This year marks the 25
Anniversary of the Latornell Conservation Symposium and I look forward to re-connecting next week with colleagues and friends as well as meeting new delegates, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors!
I've attended this event, myself, 12 times starting in 1997.
We've had some pretty notable keynote speakers including: renowned diplomat Stephen Lewis, astronaut, Chris Hadfield, scientists including Robert Costanza, Stephen Born, William Bird, William Rees, Quentin Chiotti and Gayle Kranzberg, Indigenous leaders such as Shelia Watt-Cloutier and Kim Wheatley; environmental economists Joseph Health and Peter Victor; marketing strategists Terry O'Reilly, Mitch Joel and Jeremy Gutsche; as well as politicians Elizabeth May and a young Justin Trudeau!
Our discussions have delved into important issues of the day that affect Ontario's environmental sector including climate change, Great Lakes, the green economy, sustainable growth, resiliency, conservation, healthy communities, biodiversity and many others.
And one of the special features of the Symposium, which I think is very important to highlight, is the mentoring role that we play. By design, the Latornell Conservation Symposium ensures there are many different types of opportunities for younger conservation professionals and students to network and learn from Ontario's practitioners and policy makers. Lending a hand to those who will work with us and eventually take our places is an important way to build a 'Conservation Community' in Ontario which, after all, is what the Latornell Conservation Symposium is all about!
Put your snow tires on and I'll see you at Latornell on November 13th!
Scott Peck, Chair, 2019 Latornell Conservation Symposium