2022 Annual BIA Conference

April 24-27, 2022

Program & Schedule

Keep an eye out here for the 2022 Call For Speakers information – to be released soon!

Keep an eye out here for the 2022 BIA Conference Program – to be released soon!

Click to view the 2021 Preliminary Program!

Check back often for updates!

2021 Preliminary Program: In-Person & Virtual

Learn how to navigate our Virtual  Conference on the event platform, Hopin:

2021 BIA Conference Virtual Delegate Manual


The BIA Conference Registration Desk is located on Level 1 in the Concourse.  

At the Registration Desk, you will be able to register, pick up your name badge and Delegate Program (a guide to the conference). Our partners, TicketPro, are once again handling our Conference Registration Desk.  

Pre-registration for Sunday Social events and Mobiles is strongly encouraged. However, registration for these events will also be available in-person at the Registration Desk while supplies last.

  Sunday, September 26: 

12:00pm – 6:00pm 

  Monday, September 27: 

8:00am – 4:00pm 

  Tuesday, September 28: 

8:00am – 4:00pm 

  Wednesday, September 29: 

 8:00am – 3:00pm 

Check back soon for more info on Conference Meals!

 Your name badge must be worn at all times.

We want you to be comfortable during your Conference experience, so please feel free to dress in either Business and/or Casual. Please see Awards Gala below for appropriate attire for that event. 

There are seven (7) different mobile sessions at Conference this year. You will have the opportunity to get out and see a bit of our beautiful host city and the surrounding area.  This is a wonderful chance to experience these wonderful communities first-hand. Please keep in mind that you will be travelling via bus and on foot – wear comfortable walking shoes and bring an umbrella as these tours will go rain or shine. 

NOTE: You will need to sign up for the mobile sessions at the Registration Desk. Keep in mind that space is limited for these sessions! 

The mobile sessions this year include visits to:

  • Concession Street BIA
  • Downtown Dundas BIA
  • Downtown Hamilton BIA
  • International Village BIA
  • Ottawa Street BIA
  • Waterdown BIA
  • Westdale Village BIA

Again this year we welcome Trade Show Exhibitors to the Conference. These Exhibitors are one of the reasons that we can offer your Conference at a reasonable price. They also provide a number of important elements to your Conference experience through education, creativity, and product availability.  Take advantage of the 2 1/2 days to meet the Trade Show Exhibitors and learn about their unique offerings. 

We thank our Trade Show Exhibitors for their continued support of the 2021 BIA Conference. 

 Trade Show hours are:  


 Monday, September 27: 

 10:00am to 4:00pm 


 Tuesday, September 28: 

  10:00am to 3:00pm 

Wherever possible, there has been an effort to reduce the amount of paper.  All presentations will be placed on the OBIAA Conference website after the Conference for your interest. Please help us minimize our “carbon footprint” by minimizing paper materials and waste.  


The hotel concierge will be happy to arrange a taxi for you. You can also call directly at the numbers provided below. 



         PHONE NUMBER 

Hamilton Cab



Blue Line Taxi




Hamilton Transit HSR

Hamilton Public Transit Fees                                                           



  Seniors 65+ & Youth 13+

Cash (must have exact change) 






HSR Website

Escape Manor

Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021
Time: TBD
Price: $32.21 per person (includes all taxes & fees)
About: Package includes axe throwing, bocce, and escape rooms. This tour is walking distance from the hotel.


Beer Tour

Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021
Time: TBD
Price: $64.98 per person (includes all taxes & fees)

You’ll never be thirsty in Hamilton, thanks to the growing line-up of craft breweries. Experience includes tours, beverages and snacks at three (3) of the premiere craft breweries in the city.  Bus transportation is included.

Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Location: The Art Gallery of Hamilton
Ticket Price: $64.00 per person (includes all taxes & fees), beverages extra
Menu: TBD
About: Enjoy a delicious dinner in a beautiful setting, at Hamilton’s very own Art Gallery. There will be live music from Alfie Smith & Nicole Christian. 

We invite you to bring samples of promotional information from your BIA or some examples of your creative and innovative work for a table that will be set up near registration. Bring plenty! 

Attend Virtually!

For your convenience and peace of mind, we are offering delegates the opportunity to attend the 2021 BIA Conference completely virtual! Hopin’s powerful event platform will allow you to stream all sessions live from the Stage as well as have the option to watch the recordings of any missed sessions from anywhere. The virtual experience includes fourteen (14) educational and informative sessions with high value speakers and content including two (2) Keynotes. The Networking section recreates coffee-in-the-lobby chats for your engagement and an opportunity to build new connections with fellow industry professionals. Also, make sure to check out the Expo area to take part in the Trade Show portion of the Conference! If travel expenses, timing, or worries about your personal safety were previously holding you back, we encourage you to join this year’s Conference virtually. You will enjoy the flexibility and convenience of attending from the comfort of your own home while still getting a vast amount of informative and eye-opening content to apply in your BIA!

COVID-19 Safety Plan

To help keep everyone safe, OBIAA has developed a COVID-19 Safety Plan outlining current regulations and best practices that will be implemented at the Conference.  Masks will be mandatory in all indoor spaces as per government regulations. Please familiarize yourself with the COVID-19 protocols so we can all have an enjoyable and safe 2021 Conference!

This year is the 50th anniversary of the legislation that created BIAs. Join our evening celebration party at Yonge-Dundas Square on the Tuesday evening of our 2020 Conference. To mark this exciting milestone, we have created a commemorative shirt (highly recommended) so everyone can represent and celebrate BIAs with pride. (swipe for sizing chart)