The OBIAA Board’s Executive Committee have decided to postpone our April conference indefinitely.
Given the latest developments both internationally and here at home, in response to the emergence in Ontario of COVID-19, and in effort to reduce the possibility of spreading this illness, the OBIAA Board’s Executive Committee, after meeting today, have decided to postpone the 2020 BIA Conference and AGM scheduled for April 19-22, 2020. This is in conjunction with the Ministry of Health’s Enhanced Public Health Measures that have been announced calling for the immediate suspension of all large events.
We will strive to reschedule the Conference at a later date. The health and safety of our global, national, and local community is our priority at this time.
We encourage you to cancel your hotel rooms at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto Airport & Conference Centre for the Conference by contacting 1-800-721-7033 or the hotel directly at 416-244-1711 or 1-800-668-3656.
When we have a clearer picture we will share next steps with you.
2020 BIA Conference | April 19-22 | Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto Airport & Conference Centre
Why should you attend the BIA Conference?
The OBIAA BIA Conference is an annual training opportunity available about BIA management; with keynote speakers, leadership training, and endless opportunities for professional development, networking and growth.
All meals – 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 1 Awards Dinner, and 5 refreshment breaks
All sessions, except the Professional Development Session
4 streams of education based on the pillars of downtown revitalization – Leadership + Management, Economic Development, Physical Improvements, Marketing + Promotions
3 full days of sessions
High value speakers and content including industry subject matter expert keynote speakers
3 Hospitality Suites
Mobile Tours of Local BIAs!
Awards presentation and sessions – High value, learn what your peers did to win and how you can do it too!
2 ½ days of Trade Show – Enjoy face-to-face time with more than 20 Trade Show Exhibitors
Trade Show Opening Reception
Greetings from Municipal, Provincial, and Federal staff
Networking Opportunities. This is the one time of year when BIA Staff, Board Members, and Municipal Staff get together!
Block pricing for hotel
Additional Professional Development Session(s) – cost additional
Pre-Conference tours – cost additional
OBIAA offers a group rate!
Different speakers each year
With four streams (pillars) of education, each BIA needs to consider sending more than one person to be able to attend as many sessions as possible.
Board members have a dedicated session where they can network and learn governance best practices.
Download “Why You Should Attend the BIA Conference” and share it with your board members
John Kiru | Conference Chair | TABIA
Alicia Vianga | Corso Italia BIA
Bethea Summers | Pembroke BIA
Connor Pierce | Regal Heights Village BIA
Dominic Cobran | Leslieville BIA
Frank Paul | Toronto Entertainment District BIA
Karen McNeilly | Pape Village BIA
Kerry Jarvi | Downtown Hamilton BIA
Liz Behrens | Volunteer
Mackenzie Keast | Yonge & St. Clair BIA
Mary Fragedakis | GreekTown on the Danforth BIA
Riley Lee | TABIA
Sue Mingle | Fallsview BIA
Tracy Kish | Pape Village BIA
For Additional Information
If you require any further information, please contact OBIAA at 1-866-807-2227 or via email.