A New Direction for the MST!

Your MST is making a big change. After two years of hard work and effort by a team of volunteers, we’re ready to present our plan to become a federally-registered non-profit organization.

The Mycological Society of Toronto has evolved and grown since its start in 1973 as a small club. We're much bigger and more diverse, and our 513 family memberships now include almost 1100 people from all over the province. The needs of the MST as an organization have also changed and grown, and we need to change with them in order to better serve and safeguard our members, volunteers and directors.

Now we need the participation of MST members to complete this process. In order to reach the finish line, we will be voting to adopt a new set of bylaws under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act.

These new bylaws have been created to observe the requirements of the Act while taking into account the special qualities of the MST. The team has made every effort to maintain the spirit and values of the MST’s existing constitution in the new bylaws. We’re confident that this will build a foundation which will allow the Society to grow into the future and thrive for another 46 years.

The MST that you’re used to won’t change. Membership fees will not increase, our yearly line-up of great forays, events and courses will continue, and our board of directors will still work hard on your behalf.

This is a major event in the history of the MST. We’d very much like to have the support of as many members as possible. At this year’s Annual General Meeting on April 29th the board of directors will ask you to vote to adopt the new non-profit organization and its bylaws.

This is an important moment for the MST and its future. We’re looking forward to seeing as many members, old and new, as possible at this year’s AGM!


How will this affect MST members?

Generally speaking, there will be no effect on MST members. Changes are at the level of the organization and the Board of Directors. The reorganization will not affect the MST's membership fees, programs and services, or daily operations. MST members will be governed by a new set of bylaws which will replace the existing bylaws and Constitution.

What are the benefits of being a non-profit organization?

The primary benefits to the MST of non-profit incorporation are:

  • Limited liability for members, directors and volunteers: members and directors of non-profit corporations are shielded from many types of financial and legal liability.
  • Eligibility for government and private-sector grants.
  • Access to technology (software and services) and programs for free, or at a discounted rate.
  • The ability to own property and enter contracts as an organization.

What will members vote on at the Annual General Meeting?

At the MST's Annual General Meeting on April 29th, the Board of Directors will ask the membership to vote on a motion to approve the transition of the MST to a new incorporated non-profit organization under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, governed by the proposed bylaws.

When will this change take effect?

Provided that the members in attendance at the AGM vote to confirm the reorganization and adopt the proposed bylaws, the change will take effect immediately following the vote.

Where can I read the proposed bylaws?

You can read the proposed bylaws in PDF form by clicking the link below:

MST proposed bylawsRead the Proposed Bylaws

Who was involved with this project?

The idea of non-profit incorporation was initially proposed in 2017 by Kevin McAuslan (MST President 2013 — 2017). Kevin and a team of board members continued subsequent work on the project, with help and consultation from key senior members and former directors. Assistance from outside parties was occasionally required.

How can I get answers to other questions?

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any other questions you might have.

2019 Photo Contest

Due to the success of our Photo Calendar Contest last year, we’re going to give it another go this year!

We had some great entries last year, and hope to do even better this year. Get those cameras out early and get snapping! This year’s deadline will be August 30, 2019, so that we can have calendars available for sale at the Cain foray in September.

We ask that you submit your photographs as digital JPEG files (most common file types used by digital cameras), in as high a resolution as you can provide. Also, the preferable format for photos is “landscape”, or widescreen format, commonly used in most calendars.

Entries can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MST Photo Calendar Contest Rules

  1. Contest is open to all MST members in good standing. MST Directors and Contest judges are not eligible to enter competition.
  2. Photos of any and all species of the kingdom Fungi are acceptable for submission.
  3. There is a limit of three entries per member; a separate email shall be sent for each entry.
  4. All entries shall be accompanied by name and contact information of the photographer. (Include location and identification if available).
  5. Photographs shall be submitted in digital JPEG format, with higher resolutions more desirable, as well as “landscape” format to fit the layout.
  6. Electronic filename of each photo shall be in the following format: Name of submitter-Species name.jpg (For example: John Smith-Boletus edulis.jpg). Species name is optional, if not known.
  7. Submissions shall be sent via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  8. Submitter verifies they are the true original owner of any photos submitted and shall be given credit for the entry, and all photographs submitted shall remain property of the original owner.
  9. MST shall be granted the right to use and publish photos in calendar or other format, promotional material, website, etc.
  10. No fees or royalties shall be paid for submissions. At least twelve winning photographs shall be selected, and each winning member shall receive a free copy of calendar.
  11. All decisions of the judging panel are final.
  12. By participating in the contest, each entrant agrees to be bound by these competition rules and regulations.
  13. Deadline for all photo submissions is 11:59 pm, Friday, August 30, 2019.

MST 2019 Calendar Available

Congratulations to our 2018 Photo Contest winners!

Thanks to all the members that submitted a fungi photo to our first-ever photo calendar contest. We received some fabulous submissions, and our panel of judges were able to select the chosen few to be featured in the final project.

The 2019 calendars will be available for sale for $10 at the next MST meetings, as well as at the fall dinner at Piatto restaurant. If you are not able to attend these events and would like to purchase a calendar, please contact Roman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Winners are entitled to receive a free copy of the calendar. 

2019 Calendar Contest Winners

  • Alexander Ostrouchov
  • Eric Merwart
  • Evan Lewis
  • Giancarlo Zoccoletto
  • Joel Smith
  • Michael Brown
  • Nathaniel Russell
  • Sheryl McKee
  • Tony Vilone
  • Viki Mather
  • Walt Sturgeon
  • Wayne Humphries

2018 Fall Dinner November 26th

We are very pleased to announce that our Fall Mushroom Dinner will be held on Monday, November 26th at our favourite Piatto Restaurant.

Please join us for an evening of fun, friendship and fine dining!

Seating is limited to 75 persons - it's always a sell-out so reserve early.

The price is $65 per person. Please pay online at http://www.myctor.org/events/dinner.

For further information please contact Joanne Hamblin, MST President at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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