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 conservation biologists.

NOTE: many conferences are being cancelled or moving online due to COVID-19 concerns. I won’t be updating conferences during the pandemic – it’s too hectic. You should find out yourself if conferences are still going ahead or not.

An archived list of previous years’ conferences is here.

Ontario conferences 2020

Jan. 7-8, 2020. SouthWest (Ontario) agricultural conference. Chatham, ON.

Jan. 15, 2020. Ontario Invasive Plant Council Invasive Plant Conference. London, ON. @OIPC1.

Jan. 16, 2020. Ontario Phragmites Working Group Annual Meeting. London, ON. @ontariophrag.

Jan. 17-19, 2020. Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario – winter conference. Irondale, ON.

Feb. 4, 2020. Oak wilt forum. Oakville, ON. @InvSp.

Feb. 14, 2020. Forests Ontario annual conference. Alliston, ON. @Forests_Ontario.

Feb. 20-22, 2020. American Fisheries Society – Ontario Chapter. Orillia, ON. @afs_oc.

March 25-26, 2020. Annual TRIECA conference (stormwater, erosion, and sediment control): Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and the Canadian Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA). Brampton, ON.

March 27-29, 2020. The Wildlife Society – Ontario and Canadian Chapters. Peterborough, ON. @OCTWS_. *cancelled until further notice due to COVID-19*

March 28, 2020. Toronto Entomologists’ Association – student symposium. Toronto, ON.

April 7-9, 2020. Ontario Professional Foresters’ Association (OPFA). Alliston, ON.

April 8, 2020. Great Lakes Forest Health Showcase. Sault Ste Marie, ON.

April 17-18, 2020. Atwood Colloquium in Ecology & Evolution. Toronto, ON.

May 7-9, 2020. Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. Toronto, ON. @naisa2020.

May 8-10, 2020. Ontario Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution Colloquium. Guelph, ON. @OE3Cofficial / #OE3C2020.

May 10-14, 2020. International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE). Toronto, ON. @iale_na / #ialena2020.

May 11-15, 2020. Canadian Society of Forensic Science. Oshawa, ON.

May 26-28, 2020. Communicating Science Conference Canada. Ottawa, ON. @ComSciConCAN / #CSCC20.

May 26-28, 2020. OFAH conference on Lyme Disease. Huntsville, ON. @OFAH.

May 28-29, 2020. Grey to green conference on green infrastructure. Toronto, ON. @GRHCna / #GreytoGreen.

June 1-5, 2020. 3rd International Conference of the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence. Ottawa, ON. @Canada_CEBCEM.

June 8-12, 2020. International Association for Great Lakes Research. Winnipeg, MB. @IAGLR.

Sept. 25-27, 2020. Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario – fall conference. Irondale, ON.

Sept. 25-27, 2020. Youth Summit for Mother Earth. Location TBD. @OntarioNature.

Oct. 30-31, 2020. State of the Kawartha Lakes Symposium. Location TBD. @KawarthaConserv.

Nov. 5-7, 2020. Joint meeting of several insect groups (Entomological Society of Ontario; Ontario Pest Mgmt Conference; Ontario Weed Society; Canadian Phytopathological Society SW ON). London, ON.

Nov. 19, 2020. Ontario Urban Forest Council. Ajax, ON. @OUFC_Canada.


Feb. 24-25, 2021. Midwest cover crop council. Guelph, ON.

March 26-28, 2021. The Wildlife Society – Ontario and Canadian Chapters. Peterborough, ON. @OCTWS_.

Conservation training in Ontario

Disclaimer: I cannot vouch for the legitimacy or usefulness of any training I list.

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.

Ontario Wetland Evaluation System (OWES) training (North Bay).

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority – technical training including:

  • Assessing headwater features workshop
  • Backpack electrofishing certification
  • Benthos identification workshop
  • Fish identification workshop
  • Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol (OSAP)

Trent Institute for Watershed Science.

Water Management and Wetland Restoration Course, Ontario.


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

Field safety

Wilderness medical courses (often offered in Ontario), from Wilderness Medical Associates International.