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.

June 7, 2019. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Laurentian Chapter AGM. Ottawa, ON. @LaurentianSETAC.

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

Aug. 5-9, 2019. 10th International Congress of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry (ICCPB). Ottawa, ON. #ICCPB2019 @ICCPB2019.

Sept. 20-22, 2019. Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario Annual Conference. Camp Couchiching, ON. @COEOoutdoors.

Sept. 20-23, 2019. Canadian Herpetological Society. Montreal, QC. @canuck_herps.

Oct. 3, 2019. Centre for Applied Science in Ontario’s Protected Areas (CASIOPA). Peterborough, ON. @CASIOPA_ON.

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

Oct. 10, 2019. Toronto Botanical Garden Urban Ravine Symposium. Toronto, ON.

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

Nov. 1-2, 2019. Society for Ecological Restoration Ontario (SERO). Utopia, ON. @SEROntario.

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. 4-5, 2019. Ontario Invasive Plant Council (OIPC). London, ON. @OIPC1.

Nov. 8, 2019. Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation 7th Annual Research & Conservation Conference. Long Point, ON. @LPWBR.

Nov. 13, 2019. Lessons learned from stream restoration in other jurisdictions. Hosted by Canadian Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. Brampton, ON.

Nov. 14, 2019. Ontario Urban Forest Council. Thornhill, ON. @OUFC_Canada.

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

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

Dec. 3-5, 2019. Forest pest management forum. Ottawa, ON. @CIF_IFC.

Ontario conferences 2020

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

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

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.