OMOA Conference Set to Focus on the Canadian Economy

With a theme of Survive and Thrive, the 2009 Ontario Marine Operators Association's (OMOA) Boating Ontario Conference and Trade Show is set to address and engage the current challenges presented by the Canadian economy. The conference is scheduled for November 29 to December 1, 2009 at the Ambassador Conference Resort in Kingston, ON.    

According to the OMOA, the theme of this year's conference reflects the OMOA's goal to help industry members “survive times of change but to also thrive in today's current economic situation.” Streamlining essential aspects of a business, learning how other businesses are tackling the economic downturn and gaining practical advice in the difficult times will be a few of the topics of discussion that are scheduled.      

“Basically what we are saying is that those businesses that get through this tough period right now – and are looking at the other side of it – are going to do extremely well if they make it through the next two years,” said Al Donaldson, executive director of the OMOA. “The whole concept at this year's conference is to try and give people suggestions, find ways to get through and survive over the next two years so they are ready for when the economy does turn – and it will.”

This year's conference will also host one to two keynote speakers and while they have not yet been finalized, Donaldson says they are also looking at inviting those members that are currently doing well to speak at the conference and share their advice.

“We are also looking for people who are doing extremely well right now and hope they will share some of their insight with us, how they are able to keep their places full and make money in these difficult times. It's not easy to do and yet some are doing very well,” said Donaldson.

The executive director also explained that the conference will once again include group meetings – allowing individual discussion meetings within various segments of the industry. The conference is also scheduled to host a Sunday evening social get-together November 29 (themed around the Survivor television show), the annual Trade Show held at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour in the heart of Kingston, December 1, and the annual Presidents Dinner and awards, on the evening of December 1.

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