In respect of concerns about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) is planning to hold its 2021 conference online.
The annual event, which rotates between communities every spring, was slated to take place May 13-15, 2020 in Timmins. It was cancelled due to the pandemic.
Instead, organizers said, it will host a virtual version in 2021. Recognizing the financial pressure currently faced by communities in the region, registration will be offered free of charge.
No date has yet been set for the conference; however, organizers said planning is underway.
“It’s important that we stay connected with our membership during this time,” FONOM president Danny Whalen said in a news release.
“Our committee has already started to create content that will be of interest to our region in this new format.”
The conference, which typically attracts more than 200 delegates and exhibitors, will include a presentation of the board’s annual report and finances, engagement by senior levels of government, and a presentation on broadband and how the region is contributing to the green economy.
FONOM has also announced the launch of a marketing campaign comprised of eight videos promoting Northern Ontario as a healthy place to do business.
With support from FedNor, the organization has launched the first two videos, featuring Three H Furniture in the City of Temiskaming Shores, and Board’s Honey Farm in Parry Sound District.
The videos will be shared through social media and business communities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
FONOM is an advocacy group representing 100 municipalities across northeastern Ontario, with the aim of improving the economic and social quality of life for its members.