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.

An archived list of previous years’ conferences is here.

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.

Jan. 29, 2019. Ontario Phragmites Working Group. Waterloo, ON. @ontariophrag.

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

Feb. 12, 2019. Growing healthy landscapes: shifting the paradigm forum 2019 (by Carolinian Canada, WWF-Canada, and VERGE Capital). Toronto, ON.

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.

Feb. 20-21, 2019. Innovative Farmers Association of Ontario. London, ON.

Feb. 28 – March 2, 2019. Ontario Chapter AGM of the American Fisheries Society. Orillia, ON. @afs_oc.

March 14-16, 2019. OFAH Annual Fish & Wildlife Conference: focus on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Mississauga, ON. @OFAH.

March 19, 2019. Northern Studies Colloquium. Peterborough, ON. @trentnorthern.

March 20-21, 2019. 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.  / @TRCA_TRIECA.

March 23, 2019. Toronto Entomologists’ Association – student symposium. Toronto, ON.

April 4-5, 2019. Ontario Woodlot Association AGM. Cobourg, ON.

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

April 12-13, 2019. Atwood Colloquium in Ecology & Evolution. Toronto, ON.

May 1-3, 2019. Ontario-Quebec Paleolimnology Symposium (PALS). Waterloo, ON.

May 2-4, 2019. Ontario Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution Colloquium (OE3C). Hamilton, ON. @OE3C2019 / .

May 13-17, 2019. Canadian Society of Zoologists. Windsor, ON. @cszscz2019.

May 24, 2019. Growing our green infrastructure. Mississauga, ON.

May 31 – June 2, 2019. Ontario Nature annual gathering. Hamilton, ON. @OntarioNature.

July 18-20, 2019. Communicating Science workshop for graduate students. Hamilton, ON.  @ComSciConCAN.

Oct. 6-9, 2019. Canadian Institute of Forestry AGM and conference. Pembroke, ON.  @CIF_IFC.

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

Nov. 1-3, 2019. Entomological Society of Ontario AGM. Haliburton County, ON. @EntSocOnt.

Nov. 3-7, 2019. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) N. America AGM. Toronto, ON.

Nov. 18-21, 2019. Wildland Fire Canada. Ottawa, ON. @wildlandfirecan.

Nov. 19-21, 2019. Latornell Conservation Symposium. Alliston, ON. @ADLatornell.

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.