Latornell Conservation Symposium

Many ONES members will be attending and presenting at the 2014 Latornell Conservation Symposium themed “Growth & Transformation” from November 18 to November 20 in Alliston Ontario at the Nottawasaga Inn.

ONES worked with the Latornell Program Committee to develop the stream of “Environment, Economy and Health” which has sessions on all days:

DAY 1: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

11 am – 12:30 pm, Room 6: Our Well-being Is in Our Nature

Green Infrastructure and Health (Steven Peck, Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition)

Exploring the Relationship between Urban Natural Landscapes and Emotional and Mental Well-Being (Emily Grant, University of Waterloo)

Human Well-Being, Ecosystem Services and Watershed Management in the Credit River Watershed (Tatiana Koveshnikova, Credit Valley Conservation)

2 – 3:30 pm, Room 6: Urban Green – Critical for Community Health

Climate Change and Health Vulnerability Assessment Guidelines for Ontario (Vidya Anderson, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care)

Health and Well-Being Benefits of Urban Green Space (Tara Zupancic, Habitus Research)

Prioritizing Plantable Areas to Grow Peel Region’s Urban Forest (Janet Wong, Region of Peel)

Communicating the Benefits of York Region’s Urban Forest (Barb Davies, York Region & Lionel Normand, Toronto and Region Conservation)

4 – 5:30 pm, Room 6: EcoHealth Strategies

Ecosystem Approaches to Health (Karen Morrison, International Association for Ecology and Health & York University)

Ontario EcoHealth Collaborative (Helen Doyle, York Region Public Health & Mike Puddister, Credit Valley Conservation)

Being in Nature – A Prescription for Better Health (Ashoo Anand, Credit Valley Conservation)

DAY 2: Wednesday, November 19, 2014

8:30 – 10:30 am, Room 6: Does Our Economy Have a Green Future?

Post-Growth Economics for Ontario (Eric Miller, Consulting Economist)

Building Canada’s Clean Economy (Keith Brooks, Environmental Defence)

Recognizing and Fostering the Provision of Ecosystem Services by Private Landowners – Views from the Land (Elizabeth Holmes, University of Guelph)

10:30 am – 12 pm, Room 5: Green Opportunities in the Marketplace

Timber Stalks or Gold Stocks, Can You Make Your Forest Pay? (Chris Gynan, Silv-Econ)

Green Opportunities in the Marketplace (Robert Orland, Orland Conservation & Erik Lees, LEES + Associates Landscape Architects)

Bird-Friendly Certified Hay Program (Mark Eastman, Credit Valley Conservation)

2 – 5 pm, Room 4: Agroecology – An Ecosystem Approach to Farm Production (Panel)

Microbially Active Soils and Nutrient Cycling (Jeri Parrent, Ecologist)

Agroecological Practices on an Organic Farm (Alvaro Venturelli, Plan B Organics Farm)

Food Systems That Foster Agroecology (Kristine Hammel, Grey Bruce Centre for Agroecology)

Agroecological Principles at Multiple Scales and Disciplines: A Knowledge Perspective (Thorsten Arnold, Grey Bruce Centre for Agroecology)

DAY 3: Thursday, November 20, 2014

8:30 am – 10 pm, Room 10A: Natural Capital and Ecosystem Service Assessments in Ontario

Natural Capital Assessment: The Practitioner’s Dilemma – Why Hasn’t NCA Caught on in Ontario? (Vince Deschamps and Natalie Leava, Stantec Consulting Ltd.)

Ontario’s Experience Valuing Nature (Andreas Link, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry)

Ontario Wetland Carbon Sequestration (Eric Enanga, Western University)

10:30 am – 12 pm, Room 6: Modelling for Ecosystem Services

Ecosystem Modeling for Protected Areas with the ARIES Project (Will Wistowsky, Ministry of Natural Resources)

Using Agent-Based Modeling to Understand Resilience in a Southern Ontario Agroecosystem in the Context of Climate Change and Alternative Agricultural Regimes (Martin Bunch, York University)

Modelling Ecosystem Services in Ontario and Canada (Wanhong Yang, University of Guelph)

2:15 – 4:30 pm, Room 18: Biodiversity Offsetting in Ontario (Panel)

Moderator: Eric Miller, Consulting Economist

Creating a Framework for Biodiversity Offsetting in Ontario (Sarah Hedges, Ontario Nature)

Experience with Habitat Offset Projects to Date (Ron Reid, The Couchiching Conservancy)

Offsetting under the Endangered Species Act (Carl Bickerdike, South Nation Conservation)

Regulators Perspective (Ian Crawford, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry)

Corporate Perspective (Brian McCormick, Hydro One)

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About Eric Miller

I am an Ecological Economist, currently working as a consulting economist and university lecturer. Most of my career has been in the Ontario and federal public service. About half of my work these days relates to ecosystem services: communicating the concept, assessing available information, and proposing ways to integrate the concept and measurement into policies and programs. I earned an MES in Ecological Macroeconomics from York University, a BA in Economics from McMaster University and a BSc in Biology from Carleton University.

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