Ontario conservation events

It’s hard to keep track of the different conferences, courses, etc. for conservation biologists and natural resources folks. I’ve compiled this listing partly for my own need to list things, and partly in the hopes it will be useful for fellow Ontario biologists.

An archived list of 2017 conferences is here.


Ontario conferences 2018

Feb. 2, 2018. Biodiversity Conservation for a Sustainable Future Symposium. Ottawa, ON.

Feb. 9, 2018. Forests Ontario Annual Conference. Alliston, ON. @Forests_Ontario.

Feb. 10, 2018. Kawartha Woodlot Conference. Lindsay, ON. @KawarthaConserv.

Feb. 22-24, 2018. American Fisheries Society (Ontario Chapter). Orillia, ON. @afs_oc.

March 21, 2018. Zoos and Aquariums moving forward – history, politics and science. Sudbury, ON.

March 24, 2018. Toronto Entomological Association – student symposium. Toronto, ON.

April 4, 2018. Trent Northern Studies Colloquium. Peterborough, ON. @trentnorthern.

April 14, 2018. Emerging Leaders for Biodiversity. Toronto, ON.

April 16-18, 2018. Freshwater Harmful Algal Blooms Workshop. Toronto, ON. @IFHABWorkshop / #IFHAB18.

April 21, 2018. Toronto Entomological Association – bug-rearing day. Toronto, ON.

May 9-10, 2018. Great Lakes Fishery Commission annual meeting. Toronto, ON. @LampreyControl.

May 10-12, 2018. Ontario Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution Colloquium. London, ON. @OE3C2018.

May 23-25, 2018. Natural Channel Conference. Guelph, ON.

May 23-25, 2018. Art of the plant botanical art conference. Ottawa, ON.

May 24-25, 2018. Muskoka Summit on the Environment. Bracebridge, ON. @muskokawatershd.

June 1-3, 2018. Ontario Nature – weekend in the county. Prince Edward County, ON.

June 8, 2018. Laurentian Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC). Kingston, ON. @LaurentianSETAC.

June 17-20, 2018. Ecology and Evolutionary Ethology of Fishes. Montreal, QC.

June 18-22, 2018. International Association for Great Lakes Research. Toronto, ON. @IAGLR.

July 10, 2018. North American Microlepidopterists’ meeting. Ottawa, ON.

July 11-15, 2018. Annual Meeting of The Lepidopterists’ Society. Ottawa, ON. @TheLepSoc.

July 18-21, 2018. Canadian Society for Ecology & Evolution. Guelph, ON. @csee2018 / .

July 21-26, 2018.  North American Congress for Conservation Biology. Toronto, ON. @SCBNorthAmerica.

Sept. 21-23, 2018. Youth Summit for Biodiversity and Environmental Leadership (Ontario Nature). Orillia, ON.

Sept. 25-26, 2018. Centre for Applied Science in Ontario Protected Areas (CASIOPA). Markham, ON. @CASIOPA_ON / .

Oct. 3-4, 2018. Society for Ecological Restoration of Ontario (SERO), the Royal Botanical Gardens, and the Ecological Restoration Alliance of Botanic Gardens. Burlington, ON. @SEROntario.

Oct. 15-16, 2018. Invasive Species Conference and AGM. Peterborough, ON. @OIPC1.

Oct. 17-18, 2018. Ontario Association for Impact Assessment. Toronto, ON. @OA_ImpactAssess / .

Oct. 19-21, 2018. Entomological Society of Ontario. Irondale, ON. @EntSocOnt.

Oct. 25, 2018. 42nd Annual Ontario Forest Health Review. Sault Ste. Marie, ON + webcasting.

Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2018. North American Caribou Workshop. Ottawa, ON. @NACW2018 / .

Nov. 1-2, 2018. Binational Lake St. Clair Conference. MacRay Harbor, MI.

Nov. 2, 2018. Ontario Urban Forest Council AGM. Vaughan, ON. @OUFC_Canada.

Nov. 2, 2018. Urban ravine symposium. Toronto, ON.

Nov. 13-15, 2018. Latornell Conservation Symposium. Alliston, ON. @ADLatornell.

Nov. 20, 2018. Youth Summit and Workshop on Invasive Species Research & Resource Management in Ontario. Sudbury, ON.

Nov. 23, 2018. BeeCon2018 (Southern Ontario’s Bee Researchers Symposium). Toronto, ON.

Ontario conferences 2019

Jan. 3-4, 2019. Southwest (Ontario) agricultural conference. Ridgetown, ON.

Jan. 3-6, 2019. Canadian conference for fisheries research. London, ON. @CCFFR_CCRP / #CCFFRSCL2019.

Feb. 8, 2019. Forests Ontario conference. Alliston, ON. @Forests_Ontario.

Feb. 12-14, 2019. National invasive species forum (Canadian Council on Invasive Species). Ottawa, ON.

Feb. 20-21, 2019. Ontario fruit and vegetable convention. Niagara Falls, ON. @ofvc1.

April 8-9, 2019. International conference on plant science. Toronto, ON. @PlantSciencesPS.

May 13-17, 2019. Canadian Society of Zoologists. Windsor, ON. @csz_scz.

Oct. 27-31, 2019. International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species (ICAIS). Montreal, QC. @ICAISorg.

Conservation training in Ontario

Terrestrial (mostly)

Ontario Invasive Plant Council webinars.

Ontario reptile and amphibian field course (annual course at Beausoleil Island, Georgian Bay, ON).

Society for Ecological Restoration Ontario – training.

University of Guelph Arboretum workshops.

Royal Botanical Gardens plant identification courses (Burlington, ON).

Ontario Field Ornithologist bird workshops.


American Fisheries Society (Ontario Chapter) – events and workshops.

Canadian Rivers Institute training.

Dorset Environmental Science Centre: Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network training.

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority – technical training.

Trent Institute for Watershed Science.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service training (with archived webinars).