Events

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 the discounted FOCA price.

image of FOCA AGM 2020

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 Event:

2024 FOCA AGM & Spring Seminar:

"Water Matters"

Saturday, March 2, 2024 from 9:00am to 3:00pm, in-person at the Bayview Golf & Country Club in Thornhill, and by Zoom webinar. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) takes place at 10:00 am. Member Associations were sent an official Notice of Meeting on February 1, 2024, outlining all the business to be conducted in the upcoming meeting. 

Member/Special rate: $70 in-person or $40 by webinar

Regular price for all others: $70 by webinar only

(HST will be added to all prices) – registration links below

Thank you to our AGM & Spring Seminar SPONSORS:

Refreshment Sponsor:

Lunch Sponsor:

Event Sponsor:

Connectivity Sponsor:

REGISTER NOW to attend using one of the links below:

members of our current Member Associations (see list) REGISTER HERE for up to 2 in-person attendees, and an unlimited number of webinar attendees, at the member rate

FOCA Sub-Groups(see definition) or FOCA Affiliate Organizations(see definition) REGISTER HERE with a limit of 1 in-person or webinar attendee at the special rate

Friends of FOCA(annual paid supporters; used to be called “Individual Supporters”) REGISTER HERE with a limit of 1 in-person or webinar attendee at the special rate

non-members, municipal or other organizational partners REGISTER HERE for an unlimited number of webinar attendees at the regular price

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • registration closes at 3:00pm on Wednesday, February 28th
  • in-person attendance is limited to 100 people (first-come, first-served); includes lunch, refreshments
  • all registrants receive the digital event recording, plus a post-event summary with all slides

Download a copy of the Event Agenda (PDF, 1 page). Topics include:

Images from Past Events:

What attendees had to say, after attending last year’s event:

  • “Excellent choice of speakers, always informative regarding FOCA mandate and activities. Very well organized regarding use of Zoom. Good to see what other associations are up to.”
  • “Well orchestrated. Excellent content. Very worth the time investment. We are fortunate to have FOCA!”
  • “Great opportunity to liaise, update on many topics, and get a feel for the organization and it’s relaxed and humorous nature.”
  • “Limiting presentations to 20 minutes was GREAT. No more 90 minute sessions to sit through.”
  • “Efficient way to get a lot of information.”
  • “Despite attending by Zoom my attention didn’t wander. The sessions were valuable. I would encourage others to attend for the variety of issues covered and the fact that they are all very relevant to our cottage life.”
  • “Another great FOCA event. Wonderful presentations by engaging speakers; completely valuable information. Will be sharing this information with our Board and membership! I attended on line and would loved to be there in person. Next time!!! Thank you to FOCA staff and all presenters for a terrific day.”

Past Events of Note:

2023 FOCA Fall Seminar for Associations

Saturday, November 4, 2023 by Zoom webinar. Understanding the Changing State of our Lakes with special guest Dr. John Smol speaking about the nature of our lakes and how they’re changing over time. See a copy of the Event Agenda (download PDF, 1 page) for an overview of the topics discussed.

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Celebrating 60 Years of FOCA

Saturday, September 23, 2023 – Thanks for celebrating with us at FOCA’s 60th anniversary celebration event: “CONNECTIONS” – to community, to each other, and to the lake. We came together at the Market Hall in Peterborough, Ontario for this celebration.

See more, including event photos: https://foca.on.ca/60-years/#event

FOCA Cottage Succession Seminars

In 2023 FOCA was thrilled to host a total of 9 events with estate lawyer Peter Lillico, to help nearly 1,000 families start the cottage succession discussion.

Ensure you are subscribed to the FOCA Elert (monthly e-news) for information about the 2024 sessions in this popular series, as dates become known.

These virtual cottage succession events are free to all FOCA Members & Friends of FOCA (our annual supporters)! The event slides are shared with all registrants, but not the recordings, so please plan to attend during the event time.

Want to watch a recording of one of our past sessions? You can purchase access to a digital recording to share with your family, or learn more on our webpage: https://foca.on.ca/cottage-succession.

Want more cottage country knowledge? Check out FOCA’s Elerts and Publications & Videos.