MFOA's 2024 Annual Conference
is Open for Registration


Join your colleagues at MFOA's 2024 Annual Conference & Trade Show at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario on September 17 – 20. We have built our conference based on the topic priorities you submitted to us. Our theme this year is Building Communities of Trust.

Find out what strategies are most effective and discover how your peers are tackling similar issues you're facing. The MFOA Annual Conference is the must-attend conference for today’s municipal finance professional.

2024 Conference Highlights Include:
  • Access to recordings of most conference sessions on the conference website for 90 days post-conference (pending speaker approval)
  • Leading edge case studies
  • Annual General Meeting
  • Valuable networking opportunities
  • Discussion forums
  • Industry experts at the exhibitor tradeshow
  • Gala dinner and live entertainment
  • Live streaming - register individually or as a group to attend virtually 
  • Tuesday workshops - maximize your travel budget, extend your conference and benefit from the additional professional development opportunity 
  • Mobile website - customize your conference program, access session information and materials, connect with the exhibitors and network with your colleagues 
  • .. And much more!

A Message From Our President:

Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to extend an invitation to you to join me at this year’s MFOA Annual Conference in picturesque Muskoka at the Deerhurst Resort.  This year’s conference theme is “Building Communities of Trust” and will be an event you won’t want to miss!

Over the years I have found that it is important and useful to meet and learn from colleagues in different municipalities, or sectors that deliver services for municipalities.  Networking and team work takes place both inside the workplace and in the expanded engaged operations of external contacts.  Whether you are learning from others or passing on knowledge that you have acquired in your municipality, the result is an overall improved and dedicated staff of Municipal Financial Officers which results in greater TRUST within our Communities.

Whether you’re a municipal finance veteran or a newcomer to this dynamic profession, I encourage you to register for this year’s conference. The MFOA Team has an exciting program planned with learning sessions that offer over 30 CPD hours, memorable keynote speakers, leading edge case studies and a robust group of industry experts participating in our Trade Show. With so much content to choose from, MFOA is also recording all sessions and, as a registered delegate, you will have access to them for playback post-conference.

While we hope you can attend in person to take full advantage of the conference experience, MFOA is once again offering a hybrid conference option that allows delegates to assess their time and budget and attend either in person or virtually. How you choose to attend is up to you – REGISTER TODAY!

Shelley Stedall
President, MFOA

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Conference Schedule

Hotel Accommodations

Keynote Speakers


Live Stream

CPD Hours

Discussion Forums


Professional Headshots

Mobile Website

Code of Conduct


Conference Schedule:

Click Here to view the conference schedule and session descriptions (Check back often for new additions)


Hotel Accommodations:

Deerhurst Resort - limited rooms availableThe MFOA has secured a block of rooms for our delegates with Deerhurst Resort. Please note selection/availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis and availability is not guaranteed. Call the reservations line at 1-800-461-4393 and be sure to identify yourself as being part of the Municipal Finance Officers' Association (MFOA) group in order to qualify for the group rate. Rooms will be held until Saturday, August 17 or until it is full, whichever comes first. 

Hidden Valley Resort - NEW room block available 
To book your hotel stay at Hidden Valley Resort (only 2 minute drive from Deerhurst Resort), call the reservations line at (705)-789-2301 or email at Let them know you are part of the Municipal Finance Officers' Association (MFOA) group. Rooms will be held until Tuesday, August 27 or until it is full, whichever comes first. 


  • Please also take a look on Hidden Valley's website for room pricing as their rates fluctuate daily and you could benefit from a lower rate outside the MFOA block. MFOA's room block pricing starts at $199+
  • However, the fine print on the website has stricter reservations terms than the MFOA room block (for example, nonrefundable/non transferable, pay in full rate, whereas the MFOA rate is refundable up to 7 days prior,  and only requires a deposit of 1 night stay)
  • Shuttle services will be provided to delegates who stay at Hidden Valley Resort. Schedules will be provided at a later date


    Fraud Alert
    Please note in past years we have had non-accredited organizations contacting individuals regarding the MFOA Conference. These companies may offer to help book your guest rooms for our conference at a discounted rate. MFOA is not affiliated with any of these groups. Please do not provide them your personal information or credit card details. MFOA has arranged room blocks directly with Deerhurst Resort. You can book your room using the link provided above or by contacting the reservation line directly.

    Keynote Speakers:

    Charles Montgomery

    Founder of Happy Cities, Award-Winning Journalist 

    Building Communities of Trust

    There's nothing more important for human happiness than our trust in one another.  But the world has been spiraling out of trust, with disconnection and division.  The good news is that cities can help heal the trust divide.  Charles shares fascinating social experiments to demonstrate how we can redesign our communities to bring people together in ways that nurture bonds that keep us all healthy, happy and strong.  

    Jennifer Botterill
    Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist 

    Why Not You? How to Excel in Business and Life

    Sharing the tools and techniques developed throughout her career, Botterill shows audiences how to reach new levels of excellence, both personally and professionally. She discusses the critical importance of time management and setting high standards, while distilling strategies to help audiences prepare for and achieve their goals. From a no-regrets approach of “never having to say I wish I would have,” to asking yourself “why not you?” when considering the opportunities success can bring, Jennifer encourages those around her to strive for a new standard of excellence in everything they do.           

    Current Exhibitors:

    Click Here to View Our Current Exhibitors (Check back often for new additions)

    Live Stream Details:

    You can now register an individual or a group and attend the conference virtually. This year, our Live Stream registration will include the broadcast of:

    • Tuesday Workshops
    • Wednesday Updates Session and Asset Management Workshop 
    • All main (plenary) sessions (Thursday - Friday)
    • All concurrent sessions (Thursday - Friday)
    Click Here to register for Live Stream.

    Continuing Professional Development (CPD):

    The MFOA 2024 Annual Conference qualifies for a minimum of 30* verifiable CPD hours. Shortly after the conference, you will receive a confirmation letter and access to a CPD session document you can use for verification purposes. 
    *Total CPD hours for 2024 Annual Conference is calculated based on purchasing In-Person Package 1 (Tuesday - Friday) or Live Stream Package, and all sessions are attended through a combination of live and recorded sessions.
    *Recordings posted on the conference website are subject to speaker approval.

    Discussion Forums:

    Thursday Discussion Forum (In-person delegates only)
    Collaborate, discuss and engage in meaningful discourse with other similar-sized municipalities. Ask questions, share information, and discuss issues affecting your municipality. This is an information discussion designed to benefit you.



    Mike D'Urzo
    Award Winning Magician &

    Mike D’Urzo is an international award winning magician & mentalist. Mike was the winner of the “Canadian Entertainer of the Year” award by the Canadian Event Awards. He was the 8-time recipient of the “Performer of the Year” award presented by Festivals & Events Ontario. Mike was the winner of season 1 of The Traitors Canada on CTV.

    He performed in an international tour across China for over half a million people! He also performed in an international festival in Doha Qatar which attracted over 100,000 guests. His magic has been featured on the Comedy Network, Global, CTV, City TV, OMNI TV, YTV, CHCH TV, The W Network, MTV and Disney in the United States.  D’Urzo has also performed at some of the most exclusive gala shows and private parties for some of Hollywood’s top A-List celebrities.

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    Professional Headshot:

    Need a new LinkedIn photo? Get your professional headshot taken, courtesy of MFOA's NPN (New Professionals Network) Committee. The photo booth will be available for a limited time and on a first come, first served basis for the first 100 delegates. 

    Mobile Website:

    Bring your conference experience to a new level. See more, do more and get more value out of the conference - right from your mobile (tablet or computer) device. Access the conference schedule, download presentations, connect with delegates & exhibitors, and much more...!

    Note: All delegates (in-person AND live stream) will have access to conference session recordings for 90 days post-conference

    Conference Code of Conduct:
    Click Here to review our conference code of conduct. You will be asked to confirm your acknowledgement of reviewing and agreeing to the terms outlined in this document upon registration.


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    Health & Safety

    Health & safety related practices at the MFOA Conference will be informed by provincial and local public health guidance at the time and will be subject to change.

    Top 5 Reasons to Attend MFOA's Annual Conference:

    1. Meet and Learn from the Best - the MFOA conference speakers, attendees, exhibitors and sponsors are at the forefront of the industry. This is a great opportunity to learn about best practices from other professionals that can be applied to your municipality. 

    2. Network - Make new connections with peers and find out how they are managing common challenges. Meet potential vendors who could help your municipality.

    3. Develop - Get equipped with the tools, strategies and actionable insights that can be brought back to your municipality. Explore new ways to  engage, learn and connect. Need professional development credits? By attending the MFOA conference, you can gain credits towards your continuing professional development (CPD) certification. Simply use a copy of your order confirmation as documentation.

    4. Stay Relevant - If we want to stay relevant in our profession we must embrace, understand and integrate changes, new ideas and best  practices to our municipality. There is no better place to learn how to do this successfully than at the MFOA conference.

    5. Inspire Your Team - Take what you have learned and share it with your team which in turn will positively affect your municipality’s bottom line.

    Land Acknowledgement

    We recognize that our work as MFOA and CHUMS and the work of municipalities, take place on traditional Indigenous territories across Ontario.  We recognize and respect the history, languages, and cultures of the First Nations, Metis, Inuit and all Indigenous peoples whose presence continues to enrich our communities.

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