Apr 3

BIAs receive provincial recognition at 2017 BIA Conference

Monday, April 3, 2017 – The “Red and White Gala” was held Monday, April 3, 2017 to celebrate the best of the best.  Seven (7) BIAs and one (1) special person were recognized at the 2017 National BIA Conference held at the Westin Prince Hotel Toronto.  The theme for the conference was Measuring our ROI. 

Judges from around the province reviewed the submissions to determine who would ‘measure up’ for this year’s awards.  Each year, the judges review the submissions on their Innovation, Replication, Representation and Outcome.  The outcomes of these annual awards are indeed far reaching as BIAs from around the province and country learn and are encouraged to implement some of these innovative ideas into their own communities.

From a possible 11 awards, under the four (4) categories, eight (8) awards were presented.  Award Categories are:

Leadership and Management
Alex Ling – Lifetime Achievement Award: Recognizes individuals who selflessly contribute to strengthening and promoting BIAs

Accessibility Education

Economic Development
~ Business Retention, Recruitment + Expansion

Marketing and Promotions
~ Special Events + Promotions (Large & Small)
~ Marketing + Communications (Large & Small)

Physical Improvements
~ Accessibility

Bricks + Mortar
~ Streetscaping and Public Realm improvements (Large & Small)

The Ontario BIA Association proudly presents the recipients of the 2017 Awards:

OBIAA would like to congratulate all of the recipients of the 2017 BIA Awards, and recognize all of the BIAs who submitted their projects for consideration.  All of the projects and/or people are outstanding in their field.

This conference was made possible with special thanks to many generous sponsors, and in partnership with OBIAA (Ontario BIA Association) and TABIA (Toronto Association of BIAs.)

We look forward to seeing all of you at next year’s conference in Collingwood, from April 14th-17th, 2018

Again, congratulations to all of the winners of the 2017 National BIA Awards.

See MEDIA RELEASE – 2017 BIA Award Recipients – REVISED


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About OBIAA

OBIAA is the network that represents unique and vibrant BIAs across Ontario.  The Association, incorporated in 2001, supports and advocates on behalf of its members through the building and nurturing of strong relationships and partnerships.  OBIAA is a leader in the development and sharing of information, tools, resources and best practices, and is the ONE voice on common issues. www.obiaa.com

MEDIA CONTACT: Kay Matthews, Executive Director
Ontario BIA Association
Tel: 1-866-807-2227 | info@obiaa.com