• 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 (MOE, MNR, OMAFRA, Soil & Water Conservation Society, Environmental Commissioner’s Office, , Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation, Ontario Nature, Ontario Heritage Trust, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Conservation Authorities, Conservation Ontario, Ontario Stewardship Council, Indigenous Cooperative on the Environment)
November 13, 14 & 15, 2018 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 850 delegates, exhibitors, and speakers. Includes a mix of practitioners, policy-makers, planners and communicators.
  • Delegate breakdown: Conservation Authorities (39%); Provincial ministries (13%); Private/Consulting (13%); Non Governmental Organizations (9%); Municipal (8%); Academic (9%); Federal (2%); and others (7%)
  • Approximately 55 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.