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As our industry opens up, TIAO is encouraging FORWARD MOTION to ensure we are providing our members and stakeholders with the most current and relevant resources to allow them to be successful at the pace at which they are ready.

FORWARD MOTION is the title of our new stakeholder call series. These will be scheduled on an as-needed basis, featuring presentations from industry experts on a specific topic, event, opportunity, or service, ranging from cyber security to opportunities that you may want to be involved in to make your business succeed.

As essential, FORWARD MOTION will also feature industry updates, presented by the TIAO team, when applicable, that allow you to have the current information required to operate your business. One thing we have learned through COVID, is the value of our mental health, so we will be including our monthly tip from our partners at Not 9 to 5, on the ways, we can take care of ourselves, our internal and external customers, so that we truly can have the FORWARD MOTION we need.

Check this link often for the events that are being scheduled....or tell us what you would like to see.

Forward Motion: Upcoming Sessions

ostponed: OntarioNeedsTourism - Election Results: Looking Ahead

Session Information:
Join us for a discussion with Chris Bloore and Ryan Mallough on 2022 Ontario Election results.


Chris Bloore

President & CEO, TIAO

Christopher Bloore is the President and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario and has been at the forefront of the tourism industry’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Ontario.  A collaborative leader who strongly believes in the value of empowerment and cooperation, Christopher has brought organizations across the visitor economy together to win significant legislative support programs during the pandemic.


Christopher’s professional background is rooted in public service, initially working for Europe's largest municipality and then as a senior policy and communications advisor for Members of the British Parliament. Christopher was elected four times at local government level to serve his community in Worcestershire - with an increased share of the vote on each occasion - before moving to Toronto in 2019. 

Ryan Mallough

Senior Director of Provincial Affairs, Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses

Ryan has been active in managing the Ontario response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is responsible for the electricity, environment, municipal, and cannabis & alcohol files.

Ryan joined CFIB in 2015 with the communications team before moving over to the Ontario advocacy team in 2016. Prior to joining the organization, Ryan worked at the University of Toronto as a Communications Officer as well as in the research department at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.


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Past Sessions

June 14: WSIB - Health & Safety Excellence Program

Session Information: Join us and learn more about Workplace Safety and Insurance Board's Health and Safety Excellence program as well as eligible rates for small businesses (up to 99 employees).


  • Helen Grasso, Program Management Consultant, WSIB

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May 31: KIND Summer Fair

Session Information: 

The Kind Summer Fair is coming to Toronto in 2022! Join the Cannabis Tourism Zone with your tourism experience. Access 10,000 consumers and engage with them directly to showcase your tourism experience!

Join the webinar on Tuesday, May 31st at 2:00PM and learn all about the fair and how you can get involved, and see the 2022 full year of programming and events

The Kind Summer Fair is expected to host over 10,000 attendees and will feature 50+ Cannabis Activations, including the exciting Cannabis Tourism Segment! With over 175,000 sq ft of event space, Carnival Games, Live Music and Onsite Consumption Areas, this event will be the ultimate Cannabis Tourism Experience that your business won’t want to miss out on. Join the Cannabis Tourism Zone webinar to find out how you can get involved with New Heights and Kind Magazine at the 2022 Summer Fair!


  • Jennifer Mason, Founder, New Heights Cannabis
  • Nicole Wolff, Chief Experience Officer, KIND Media & Events

May 24: Attention DMOs! Destinations International is Coming to Toronto in July

Session Information: 

The first session took place on Tuesday, May 24 at 2 pm ET and we were be joined by Julie Holmen and Minto Schneider who shared information on the opportunity happening in July - when for the first time ever, Toronto, was selected as the host city for Destinations International's convention.


  • Julie Holman, Membership Engagement Consultant, Destinations International
  • Minto Schneider, President & CEO, Inter Ocean Inc.