2021 Annual BIA Conference

April 18-21,2021

Program & Schedule

Select a year: 2020

Keep an eye out here for 2021 Call For Speakers information – to be released soon!

Download the 2020 Preliminary Program!

Check back often – the program is subject to change!

2020 Preliminary Program

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)


The BIA Conference Registration Desk is located on the second floor Plaza Foyer.  

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

 Registration for the Mobile and Professional Development Sessions are also available here while supplies last. 

  Sunday, April 19: 

12:00pm – 6:00pm 

  Monday, April 20: 

7:00am – 4:30pm 

  Tuesday, April 21: 

8:00am – 4:00pm 

  Wednesday, April 22: 

 8:00am – 1:00pm 

All conference meals, except the Awards Gala Dinner, will be served buffet style. Refreshment breaks will be served in the “Plaza C Foyeron Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, the refreshment break will take place in the “Plaza A Foyer.” 

 Your name badge must be worn at all times as there is another group at the hotel over the same dates and serving staff may question which group you are with. There is a Gala Awards Banquet ticket included in your “Full” registration package.  

 Included in your Full Conference Registration are the following: 

Sunday: Exhibitor Reception 

Monday and Tuesday: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Refreshment breaks 

Wednesday: Breakfast, Refreshment, & Lunch 

Included in your Daily Conference Registration: Breakfast, Lunch, & Refreshment break(s) 

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 two (2) 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. The mobile sessions this year include visits to The Waterfront BIA, and The Church–Wellesley Village BIA. 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! 

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. 

The Trade Show opens at 4:30pm on Sunday with an Exhibitor Hosted Reception held in the Plaza Ballroom and Foyer. 

We thank our Trade Show Exhibitors for their continued support of the 2020 BIA Conference. 

 Trade Show hours are:  

Sunday, April 19: 


 Monday, April  20: 

 8:00am to 4:00pm 


  Tuesday, April   21: 

  8:00am to 4:00pm 

The Annual General Meeting will be taking place from 9:00 10:15am on Tuesday, April 21 in the Plaza Ballroom. You are required to be present in order to vote for new Board Members. 


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.  

Hotel Shuttle Information: 

Complimentary hotel shuttle runs every half hour on a 24-hour basis.                                                           

Pick up times at the airport to the hotel is quarter past & quarter to the hour.

Pick up times from the hotel to the airport it is on the hour and half past.

Shuttle Stops

Terminal 3 – Inner Curb, Post 41

Terminal 1 – Ground Transportation – S5

The hotel shares a shuttle with the Radisson Toronto Airport and the capacity of the shuttle is 21 people.


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



         PHONE NUMBER 

GTA Airport Taxi 



Aerofleet Services  




Toronto Transit TTC 

Toronto Public Transit Fees                                                           


Adults & Youth 13+ 

Seniors 65+ 







TTC Website 

Presto cards can be purchased at: 

Fare Vending Machine at subway stations 

Shoppers Drug Mart locations 

Online at prestocard.ca  

TTC’s Customer Service Centre above Davisville Station 

Islington Village Walking Tour

Date: Sunday, April 19, 2020
Time: 1:00-4:00pm
Price: $29.27 per person (includes all taxes & fees)

About: Take a walk through Toronto’s Village of Murals! With 28 murals covering over 15,000 square feet, prepare to be immersed in the history of the Village. This hour-long, guided tour will showcase the murals of Islington Village, after which you will be treated to a 45-minute tour of the historic Montgomery’s Inn, an 1840s-era inn operated as a museum.
*Rain or shine; wear comfortable shoes & clothing for walking.

BAPS Shri Swaninarayan Mendir

Date: Sunday, April 19, 2020
Time: 1:30-3:25pm
Price: $29.27 per person (includes all taxes & fees)

About: The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is a traditional Hindu place of worship that was built by the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, a global spiritual organization within the Swaminarayan branch of Hinduism.

Dress Code: Casual attire. No sleeveless tops. No shorts. No skirts shorter than knee length. Visitors are required to remove their foot wear before entering the Mandir or any part of the Haveli complex. (Shoe racks provided within the Haveli).

South Etobicoke Brewery Tour

Date: Sunday, April 19, 2020
Time: 1:00-4:15pm
Price: $56.50 per person (includes all taxes & fees)

About: Tour some of South Etobicoke’s best breweries – Big Rock & Great Lakes! At Big Rock, you will get three (3) 5oz. samples and a tour of the brewing facility, and at Great Lakes you will get four (4) 5oz. samples and paired cheeses on a guided tasting.

Woody’s Live Drag Entertainment

Date: Sunday, April 19, 2020
Event Time: 6:00pm-2:00am
(continues entertainment throughout the night)
Bus departs hotel : 8:00pm 
Bus departs Woody’s : 11:00pm
Location: 467 Church St, Toronto. ON
Price: $15.83 (includes all taxes & fees)
           *First drink complimentary for BIA2020 conference attendees 

About: Woody’s is Toronto’s hottest gay bar since 1989. Located in the heart of Church-Wellesley Gay Village, it has become one of Toronto’s busiest gay bars featuring nightly DJ’s. 

Sunday, April 19, 2020: 9:00pm – 11:00pm 

Monday, April 20, 2020: 9:00pm – 11:00pm 

This is a great opportunity for networking in a relaxed form. Re-acquaint yourself with old friends and make new ones along the way. Snacks, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for those attending the Hospitality Suite.  

There will be two (2) Hospitality Suites – one on Sunday night and one on Monday night

Date: Sunday, April 19, 2020
Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: The Terrace Room, Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto Airport & Conference Centre
Ticket Price: $69 per person (includes all taxes & fees)
Menu: Cash bar for all beverages. See below for full menu.
Activities: BIA trivia and a band playing hits from the past 50 years!

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! 

More Conference info coming very soon!