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2nd Annual Ravine Symposium

Friday, November 3, 2017, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
With ongoing and increasing threats – such as climate change, invasive species and watershed urbanization – how do we restore ecological function to urban ravines? This is the question we will explore at TBG’s 2nd Annual Ravine Symposium.

Inspired by the City of Toronto’s ravine strategy, the stewardship work of city and conservation authority staff and community groups, and our own expansion plans involving Wilket Creek ravine, TBG held its first ravine symposium in fall 2016. Through tours, talks, panel discussions, displays and networking, this year’s event will continue the conversations and strengthen the connections initiated at last year’s event.

After lunch, the 2017 Aster Awards will be presented to the TBG Environmentalist of the Year and two TBG Rising Stars.

Lunch is provided and parking is free. Click here for directions by car, bike and public transit.

Early bird registration (until Sept 15): $85
Registration fee (as of Sept 16): $105
OPTIONAL Symposium Social: $10



Time Description
8 to 9:15 a.m. Registration, coffee and tea
8:30 to 9:15 a.m. OPTIONAL Ravine hike led by Toronto Field Naturalists; garden tour led by TBG
9:15 to 9:30 a.m. Welcome by Lorraine Johnson and Harry Jongerden
9:30 to 10:10 a.m. Toronto’s Indigenous History
10:10 to 10:30 a.m. Controlling invasive plants in and around ravines by Stephen Smith, Urban Forest Associates
10:30 to 10:45 a.m. Morning Break
10:45 a.m. to Noon Panel One: Stewardship on public land
Noon to 1 p.m. Lunch Break
1 to 1:30 p.m. TBG 2017 Aster Awards presentation
1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Panel Two: Stewardship on private land
2:45 to 3 p.m. DSV biocontrol by Sandy Smith, University of Toronto
3 to 4:15 p.m. Panel Three: Seeds
4:15 to 4:30 p.m. Concluding Remarks by Lorraine Johnson and Harry Jongerden
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. OPTIONAL Symposium Social

Panel 1: Public land stewardship
Facilitator: Jason Ramsay Brown

  • Jessica Iraci, Parks Program Officer, City of Toronto
  • Sharon Lovett, High Park Stewards
  • Paula Davies, Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve
  • Evergreen

Panel 2: Private land stewardship
Facilitator: Lorraine Johnson

  • Colleen Cirillo, Toronto Botanical Garden and Ontario Invasive Plant Council
  • Stephen Smith, Urban Forest Associates
  • Janet McKay, LEAF

Panel 3: Seeds
Facilitator: Sandra Pella

  • Melissa Spearing, Forest Gene Conservation Association and Groundcovers Unlimited
  • Sean Fox, University of Guelph
  • Alex Verbinnen, Verbinnen’s Nursery
  • Eric Davies, University of Toronto and Toronto Ravine Revitalization

City of Toronto
FLAP Canada
North American Native Plant Society
Ontario Invasive Plant Council
Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve
Toronto and Region Conservation
Toronto Botanical Garden
Toronto Field Naturalists
Toronto Ravine Revitalization

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