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Great Ideas Conference

June 26-28, 2019, Blue Mountain Resort, Collingwood, Ont.


View the 2019 Great Ideas Program



Click here to view the Conference Proceedings



Online registration is now closed. On-site registration is available:

• Wednesday, June 26: 4 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
• Thursday, June 27: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
• Friday, June 28: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Bring your completed registration form to avoid lineups. Payments can be made by Visa or MasterCard only. Cash and cheques will not be accepted. 



A block of rooms at Blue Mountain Resort are available to conference attendees at a discounted rate from June 25-29. To book your accommodations, visit the Blue Mountain website or call 1.877.445.0231 and use group code GB00000730 to receive the discounted rate. Book your room today - accommodations sell out quickly!

Village Studio - $176
Village Bachelor - $191
Mosaic Deluxe - $196

GIC_2017_LogoWhat is the Great Ideas Conference?

The Great Ideas Conference is an information-packed event held at a fabulous venue, offering:

  • Top-notch practice management and life skills continuing education.
  • Opportunities to network with your colleagues and swap ideas on topics of interest.
  • A variety of recreational facilities and activities to help you
    relax and unwind at the end of the busy spring season.

Who should attend?

  • Veterinarians
  • Practice managers
  • Anyone who wants to improve their practice management and life skills

What you'll learn

The Conference features informative “how-to” sessions on a wide range of practice and life management topics. Each session is designed to provide you with tangible skills you can take back to your clinic and implement immediately. Topics include:

  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Conflict resolution
  • Health and wellness
  • Human resources management
  • Social media
  • Personal finance

Plenty of activities to enjoy at Blue Mountain!

At Blue Mountain, you’ll enjoy access to the widest variety of recreational activities available anywhere in Ontario right at your doorstep. Activities include:

  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Golfing
  • Tennis
  • Kayaking
  • Treetop walking
  • Mountain biking
  • Caving
  • Zip lining

Blue Mountain also offers team-building activities for you and your team. Prices and availability vary. Contact OVMA for more information.


Conference Proceedings

Colleen Best

Megan Brashear

Alison Lambert

Aaron Massecar

Mike Pownall, Katie Ardeline, Glenn Armstrong and Sue Armstrong

Stacee Santi


What attendees had to say about their Great Ideas experience:

  • "If you think you know it all - you don't! This conference provided enhancements to what is already being done in veterinary medicine and opened my eyes to what's changing in the future. It was well worth attending."
  • "Great content for the whole veterinary team. Content that we all need. Great venue with lots of activities to participate in for the whole family! Will be attending next year for sure!"
  • "The Great Ideas Conference was a GREAT IDEA. The venue was lovely. Quality speakers with interesting content. I would certainly attend again."


Blue Mountain Village


Sunrise yoga with Dr. Gwen Jeun overlooking the Blue Mountain Village


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Suite 205,
Milton, Ontario L9T 0H9
Phone: 905.875.0756 / (toll free) 1.800.670.1702  



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