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There's Still Time to Register for Webinar #3!
Latornell Leadership Project 2020 / 2021 Webinar Series
The Latornell Conservation Symposium is hosting a series of webinars under the Latornell Leadership Project.

If you missed any of our webinars and would like to watch the recording, please visit the Latornell Leadership Project webpage. You'll also find presentation slides available of each webinar to download as PDFs.

The third webinar in the series, Communicating Through a Pandemic, takes place on Tuesday and there's still time to register. See below for additional information, including short profiles of our moderator and five exciting speakers.
Webinar #3 - Communicating Through a Pandemic
A webinar providing an overview of the different ways Conservation Authorities have adapted when communicating with their audiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar will showcase five speakers from various Conservation Authorities who will bring us practical examples and case studies of how they have pivoted to achieve their goals and continue to reach their audiences with effective messaging. These speakers will provide examples of how they’ve innovated their operational communications to ensure public safety in conservation areas and continued to deliver effective outdoor educational programming during the pandemic.

This webinar is in partnership with the Conservation Areas Workshop and Watershed Interpreters’ Network.
Elizabeth VanHooren
General Manager/Secretary-Treasurer
Kettle Creek Conservation Authority
This session will be moderated by Elizabeth VanHooren, the General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer at Kettle Creek Conservation Authority, a position she has held since 2010 after 8 years as the Authority’s Public Relations Supervisor. Prior to joining the public sector, Elizabeth was a videographer/writer for CKCO-TV in Kitchener, Ontario. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and History (Laurier University 1998), and a Master of Arts in Journalism (Western University 1999). To date some of her greatest communication memories are developing joint IPM displays with neighbouring CAs, her SpellBound fundraisers for the Kettle Creek Environmental Trust and the development of the ReWild the Family program. She grew up in the Long Point Region watershed, and commutes daily to the Kettle Creek watershed from her home in the Catfish Creek watershed.
Tori Fisher
Administrator, Conservation Parks
Credit Valley Conservation
Tori has been working within Conservation Parks in Ontario for 13 years, from a park maintenance summer student to Administrator of Conservation Parks with Credit Valley Conservation. She has had the pleasure of working for three different Conservation Authorities and has served on the Conservation Areas Workshop Planning Committee as a member for five years, currently sitting as Co-Chair. Tori graduated from Lakehead University with an Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Tourism. She is an avid outdoorswoman and a keen advocate for connecting people with nature, especially within our valuable Conservation Areas.
John Mesman
Team Lead, Communications and Outreach
South Nation Conservation Authority
John leads South Nation Conservation’s communication and outreach team, while also leading the management of the Authority’s park and trail network. John is also the former Chair of the Conservation Areas Workshop (2017-19).

John brings a rural, farm-taught, perspective to the workplace when developing programs and communication products. Like most business communicators, John has supported the Conservation Authority in many different functions, from planning student summits and delivering forest conservation programs, to managing projects in Conservation Areas and engaging with communities on various environmental initiatives.

John studied Biochemistry and Biotechnology (BSc.) from Carleton University and Strategic Marketing Management from York University. Technical training in science provides foundational knowledge, while a passion for the environment keeps him invested in the work of the Conservation Authority.
Hassaan Basit
President and CEO
Conservation Halton
Hassaan Basit feels honoured to lead a team that is united in its purpose to deliver conservation services to its community. His focus is on strengthening the Conservation Halton brand by focusing on customers to achieve results. His team is slowly transforming Conservation Halton into a modern, digitally savvy conservation authority that delivers critical environmental programs, serves 1.2 million visitors at its parks and operates Ontario’s top five most-visited ski centre. Hassaan holds a B.Sc in Biology from the University of Toronto, an M.Sc from Queen’s University of Belfast and an Executive MBA in Digital Transformation from the DeGroote School of Business. Hassaan is currently between hobbies, but loves traveling with his family when there isn’t a global pandemic!
Keren Bromberg
Senior Program Coordinator, Community Outreach
Credit Valley Conservation
Keren has coordinated programs for youth to learn about nature and the environment through stewardship and restoration projects like native tree and shrub plantings, invasive species removal, and stream restoration for the past seven years.

Prior to working at Credit Valley Conservation, Keren worked at Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) for six years where she taught students across the GTA with the traveling Watershed on Wheels program, coordinated the Aquatic Plants program to restore wetlands with youth, and started TRCA’s own Conservation Youth Corps.

Keren is an Ontario Certified Teacher. She has a Bachelor of Arts, Honours and a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University, and a Master of Environmental Studies with a Graduate Diploma in Environmental/Sustainability Education from York University. She is past co-treasurer of Ontario Society for Environmental Education, and past-chair and current member of the Watershed Interpreters’ Network.
William Sorley
Education Coordinator, Education & Training
Toronto and Region Conservation
Will has taught nature-based programs throughout the region of Peel for Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) for the last three and a half years. Will delivers and coordinates various programs the TRCA offers, so far his favorite being; Monarch Teacher Network, Conservation Youth Corps and Watershed on Wheels.

Will graduated from Lakehead University with an Outdoor Recreation degree and is an Ontario Certified Teacher. He has a large passion for skiing and implementing technology into the classroom. His passions of technology and the outdoors may seem like opposites, though it allows him to take strides in delivering an exceptional, and sometimes unconventional program, to students, teachers and others whom are willing to learn.
Date and time: December 8, 2020 | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Cost: Free however registration is required.
Can’t attend our webinar live? Submit your registration and we will send you a link to enable you to view the recorded version once the webinar has ended

NOTE: We know that we have some great communicators in our Latornell community and want to provide you with the opportunity to share your best management practices that have worked through the pandemic.

If you have a sign, newsletter or a communication piece that you would like to share with your fellow communicators, please email it (as a PDF or link) to by Friday December 4th. If we use your material during the webinar you will be entered into a draw for a $25 gift card, generously donated by Kettle Creek Conservation Authority.
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For More Information:
Karen Anderson and Mario Maillet, Symposium Coordinators
Latornell Conservation Symposium
1-888-274-1364 ext. 4

c/o Conservation Ontario
120 Bayview Parkway
Newmarket, Ontario
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