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FONOM-MMA Conference




Jessie Langford
Administrative Assistant
52 Seguin Street
Parry Sound, ON P2A 1B4
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T. (705) 746-2101 x225
F. (705) 746-7461
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2018 FONOM-MMA Northeastern Municipal Conference

The Town of Parry Sound is hosting the 2018 Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs (MMA) conference May 9 - 11, 2018.

The 2018 conference theme is Leading the Way Through Innovation

 Delegate Registration

Delegate Registration is now open. New this year registrations can be made online allowing for payment by credit card.

The full delegate package includes: 
Meals, the welcome reception and one banquet ticket, access to the trade show and all sessions/workshops.
(Earlybird Fee: $375+HST. After April 6th, $440+HST)

One day packages include:

Wednesday May 9
Lunch and afternoon break, access to the welcome reception and tradeshow as well as all sessions/workshops held on Wednesday.
(Earlybird Fee: $180+HST. After April 6th, $210+HST)

Thursday May 10 

Breakfast, lunch and breaks, access to the tradeshow as well as all sessions/workshops held on Thursday.
(Does not include a banquet ticket)
(Earlybird Fee: $190+HST. After April 6th, $220+HST)

Friday May 11 

Breakfast, lunch and morning break, access to the FONOM Annual Business Meeting and the Ministers' Forum.
(Earlybird Fee: $180+HST. After April 6th, $210+HST)

If you would prefer to register using a paper form with payment by cheque please use the paper registration form.

Companion Program
The companion program includes: One banquet ticket, the welcome reception, breakfast Thursday and Friday and lunch Friday.
This program is designed to allow companions to go out and explore, shop or relax while you attend the conference sessions.
(Companion Fee $175+HST)

Additional banquet tickets only are also available.

As an alternative or add on, companions can attend a paint class:

Join local artist Jessica Vergeer in her studio at 23 James Street for a fun morning of painting in downtown Parry Sound.

This 2-hour class will walk you through the process of creating a small acrylic landscape painting of a Georgian Bay South Channel island scene, step-by-step, from start to finish. You will leave this class with your finished painting!

No painting experience is required. What is required is a good sense of humour and a willingness to meet new people, have fun and get your hands a little dirty!
Space for this class is limited to a maximum of 12 participants.

Register online for the paint class.

 Schedule / Speakers

The conference will open May 9th at 11:00am and close May 11th at 1:00pm.  More information on speakers and a complete agenda will be posted soon.

Keynote Speaker - Ken Coates : Leading thinker on Canada's Future & Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation 

Ken Coates is a rare public commentator who brings deep understanding of past and present realities together with compelling ideas about Canada's future. His passionate and highly engaging talks have captivated diverse audiences across the country, from college administrators and economic development officers to Aboriginal entrepreneurs and community activists. Ken is Canada's Research Chair in Regional Innovation and brings his experience in East Asia and around the Circumpolar world to bear on his understanding of Canada's strengths and weaknesses. Ken combines irreverence, insight and a sense of humour in his conversations about the issues that matter most to Canadians.

Ken will speak on the topic of Innovation and Sustainability for Northern Ontario/small municipalities.


 Exhibitor Registration

For the 2018 conference 13 exhibitor spaces will be available. Exhibitor spaces will be located adjacent to the main hall and breakout rooms alongside where the buffet will be located allowing great opportunities to connect with delegates. Please see the floor plan for booth layout.

The trade show opens May 9th at 11:00am and closes May 10th at 4:00pm.

Exhibitor spaces are currently SOLD OUT however a wait list is available, spaces will be allocated to those on the wait list should they become available.
To be added to the wait list please email April.

Sponsorship Opportunities

This is your opportunity to reach Northern Ontario municipal politicians, senior municipal and government staff. Participation in the FONOM-MMA Conference as a sponsor is a great opportunity for suppliers, vendors and professionals to reach our delegates and showcase your goods and services while supporting Northern Ontario.

See the sponsorship form for more information on the available sponsorships and their benefits.


For more information on the various opportunities to promote your business email Lynn or call (705) 746-2101.


Blocks of rooms have been booked at the following hotels:

Comfort Inn
120 Bowes Street, Parry Sound
Phone: (705) 746-6221
Ask for the FONOM rate of $125.00 +tax per room.

Parry Sound Inn and Suites
292 Louisa Street, Parry Sound
Phone: (705) 746-2700
Ask for the FONOM rates:
1 Queen - $110 +tax
1 Queen with pull-out sofa - $120 +tax
2 Queen - $120 +tax
1 Queen Suite with pull out sofa - $150 +tax

Town and Country Motel
7 Joseph Street, Parry Sound
(705) 746-8671
Ask for the FONOM rate of $78 +tax

Other accommodations are available in the area including Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels and Motels please see our accommodations map for more information.


The 2018 Conference will be held in the Town of Parry Sound. All conference activities will take place at the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts & the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame.

Contact Us

For questions regarding the conference including registration please contact:
Jessie Langford
Town of Parry Sound
(705) 746-2101
Email Jessie

For questions regarding sponsorship please contact:
Lynn Middaugh
Town of Parry Sound
(705) 746-2101
Email Lynn

For questions related to FONOM and the annual general meeting please contact:
Katelyn Guertin
Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities
(705) 567-9361 x 258

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