Ontario Aquaculture Association Conference 2023


March 21 – 22, 2023    |    Fern Resort, Orillia

Join us for the first Ontario aquaculture gathering in three years.

Come for presentations on the latest and greatest in the industry, and plenty of social time and seafood feasting
. We have expanded to programming over one and a half days, plus concurrent sessions. 


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Conference Schedule

Tuesday, March 21

  • (Optional) 12:00pm — Tour of Manitoulin Trout Farms, 20 minutes from venue
  • 2:00 – 4:30pm — Conference Launch with Panels & Presentations
  • 4:30 – 6:00pm — Annual General Meeting (Members Only)
  • 6:30pm onwards — Tailgater Social Party

Wednesday, March 22

  • 9:00 – 4:30pm — Panels & Presentations
  • 5:00 – 6:00pm — John Woodhouse Memorial Reception 
  • 6:30pm onwards — Gala Dinner
    • Join in the first-ever Fish-Wear Fest. Wear your most fin-tastic fish clothing to the gala dinner for a chance to win prizes — we’re talking fish shirts, fish dresses, fish accessories, maybe even fish costumes! 
    • Entertainment provided by the rockabilly and jive band Nicholas Campbell & the Two Metre Cheaters!

Conference Venue

Fern Resort
4432 Fern Resort Rd, Ramara, Ontario
One hour from Toronto’s Pearson Airport!

Fern Resort is more like being in Dirty Dancing than staying at a typical hotel. There is a minimum two-night stay. All meals, parking, Wi-Fi and resort access are included. 

Reserve Your Spot Today

To participate, you will need to register in two places.

You may notice prices are higher than you anticipated. Since the last conference we had scheduled three years ago, costs have increased between 30 – 40% at ALL conference venues in Ontario because of pandemic and inflation pressures. Fern Resort has worked with us to stay competitive, and been very gracious rescheduling over and over. 

1. With the Association

We can accept registrations until March 15, 2023. Visit the conference registration page to sign up under the following categories:

  • Full Conference Ticket – $299
    • Includes registration fee, all meals and networking events
  • Discounted Conference Ticket – $239
    • For speakers and OAA members in the “Individual” membership category
  • OAA Member Conference Tickets – $0
    • All corporate OAA members receive TWO free registrations. Please sign up all additional registrants at the discounted rate.

2. With Fern Resort

ROOMS AT FERN RESORT ARE NOW SOLD OUT! If you missed out on a room at Fern, you can reserve a room at Casino Rama that is a 5-minute drive away. Book on their website.

To reserve your room, visitt the Fern Resort Group Booking page and enter code AQUA2023.

Cost is $398 per person for two nights, whether you’re staying one or two to a room. Add your preference for single or double rooms in the comment section during reservation.

Full Conference Program

You can download the full conference program at the link below.

Ontario Aquaculture Association – 2023 Full Conference Program



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John Woodhouse Memorial Reception Sponsor:


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Student Sponsor:


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Sponsorship spots still available!

If you are interested in getting extra exposure with the Ontario aquaculture community, please contact RJ Taylor, OAA’s managing director at hello@ontarioseafoodfarmers.ca