2023 Annual BIA Conference

April 16-19, 2023

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Registration for the 2023 BIA Conference is now open!

2023 BIA Conference | April 16-19, 2023

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.
2023 Land Acknowledgement
The 2023 BIA Conference Committee and OBIAA acknowledge that we are gathered on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak, and Attawandaron.

We acknowledge all the treaties that are specific to this area: the Two Row Wampum Belt Treaty of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy/Silver Covenant Chain; the Beaver Hunting Grounds of the Haudenosaunee NANFAN Treaty of 1701; the McKee Treaty of 1790; the London Township Treaty of 1796; the Huron Tract Treaty of 1827, with the Anishinaabeg; and the Dish with One Spoon Covenant Wampum of the Anishnaabek and Haudenosaunee.  

This land continues to be home to diverse Indigenous peoples (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) whom we recognize as contemporary stewards of the land and vital contributors to society. We hold all that is in the natural world in our highest esteem and give honor to the wonderment of all things within Creation. We bring our minds together as one to share good words, thoughts, feelings and sincerely send them out to each other and to all parts of creation. We are grateful for the natural gifts in our world, and we encourage everyone to be faithful to the natural laws of Creation. 

The three Indigenous Nations that are neighbours to London are the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation; Oneida Nation of the Thames; and the Munsee-Delaware Nation, who all continue to live as sovereign Nations with individual and unique languages, cultures, and customs.

▪ Full meals – 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 1 Awards Dinner, and 5 refreshment breaks

▪ 22 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, Public Realm, Marketing + Promotions

▪ High value speakers & content including keynote speakers.

▪ Awards Gala – Recognition of successful and innovative BIA efforts 

▪ Mobile Tours of Local BIAs

▪ 2 days of Trade Show – Enjoy face-to-face connections with over 20 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 in-person Conference experience

▪ Pre-Conference tours at an additional cost

▪ OBIAA offers a group rate for registration!

▪ 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 

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


Salvatore Marchese | Sault Ste. Marie Downtown Association | Conference Chair

Bethea Summers | Pembroke BIA

Jeff MacIntyre | Downtown Sudbury BIA

John Kiru  | TABIA

Kerry Jarvi | City of Woodstock

Liz Behrens | Volunteer

Marty Williams | Downtown Guelph BIA

Mary-Lou Ambrose-Little | Downtown Port Colborne BIA


Barbara Maly | Downtown London BIA | Conference Host Co-Chair

Vicki Smith | Downtown London BIA | Conference Host Co-Chair

Aaron McMillan | Downtown London BIA 

Bethany Mejia | Argyle BIA

Cory Crossman | London Music Office

Donna Szpakowski | Hyde Park BIA

Jen Pastorius | Old East Village BIA

Karen Dowhan | Tourism London


Kay Matthews | Executive Director

Erin Douglas | Administrative & Membership Manager

Kennishia Duffus | Event Manager

Swapnil Nikam | Humber Intern – Awards

Deepti Shinde | Humber Intern – Marketing

A very special thank-you to Ann Barker and Ticketpro for all the amazing work they do with us every year – we truly couldn’t do it without you!

Those registered for the 2022 BIA Conference have been provided access to the recordings at no additional cost. If you were not registered and would like to access the recordings, you can do so by emailing [email protected] Access to the recordings costs $45 for members and $60 for non-members.

2022 Conference Partners

For Additional Information

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

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