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Great Ideas Conference

June 28–30, 2017GIC_2017_Logo

Blue Mountain Resort, Collingwood, ON


What 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 CE
  • Opportunities to network with your colleagues and swap ideas on topics of interest to you
  • A variety of recreational facilities and activities to help you de-stress 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 great “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


CE Highlights

Dr. Marty Becker 


Effective Fear Free Practices

“America’s Veterinarian” and best-selling author, Dr. Marty Becker, will share the positive impact of taking the ‘pet’ out of ‘petrified’, and give you practical tips on how to make your veterinary clinic fear free.


Karen Purves


Effective Communication

Do you deal with difficult people? Are you struggling to find the right words to get the results you want when dealing with clients and other staff members? Award-winning speaker Karen Purves will teach you simple but effective techniques to communicate more effectively and get the results you want, every time.


Dr. Deb Stone


Effective Leadership

Effective leadership is the cornerstone of every successful business. To be an effective leader, you need to hone your emotional intelligence and develop your conflict resolution skills. Dr. Deb Stone will teach you how to develop your personal brand and effectively lead change management to take your practice to the next level. 


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. 


Complete event program, registration and accommodation details will be available here in the coming months. More information will also be included with the March/April issue of Focus magazine. 


Thank You for Joining Us for the 2016 Great Ideas Conference!


Blue Mountain Village shops and restaurants


Dr. Andy Roark hosts the opening keynote on June 22


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

The first Great Ideas Conference was held June 22–24, 2016 at Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood, ON. Conference attendees had an opportunity to learn from some of the industry’s top practice management speakers, including Dr. Andy Roark, Dr. Betsy Charles, Eric Garcia and OVMA’s own Darren Osborne and Terra Shastri.

The conference was a resounding success, with 99 per cent of attendees giving the event an ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ rating. Here are just some of the comments received from Great Ideas attendees: 

  • "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."



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



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