Upcoming Industry Events

“Become your own Social Media Influencer”

Training with Melissa Schenk & Julie Nixon – A two part series!


Join us for this two part series to become your own social media influencer!  Join influencer experts Melissa Schenk and Julie Nixon to explore the power and value of becoming your own social media influencer online and understand WHY and HOW to expose your brand online through the power of live streaming and still imagery.  For more information contact Joanne at 519-290-8687 or at joanne@swotc.ca.


Part 1: Webinar on October 16th 10am – 12pm  Cost: $25


Learn how to connect, collaborate and construct so you can be seen, heard and remembered online!


Sign up here!


Part 2: Road Tour, Week of October 22nd, exact dates will be scheduled. Cost: $75


Do not miss this chance to have influencers Melissa Schenk and Julie Nixon on site at your desired location to help get you started being your own influencer! You’ll get 3-5 professional images that you can use on Facebook, Instagram, your website, etc. The cost to have them on-site is $950, Ontario’s Southwest has opened this opportunity up for a limited number of operators for only $75!


Sign up here!


Tourism Industry Association of Ontario Conference (TIAO)

October 23rd – 24th, 2018

Gather with industry colleagues and tourism leaders for two days at Caesars Windsor to network, gain new insights and explore trending topics. There are more details on sessions and conference activities coming soon!


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Tourism Industry Association of Canada Conference (TIAC)

November 27th – 28th, 2018

The Tourism Industry Association of Canada’s annual conference brings together industry leaders, professionals and influencers from coast to coast to coast under one roof. More than 330 industry professionals attended last year’s Tourism Congress and over 450 delegates including 23 MPs enjoyed the Canadian Tourism Awards.


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Economic Developers Council Of Ontario Conference (EDCO)

January 29th – 31st, 2019

EDCO has held an annual conference since its start-up in 1957. Each year, members and others engaged in the profession gather to exchange information and learn from leading edge presentations that are transferable to their respective communities. Part of the event includes a showcase that offers participants to learn about new programming and services that will assist in day-to-day operations and funding of special projects.


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Festivals & Events Ontario Conference (FEO)

February 26th – 28th, 2019

Festivals and Events Ontario annual conference is held in late Winter and boasts vibrant presentations, collaborative industry education, in-depth workshops and an outstanding opportunity to learn from and network with top industry professionals. The conference attracts 250 + festival and event professionals from across the province of Ontario. With a major tradeshow, an industry recognition Award Program and numerous showcase entertainment auditions, the FEO conference provides the perfect backdrop for industry professionals to soak up the excitement of a successful festival and event year gone by and prepare for another exciting year ahead!


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Hotel Association of Canada Conference (HAC)

February 27th – 28th, 2019

The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is the Leading Voice of the Canadian Hotel and Lodging sector. The Hotel Association represents more than 8,100 hotels, motels and resorts that encompass the $17.5 billion Canadian hotel industry. The HAC Conference (HAC), which started in 1992, provides an opportunity for those involved in the operations of lodging enterprises and many industry suppliers, to gain timely insights into industry trends and current practices.


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Ontario’s Southwest Tourism Conference

March 5th – 6th, 2019

Join us at the Best Western Plus Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre for the 8th annual OSW Tourism Conference! The Annual Tourism Conference offers a unique learning and networking opportunity as it hosts all major tourism influencers in the Southwest region. Come join over 200 other attendees consisting of stakeholders, business owners, and investors to gain insight into the current tourism climate.


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Haldimand Art Works “Talk D’Arty with Me” – Creative Speaker Series

Lacie Williamson has been interested in art for as long as she can remember.  As a self-taught visual artist, her passion hasn’t gone unnoticed and was previously nominated for the St. Catherines’ Art Awards as an emerging artist. Now, Williamson continues to create her own pieces, while also instructing a new generation of artists.


With the goal of helping artists succeed, she’s put together a creative speaker series for Haldimand Art Works, taking place at Flyers Bakery and Cafe in Dunnville every month.


Upcoming dates:

Creative Small Business Marketing – AUGUST 23rd 2018 @ 7pm
Wendy Malowany –Artist, Entrepreneur and International Small Business Educator


How to Legally Protect Your Biz & Art – SEPTEMBER 20th 2018 @ 7pm
Shannon Baker – International Law Clerk, Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario Member 


Touring North America 101 – OCTOBER 25th @ 7pm
Brennagh Burns- Independent Singer/Songwriter


For more information and to register click here.


If you have any upcoming tourism industry events, please e-mail JT Uppal with a brief description outlining the event.