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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 fifth webinar in the series, What Makes a Good Leader?, takes place on Thursday and there's still time to register. See below for additional information, including short profiles of our moderator and four exciting speakers.
Webinar #5 - What Makes a Good Leader?
Join us on Thursday February 25th from 10 AM-12 PM, as we discuss the critical elements of a good leader through personal stories from four very different conservation leaders.

Successful leadership comes in many forms and often includes a combination of courage, integrity, humility, clear focus, and the ability to support your team to reach challenging goals. What does it take to develop these critical skills and excel in the field of conservation? Join us for a panel discussion to learn how four dedicated environmental professionals from conservation focused organizations in different stages of their careers have persevered through obstacles from political roadblocks and creating meaningful connections remotely, to guiding a team through a crisis. From lessons learned to stories in the field and providing actionable advice, conservation leaders are sharing their experiences to support the next generation of leaders.
Katrina Furlanetto
General Manager
Cataraqui Conservation
This session will be moderated by Katrina Furlanetto, the General Manager at Cataraqui Conservation.

Katrina has an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Queen’s University, and subsequently earned a Master of Environmental Science at the University of Toronto. She has worked as an environmental professional in provincial, municipal and non-profit organizations within the GTA and started working for Cataraqui Conservation in 2016.

At Cataraqui Conservation, Katrina has held several technical and leadership positions working on projects such as drinking water source protection, surface and groundwater monitoring, capital asset management, and implementing conservation legislation. In January 2020, Katrina started her new role as the fourth General Manager of Cataraqui Conservation and is now responsible for the organization’s strategic direction, oversight of four departments, and managing natural resources in the Cataraqui Region watershed – it’s been quite the first year of learning!
Gayle Wood
Gayle is the retired Chief Administrative Officer of the Lake Simcoe Region, Nottawasaga Valley, Niagara Peninsula and Ganaraska Region Conservation Authorities.

She has worked internationally with China and Australia focusing on integrated watershed management. For her work in China, Gayle received an award from the State Council in recognition of her project on water management communication and engagement. She led the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority during their receipt of the Australian Thiess Riverprise Award for watershed management excellence.

Gayle has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree from the University of Waterloo and Certificates in Strategic Management from York University – Schulich School of Business and Alternative Dispute Resolution, University of Windsor, Faculty of Law.

Gayle currently serves as Canadian Co-Chair of the International Joint Commission’s Great Lakes Water Quality Board and is the Chair of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance in addition to serving on the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Foundation.
Kevin Butt
ISA Certified Arborist & Terrestrial Ecologist
R.J. Burnside & Associates
Kevin has 21 years of experience working in the environmental industry, preparing natural heritage and tree studies throughout southern Ontario, including almost 7 years at R. J. Burnside & Associates Ltd. These studies have been completed for both public and private clients and range in scale from single residential lots to major road corridor and multi-developer block plans. Study deliverables include environmental impacts studies, arborist reports, tree risk assessments, tree appraisals, preservation plans, ravine stewardship plans and mitigation designs. Kevin has liaised with government and review agencies, property owners and their agents and the general public through the approval stages, including project initiation and scope determination, public information centres, submission of materials, implementation assistance, construction supervision and monitoring. He is based out of the Guelph office where he manages 12 staff as Leader of the Environmental Planning and Assessment team.
Melissa Ryan
Manager, Service Coordination & Improvement
City of Kitchener
Melissa Ryan is an Environmental Engineer with nearly 20 years of experience in the public and private sector. She has worked at the City of Kitchener for the last 10 years and was initially a Project Manager in the Sanitary & Stormwater Utilities working on stormwater management projects and creek restoration work. She is now a Manager, Service Coordination and Improvement and does process improvement initiatives, strategic planning, and special projects for the Infrastructure Services Department. She loves to collaborate with others, be innovative in her approaches to problems and leverages her executive coaching training to help others achieve their best.
Joyce Chau
Senior Program Manager
Evergreen Canada
Joyce is a senior leader who has been working in the non-profit environmental sector for the past 15 years. Joyce was the Executive Director of EcoSpark, an Ontario-based environmental charity, for 8 years. In 2020, she joined Evergreen as a Senior Program Manager, leading city-building projects in across the Canada.

Joyce’s expertise lies in leading multi-stakeholder collaboratives, community-based monitoring, policy and governance, education and fundraising. Joyce has successfully led community education and citizen science monitoring programs across southern Ontario. She has been active in numerous environmental committees including the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance, Biodiversity Education and Awareness Network and the Southern Ontario Stream Monitoring and Research Team. Joyce currently sits on the board of the Small Change Fund, a national charity focused on helping communities raise funds for environmental solutions, community engagement, and Indigenous reconciliation.
Date and time: February 25, 2021 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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

For more information on the webinars, please visit the Professional Development Program webpage.
Did You Know...
Master of Conservation Leadership Program for Working Professionals – DEADLINE MARCH 1, 2021

The University of Guelph has established a new 2 year Master of Conservation Leadership program for working conservation professionals. It emphasizes innovative conservation practice including Indigenous-led conservation governance, partnership engagement and private and working lands conservation. Deadline is March 1, 2021.

The program combines in-class and online learning, giving participants the flexibility to continue working while studying. Participants will cultivate competencies in strategic planning, conflict resolution, team building, evidence-based decision making and partnership development and communication, preparing you for a senior leadership role within the conservation sector.

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Karen Anderson and Mario Maillet, Symposium Coordinators
Latornell Conservation Symposium
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