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Join us this september!

Ontario’s beautiful Blue Mountain Resort will be a buzz of activity as funeral directors from across Ontario gather for the 135th annual OFSA AGM & Education Conference. It’s taking place September 24–25-26, 2018. The conference offers education that will more than fulfill your continued education credits while networking and enjoying everything the mountain has to offer! 

Conference Highlights

Education and networking are always the highlights of the OFSA conference.  However delegates and guest will also have the chance to relax and enjoy a game of golf, a trip to the beach, or perhaps fly through the air or down the mountain, there is something for everyone! 

Join us this september!

Ontario’s beautiful Blue Mountain Resort will be a buzz of activity as funeral directors from across Ontario gather for the 135th annual OFSA education conference. It’s taking place September 24–26, 2018. The conference offers education that will more than fulfill your continued education credits while networking and enjoying everything the mountain has to offer! 

Conference Highlights

Education and networking are always the highlights of the OFSA conference.  However delegates and guest will also have the chance to relax and enjoy a game of golf, a trip to the beach, or perhaps fly through the air or down the mountain, there is something for everyone! 

Brush up on the latest in funeral service education, products & Offerings.

register today

Download Form  →

Brush up on the latest in funeral service education, products & Offerings.

register today

Download Form  →

Venue

Venue Information

Blue Mountain Resort

108 Jozo Weider Blvd., Blue Mountains, ON
 

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Room Rates & Booking

Rooms starting from $129.00. 

All meetings will be held in the Village Conference Centre.

Please call 1-877-445-0231 or book online at bmrbooking.bluemountain.ca.

Group Code: GB00000181
PLEASE NOTE: Rate is based on a per night basis and subject to applicable taxes. Block prices expire August 23rd, 2018.

Activities

Golfing

Exceptional golfing tailored to your game. More Information →
PLEASE NOTE: OFSA rates are available September 24th between 1:00pm - 2:30pm.

Local Things to do

The Blue Mountain area is filled with interesting activities, events and sights. More Information →

Venue

Venue Information

Blue Mountain Resort

108 Jozo Weider Blvd., Blue Mountains, ON
 

View resort map →
View google map →
Get Directions →

Room Rates & Booking

Rooms starting from $129.00. 

Please call 1-877-445-0231 or book online at bmrbooking.bluemountain.ca.

Group Code: GB00000181
PLEASE NOTE: Rate is based on a per night basis and subject to applicable taxes. Block prices expire August 23rd, 2018.

Activities

Golfing

Exceptional golfing tailored to your game. More Information →
PLEASE NOTE: OFSA rates are available September 24th between 1:00pm - 2:30pm.

Local Things to do

The Blue Mountain area is filled with interesting activities, events and sights. More Information →

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your attendance this year

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Get the most out of
your attendance this year

Become an exhibitor

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Keynote Speaker

Dave Howlett: Real Human Being

Founder, Real Human Being

Dave Howlett is the founder and managing director of Real Human Being Inc. Since 2008, Dave has spoken to audiences from London to China on the concepts of empathic leadership and organizational culture. Recent clients who have used his methods General Motors, Rogers Communications, Tim Hortons and many Ontario city municipalities.  He came to the attention of OFSA after presenting to a Center for Family Business event in Waterloo. The audience was polled afterward: 94% said this was one of the top three keynote speeches they had ever heard, 83% said it increased their personal self-awareness, 94% said they would now try to be more engaged within their organization.

Dave's keynotes are simple, powerful, life-changing as well as humorous! Your takeaway will be a tool that reinforces and improve relationships with your employees as well as your clients. Learn More →

Keynote Speaker

Dave Howlett: Real Human Being

Founder, Real Human Being

Dave Howlett is the founder and managing director of Real Human Being Inc. Since 2008, Dave has spoken to audiences from London to China on the concepts of empathic leadership and organizational culture. Recent clients who have used his methods General Motors, Rogers Communications, Tim Hortons and many Ontario city municipalities.  He came to the attention of OFSA after presenting to a Center for Family Business event in Waterloo. The audience was polled afterward: 94% said this was one of the top three keynote speeches they had ever heard, 83% said it increased their personal self-awareness, 94% said they would now try to be more engaged within their organization.

Dave's keynotes are simple, powerful, life-changing as well as humorous! Your takeaway will be a tool that reinforces and improve relationships with your employees as well as your clients.

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Speakers

John p. "Jack" Adams

Funeral Director & embalmer

Jack Adams is a fourth generation funeral director and embalmer.  He has over 50 years experience in funeral service and is considered one of the world’s foremost embalming authorities.  He has presented embalming seminars throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.  Jack estimates that he has embalmed well in excess of 20,000 human remains. 

Jack is a member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice and has earned his Funeral Service Professional certification.  He is also a faculty member of The Dodge Institute Seminars, a member of the Dodge Research and Development Staff, and a regular contributing author to The Dodge Magazine.  In addition, he represents The Dodge Company in Northern Illinois.

Jack is a 1963 graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science and along with working for Dodge as a sales representative, he is an Embalming Lab Instructor at Worsham College.

Larry Stuart

Consultant & Cremation Expert 

Consulting, and the former President of Crematory Manufacturing & Service, Inc., a leading manufacturer of technologically advanced cremation equipment.  Cremation Strategies and Consulting provides expert leadership, planning, organization, training, education, process improvement and strategic planning for the cremation profession. Larry is also a Certified Funeral Celebrant and believes that every life deserves to be honored in celebration remembrance. 

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Corinne lavictoire (T)

Founder & CEO, INEX Inc.

DAna Wren (B)

Director of sales & MArketing, INEX Inc.

Since 2001 INEX Inc. has provided creative products and services to the funeral and financial services industries. Through their estate settlement toolkits and memorial keepsakes, INEX has supported hundreds of thousands of people throughout North America in fulfilling important duties during one of life’s toughest times—the death of a loved one. 

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Celebrant discussion panel

Scott Davidson
Hendren Funeral Homes

Colin Haskett
Haskett Funeral Homes

Jacob Rowe
Denning's Funeral Homes

Rev. John Lougheed
Professional Celebrant

Speakers

John p. "Jack" Adams

Funeral Director & embalmer

Jack Adams is a fourth generation funeral director and embalmer.  He has over 50 years experience in funeral service and is considered one of the world’s foremost embalming authorities.  He has presented embalming seminars throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.  Jack estimates that he has embalmed well in excess of 20,000 human remains. 

Jack is a member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice and has earned his Funeral Service Professional certification.  He is also a faculty member of The Dodge Institute Seminars, a member of the Dodge Research and Development Staff, and a regular contributing author to The Dodge Magazine.  In addition, he represents The Dodge Company in Northern Illinois.

Jack is a 1963 graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science and along with working for Dodge as a sales representative, he is an Embalming Lab Instructor at Worsham College.

Larry Stuart JR.

Consultant & Cremation Expert 

Consulting, and the former President of Crematory Manufacturing & Service, Inc., a leading manufacturer of technologically advanced cremation equipment.  Cremation Strategies and Consulting provides expert leadership, planning, organization, training, education, process improvement and strategic planning for the cremation profession. Larry is also a Certified Funeral Celebrant and believes that every life deserves to be honored in celebration remembrance. Learn More →

Corinne lavictoire (L)

Founder & CEO, INEX Inc.

DAna Wren (R)

Director of sales & MArketing, INEX Inc.

Since 2001 INEX Inc. has provided creative products and services to the funeral and financial services industries. Through their estate settlement toolkits and memorial keepsakes, INEX has supported hundreds of thousands of people throughout North America in fulfilling important duties during one of life’s toughest times—the death of a loved one. Learn More →

Celebrant discussion panel

Scott Davidson
Hendren Funeral Homes

Colin Haskett
Haskett Funeral Homes

Jacob Rowe
Denning's Funeral Homes

Rev. John Lougheed
Professional Celebrant

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Conference Schedule

Monday, September 24

8:00am - 11:00am

Board of Management Meeting
Working Breakfast
 

8:00am - 6:00pm

Registration: In the courts outside trade show

8:00am - 12:00pm

Trade Show Set-up
Pipe & drape set-up

12:00pm - 5:00pm

Exhibitors set-up

7:00pm

First Timers Reception
The Courts / Trade show floor

7:30pm - 10:00pm

Presidents' Welcome Reception
The Courts / Trade show floor
Trade Show Official Opening
Dinner and Cash Bar

10:00pm

Trade Show Locked

10:00pm

OFSA Social
Rusty's At Blue  Learn More →

Tuesday, September 25

8:15am - 9:00am

Breakfast
Trade Show Floor - The Courts

9:15am

Students Arrive

9:15am - 9:30am

President Greetings & Student Welcome

9:30am - 11:00am

Speaker: Jack Adams - Embalming 
Trade Show Stage
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11:30am-12:30pm

Lunch

Student Video Presentation
In the Trade Show - The Courts

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Speaker: Larry Stuart -  Cremation A - Z
Trade Show Stage
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1:30pm

Exhibitor Games

3:30pm

Students Depart

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Exhibitor Happy Hour
Trade Show Floor

5:00pm

Trade Show & Registration Closes
Pack up until 7:30pm

6:45pm

Village Dining Crawl
Meet at the Coca Cola stage in the Village
Entertainment 6:45 - 7:30
C&A Steak Co.
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Magnones Learn More →
Tholos Learn More →

After dinner

Live Music
Dinner Crawl ends with everyone at MJ's PUB with live music. Learn More →

Wednesday, September 26

8:00am - 9:00am

Past Presidents Breakfast
Bayview Boardroom 2nd floor of the Village Conference Centre

9:00am - 11:00am

Keynote: Dave Howlett - How to Connect (Like A Real Human Being)
Georgian Bay Ballroom
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11:15am - 12:00pm

Speaker: Corinne Lavictoire & Dana Wren - Estate Matters
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12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lunch
Georgian Bay Ballroom

1:00pm- 2:30pm

Celebrant Discussion 
Georgian Bay Ballroom
Presenters: Scott Davidson, Colin Haskett, Jacob Rowe  & Reverend John Lougheed

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3:30pm - 5:00pm

OFSA AGM
• OFSA Year in review
• Conference moving forward
• BAO Report
• Humber College Report
• Boreal College Report

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Cocktail Reception
Georgian Bay Ballroom (outside)

7:00pm

Presidents Dinner
Georgian Bay Ballroom
Award & recognition presentations

After dinner

OFSA Social
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Conference Schedule

Monday, September 24

8:00am - 11:00am

Board of Management Meeting
Working Breakfast
Registration: In the courts outside trade show

8:00am - 6:00pm

Registration

8:00am - 12:00pm

Trade Show Set-up
Pipe & drape set-up

12:00pm - 5:00pm

Exhibitors set-up

7:00pm

First Timers Reception
The Courts / Trade show floor

7:30pm - 10:00pm

Presidents' Welcome Reception
The Courts / Trade show floor
Trade Show Official Opening
Dinner and Cash Bar

10:00pm

Trade Show Locked

10:00pm

OFSA Social
Rusty's At Blue  Learn More →

Tuesday, September 25

8:15am - 9:00am

Breakfast
Trade Show Floor - The Courts

9:00am

Students Arrive

9:15am - 9:30am

President Greetings & Student Welcome

9:30pm - 11:00am

Speaker: Jack Adams - Embalming 
Trade Show Stage

11:30am-12:30pm

Lunch
In the Trade Show - The Courts

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Speaker: Larry Stuart - How To Talk Cremation To Your Families
Trade Show Stage

1:30pm

Exhibitor Games
Student Video Presentation

4:00pm

Students Depart

4:00pm - 5:30pm

Exhibitor Happy Hour
Trade Show Floor

5:30pm

Trade Show & Registration Closes
Pack up until 7:30pm

7:30pm

Village Dining Crawl
Visiting 3 restaurants, each serving a different course: appetizers, entree, and dessert.

C&A Steak Co.
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Magnones Learn More →
Tholos Learn More →

After dinner

Live Music
Dining Crawl ends with everyone at MJ's PUB with live music. Learn More →

Wednesday, September 25

8:00am

Past Presidents Breakfast
Bayview Boardroom

9:00am - 11:00am

Keynote: Dave Hollis - How to Connect (Like A Real Human Being)
Georgian Bay Ballroom

11:15am - 12:00pm

Speaker: Corinne Lavictoire & Dana Wren - Estate Matters

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lunch
Georgian Bay Ballroom

1:00pm- 2:30pm

Celebrant Discussion 
Georgian Bay Ballroom
Presenters: Scott Davidson, Colin Haskett, Jacob Rowe  & Reverend John Lougheed

3:30pm - 5:00pm

OFSA AGM
• OFSA Year in review
• Conference moving forward
• BAO Report
• Humber College Report
• Boreal College Report

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Cocktail Reception
Georgian Bay Ballroom (outside)

7:00pm

Presidents Dinner
Georgian Bay Ballroom
Award & recognition presentations

After dinner

OFSA Social
Kaytoo Learn More →

Come for the education,
stay for the fun!

register today

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Come for the education,
stay for the fun!

register today

Download Form  →

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