2020 Annual BIA Conference


COVID-19 Update

The year 2020 will be recorded in the history books as a year to remember. Not only will it be remembered as the year of the pause (shut-down) but it will also be remembered as the 50th anniversary of BIAs!

It is however with regret, the OBIAA Board of Directors, in consultation with our legal council, have made a decision to cancel the 2020 BIA Conference.

While this was a difficult decision, it was prudent based on the current provincial restrictions on gatherings.

The good news is our 2021 Conference will not only celebrate 50+ years of collective accomplishments but be an opportunity to celebrate new beginnings and share successes as we emerge from a dark time in the history of BIAs.

Based on the decision to cancel the 2020 BIA Conference, here are your options:

Option One:  Leave your registration and payment to be put towards the 2021 Conference Registration.  In this case, your registration will be honoured at the 2020 pricing.  As an added bonus you will have the ability in 2021 to add additional registrations at the 2020 rate!

If you would like to proceed with Option One, thank you, you need do nothing more.

If you have registered, but we have not received your cheque payment, you must pay in full before August 31, 2020 in order to have 2020 pricing honoured for 2021.  If we do not receive payment by August 31, 2020, your registration will be cancelled.

Option Two:  Cancel your registration and request a refund. In this case, there will be a $1.50 Ticketpro fee applied, OBIAA will not charge any admin fee for refunds. If you need to proceed with Option Two, please send your refund requests to ontadmin@ticketpro.ca by August 31, 2020.

The OBIAA Board invites you to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the BIA Legislation at the 2021 BIA Conference, which will be held April 18 to 21, 2021, in Hamilton ON and hosted by the City of Hamilton and Hamilton’s BIAs.   Calls for a 2021 Conference Committee will be forthcoming.

We thank the 2020 BIA Conference Committee for all your work and help.

2020 BIA Conference | CANCELLED

Why should you attend the BIA Conference?

The OBIAA BIA Conference is an annual training opportunity available to BIA management, with keynote speakers, leadership training, and endless opportunities for professional development, networking, and growth.

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▪ 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 

This is a PDF download   Why should you attend the 2020 BIA Conference?


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

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