Friday, November 2, 2018
Toronto Botanical Garden
777 Lawrence Ave. East, Toronto
Urban ravines provide us with a quick escape from the stresses of city-living. Shady trees, flood-protecting wetlands, colourful songbirds and bejeweled butterflies are just a few of the many natural treasures offered without cost. Ravines also provide numerous free recreational opportunities. However, decades of taking, and not giving back, have taken a toll on these treasured landscapes.
Urban ravines are experiencing erosion, invasive species, flooding and encroachment at unprecedented levels. These challenges and creative solutions to them will be discussed at TBG’s symposium. Learn how to restore wildlife habitat, discover how earthworms impact restoration, hear from experts on plant invasions and the lessons they provide us, and help the city celebrate ravines in a big way.
Through talks, displays, tours and networking, this event will contribute greatly to the growing enthusiasm and expertise for urban ravine restoration.
Harry Jongerden, TBG
Glen Murray, Pembina Institute
Jane Welsh and Doug Bennet, City of Toronto
Karen McDonald, Toronto and Region Conservation
Richard Dickinson, University of Toronto
Toronto Aboriginal Eco Tours and Toronto Field Naturalists
Toronto and Region Conservation
Michael McTavish, University of Waterloo
Kyle Vander Linden, Credit Valley Conservation and Jenny Hill, Toronto and Region Conservation
Harry Jongerden, Toronto Botanical Garden
Enjoy locally produced wines, cheeses and botanical water while reconnecting with fellow ravine advocates in the lovely Garden Hall.
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Harry has been a professional gardener, garden designer and garden director for 35 years. He is currently executive director of TBG, having held the posts of garden director at VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver for five years, head of horticulture at Royal Botanical Gardens and head gardener at the Stratford Festival. He is the author of “This Other Eden” and designer of the Walkerton Heritage Water Garden and Stratford’s Elizabethan Garden.
Sandra holds a degree in political science from the University of Western Ontario, and, upon graduation worked in the financial sector until the pull of plants was too much to resist. She worked as a gardener the City of Toronto as well as TBG prior to becoming TBG’s head gardener in 2008. Her garden philosophy is grounded in a deep respect for nature and desire to support natural systems and biodiversity. Sandra has given countless presentations on gardening with nature and is a regular commentator in the media on nature in urban neighborhoods.
Glen is the executive director of the Pembina Institute, Canada’s leading energy think tank. Prior to joining the Institute, he was an Ontario cabinet minister, overseeing several portfolios, most recently environment and climate change. In his role as environment minister, Glen led the development and implementation of the cap-and-trade system.
Glen has held a number of leadership roles, including mayor of Winnipeg from 1998-2004, and chair of the Big City Mayors’ Caucus. During his time as mayor, he led the successful fight to transfer the five cents/litre federal gas tax to municipalities. He also served as chair of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, under Prime Ministers Harper and Martin, and was president and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute.
Glen started his career in activism as a founding member of the Canadian AIDS Society, and helped establish the Village Clinic in Winnipeg, a centre for AIDS prevention and care. He has worked internationally, helping establish the World Health AIDS Service Organization’s working group.
Doug is a business development officer in the General Manager’s Office at Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation. His work focuses on third-party partnerships and collaborative governance projects that engage community groups, non-profits, foundations and corporations in creating new funding streams and service delivery models. He volunteered in his local park for 13 years before joining the city, had a career in magazine publishing, and is co-author of the best-selling Up North nature guide series.
During his long career, Richard has been a field biologist/botanist with the Alberta government, Toronto and Region Conservation, and the Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto. He has authored several books including Plants of Southern Ontario and Weeds of North America, which won the 2014 Book of the Year from the American Horticultural Society. He is currently involved in several invasive plant research projects and is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto.
Jen is the research scientist of the Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP), a collaborative of TRCA, CVC and Lake Simcoe and Region Conservation Authority. She is the lead author of STEP’s revised LID guide and a member of the training team.
Karen is a senior manager with the Restoration and Infrastructure Division at TRCA. In this capacity, she oversees a dynamic team who restore streams, shorelines, wetlands, grasslands and forests in urban areas. Some of her favourite projects are located in Toronto, including Tommy Thompson Park – a stunning example of reclaimed land turned into a biodiversity hotspot. Karen is a contributing author to the City of Toronto’s award-winning Biodiversity series and is on the Bird Studies Canada Board of Directors. Her fascination with wildlife and nature was nurtured on her family farm in eastern Ontario and continues today.
Michael McTavish is a PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo working in the Conservation and Restoration Ecology (CaRE) Lab with Dr. Stephen Murphy. His research focuses on exotic species as sources of ecological novelty and their implications for conservation and restoration.
As program manager for integrated water management at CVC, Kyle works on the design, implementation and operation of green infrastructure – documenting lessons learned and transferring knowledge through LID training under STEP. Kyle also has experience teaching resources management and geography at Redeemer University College.
As project manager of the environmental planning unit in Toronto City Planning, Jane is responsible for creating innovative solutions to sustainability issues and changing the way we build in Canada’s largest city. Her work includes the Toronto Green Standard, Green Roof Bylaw, Bird Friendly Guidelines, and the first Ravine Protection Bylaw, Ravine Strategy and Biodiversity Strategy for Toronto. Jane is a landscape architect with a Master’s of Science in planning from the University of Toronto, and was recently elected to the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects College of Fellows.