Annual Gathering

 2017 OLTA Gathering

Thursday, October 19 – Friday, October 20, 2017

Nottawasaga Resort Inn, Alliston ON

Thanks to the attendees, speakers and supporters for making the Gathering a success!

Gathering Program

Presentation Material

Opening Plenary – John Ross

1A Unveiling Our New CEA Template

CE case law             CEA Template

1B Climate Change – Michael Drescher

Climate Change Simulations

2 Good Governance and CLT S&P – Karen Cooper

3 Protected Areas – Lisa McLaughlin and Jason Travers

4A Successful Land Securement – Ecological Gifts Program – Laura Kucey

Appraisal Review Checklist           Ecological Gifts Program Submission Process

Ecological Sensitivity Criteria

4B Accreditation – Dan Cooper and Lisa McLaughlin


Thank you to our 2017 Supporters


TD Friends of the Environment




Conservation Ontario

Nature Conservancy of Canada, Ontario Region

The Conservation Fund

If you’d like to support our Gathering, here is the Gathering Supporter Package or contact the OLTA office at 416-588-6582

Gathering Information From Last Year

2016 OLTA Gathering
“Inspiring Conservation Leadership”

Wednesday, October 19 – Friday, October 21, 2016

YMCA Geneva Park Conference Centre, Orillia ON

Thanks to everyone for making this year’s Gathering a success!

2016 Gathering Program

Presentation Material

Learning Institutes

Reviewing Appraisals

Appraisal Session

Reviewing Appraisals

Handouts: Checklist and EGP process

Challenges of Land Stewardship


Public Access

Concurrent Workshops

Conservation easements – 130 years



Setting Land Securement Priorities

Funders Panel



Building Member Engagement

Surf & Turf

D. Hangaard

D. Kraus (3MB)

National Conversation
Conserving SAR Cross-border Conservation Training Program (4MB) Fundraising Campaigns
Natural Heritage DB

Conservation Areas Planning




Bio Blitz

Blitzing The Moraine (6MB)

Ontario BioBlitz

Next Generation

D. Murray (3MB)

Emerging Leaders for Biodiversity

CEA Best Practices Manual

Gathering FAQs
Conference Feedback Form

Thank you to our 2016 Supporters!


TD Friends of the Environment


SUPPORTERS – Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry  and  MEC

BEVERAGE – Wellington Brewery


Gathering Information From Last Year

Schedule At a Glance                     Gathering Program

Presentation Material

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Ecological Gifts Program – The Ontario Perspective Building Member Engagement in Land Trusts

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Conservation Agreement Panel Deal Doctor -Creative Case Studies – Land Securement on a Tight Budget Ten Good Ideas About Grant Writing
The Impact of Conservation Agreements on Property Tax Burdens How can SAR benefit you Succeeding at Succession
Benefits and Challenges of Trails

Make American Landowners’ Estate Planning a Boon for Your Land Trust Making Citizen Science Work for Land Management

Friday, October 23, 2015

Linking People to a Landform – The Lake Iroquois Plain (5.5MB) Managed Forest Conservation Easement Agreements

The Greenway (6.5 MB)
 Funding Stewardship Farmland Securement in Ontario

Reserve Funds – Budgeting for the Future
Educational Programming – Possibilities on Your Lands Investing and Managing Your Land Trust Funds Monthly Giving – The Key to Financial Stability


Thank you to our 2015 Sponsors!


TD Friends of the Environment


Government of Ontario logo

Forests Ontario


OHT logoConservation Ontario

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario to address the OLTA Gathering

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, addressed the land trust community at the Ontario Land Trust Alliance’s annual Gathering Conference October 21 at 9 am at the Geneva Park Conference Centre.


Keynote Address – A Shared Responsibility, A Shared Response

Larry McDermottOur keynote speaker was Larry McDermott, Executive Director of Plenty Canada, an indigenous non-profit organization devoted to environmental protection, sustainable development and healthy communities. Larry reviewed the opportunities for achieving land trust goals through the inclusion of Indigenous traditional knowledge and Canadian reconciliation through shared activities on the land we love.