Keynote Speaker

John Riley is science advisor to the Nature Conservancy of Canada. He has had careers as botanist, geologist, ecologist and conservation professional with the Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario Geological Survey, Ontario Nature, and the Nature Conservancy. John is a co-founder of the Partnership for Public Lands, Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation and Greenbelt Foundation, and has written books on the Hudson Bay Lowland, the Niagara Escarpment and Georgian Bay World Biosphere Reserves, as well as studies of Ontario woodlands, peatlands and alvars. He led NCC’s work developing conservation blueprints for the Canada’s Great Lakes and Prairies, and conservation atlases for Labrador and northern Alberta. Recently, McGill-Queens University Press published his prize-winning book, The Once and Future Great Lakes Country, which has been favourably reviewed by notables like Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro. John and his family live on and have restored a farm in Mono’s headwater country.

Photo Credit: Nature Conservancy Canada

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