2022 Annual BIA Conference

April 24-27, 2022


All award applications should be submitted electronically with no more that 1200 words or no more than 12 PowerPoint slides. Award recipients will be asked to present during a session at the Conference.

2021 Awards Submissions Info
The deadline for the 2021 Awards Submission is April 30th, 2021. Please download the 2021 Awards Package, complete it and submit it electronically.

Download the 2021 Awards Package!

Deadline to submit is Friday, April 30 – get yours in now!

2021 Awards Package

As an award recipient you, your organization or client, and your community will receive acknowledgement and recognition by your peers at the BIA Achievement Awards presentation at the Awards Gala. As a member of this select group you will also receive a BIA Achievement Award and a copy of the photos taken with your team at the presentation of the awards.

OBIAA and TABIA members and others are invited to submit projects for consideration. The submitting organization must have played a key role in the achievement of the project, its implementation, and its results. Given the vital role partnerships play in many successful efforts, we urge you to identify all participants in your submittal.

Projects must be 90-95% complete to be eligible for consideration. In a multi-phase project, completion of a major phase of the project is necessary for entry.

Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

▪ Innovation — Does the project or program offer an innovative or unique approach to a BIA management or development challenge?

▪ Replication — Does the entry present a solution, process or idea that others could modify for their BIA circumstances?

▪ Representation — Is the project or program inclusive? Were partnerships employed to get the job done? Was the community involved in the effort?

▪ Outcome — Was the impact of the effort significant? How was it measured? Was it compared to an initial goal? Were the goals and objectives reached?

▪ Accessibility  What role, if any, did accessibility considerations play in this application?

A jury of your peers will choose winners based on the individual merit of an entry. While project budgets and community size will be noted, the jury members will foremost be seeking to recognize those submissions that have best exemplified the five elements noted in the judging criteria.

The decisions of the jury are final. The jury reserves the right to move winning submissions to more appropriate categories, if necessary, or to decline to grant an award in any particular category.

Jury members are appointed by the OBIAA Board and represent a broad cross-section of Ontario BIAs and industry professionals.

The awards will be presented at the Annual BIA Conference during the Monday evening Awards Dinner and all winners are encouraged to attend. Winners will have an opportunity to give a short speech upon receipt of their award.

“Downtown Seaforth & Brussels, both in the Municipality of Huron East just finished its WinThis Space program modelled after the one initiated by the Uxbridge BIA in 2013. It was a HUGE success, and if all goes well I plan on launching a similar program in the Village of Vanastra with an industrial/commercial twist. The winner, the program trainer and I are being interviewed by CTV London.


Just think, this wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t heard of this great project at the OBIAA conference in Hamilton last year. OBIAA has certainly helped cast a positive light on rural Ontario business!”

– Jan Hawley, Economic Development Officer | Municipality of Huron East

Award Sessions at Conference:

Award recipients are asked to participate at the Conference by preparing and presenting a session that details the great project you have been recognized for.  Share the Wealth!

Award Recognition:

OBIAA issues a media release recognizing all Awards recipients immediately after the Awards Dinner at Conference. We also recognize all recipients on our social media and encourage recipients to do the same, but we please ask that all news or social media posting be done after the presentation of the Awards at Conference

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