FOCA Events are an opportunity to network with other waterfront property owners, industry experts, scientists, politicians and lake volunteers.

Members of FOCA’s Member Associations, and our “Friends of FOCA” (Annual Supporters) attend our events for free, or at a discounted FOCA price.

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FOCA’s Annual General Meeting and Spring Seminar takes place once a year, usually on the first Saturday of March. We often hold a digital Fall Seminar as well, in October or November. In addition, FOCA hosts other special events throughout the year, such as our Cottage Succession Seminars, and webinars on hot topics.

Want to find out about our events in time to register for them? Get on the FOCA Elert list for updates!

Upcoming Events:

Come Celebrate with Us! FOCA’s 60th anniversary celebration event: “CONNECTIONS” – to community, to each other, and to the lake.

Saturday, September 23, 2023 in Peterborough, Ontario.

Get details and the registration link here:


2023 FOCA Cottage Succession Seminar series with estate lawyer Peter Lillico.

Jump to FOCA’s Cottage Succession webpage for upcoming event dates & locations, and how to register to participate in a session that will help you learn how to keep the cottage in the family, for the next generation.

Past Events of Note:

FOCA webinar: Cardiac Safe Communities & Your Association

May 10, 2023 at 12:00pm – is your cottage community prepared for cardiac emergencies? Join FOCA and the experts from Action First Aid for a “lunch and learn” webinar about the importance of automated external defibrillators (AED) and how to create a cardiac safe cottage community. 

Highlights of this webinar session include:

  • hear real cardiac arrest save stories
  • find out more about AEDs – when they are needed and why they are important
  • watch a quick AED demo, and learn how to take care of your AED
  • learn about 24/7 outdoor AED access options for a cottage community.

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Please share this information with others in your cottage community!

FOCA AGM & Spring Seminar for Associations

“Coming out of our Shells” was held by webinar & in-person in Thornhill on Saturday, March 4, 2023

Seminar Topics: FOCA priorities, programs & hot topic updates; land use planning in a “Bill 23” world; creating a “climate-ready” property; FireSmart communities; Lyme disease & ticks in Ontario; biodiversity and resilience; and the presentation of the 2022 FOCA Achievement Award and member success stories.

Review the event Agenda (PDF, 1 page)

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FOCA Fall Seminar for Associations

held by webinar on Saturday, November 19, 2022

Seminar Topics: recent FOCA survey results; Grass Carp; Municipal engagement and shoreland planning resources; economic impact report about waterfront property owners. Review the event Agenda (PDF, 1 page)

Members can contact the office for a copy of the full Event Summary including links to all the slides shown.


2022 FOCA AGM & Spring Seminar

held by webinar on February 26, 2022

Seminar Topics: MPAC re-assessment update, LDD moth recap & 2022 predictions, floating container residences… Review the event Agenda (PDF, 1 page)

Members can contact the office for a copy of the full Event Summary including links to all the slides shown.

2021 FOCA Fall Seminar

“The Changing Face of Cottage Country”

held by webinar on November 6, 2021

Feature Speaker: Dr. Norman Yan, “Imagining a good future for our lakes despite climate change”

Other Topics: rural road issues for associations, Lake Partner Program explained, cottagers running for municipal council, boating safety & etiquette with Sgt. Dave Moffatt OPP… Review the event Agenda (PDF, 1 page)

Members can contact the office for a copy of the Event Summary including links to all the slides shown.

Troubled Waters Forum

Held as 5 webinars in February-March 2021. Recorded live to YouTube:

  • Feb.4 – Dr. John Gunn, “Imagine Sudbury in 2050: A Global Change Community.” Watch
  • Feb.11 – Dr. Norman Yan, “From Fireplace to Pancakes: Solving the Widespread Problem of Calcium Decline in Ontario, Starting in Sugar Bushes.” Watch
  • Feb.18 – Dr. Sapna Sharma, “On Thin Ice: Are Lakes Feeling the Heat?” Watch
  • Feb.25 – Dr. Andrea Kirkwood, “Using the Community Science Co-Production Model to Inform Lake Management.” Watch
  • Mar.4 – Dr. John Smol, “The Power of the Past: Tracking Lake Ecosystem Changes in an Anthropocene World.” Watch

Presented by the Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance, the Vale Living with Lakes Centre, FOCA.

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