2023 Exchange Conference

2023 Exchange Conference

OMSSA welcomes you back to an in-person Exchange Conference from May 9-10, 2023!*

We look forward to seeing you in Ottawa from May 9 to 10 for the 2023 Exchange Conference. This annual event provides a venue for OMSSA Members to engage in dialogue and exchange ideas and practices to address the most pressing issues facing human services.  

This year, more than 250 frontline staff, managers and supervisors, and senior leaders from OMSSA Member organizations will be joined by governmental officials and representatives from community organizations.  

The Conference will include several important professional development topics geared towards enhancing work from across children’s services, housing and homelessness, and employment and income supports. For instance, skills-based content will include sessions on a trauma-informed practice from an anti-oppression lens, de-escalation techniques, and a case study on complex Ontario Works cases. 

We’ll also hear from Members about their innovative work around Early Childhood Educator recruitment and retention, integrated Ontario Works case management, responses to racism and discrimination in the community, and evaluating the hybrid workplace, to name just a few.  

Stay tuned for more program updates as we move into the Spring. This is a conference you won’t want to miss! 

*We will be monitoring both the municipal and provincial public health guidelines to ensure a safe in-person event. 

Accommodation Update

Update March 7, 2023 - Room Blocks Sold Out & List of Nearby Hotels Added for Members

OMSSA's 2023 Exchange Conference is taking place at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre in Ottawa, ON. Our block of rooms at the Courtyard Marriott and the Hampton Inn by Hilton is now sold out, and the group rate is no longer available. 

You may still reach out to Hampton Inn by Hilton to reserve a room, but they may only be available at standard rates. Please visit our Accommodation webpage for a list of nearby hotels close to the event space. 


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Sponsorship Opportunities

Limited sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2023 Exchange Conference. Reach Members and build lasting relationships across Ontario by sponsoring our Conference. For more information, please email sponsorship@omssa.com

Thank You to Our Planning Committee

  • (Chair) Tod Duncan, OMSSA

  • Doug Ball, OMSSA

  • Kimberly Brathwaite, City of Toronto

  • Tyler Campbell, City of Greater Sudbury

  • Jennifer Dombroskie, County of Renfrew

  • Christie Herrington, OMSSA

  • Rob Kirsic, OMSSA

  • Sharifa Liburd, Regional Municipality of Halton

  • Brian Marks, Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board

  • Andrea McLean, City of London

  • Meena Mullur, City of Cornwall

  • Geoffrey Rao, City of Ottawa

  • Nalisha Sankreacha, OMSSA

Land Acknowledgement

The land on which OMSSA operates is the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Ojibwe, the Haudenosaunee, the Wendat, and it is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis. We also acknowledge that our members span an area known as the Province of Ontario which is covered by 46 treaties and agreements.