2024 Annual BIA Conference

April 28 to May 1, 2024

Mississauga, ON

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Registration for the 2023 BIA Conference is now open!

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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.
2024 Land Acknowledgement
OBIAA acknowledges the lands which constitute the present-day City of Mississauga, and host the 2024 BIA Conference, as being part of the Treaty and Traditional Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, The Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and The Huron-Wendat and Wyandot Nations. We recognize these peoples and their ancestors as peoples who inhabited these lands since time immemorial. The City of Mississauga is home to many global Indigenous peoples.

▪ Full meals – 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 Awards Dinner, and 3 refreshment breaks

▪ 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, and 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 

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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!

2023 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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