2018 National BIA Conference

The 2018 National BIA Conference was held this year at the Blue Mountain Conference Centre, hosted by the Collingwood Downtown BIA. The conference attracted approximately 200 delegates and more than 20 exhibitors from across Ontario along with many exciting concurrent sessions and keynote speakers.

The Theme of the 2018 Conference is “BIA’s, Resilient and Real.”

Doug Griffiths, of 13 Ways to Kill Your Community, opened the conference. On Wednesday April 18th Roger Brooks offered a keynote address along with conducting a Professional Development Workshop.


Collingwood BIA General Manager Honoured at 2018 National BIA Conference


Collingwood Downtown BIA General Manager Sue Nicholson

This year, long-time Collingwood BIA General Manager Sue Nicholson was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes individuals who selflessly contribute to strengthening and promoting BIAs. Not only has Nicholson played a key role in the ongoing development and revitalization of Collingwood’s downtown business district, but she has held many positions on provincial BIA boards to help other regions grow and move forward in a constantly changing retail environment.

“It was an honour to be recognized and I thanked my husband and the many volunteers who have and continue to support me every step of the way. I was so surprised that my children and their partners were there and I thanked them for their help throughout all of the many events.”

Nicholson also thanked the many board members she has worked with through the years.

“Although we sometimes butted heads about issues at the end of the day we were all passionate about our downtown and our commitment to its ongoing success.”

The Ontario BIA Association recognizes the best that Business Improvement Association revitalization and management has to offer. The BIA National Achievement Awards celebrate and communicate the most successful and innovative efforts in Ontario BIA development.


Taking a Tour of Collingwood’s Historic Downtown District


Collingwood’s BIA General Manager Sue Nicholson took out-of-town guests attending the 2018 national BIA Conference on a walking tour throughout Collingwood’s Federally Recognized Historic Downtown District on Tuesday afternoon, April 17th.

This year an extra half day has been added to the Conference to give participants maximum opportunities to network with others and to share ideas on topics including Creative Ideas for a Small Budget, revitalization, Urban Design and Standards, Business Recruitment and Training, Filling Downtown Vacancies, Media, Community Engagement and other important matters of interest to small, medium and large business operators.


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