Mission Statement

“OBIAA is the network that represents unique and vibrant BIAs across Ontario. The Association 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.”

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Our Membership

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We’re continuing to improve the economic, cultural and social well-being of communities.

Our membership consists of BIAs of all sizes, some with memberships of less than 100 members to those with over 500 members, and BIAs with budgets of less than $20K to those with budgets of over $1M.

We are committed to keeping membership costs as low as possible while continuing to provide value for your membership dollar through value added items such as the sharing of best practices, facilitating an invaluable information network for members, and providing government advocacy at the Provincial level.

Governance Documents

 


LEGAL DISCLAIMER ON ADVICE GIVEN

Legal Notice:

The Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (the “OBIAA”) is a supportive organization which exists for the purpose of sharing experiences with members, suggesting possible avenues to investigate, and to provide a sounding board for members.

Advice given in the course of communications with the OBIAA is NOT legal or professional advice and is not a replacement for same.  It is ultimately, the obligation of members and other groups seeking advice from the OBIAA to satisfy themselves that they understand their rights and obligations under the law, and to seek legal counsel or professional advice when necessary.  The OBIAA does not hold itself out as being in a position to provide either professional or legal advice.  The OBIAA accepts no liability if information it provides to members is acted upon to their detriment, in whole or in part.

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Sharing Best Practices

We recognize the power of networking, the strength in numbers and the value of sharing common concerns and finding resolutions specific to our individual communities.

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Training & Workshops

As part of helping to build stronger BIAs we offer training in a wide range of topics. These include Governance and Accessibility. We also work with our partners to provide Professional Development and other workshops.

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Member Needs Assistance

OBIAA can work with your municipality to provide support and guidance. Members have full access to the OBIAA website and links to templates and documents.  Best Practices assistance and information is provided through a member-only web portal.

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Government Best Practices

We represent our members’ best interests at the highest level of Provincial Government. OBIAA has four Ministry Liaisons on the Board from the Ministries of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Culture and Tourism, and Economic Development and Growth.

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Professional Development and Networking

As part of helping build stronger BIA’s, we offer training in a wide range of topics, directly through OBIAA or through our partners. These include Governance and Accessibility. We can provide networking opportunities with suppliers, municipalities, other BIA members and staff through relationships made at Conference, via our website and social media.

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Elected Board of Directors

OBIAA Board members are elected in April to a 2 year term. The board consists of Executive Directors, Managers, Board Members and Stakeholders of BIAs from cities and towns across the province and includes Provincial Government Liaisons.

OBIAA Executive

The board is made up of members from across the province.

Interested in joining the Board or know someone who you would like to Nominate? Elections are held every three years and are voted on by our members at the annual conference.

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Craig Stevens

Craig Stevens

President

Downtown Barrie BIA

Barrie, ON

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Marty Williams

Marty Williams

Vice President

Downtown Guelph BA

Guelph, ON

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Susan Nicholson

Susan Nicholson

Treasurer

Downtown Collingwood BIA

Collingwood, ON

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Virginia Armstrong

Virginia Armstrong

Secretary

Woodstock BIA

Woodstock, ON

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Sue McDowell

Sue Mingle (McDowell)

Past President

Fallsview BIA

Niagara Falls, ON

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STEPHANIE HICKS

Director

Downtown Bench Beamsville BIA

Beamsville, ON

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Joshua Ingram

Josh Ingram

Director

Sault Ste. Marie Downtown Association

Sault Ste. Marie, ON

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KERRY JARVI

Director

Downtown Hamilton BIA

Hamilton, ON

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John Kiru

John Kiru

Director

Toronto Association of BIAs

Toronto, ON

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JEFF MACINTYRE

Director

Downtown Sudbury BIA

Sudbury, ON

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Andrew Marks

Andrew Marks

Director

City of Timmins

Timmins, ON

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Doug Sams

Doug Sams

Director

Kerr Village BIA

Oakville, ON

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