The Continuing Education Committee (CEC) of the Ontario Chapter was established to develop and implement both Training and Educational opportunities for Ontario Chapter members.  The CEC is comprised of an Education Chair and volunteers. These individuals network with AFS-OC members and other professionals to provide education and training opportunities in the form of workshops, certification courses and lecture series.  Annually at the Business Meeting, the Executive Committee solicits members for current training and education interests. All ideas are considered and the CEC works towards implementing the best suggestions into future activities. If you are an Ontario Chapter member and have an idea for a Continuing Education activity please contact

Please follow the links below to see the details of upcoming opportunities or highlights of recent CEC initiatives:

AFS-OC Fall Seminar

“Ontario Department of Planning and Development Conservation Report Data Inform Fisheries Management 30 and 60 Years Later”
Lecturer: Nicholas E. Mandrak, University of Toronto
Date: Wednesday, December 13th 2017
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: WebEx

AFS-OC Fall Evening Social

“Reflections on a 30-year Career in the Great Lakes Basin”
Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Nick Mandrak, Associate Professor, University of Toronto
Date: Thursday, November 16th, 2017
Time: 5:30 – 9:30 pm
Location: The Auk’s Lodge, FSA Fleming College, 200 Albert Street South, Lindsay

AFS-OC Spring Lecture – Women in Biology

Guest Speaker: Deborah Martin-Downs, CAO of Credit Valley Conservation Authority
Wednesday, May 17th 2017, 6:30-9:00 PM
Credit Valley Conservation Authority Head Office, 1255 Old Derry Road, Mississauga, ON L5N 6R4

Working with Indigenous Communities 101

Instructor: Gary Pritchard
March 2, 2017, 1:00-5:00 PM
YMCA Geneva Park
Orillia, Ontario

Geneva Park


Guide: Erling Holm
January 14, 2016, 6:30-8:00 PM
2055 Wyecroft Road
Oakville, Ontario

AFS-OC Fall Lecture – Women in Biology

“Dam Climate Change—The Invasion Risk Associated with Warming Habitats, Stream Connectivity and Dams”
Special Guest Lecturer: Dr. Cindy Chu, MNRF
November 5, 2015, 7:00-9:30 PM
Ashburnham Ale House
Peterborough, Ontario

AFS-OC Fall Seminar

“Quantitative Biology in a Naturalized Steelhead Population”
Speaker: Brian Morrison
November 25, 2014, 4:00 PM
Trent University, DNA Building – B Block – Rm 110.1
Peterborough, Ontario


AFS-OC Spring Seminar

“Incorporating Science into Fishery Management and Recovery Programs in the Pacific Northwest”
Speaker: Jim Lichatowich (author)
March 26, 2014, Black Creek Pioneer Village, Toronto, Ontario

Spring Seminar 2014

AFS-OC Winter Seminar

“Ontario’s Provincial Fish Strategy: Fish for the Future”
Speaker: Warren Dunlop
“Building a science to support broad-scale fisheries management”
Speaker: Dr. Nigel Lester
January 29, 2014, Peterborough, Ontario
Presentation (Dunlop)  Presentation (Lester)


The End of the Line Movie Screening

March 26th, 2010, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

AFS-OC Lecture Series

“Measuring Productive Capacity of Fish Habitats: A Progress Report”
Speaker: Dr. Ken Minns
November 12, 2009, Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington, Ontario
Overview  Presentation


Introductory Bioengineering Course

Coordinator: Samantha Mason
April 21-22, 2009, St. Clements, Ontario

Introductory Bioengineering Course

Introductory Bioengineering Course

Coordinator: Samantha Mason
October 16-17, 2007, St. Clements, Ontario

Introductory Bioengineering Course

OMNR Class 2 Electrofishing – Backpack Crew Leader Certification Course

Instructors: Mary Finch, Andrew Drake
September 28-29, 2007, Canadian Centre for Inland Waters, Burlington, Ontario

Electrofishing Course