The Theme for our 2022 FEO Conference is "ENERGIZE" with the key words RECONNECT . REIMAGINE . REFOCUS.
All speakers, education sessions, networking opportunities etc will be geared towards building our festival and event industry back to where it was before the Pandemic and using what we have learned over the last two tears to improve user experiences, streamline operations and present a safe event for our customers.



CEO Dave MacNeil
Let's celebrate our magnificent festivals and events in Ontario!
Ms. Debbie Mann
May you have a fabulous festivals and events year, everyone!

FEO’S Annual Conference

Festivals and Events Ontario annual conference is held in late Winter in any one of Ontario’s communities across the province and boasts vibrant presentations, collaborative industry education, in-depth workshops and an outstanding opportunity to learn from and network with top industry professionals. The conference attracts 250 + festival and event planners from across the province of Ontario with a major tradeshow, an industry recognition Award Program and numerous entertainment auditions.

Prior to the Pandemic, the FEO conference provided the perfect backdrop for industry professionals to soak up the excitement of a successful festival and event year gone by and prepare for another exciting year ahead! However, this year is obviously different. Our industry has been pretty much shut down since March 2020 and many of us are chomping at the bit to get events/festivals up and running safely to bring our communities back together after two years of being apart.


Every year industry members eagerly anticipate the opportunity to relax, have fun and rub shoulders with other festival and event industry professionals. The annual conference provides an ideal forum for delegates to network, exchange ideas, gather insights and hone skills. Interested in becoming a member? Click here for more details!

Conference attendees come from a wide range of environments across the arts, heritage, sports, food, music and many other platforms. Industry professionals you might run into at our annual conference are Festival/Event Organizers, Event Planners, and Producers; Festival Suppliers; Partner Associations; Representatives of Municipalities, BIAs and Chamber of Commerce; Representatives of Regional Tourism Offices; Non-Profit Organizations; Corporate Sponsors; Educational Institutions; Event Management Faculty, Students and Post Grads; Recreation and Parks Department Representatives; and Community leaders.


FEO takes pride in carefully selecting top industry professionals to lead dynamic presentations and in-depth workshops. FEO’s Keynote Speakers are known for their ability to inform, educate and entertain conference delegates with the aim to motivate and energize professionals as they enter the upcoming festivals and event season.  Please contact Debbie Mann, Business Development Officer at 519 742-2226 for more information on being a presenter at the Conference.


FEO’s Annual Conference is the place to be as each year, FEO rolls out the red carpet, so to speak, to acknowledge and recognize industry excellence through the annual Awards Program. These highly revered Awards and award winners reflect the best of the best in industry practices, the hard work, and commitment of those who make the festivals and events industry in Ontario such a success. If you are interested in learning more about the FEO’s Award Program, contact us for more information.


FEO welcomes the opportunity to partner with any organization that shares an interest in the festival and event industry. Festivals and Events across Ontario span over many platforms such as the arts, culture, heritage, sports, food, music and much more. There are plenty of opportunities to narrow your reach within a variety of target markets. Creating a perfect forum for businesses to connect directly with a large number of industry professionals on a personal level, the conference allows companies to interact with major players within the festival industry, revealing valuable demographic and psychographic insights and enabling businesses to steer their brand visibility to a more targeted audience. FEO has a wide range of partnership opportunities for companies who want to be involved in our annual conferences. Interested in becoming a sponsor at the FEO conference? Please contact Debbie Mann, Business Development Officer at 519 742-2226 for more information. 


Conference Guest Speakers


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