Making Big Picture Connections - AGM 2016 | Carolinian Canada

Making Big Picture Connections - AGM 2016

Friday, July 8, 2016

ECO and local Officials - T.G. Bentley

Carolinian Canada Coalition AGM 2016

Carolinian Canada

Annual General Meeting 2016

Making Big Picture Connections

A Summer Afternoon in Backus with Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Dianne Saxe

Date: Friday, July 8, 2016, 11am - 4pm

Location: Backus Heritage Conservation Education Centre
1267 Second Concession Rd, Port Rowan N0E 1M0

On a beautiful summer friday, Carolinian Canada friends and supporters met the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario and networked at beautiful Backus Heritage Conservation Area.

Prior to her appointment, Dianne was one of Canada's most respected environmental lawyers. She has 40 years' unparalleled experience writing, interpreting, and litigating Ontario's energy and environmental laws.


Special Announcement:  Backus Woods added to the core! We celebrated with the Nature Conservancy of Canada and Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation the addition of Backus Woods to the core of the Biosphere Reserve.

A summer afternoon in Backus making Big Picture connections

  • Enjoy a networking lunch with Big Picture partners
  • Meet Ontario's new Environmental Commissioner and hear her perspective on natural infrastructure
  • Vote at the Coalition's business meeting
  • Celebrate the addition of Backus Woods to the core of the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve 
  • Go green on a Biodiversity Hotspot Walk with Nature Conservancy of Canada
  • Showcase your project with a display - How are you making Big Picture connections?
  • Get connected with a Coalition Big Picture update: Conservation Action Plans, Biodiversity Gardens, Go Wild Grow Wild, Landowner Leaders, Big Picture Report Card

Making Big Picture Connections

Schedule for the day (subject to change)

10am - noon - concurrent Carolinian Canada Coalition and Long Point Region Conservation Authority Meetings

10:00 am – Member Display set up - members bringing displays only

11:00 am – Big Picture Networking - All welcome. Visit Displays and Networking

12:00 pm - Networking Lunch – $20

12:30 pm – Chair’s Welcome from Don Pearson

Greetings from representatives of First Nations, Watershed, County and Province

Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Dianne Saxe will speak about her role, the Environmental Bill of Rights, Natural Infrastructure and the significance of the Carolinian Zone followed by Q & A

1:30 pm – Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Special Announcement with Nature Conservancy of Canada and Long Point Biosphere Reserve Foundation

1:45 pm - Carolinian Canada Coalition AGM – get Big Picture updates, elections, and get connected - all welcome

3:15pm - Nature Conservancy of Canada Biodiversity Hotspot Introduction

3:30 pm – Biodiversity Hotspot Walk with Nature Conservancy of Canada – easy, dress appropriate for weather.  Location is off-site, travel by car required.

3 – 4 pm – Remove displays and posters.


Explore this biodiversity hotspot with events hosted by groups in our network.
Saturday July 9: Wildflower Walk at Lake Erie Farms hosted by Long Point Basin Land Trust
Sunday July 10: Rooted in Nature Festival hosted by Nature’s Calling


Annual General Meeting Documents: are available, including agenda and motions, minutes from the 2015 AGM, the 2016-2017 board election slate and the 2015-2016 financial report.

Annual General Meeting Documents

Carolinian Canada election information and guiding documents

Location & Directions: Backus Heritage Conservation Education Centre
Backus Heritage Conservation Area
1267 Second Concession Rd, Port Rowan N0E 1M0

Note:  2016 Conservation Awards Ceremony will be held at the fall forum.

Group and individual members can vote.  Group representatives and alternates who are registered with the Coalition are eligible to vote. Families are recognized as 2 individuals with a vote each.

Join or renew by Friday, June 24. Your Carolinian Canada Coalition membership must be in good standing two weeks prior to the meeting in order to vote. To check your membership status, please contact

Elections: Nominations for candidates for the Board of Directors of Carolinian Canada Coalition can be made to

All Welcome!  Please register by June 24 to reserve your spot.  Lunch $20.  Talk & walk free.  Display free for group members and $20 for others.

Sponsors and Contributors

Long Point Region Conservation AuthorityLong Point World Biosphere Reserve

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