MFOA's 2022 Annual Conference
is Open for Registration


Join your colleagues at MFOA's 2022 Annual Conference & Trade Show at Blue Mountain Resort in the Town of The Blue Mountains, Ontario on September 20 – 23. We have built our conference based on the topic priorities you submitted to us. Our theme this year is The Power of Resilience.

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.

2022 Conference Highlights Include:
  • NEW! All in-person and live stream delegates will have 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
  • .. And much more!

Continued in 2022:
  • LIVE STREAMING – register an individual or a group and attend the conference 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 exhibitor experts and network with your colleagues

A Message From Our President:

Dear Colleagues,

I am very pleased to welcome you back this year for our in-person MFOA Annual Conference at Blue Mountain Resort. I would like to extend an invitation to each of you who work in the Municipal Finance field, in varied capacities, to attend our Conference. I believe that there are many tangible benefits offered to each of us who attend the conference and utilizing these will aid us in performing our daily responsibilities.

This year’s conference in the Town of The Blue Mountains has a theme of “The Power of Resilience”. This theme is very timely since we’ve all faced many challenges and had to deal with rapid changes over the past two years. One of our core strengths as a collective group is our amazing willingness to go the extra mile to help our colleagues find the resources and support, they need. This collaborative network was especially demonstrated and relied on over the past two years.

Attending the annual conference is an opportunity to connect with other finance professionals and gives you the chance to expand your contacts. You will be exposed to a tremendous knowledge resource that you can draw on year-round!

Once again, this year, the annual MFOA conference includes excellent keynote speakers, expert exhibitors, helpful case studies, and tremendous networking opportunities. Join us to learn, develop professionally, meet colleagues, and celebrate the power of Municipal Finance resilience.

Laura Barta
President, MFOA

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Conference Schedule

Keynote Speakers

Current Exhibitors

Hotel Accommodations

Live Stream

CPD Hours

Discussion Forums


Professional Headshots

Mobile Website

Code of Conduct



Conference Schedule:

Click Here to view the Conference Schedule (Check back often for new additions)

Keynote Speakers:

Linda Nazareth
Economist and Futurist


Resilience in a Time of Economic Disruption
Bouncing back has always been important, but has there ever been a time when businesses got jolted in the way that is true today? Megatrends like climate change and fourth industrial revolution are rocking our world, and every business has to adjust, and quickly. Throw in some economic and political shocks and you have a world that must change on a dime. Only the resilient will survive.

In Resilience in a Time of Disruption, economist Linda Nazareth explores the concept of resilience, looking at why it is suddenly one of the most important characteristics for companies and their workers to acquire. How are successful organizations dealing with the accelerated pace of change that is becoming the norm? How should companies plan for a time for the possibility that their well-crafted plans have to be scrapped, again? And how do you develop a workforce that thrives in a time of disruption? It Is a brave new world, but with this presentation you will feel that you are ready to deal with whatever it brings.

Kendal Netmaker
Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Author and Indigenous Speaker

DRIVEN! The Ultimate Resiliency Formula

Every day we are faced with personal and professional challenges. It takes energy and perseverance to overcome these obstacles. Through the power of storytelling, Kendal Netmaker shares what it takes to refuel, recharge, and reenergize our resiliency to be successful in everything we do.

In this high-energy, inspiring keynote, Netmaker takes us on his profoundly moving personal journey from overcoming life’s challenges to achieving extraordinary success. From his bestselling book, Driven to Succeed, Netmaker shares his “Ultimate Resiliency Formula” that will motivate attendees to shift their mindset to achieve their ultimate purpose for a successful life.


Current Exhibitors:

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


Hotel Accommodations:

Click Here for instructions on booking your hotel reservations at Blue Mountain Resort.

Note: Hotel rooms fill up quickly. Please reserve by Friday, August 19 at 9:00 AM to ensure rate availability. 

Scam 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 Blue Mountain Resort. You can book your room using the instructions provided above or by contacting the reservation line directly.

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
  • Tuesday Virtual Networking Session (5:00 - 6:00 PM)
  • Wednesday Updates Session and Asset Management Workshop 
  • All main (plenary) sessions (Thursday - Friday)
  • All concurrent sessions (Thursday - Friday)

Sessions will be recorded (subject to speaker approval) and will be available on the conference website for 90 days post-conference.

Click Here to register for Live Stream.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD):

The MFOA 2022 Annual Conference qualifies for up to 35* verifiable CPD hours. You can use a copy of your order confirmation as documentation. 

*Total CPD hours for 2022 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
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.


Stay tuned - details coming soon!

Professional Headshot Photo Booth:

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 only and on a first come, first served basis.

Mobile Website:

NEW in 2022 - All delegates (in-person AND live stream) will have access to conference session recordings for 90 days post-conference

Once again in 2022, MFOA is going mobile! 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...!

PLUS - Get in the Game! Earn points by competing in our fifth annual 'In It To Win it' mobile site contest for your chance to WIN great prizes! Stay tuned for more details.


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.


COVID 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.

Rapid test kits and masks will be available at the registration desk throughout the full conference.

The following resource has been provided from the Local Health Unit. Please review the recommended steps to take if you have symptoms and are concerned you may have COVID-19, OR if you have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or someone with COVID-19 symptoms.



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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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