Theme: Biodiversity – What does it mean to you?

March 3-5, Geneva Park, Orillia, Ontario

The 2011 Ontario Chapter Annual Meeting and Conference was held March 3rd to 5th at YMCA Geneva Park near Orillia. The theme was “Biodiversity – What does it mean to you?”. Fifty-eight people attended the 3-day meeting, including students, government agency and private sector representatives. There were 20 oral presentations covering a variety of subjects ranging from inland fisheries to environmental flow management. Gary Whelan, from Michigan Department of Natural Resources attended on behalf of the North Central Division.

Five students prepared talks and it was judged that  Shannon Dorn (University of Waterloo) gave the best oral presentation, thus winning the E.J. Crossman Award. Her presentation was titled “Factors affecting differential mercury levels in landlocked and anadromous Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus) from Labrador”. Alyssa Murdoch (University of Waterloo) was awarded the Ontario B.A.S.S. Nation Award for the best student poster. Her poster was titled “Short-term individual growth patterns of anadromous Arctic charr in Ungava- Labrador, Canada”. Abstracts for both presentations can be found within the Annual Meeting Program.

Thirty-three members attended the Business Meeting and received an overview of Chapter business during the past year. Gary Whelan presented an update on recent North Central Division activities and President-Elect Dean Fitzgerald led an active discussion on future Chapter initiatives. Nominations for both the Ontario Chapter Executive Committee and the Student Subunit Executive were held and the Chapter received candidates for 2 of the 3 soon to be vacant positions; Nick Lapointe (Vice President) and Katie Easterling (Treasurer).

We would like to thank the sponsors who provided financial support and/or prizes. They are: