Conference Registration 2017


Friday October 13th, 2017

8:15 – 8:45 Registration and light breakfast

8:45 – 9:00 Welcome, on behalf of the OUFC Board of Directors

9:00 – 9:40   Sadia Butt – Urban Forest Community Engagement at the Neighbourhood Level

Sadia Butt is a PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Toronto, Canada. She has worked in urban forestry for
the last 20 years as a practitioner, researcher and a volunteer in raising urban forest awareness through environmental education.
She enjoys promoting forestry and environment education to all ages and is a lifelong volunteer at ACER, an environmental education group. In April 2013, she was one of three conference coordinators at the Urban Forest and Political Ecologies Conference, at the University of Toronto that brought together innovative researchers, artists and practitioners to share their work. She is also a co- editor of the book, Urban Forests, Trees and Greenspaces: A Political EcologyvApproach.

9:40 – 10:20 – Understanding Tree bylaws and the Planning Process – Peter Wynnyczuk

Peter is the Executive Director at the OUFC and has been involved in Urban Forestry for over 30 years at the municipal level and is the previous president of the Ontario Shade Tree Council (now the OUFC!). He has also been supportive of Arborist-related committees and activities. Peter is the retired urban forest supervisor with the Town of Richmond Hill.

10: 20 -10:50 Break

10:50 – 11:30 – Justin Gaudan – EAB bio- controls research update

Justin Gaudon has a BES (Hons.) from the University of Waterloo and is currently pursuing a PhD in Forestry at the Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto. His research is on the efficacy of North American natural enemies, with focus on parasitoid wasps, as mortality factors of emerald ash borer. His general interests lie in and around forest entomology, invasive species, and urban forestry.

11:30 – 12:00 – OUFC Updates – Peter Wynnyczuk – Community/municipal outreach program – by-law review

12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch – Provided by OUFC

1:00 – 2:00pm Outdoor Tree Walk – Jose Rubio Lazo

Nomar Jose Rubio Lazo, known to most as “Jose the Arborist,” runs a small practice in downtown Toronto, and consults extensively to government and business in Central America. His indigenous background and hands-on experience with native approaches to agriculture have shaped the integrative way Jose cares for trees. Simplicity, common sense, and working in harmony with Mother Nature, he believes, is just as important as science and sophisticated technology.  Jose studied History at U of T and arboriculture at Humber College.  He is ISA certified as an arborist and as a tree climber specialist.  Jose also holds the ISA TRAQ qualification in risk assessment, and is an OUFC Heritage Tree Inspector.  His work has been featured in ISA and industry publications.  Jose was nominated by his clients and became a finalist three years in a row for the ISA’s True Professional of Arboriculture Award. He subsequently declined to stand for the award, believing that the finalist pool needs to be kept fresh with new faces in the field.  Jose is a candidate in Environment and Sustainability Studies through Harvard University’s Professional Certificate Program, and has been active at Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum for years.

2:15 – 3:00    Kevin Mercer, Storm water attenuation opportunities

Kevin Mercer is the co-founder and president of RainGrid Inc. Their mission is to meet the climate adaptation challenge of urban stormwater impacts upon our cities by building reliable, adaptive, intelligent and networked grids of residential-scale, distributed stormwater storage.

2:00 – 2:15 Break

2:45 – 3:00   Conference Wrapup

3:15 – 3:45  OUFC Annual General Meeting

Members and friends are invited

ISA CEU’s have been approved.
SaturdayOctober 14, a half day session we are focussing on families to participate in:
9:15 Welcome with coffee/treats
9:45 Forest bathing with Mr. Ben Porchuk
11:00 Fun tree citizen science activity with Alice Casselman, ACER
12:00 Guided family tree walk with Peter Wynnyczuk, OUFC


Conference Fees


  • $80


  • $120

Student or Senior Member

  • $40

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Registration is for the conference only  – no registration needed for the family day