2024 Annual BIA Conference

April 28 to May 1, 2024

Mississauga, ON

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Speakers & Workshops

The 2024 Call for Speakers is now closed – thank-you to those who submitted! Check back later to view our preliminary program!


If you’re interested in being added to the mailing list that receives the Call for Speakers, please email [email protected]


An anticipated attendance of more than 200 delegates and 30+ exhibitors from across Ontario will provide an excellent networking and educational forum for everyone at Conference!

Stay tuned for our 2024 Keynote Speakers!

Below are the 2023 Keynote Speakers:

Paul will be presenting a keynote at the
Monday morning breakfast.


Paul Kalbfleisch is a consultant, writer, and creative director in the field of city building. He uses narrative strategy and creative design to help cities, architects and real estate developers advance the cultural vibrancy of their projects. Paul is also co-author, with real estate developer Scott Higgins, of The Joy Experiments.

Jeff will be presenting a keynote at the
Tuesday morning breakfast.


Jeff MacIntyre is a marketing professional with a deep love for BIAs. As former chair of Downtown Sudbury he lobbied successfully for hundreds of millions in new assets for the downtown. A former Board Member of OBIAA Jeff is dedicated to the cause of BIAs.

Melissa will be presenting a masterclass after the
Wednesday lunch.


Melissa Durrell is the CEO of Durrell Communications, leading one of the top PR and Communications teams in southwestern Ontario — named one of the Best Workplaces™ Managed by Women by Great Place to Work®.

We continue to honour the four pillars of Downtown Revitalization with four streams to the Conference:

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    Marketing & Promotions
  • Economic Development Icon
    Economic Development
  • Leadership & Management Icon
    Leadership & Management
  • Physical Improvements Icon
    Public Realm

We invite you to share your innovative ideas at the Conference by submitting proposals for presentations on topics such as:

▪ Community Engagement

▪ Media and Crisis Management

▪ Community Improvement Plans

▪ Procedural Bylaw – Governance

▪ Demographics

▪ Quantification

▪ Economic Development

▪ Business Recruitment and Training

▪ Filling Downtown Vacancies

▪ Revitalization

▪ Creative Ideas for a Small Budget

▪ Social Media Basic and Advanced

▪ Grant Writing

▪ Social Issues

▪ Heritage and Culture

▪ Urban Design & Standards

▪BIA Boards of Management Market Researchers

▪BIA Staff Coordinators Consultations

▪BIA Committee Chairs Urban Designers & Landscape Architects

▪Economic Development Officials & Staff Community Financial Representatives

▪Municipal Planning Officials & Staff Corporate Site Location Officials

▪Downtown Revitalization Officials Public Works Representatives

▪Commercial/Industrial Brokers & Developers

▪Tourism & Event Management Representatives

▪Municipal Clerks Place Makers

The 2023 Conference Call For Speakers & Workshops is now closed.

Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

A Call For Speakers

The 2024 Conference Call For Speakers will open this summer, stay tuned.
Please sign up for our email list or contact [email protected] if you have any questions or would like to submit to speak!

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