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The ISA Ontario Chapter is now seeking presentation proposals for the 73rd Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show!

This is the premier gathering for arboriculture professionals in Ontario. Arborists, foresters, urban foresters, consultants, researchers, educators and students come together with top industry professionals to learn the latest in research, technology and innovations in the arboriculture industry.

2022 will be a hybrid event for the first time: LIVE from Deerhurst Resort February 16-18 2022, and virtual soon after, with select session recordings available about a week later. Yes, you read that correctly: LIVE!!! Finally, an opportunity to re-connect live with friends and colleagues we have not seen in-person for far too long!

Since the beginning of time, humans have intuitively understood the value of trees to their physical and mental health; a pandemic certainly reinforced this knowledge. With this Conference, ISA Ontario hopes to explore not only the scientific, business, and communication of arboriculture, but also the impact that trees have on our health – both physical & mental. Principally, arborists are dedicated to understanding the benefits of trees and the science behind tree growth and vitality, but how does it all connect in the larger picture of Urban Arboriculture? Trees and people, living in diverse harmony. We aim to showcase and understand these deeply rooted complexities guiding arborists to expand their knowledge and passion for trees.

This year, the ISAO Educational Conference and Trade Show will be returning to Deerhurst Resort in Muskoka. This venue offers a variety of amenities for our conference as well as for delegates to come to learn and play in the north. Our hybrid event will allow for both in-person and virtual learning with our ISA Ontario event app in place for both formats.


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The 2022 in-person conference will take place February 16-18, 2022.

The ISAO Education Committee of the Board will consider all presentation proposals related to the overarching theme.

We are particularly interested in the following sub-themes:

  • How trees impact and are impacted in infrastructure planning
  • Trees and their socio-economic relationships to society
  • How trees impact our physical & mental health
  • The Impacts of Changing Landscapes on Society
  • Practical session on Tools and Techniques of the trade
  • First Nations relationships to trees
  • Tree’s scientific relationships to their environments and micro-environments
  • Connecting our strategic partner industries together to better serve the Urban Forest
  • Short- and long-term strategic planning for the Urban Forest and your businesses
  • Business Development – Leadership, Management, Marketing, and Budgeting

Presentation submissions should include the following criteria:

  • To which sub-theme of our conference is your topic related?
  • To which audience is your topic most relevant to?
  • Purpose, problem or issue
  • Methods and or techniques
  • Results, conclusions
  • Future directions and impacts to arboriculture

Types of Presentations can include:

  • In-person Individual Presentations (30 minutes to 1 hour)
  • Virtual Presentations (30 minutes to 1 hour)
  • Symposia or panels (1 hour to 2 hours)
  • Workshops (30 min to 1 hour)
  • Research Posters


All abstracts are reviewed by the ISAO Education Committee of the Board of Directors as a collaborative effort to ensure equity and diversity in content determined by all submissions. Proposals are evaluated on overall appropriateness, focus, and practical application of material, and the subject’s interest to a diverse audience.

Speakers whose presentations are selected will be required to sign a confirmation agreement and submit additional details in advance of their presentations.

Selected speakers will be asked to submit a 750-1000 word article, to be used by ISAO for promotional means.

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