Lands to Great Lakes

Lands to Great Lakes

Thursday, 8 October 2015

A Message from Our Chair

By Lisa Turnbull, Senior Manager Project Management Services at the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority & Chair of the 2015 Latornell Symposium 

Fall is here which means the Latornell Symposium is quickly approaching. The Symposium’s Steering Committee has pulled together an exciting and diverse program that explores many facets of climate change impacts on our watersheds as well as mitigation and adaptation strategies.

During the plenary our keynote speakers will bring a variety of perspectives to delegates. Blair Feltmate, one of Ontario’s leading experts on climate change adaptation will kick off the first day of the program.  James Raffan a speaker, author and adventurer will inspire us on day two of the program alongside of the graduation ceremony for the Young Conservation Professionals Program (YCP). On Thursday at lunch Lapo Calamai of the Insurance Bureau of Canada will bring perspectives from the economic and public policy sectors.  Bill McKibben, bestselling author and environmentalist, will then wrap up the symposium with a closing keynote.

In 2015 we continue to offer breakout presentations in our core theme areas like water, natural heritage and watershed management. However, new streams have been added this year including sessions led by the Lake Simcoe Science Forum and the Ontario Climate Consortium.  With the depth of the program this year the biggest challenge for delegates will be deciding between sessions! To further explore everything the program has to offer visit the program page on our website.

Over the last 22 years the Latornell Symposium has distinguished its self as Ontario premier conservation forum. Don’t miss out on being a part of the action in 2015. If you have been putting off registering now is the time to act! Rates will increase after October 13th.

Lisa Turnbull is the Chair of the Latornell Steering Committee and  a Senior Project Manager at the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). Her responsibilities with the Project Management Office at TRCA include managing the initiation, planning, execution, control and close out phases for a diverse range of environmental projects and Environmental Assessment studies.

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