2019 Fall Seminar for Lake Associations

The Event Summary, including links to the day’s slide presentations, is available for download by FOCA Members:


When: Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 9:00am to 3:00pm

Where: at the Boulevard Club in Toronto

FOCA Fall Seminar Agenda 2019 (PDF, 1 page)

Nov.1/19 UPDATE: If you received an email from FOCA suggesting that you are registered to attend this event, but you never arranged payment online or with the FOCA office, YOU ARE NOT ON THE FINAL REGISTRATION LIST.

As we have no remaining in-person seats for this event, we are offering a WEBINAR option for the full day’s seminars. We hope you can join us in this manner!

To participate by webinar from 9:00am to 3:00pm, please note the following:

  • the webinar is NOT being recorded; you need to be available to view it on November 16th
  • required: built-in speaker on your computer, or plug-in headphones to hear the sound at the event
  • highly recommended: high speed internet at your location
  • you will be able to hear the presentations, and see all the slides being shown, and can text questions or comments to the webinar host to forward to the speakers in each session
  • all webinar & in-person registrants will receive the Event Summary in later November, including links to download the day’s presentations.

The cost to participate by webinar is $30 per member, or $45 for non-members. Participate in one session, or the whole day, at your option. (see Agenda & seminar topics, below)

You must complete your webinar registration by Thursday, November 15th at 5:00pm, or contact the FOCA office during business hours, Monday to Friday at 705-749-3622 for manual assistance.

Thank you for your interest in this event!

Event Overview:

“I believe that the FOCA meetings are a ‘do not miss’ for as many associations as can reasonably get to them.”attendee at the last event

The title of this year’s FOCA Fall Seminar for Lake Associations is “Lake stress, road egress, water tests, extra guests, septic checks” and is drawn from current issues and top ongoing concerns of our membership.

Join us for important and timely updates and connect with your association peers from across Ontario.

FOCA Fall Seminar Agenda 2019 (PDF, 1 page)


John Smol, paleolimnologist, is one of the world’s foremost experts on environmental change. His research deals with using lake sediments to study climate change, eutrophication, and other environmental stressors. A Canada Research Chair and professor of biology and environmental studies at Queen’s University, Dr. Smol has been at the vanguard of scientific discovery related to lake ecosystems for over 30 years. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and was recently awarded the Polar Medal by the Governor General of Canada. (pictured at right)


  • an update from FOCA on the current issue of electricity pricing and the proposal to eliminate the seasonal rate class
  • septic re-inspection programs: FOCA’s new Report, and municipal case studies & best practices explained
  • status of the Lake Partner Program of water quality monitoring in an era of government funding cut-backs
  • short-term rentals: hear about municipal responses to the issue, including everything from licensing to by-law enforcement to education campaigns
  • rural road issues: highlights from the FOCA 2019 Roads Survey, including trends, concerns and success.
“As a new Board Member to our Lake Association, it was great to learn more about all that is available to us as resources from FOCA and other partners that were at the seminar.”attendee at the last event

Top Reasons to Attend a FOCA Event:

• To get ideas about association best practices

• To network with other lake association peers and partners

• To learn about current issues and emerging priorities

• To collect materials and resources for your association.

Why attend this event? “To get inspired, motivated, recharge your enthusiasm and focus!”attendee at the last event

Michelle Lewin2019 Fall Seminar for Lake Associations