Call for Expressions of Interest
You are invited to submit Workshop Proposals for:
18th Annual Conference
Ontario Association of Community Futures Development Corporations
Niagara Falls, Ontario ~ “Niagara Original”
May 16 to 18, 2011
Proposal Submission Deadline: Friday, January 7, 2011
The OACFDC’s Annual Conference is its premier event, and the theme for the 2011 conference is ‘Niagara
Original’. In the theme, we are not only highlighting the original beauty of Niagara Falls and the bountiful
harvest of the Niagara Region, but also celebrating the 25 year history of the Community Futures Program in
two of the original communities.
Workshop presentations at the OACFDC’s 2011 Conference will expand the knowledge, experience and
tools of conference delegates and will challenge people to think critically about opportunities for growth and
development in rural Ontario.
The goals for this conference are:
to contribute to skills development, networking, best practices and information sharing among CFDC
staff and board volunteers
to identify new opportunities for local or regional partnership projects
to learn about enhanced service delivery options for clients, and offer tools
to encourage collaboration among CFDCs
Workshops will be held:
May 17 at 2:30 p.m.
May 18 at 10:30 a.m.
May 18 at 2:30 p.m.
Workshops will last approximately 75 minutes each, plus 5 minute introduction, and 10 minutes for
questions, for a total of 90 minutes.
Some workshops may be repeated on May 18, once at 10:30, then again at 2:30. Please indicate if you are
available to do your workshop twice on the same day
Workshops will draw an audience ranging from 20 - 60 participants per workshop.
We are also seeking proposals for French language presentations, with simultaneous interpretation into
English. Please contact the OACFDC for a copy of this form in French.
Nous cherchons aussi des propositions pour les présentations en français. Veuillez communiquer
avec l’ASADCO pour obtenir un exemplaire de ce formulaire en français.
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The OACFDC’s Annual Conferences typically attract 300 delegates, including volunteer board members and
staff from Ontario’s Community Futures Development Corporations, as well as private and public sectors,
universities, community-based organizations, government, and beyond. Conference participants come
together from a variety of backgrounds to share information, experiences, resources and best practices, to
network and have fun, to refresh their perspectives and recharge their batteries, and to gain new tools.
Workshop proposals should address the Ontario advantage, in one of these four (4) categories:
1. People Advantage
Example: board relations, recruiting volunteer board members, youth, human capital
2. Prosperity Advantage
Example: community economic development, community planning and socio-economic
development, regional economic strategies, trade, tourism, job creation strategies, mobile
workshop to successful businesses and initiatives
3. Knowledge Advantage
Example: innovation, information and communications technology, alternative energy
4. Entrepreneurial Advantage
Example: business counselling, revenue generation for CFDCs, financing and investment in
Proposals must also address the following elements:
What are the practical examples and experiences you can showcase?
What transferable lessons can be drawn from these examples and experiences?
What are the implications and relevance of the theme to rural and northern communities?
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OVERVIEW OF THE
ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY FUTURES DEVELOPMENT CORPORATIONS
VISION: The Ontario Association of Community Futures Development Corporations (OACFDC) is a
member driven leader for rural sustainable community development..
MISSION: The Ontario Association of Community Futures Development Corporations (OACFDC) is
committed to meeting the needs of its members to deliver quality services in their communities and to
providing a voice for the Community Futures Program in Ontario.
Ontario’s Community Futures Development Corporations exist in 61 rural and northern communities across
Ontario and with funding provided by Industry Canada/FedNor/FedDev offer several key services to their
Strategic community planning and socio-economic development
Support for community-based projects
Access to capital
For more information on the OACFDC and its members, see www.ontcfdc.com
To submit a workshop proposal for the OACFDC’s Annual Conference please complete the enclosed
template. A copy may also be found at www.ontcfdc.com-> Association-> Conference.
Should you have any questions or require assistance regarding submissions please contact Mary Alderson,
Member Services Coordinator at 1-888-633-2326 Ext 24, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Submissions are due no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, January 7, 2011.
While we greatly appreciate all submissions, there is limited space available at the conference. All submissions
will be acknowledged. Workshop proposals will be evaluated by a committee based on relevance of the
proposal to the broader conference theme and to the conference audience. You will be notified of the status
of your application by mid-January.
The 2011 Conference will be held at:
Sheraton on the Falls
5875 Falls Avenue
Niagara Falls, ON
Thank you for your interest in OACFDC’s 2011 Conference!
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Workshop Proposal Form
Instructions: Please complete the questions below as fully as possible. The selection of
sessions will be primarily based on the information you provide here, and on the techniques you
will use to enhance participation in your session. If you have any questions, please call Mary
Alderson, Member Services Coordinator at OACFDC, Tel. 1-888-633-2326, Ext 24,
DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: Friday, January 7, 2011
This form can also be found on-line at:
Submit the proposal form to:
Mary Alderson, Ontario Association of CFDCs
300 South Edgeware Road, St. Thomas, ON N5P 4L1
1. Presenter(s): Workshops should not have more than two presenters.
The first person listed will be considered the primary contact.
Address (including Postal Code):
Address (including Postal Code):
If you are planning a panel, please include names of all members of the panel. You must
confirm availability of all panel members:
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2. Proposed Title of Workshop: This will be used in our conference program, so it should
be descriptive and catchy:
3. Brief Description of the workshop (this is the description which will be used for the
program if your workshop is selected, so please use 50 words or less) Again, please make it
catchy and interesting to “sell” your workshop.
4. Language of Workshop: __English __French __Either __ Bilingual
(We are also seeking proposals for French language presentations. Please contact the OACFDC
for a copy of this form in French. )
(Nous cherchons aussi des propositions pour les présentations en français. Veuillez
communiquer avec l’ASADCO pour obtenir un exemplaire de ce formulaire en français.)
5. Some workshops will be offered more than once and we try to keep these on the same
day whenever possible. Are you available to stay for 2 days if needed?
6. Number of Participants (if applicable): Minimum number_____ Maximum number______
7. Identify the Conference Theme to which your session belongs:
1. ___People Advantage
2. ___Prosperity Advantage
3. ___Knowledge Advantage
4. ___Entrepreneurial Advantage
8. Knowledge level of the participants to whom your session will be directed (minimum
___ No experience or knowledge
___ Some experience or knowledge
___ Substantial experience or knowledge
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9. How would your session contribute to the overall conference goals of contributing to
skills development, networking, best practices and information sharing among CFDC staff
and board volunteers; identifying new opportunities for local or regional partnership
projects; learning about enhanced service delivery options for clients; encouraging
collaboration amongst CFDCs?
10. Briefly describe the participatory learning techniques/methods you would use to
conduct the session:
11. Type of Table/Room Configuration: We use classroom style as much as possible. Please
choose another ONLY if it is essential to you presentation.
12. What are your Audio-Visual or Technology Requirements? If using a laptop and
projector, please bring your material on a clean memory stick.
Other (specify) ______________________________________
13. Have you previously given this or a similar presentation? ___Yes ___No
If yes, please provide the following information on the organization to which you presented the
Contact Name, Title:
Date of session:
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14. Financial arrangements:
OACFDC is a non-profit organization and as such, speaker costs are one of the considerations in
the decision-making process. Presenters who are staff members or volunteers at CFDC are
eligible for a flat fee of $250 per session, paid to their CFDC, and no other costs. Presenters
originating from government organizations are NOT eligible for fees or costs.
Are you requesting any of the following, and if so, what amount? - This should include all
presenters if applicable.
Honorarium or fee $
Travel reimbursement $
Other (please specify) $
15. Publication of Proceedings
After the conference, we post workshop presentations to our website, Will we have permission to
post your presentation as part of the conference proceedings? ___Yes ___No
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