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On Saturday April 21, 2018 members of COLE’s Biological Services Group participated in a symposium organized and hosted by the Master of Environmental Science (M.Env.Sc.) program at the University of Toronto Scarborough. The day-long event brought together conservation practitioners, scientists, and members of the public to raise awareness of invasive species (e.g., Buckthorn, Gypsy Moth, Zebra Mussels) and their effects on the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). With the provincial Invasive Species Act now in force, the control and management of such species plays an increasing role in land use planning and management.
The keynote speaker at the event was world-renowned invasion ecologist, Dr. Dan Simberloff from the University of Tennessee. Other speakers at the event included staff from the following organizations:
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
  • Toronto and Region Conservation
  • Credit Valley Conservation
  • University of Toronto
  • Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
  • Ontario Invasive Plant Council
The day also included poster presentations from M.Env.Sc. students, information booths from agency and NGO partners, as well as hands-on workshops, prizes, and children's activities. COLE was pleased to help sponsor the event and to promote information sharing by staffing a booth to discuss invasive species in the context of infrastructure development.