OFN 2017 Fall Workshops + Networking Events

Registration for our workshops + FestConnects is now on! 

Register early to reserve your spot as events have limited space. 

OFN workshops are open to members and non-members, so please feel free to invite your colleagues — and thank you for spreading the word!


FestConnect @ Animationfest!
A benefit-of-membership event
Exclusive VIP Screening for OFN Members

Tuesday, September 19 | 5:30PM-7:30PM
Arts Court Studio and Theatre, 2 Daly Ave
Cost: Free for OFN members! (This is a member-only event)

It’s back! If you missed out on our popular (and free) FestConnects this spring, here’s another chance to mix and mingle with fellow festival producers and corporate members.

Co-hosted by the award-winning Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) – thanks to Kelly Neall and team – members will be treated to a private VIP screening of some of this year’s outstanding OIAF animated shorts and of course some great local fare and beverages to celebrate the fall. Come and connect with members – new and familiar – and be inspired by all that our industry has to offer.  This is what FestConnect events are all about!

Interested in co-hosting a future FestConnect at your event? Please contact [email protected].

Click here to RSVP now for FestConnect @ Animationfest! 
Passcode to register is: ofnconnect

Advocacy 101: Working Effectively with Government

Thursday, September 28 | 4:00-6:00
Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre, 300 Peres-Blancs Ave.
Member – $20 | Non-member – $30

Working effectively with government can to bring added value to your event in many ways. No doubt working within the “big machine” can seem overwhelming. It’s important to understand how to navigate it for your event’s benefit – and because our industry and sector contributes to important policies and outcomes that affect us, and the millions of people who enjoy and benefit from our industry, every year.

This session will give you a chance to sharpen your government relation skills and learn:

  • Practical information, skills and tips to be ready to meet and work with government officials
  • How to establish the right expectations and approach to see positive gains for your event
  • How to align your activities + communications to achieve results
  • About OFN’s recent activities, and how you can get engaged to support industry advocacy


  • Frédéric Julien, Director of Research and Development (CAPACOA) + Co-chair, Canadian Arts Coalition
  • Carole Anne Piccinin, OFN Executive Director
  • Government Relations specialists – to be announced

Click here to register now for Working Effectively with Government


Steps to Sponsorship Success

Tuesday, October 31 | 7:30AM-9:00AM

Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave. N

 Member – $20 | Non-member – $30

Are you looking for a practical, systematic approach to selling sponsorship that works? Do you need to take your sponsorship sales approach to the next level? Then this workshop session is for you! Sponsorship experts Chris Baylis and Christian Robillard from The Sponsorship Collective will focus on helping you identify sellable assets, determine their value (often THE biggest challenge), and offer practical solutions for implementing sales strategies that make sense. Walk away from this session with a plan to help your event succeed!

Whether you are a volunteer or staff, or contribute to small, medium or large events, this interactive, working workshop will equip you with successful sponsorship processes to help you engage in effective and lasting partnerships.

Register now for a chance to win! The first 20 member events that register will be entered into a draw for a free consultation with The Sponsorship Collective – a value worth over $700!

Click here to register for Steps to Sponsorship Success


Managing Event Risk: Trending Issues + Solutions
Thursday, November 16

3:30-5:00PM: Risk Management Panel
5:00-6:00PM: Dinner Break
6:00-7:30: SEAT Panel

Member – $20 | Non-member – $30
(includes meal)

Today, managing risk is a top priority for festivals and events. You need to plan for every aspect your event, including preparing for any possible reality that could affect the safety of your attendees, volunteers and staff; damage your hard-earned brand; and adversely affect your financial sustainability.

This highly valuable two-part session will enable you to:

  • Hear from sharp and insightful industry producers who will share some of their most challenging experiences and solutions, along with some of the outstanding internal and external assurances they’ve put in place to deliver safe and outstanding events
  • Learn about recent successful City-led public-focused campaigns that support our industry’s risk management efforts, and how your future event could benefit
  • Have your insurance-related questions answered by expert Lawrence McMullan (BFL Canada)
  • Meet the City of Ottawa’s Event Central and the Special Events Advisory Team (SEAT) who will answer your questions about how to ensure your event meets all by-law requirements
  • Meet new and established members of the festival, fair, and special events industry

 Click here to register for Managing Event Risk: Trending Issues + Solutions!