Forests Ontario

Annual Conference


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As Ontarians, we should take pride in knowing that we have some of the best managed forests in the world, thanks to the many communities and families who have maintained our forests for generations.

The forests of Ontario have a great story to tell – so let’s start telling it! It takes a forest to keep us healthy, support wildlife, build our communities and fight climate change. As society makes critical decisions regarding our forests, it is now more important than ever that we all understand the importance of this resource in a changing world.

Join us on February 10, 2017 at the Nottawasaga Inn in Alliston, as we discuss how it takes a forest to build healthy communities and a robust and prosperous society. Learn more about #ItTakesAForest.

*NEW* – 2017 Conference Agenda

Sessions include:

  • Keynote Speaker: David Nanang, Director General, Great Lakes Forestry Centre
  • Forest Herbs and Plants – Ethan Huner, Algonquins of Ontario
  • Climate Change Strategies & Action Plans – What They Mean for Our Forests – Patrick Wylie, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
  • Opportunities for Landowners in Carbon Markets – Kerry McLaven, Forests Ontario
  • Managing Your Forest for Climate Change – Steve D’Eon, Natural Resources Canada
  • Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities – Kevin Haley, Municipality of York Region
  • Lessons Learned: How to talk trees – John Ryan, Office Bureau
  • Alternative Wood Products and the Bioeconomy – Scott Wiebe, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
  • Deer Conservation in Winter – Mark Ryckman, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
  • Past, Present & Future: Forest Industry Challenges in Northern Ontario – David Canfield, City of Kenora
  • How Society Values the Forest: A Perspective from Southern Ontario – Peter Roberts, OMAFRA
  • Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund Programs and Services – Denise Hardy, Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund
  • Managing Forests to Protect Vernal Pools – Scott Sampson, Credit Valley Conservation Authority

The Forests Ontario Conference will be held at the Nottawasaga Inn, located in Alliston, 1 hour north of Toronto. For accommodations, please contact the Nottawasaga Inn directly. A conference rate is available until January 1st, 2017.

Alliston Direct: 705-435-5501
Toronto Direct: 416-364-5068
Toll Free (except 416, 905, 705): 1-800-669-5501

Every year, Forests Ontario brings together more than 300 landowners, forestry professionals, students, educators and those passionate about our forests to explore key issues. Over the past 68 years, we have explored challenges to our biodiversity, the value of forests to our health and well-being, and the importance of our forests to our communities. Join us every February as an attendee, sponsor or exhibitor, and take part in Ontario’s largest forestry conference.