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2020 Convention

At the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites and Conference Centre

See you Feb. 13-15, 2020

Please Contact

Kathryn Lambert,

Convention Administrator

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Phone: 519-287-3553

Book your Hotel Rooms starting MAY 1ST 

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SEMINAR SCHEDULE ~ OAAS CONVENTION 2020

* tentative list, schedule to change without notice

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 13, 2020

  • Board Governance 201, pre-registration required
  • Feeding Hungry Minds and Bellies: Helping Youth to Become Food Literate
  • Fairs with Paid Staff - What Makes Them Different?
  • Penny Pinching and other Ideas for Homecraft displays
  • Encouraging More Entries in the Community
  • Planning your Event Under a Special Occasion Permit
  • TSSA & ESA: What you Need to Know
  • Parliamentary Procedure 101
  • Maximizing media presence before and during your fair
  • PANEL: Special Events for Special Days (VIP, Senior, High school)
  • PANEL: Making a First Impression
  • The Value of an Ag Society in the Community
  • Understanding Ag Society Exemption from Municipal Taxes
  • Professional Director Rural Leadership Program
  • Telling A Better Story, Means A Better Fair

QUICK TALKS & TIPS

3:00pm - 3:15pm: Meet Your Local Farmer At the Fair
3:25pm - 3:40pm: Fair Storage
3:50pm - 4:05pm: Volunteer Appreciation Night
4:15pm - 4:30pm: Gate Volunteer Orientation
4:40pm - 4:55pm: New Credentials from 4-H Ontario at the Fair

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 14, 2020

  • Board Governance - Just the Basics
  • Mental health and agriculture
  • Raffles 101
  • Livestock Traceability
  • The facts about HST at your fair
  • Can Social Media and Digital Marketing save your Fair?
  • Risk Management for your event - Best Practises
  • Volunteer Recruitment
  • Howa Strategic Plan Builds an Ag Society
  • PANEL: Why We Are A Registered Charity
  • PANEL: Fair sponsorship & partnership programs
  • PANEL: Hosting a Beer Tent at the Fair
  • Under 40: What Brought You to the Fair?
  • Homecraft Competitions the Family Heart of your Fair
  • "Let me Judge. Your Fair expectations?"
  • How good is your fair's biosecurity? You Be the Judge
  • Dealing with Difficult Volunteers
  • Volunteer Recognition
  • TREIM tourism impact study
  • Fair Secretary Discussion: Roles & Responsibilities
  • Fair Treasurer Discussion Roles & Responsibilities
  • How To Organize A Judging School
  • Engaging our Elected Representatives
  • Different Ambassador Programs, At Different Fairs

ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS

  • Fairboard fundraising ideas
  • High School Volunteer Hours: How to Prepare & Assist
  • Merging Ag Societies to Build a Better Fair
  • Managing exhibits with no storage
  • The Future of Ribbons At the Fair
  • How Is Your Fairbook changing
  • Volunteer Recognition & Appreciation at the Fair
  • New homecraft & school fair class ideas
  • Incorporating Your Fair Theme

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 15, 2020
ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS

  • Fairboard fundraising ideas
  • High School Volunteer Hours: How to Prepare & Assist
  • Merging Ag Societies to Build a Better Fair
  • New homecraft & school fair class ideas
  • The Future of Ribbons At the Fair
  • Volunteer Recognition & Appreciation at the Fair