Program & Schedule: 2024 MSA Annual Meeting

Sunday, June 9, 2024

MSA Foray: Koffler Scientific Reserve at Joker’s Hill, University of Toronto
Join your fellow attendees for a fantastic day of mycology and exploration at the Koffler Scientific Reserve at Joker’s Hill. KSR is located a short, 30 minute bus ride from the Hilton Toronto/Markham Hotel near Newmarket, Ontario.  Described as a “living classroom”, KSR encompasses nearly 350 hectares of fields, wetlands, grasslands, and forest.  There are numerous on-going research projects at the reserve, including fungal biodiversity.  

The foray includes round-trip transportation, lunch, water, guided and free exploration, and a choice of trails for different physical abilities. We are limited to 150 seats, so register as soon as possible!  

All foray attendees are required to complete a liability waiver before they can board the bus. Please consider completing this waiver and returning it ahead of time in the interest of efficiency the morning of the trip. Completed waivers can be returned to msafungi@reesgroupinc.com

8:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 
Pick-up and drop off at Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites

Map of Foray Location

Tentative Schedule: 
8:15 a.m. – Meet in lobby area of Hilton Toronto/Markham to check in and prepare to load buses
8:30 a.m. – Buses depart for Foray site
9:00 a.m. – Drop-off at Foray site
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.Group photo, instructional briefing, divide participants into groups of 25 – 30. 
9:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Foray exploration!
11:45 a.m. – Return to drop-off/pick-up for lunch, provided by MSA
11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. – Lunch and specimen comparison
1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Self-guided exploration and specimen review
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Return to drop off/pickup site, load buses for return to Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites
3:30 p.m. – Drop off at Hilton Toronto/Markham Suite

Full Day Niagara Falls Excursion
Tentative excursion time: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Included in excursion: 
– Round trip bus transportation from the Hilton Toronto/Markham (8am Pick Up; 7pm Drop Off)
– English speaking step-on guide
– Three course meal luncheon
– Niagra City Cruise – Hornblower
– Wine tasting at local winery

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Annual banquet, auction, & awards ceremony – Don’t miss out on the fun!  The annual MSA banquet, auction, and awards ceremony is a staple of the MSA Meeting experience.  This year, it promises to be bigger and better than ever!  Whether you are looking for a nice meal in the company of friends and colleagues, the chance to bid on that perfect piece of mycology related item, or to honor our award winners you don’t want to miss this gala event.  Purchase your tickets when you register for the meeting.

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Full Day Niagara Falls Excursion
Tentative excursion time: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Included in excursion: 
– Round trip bus transportation from the Hilton Toronto/Markham (9am Pick Up; 8pm Drop Off)
– English speaking step-on guide
– Three course meal luncheon
– Niagra City Cruise – Hornblower
– Wine tasting at local winery