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Two New Latornell Events Now Open for Registration
Latornell Leadership Project 2020 / 2021 Webinar Series
The Latornell Conservation Symposium is hosting a series of webinars under the Latornell Leadership Project. Thank you to everyone who participated in our first one, Groundwork: The Foundation and Evolution of the Conservation Authorities in Ontario, held in early October.

If you missed the webinar and would like to watch the recording, please visit the Latornell Leadership Project webpage. You'll also find presentation slides available to download as a PDF.

We are please to announce our second webinar is now open for registration!
Webinar #2 - Connecting Planning and Ecology Workshop
The second webinar, Connecting Planning and Ecology Workshop with Michael Wynia, MCIP, RPP, Partner, Senior Ecologist and Planner at Skelton, Brumwell & Associates Inc., takes place on November 19th.

Natural heritage evaluations and environmental impact studies provide critical ecological data that is important to the protection of natural features and functions in the land use planning process. To be fully effective, the recommendations of these studies need to directly address the planning instruments and the authority they establish to deal with ecological matters.

This session will begin with a brief overview of the key planning instruments: the official plan, zoning by-law, minor variances, subdivisions, consents and site plan control. The presentation will then focus on how study findings and recommendations can most effectively make their way into planning approvals. This will include practical examples and approaches you can utilize to ensure that your ecological work results in meaningful protection for natural heritage as planning decisions are made and development occurs.

This session will be of particular interest to both ecologists and planners.

Read more about Michael on the Professional Development Program webpage.
Date and time: November 19, 2020 | 9:30 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

Other Latornell Conservation Symposium webinars coming up:
  • Communicating Through a Pandemic
  • Nature for All – Ensuring Inclusion and Diversity are Actively Pursued
  • Leaders on Leadership

For more information on the webinars, please visit the Professional Development Program webpage.
Bonus Event: The 2020 Latornell Student Symposium
Join Dr. Nicolas Brunet from the University of Guelph for the virtual 2020 Latornell Student Symposium taking place Friday November 20th from 9 AM to 1 PM

Diversity: Foundation of Our Ecosystems & Societies
The strength of our ecosystems and societies are upheld through biological and cultural diversity. Together, biological, and cultural diversity play an imperative role in addressing intersectional social and environmental issues. The 2020 Latornell Student Symposium theme is “Diversity: The Foundation of Ecosystems & Societies”. The symposium aims to emphasize interconnectedness in sustainability by creating a platform that highlights diversity, equity, and inclusion in conservation research and practice.

The free virtual event on Friday, November 20th, 2020, from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM will highlight student research with direct relevance to conservation practice in Ontario. The 2020 Latornell Student Symposium is a unique opportunity to explore the practical applications of your work to conservation practice beyond the context of academia. There will be a mix of active professionals, students, and scholars in attendance. This will be a great opportunity to network and build your capacity to speak to the non-scholarly relevance of your work, which are critical in securing employment in this competitive field. The day will begin with two keynote speakers followed by a series of short talks and discussions. Our aim is to support diversity in all forms in the selection of topics and speakers.

Click here for more information. Please contact Angela Asuncion ( or Dr. Nicolas Brunet ( if you have any questions.

This event is supported by the Latornell Professorship in Environmental Stewardship
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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
L3Y 3W3