CVC Speaker’s Series

Speakers Bureau

Bring CVC to You!

As the leading source of scientific research and expertise on issues affecting the Credit River Watershed, Credit Valley Conservation is pleased to share information with residents, community and business groups to motivate discussion and inspire action to protect and enhance the natural environment in our community.

CVC offers free presentations on a variety of topics, led by our scientists and environmental educators:

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If you would like to host a CVC presentation for your group, please fill out the online form, and a CVC representative will contact you.

Top Native Plants for your Yard

Learn which locally native plants will add colour or curb appeal to your yard. Showcasing top choices for gardening and landscaping, this presentation features native plants for small spaces, larger yards, foundation plantings and the top choices for attracting birds and pollinators.  Take-home resources will be provided.

  • Of interest to: residents’ associations, landowners, garden and horticulture groups, residential developers, condo/housing boards and residential property managers.
  • Length of presentation: 45 minutes, plus Q&A’s. Also available as a 1.5 hour workshop. Contact for details.
  • Minimum group size: 15

Introduction to Rainscaping

Discover beautiful ways to collect and manage stormwater on your property such as rain gardens, rain chains and soakaways. Take-home resources will be provided.

  • Of interest to: residents’ associations, landowners, garden and horticulture groups, residential developers, condo/housing boards and residential property managers.
  • Length of presentation: 20 to 40 minutes, plus Q&A’s. Also available as a 1.5 hour workshop. Contact for details.
  • Minimum group size: 15

Watch out for Invasive Species!

What are invasive species and why they are a threat?  What can you do to help the fight against invasive species in your own neighbourhood, and what is CVC doing to help curb the invasion? This presentation can be tailored for your group:

  • For naturalists: a focus on ecological impacts and identification (focus on plants and some aquatic species);
  • For landowners: a focus on environmental and economic impacts;
  • For landscapers or gardeners: Identifying invasive plant species (especially plants commonly used in the horticultural trades), how to get rid of invasives, and good gardening alternatives.
  • Approx. presentation length: 30 minutes to 1 hours

Pollution Prevention: Real-life Solutions for Your Business

Pollution prevention (P2) is the act of eliminating or preventing pollution at the source. This presentation will introduce you to three businesses that partnered with CVC to demonstrate pollution prevention in action: a chemical manufacturer, a building supply company and a commercial rental property with multiple tenants. These pollution prevention projects introduce new approaches to product handling, storing waste material, shipping and receiving, service vehicle fueling stations, site drainage, and staff and customer education. By reducing potential pollution threats to our local waterways, we can reduce impacts to our own drinking water source: Lake Ontario. Find out how CVC can help your business reduce pollution. This initiative is undertaken in partnership with the City of Mississauga, and with the support of the Government of Ontario.

  • Of interest to: small and medium-sized businesses
  • Approx. presentation length: 20 minutes, plus Q&A

Low Impact Development: The Evolution of Urban Stormwater Management

The International Joint Commission (IJC), US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and the National Water Research Institute (NWRI) of Canada have identified pollutants from urban stormwater as a major threat to water quality in the Great Lakes. Across Ontario and the US Great Lakes States, many urban centres were built up between the 1950s and 1970s without effective stormwater treatment. Cities like Toronto, Mississauga, Hamilton and others are now seeking ways to improve water quality using innovative stormwater management approaches, known as Low Impact Development or LID.  This presentation will provide an overview of Low Impact Development techniques and discuss ways in which municipalities, companies and residents can implement them.

  • Of interest to: local and regional governments, developers, residents, government and non-government organizations
  • Approx. presentation length: 20-30 minutes, plus Q&A

Eco-Economics 101: The Credit River Watershed’s Ecological Goods & Services

The health and well-being of people living and working in the Credit River Watershed is linked to health of the watershed’s forests, wetlands, soils, plants and animals. Nature provides multiple benefits to people, such as food, clean air, and drinking water, as well as opportunities for recreational, cultural and spiritual enjoyment. Collectively, these are known as Ecosystem Goods and Services. This presentation explores the importance of calculating the full value of ecosystem services and their impact on the well-being of the watershed residents and the broader community. It will demonstrate how incorporating the value nature’s benefits into decision-making will contribute to better management and land-use choices.

  • Of interest to: local and regional governments, government and non-government organizations, residents, community groups
  • Approx. presentation length: 20-30 minutes, plus Q&A

How to Improve the Health of your Soil

Discover how to improve the quality of soil at your farm or garden. The fundamentals of soil science are communicated in an “easy-to-understand” manner and tips and tricks on how to implement soil building practices into your daily routine are presented. Receive helpful advice from CVC’s agricultural extension expert on this topic and more, including nutrient management, water quality protection, invasive species and habitat improvement.
  • Of interest to: residents’ associations, landowners, garden and horticulture groups and farmers.
  • Length of presentation: approximately 25 minutes.

Threatened Grassland Birds and the Bird-Friendly Certified Hay Program

Informative presentation covering the importance of grassland habitat and the life cycle of two threatened grassland birds; the bobolink and eastern meadowlark. In addition, the details of the CVC developed Bird-Friendly Certified Hay Program is presented and the success this program is having in the recovery of these species is shared.
  • Of interest to: naturalist clubs, rural landowners, farmers.
  • Length of presentation: approximately 45 minutes.
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