn Resort and Conference Centre in Alliston, Ontario. Registration will be available in early September.

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Students currently enrolled with any educational institution (required student identification number) receives a 50% discount towards registration costs.

Both students and delegates from nonprofit organizations are also eligible for the Latornell Grant, of which they could receive a complimentary registration as well as be reimbursed for travel costs and accommodation. Click here for more information on the Latornell Grant.

No. All accommodations need to be reserved separately. A list of accommodations can be found here.
  • Approximately 700 delegates, exhibitors, and speakers. Includes a mix of practitioners, policy-makers, planners and communicators.
  • Delegate breakdown: Conservation Authorities (36%); Private/Consulting (20%); Non Governmental Organizations (11%); Municipal (9%); Student (7%), Provincial ministries (5%); Academic (4%); Federal (4%); and Indigenous (4%)
  • More than 50 exhibitors
Program and funding Partners typically include a variety of government agencies, nonprofit environmental organizations, universities, and businesses.
  • 3 days; 3 Keynote Speakers;
  • Topics include:
    • Water and Watershed Management
    • Green Technology
    • EcoHealth
    • Natural Heritage
    • Stewardship
    • Green Economy
    • Climate Change
    • Communications & Marketing

Other Symposium Highlights

  • Exhibitor’s Galleries (3)
  • Latornell Mentoring Program, Post Graduate Student Research Poster Competition, Young Conservation Program Graduation, Moderators Program
  • Recognizing Achievement in Ontario’s Conservation Sector: The Latornell Leadership Award, and SWCS Latornell Award of Merit
  • Networking and Entertainment: Wine and Cheese, Social events
The Symposium is held in the memory of Arthur Douglas Latornell (1923-1991), a leading conservationist whose tireless dedication to the grass roots conservation movement in Southern Ontario fostered a legacy of environmental milestones for years. Mr. Latornell was a strong mentor to young people who were interested in the field of conservation and he was an important promoter of Conservation Authorities across Ontario.