2021 Annual BIA Conference

September 26-29, 2021

2021 BIA Conference

2021 BIA Conference | September 26-29, 2021

Why should you attend the BIA Conference?

For our delegates, attending the BIA Conference means stepping away from their busy communities to connect with other Members and Leaders in Ontario to learn and network. It means recharging and returning to their communities ready to make an impact!

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.

While 2020 meant we were not able to attend Conference in person to celebrate 50 years of BIAs, our team at OBIAA is working to provide an outstanding Hybrid Conference this September!

▪ Full meals – 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 1 Awards Dinner, and 3-5 refreshment breaks depending on your Cohort

▪ 17 informative and educational sessions taking place over 3 full days

▪ 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 & content including keynote speakers, Tony Chapman, Iain de Jong, Kay Matthews and John Kiru. Plus, session speakers Ken Coit, Chief Frank Bergen and more!

▪ Awards Gala – Recognition of successful and innovative BIA efforts 

▪ Full access to the session recordings post Conference

▪ Mobile Tours of Local BIAs within Hamilton

▪Virtual access to live sessions from the in-person experience

▪ 2 days of Trade Show – Enjoy face-to-face connections with 15 Trade Show Exhibitors

▪ 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. You don’t want to miss it!

▪ Block pricing for hotel accommodations

▪ An engaging Conference experience both in-person and virtually

▪ Pre-Conference tours such as an Escape Manor and Brewery Tour – cost are additional

▪ OBIAA offers a group rate!

▪ Relevant and informative content covered in each session

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 

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Kerry Jarvi | Conference Chair | Downtown Hamilton BIA

Bethea Summers | Pembroke BIA

John Kiru  | TABIA

Judy Worsley | Aldershot BIA

Lisa Anderson | Downtown Dundas BIA

Liz Behrens | Volunteer

Marty Williams | Downtown Guelph BIA

Mary-Lou Ambrose-Little | Downtown Port Colborne BIA

Sue Mingle | Fallsview BIA

Tracy MacKinnon | Westdale Village and Stony Creek BIAs


Kerry Jarvi | Conference Chair | Downtown Hamilton BIA

Brendan Wetton | International Village BIA

Emily Walsh | Downtown Hamilton BIA

Julia Davis | City of Hamilton

Lisa Anderson | Downtown Dundas BIA

Maggie Burns | Ottawa Street BIA

Rachel Braithwaite | Barton Village BIA

Susie Braithwaite | International Village BIA

Suzi Ozer | Downtown Hamilton BIA

Tracy MacKinnon | Westdale Village and Stony Creek BIAs


Kay Matthews | OBIAA Executive Director

Kennishia Duffus | OBIAA Conference Manager

Erin Douglas | OBIAA Administrative Manager

Alisdair Artymiuk | Volunteer

Blagica Temovska | Humber Intern

Debbie Poon | Humber Intern

Conference Sponsors

For Additional Information

If you require any further information, please contact OBIAA at 1-866-807-2227 or via email.

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