2021 Annual BIA Conference

September 26-29, 2021

2021 BIA Conference | september 26-29, 2021

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.

While 2020 meant we were not able to attend in person, the OBIAA Team are working hard to bring you a 2021 BIA Conference.  

OBIAA has held twice weekly Zoom calls with members across the province which has provided support, education and sharing.  While networking is not the same on a virtual platform, together our BIAs have found a way to connect for the betterment of all of our communities.  Thank you!  

Watch here for 2021 details on Conference and other educational opportunities coming your way.

More Info

▪ 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?


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

Erin Boulton | Humber Intern

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For Additional Information

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

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