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VO-Con ’19
Fairmont Chateau, Whistler
Sept. 23-25

VO-CON ‘18 AGENDA

Conference Agenda*

September 25 

1:00pm – 4:30pm Board of Directors Meeting (open to CVOA Directors)

1:45pm – 3:30pm Annual General Meeting (open to all CVOA Members in good standing)

1:00pm – 6:00pm Conference Registration

6:00pm – 9:00pm Cocktail Reception and Networking Activities Sponsored by Vacation SafeGuard

September 26 

“Big Challenges Demand Bigger Solutions”

7:30am – 8:30am Breakfast and Networking Sponsored by AVO

8:30am – 9:00am Welcome

9:00am – 10:00am Panel #1: 

  • CHANGING SECONDARY MARKET PARADIGMS Some stakeholders believe the secondary market is our greatest opportunity – others see it as our biggest threat. Learn both sides of the debate from experts who are immersed in the marketplace. 

10:00am – 11:00am Panel #2: 

  • GETTING THE DEAL DONE Economic and political forces have ripple effects throughout North America. This panel will explore what it takes to get deals done in this rapidly changing environment. Panelists from diverse fields will share how their expertise can resolve challenges and create opportunities for our industry.

11:00am – 11:45am Networking Break Sponsored by CustomerCount

11:45am – 12:45pm Panel #3:

  • TAKING A STAND: ADVOCACY & GOVERNMENT RELATIONS What are your hot topics: Labour shortageS? Industry ethics? AIRbnb? Learn first-hand how these insiders are shaping policy and guiding our industry through today’s challenges. 

12:45pm – 1:45pm Lunch and Awards Presentation 

  • Cornerstone Award Sponsored by Fiesta Americana Vacation Club
  • INTUITION Customer Satisfaction Award Sponsored by INTUITION

1:45pm – 2:45pm Panel #4: 

  • MANAGING PUBLIC PERCEPTION Our industry reputation is shaped by media – TV/radio ads, social, print, blogs, forums. These media experts will share tactics on ways to control reputation management and public image

3:00pm – 8:00pm Ontario Farm Experience Sponsored by Cornerstone 

VO-Con attendees will board the buses to experience three amazing local farms and producers in beautiful Ontario scenery!
At Osprey Bluff Honey, we’ll see bees forage and collect the sweet nectar from wild flowers across the pristine fields and forests where apiaries have been on the same farmstead for a half century or more. Attendees will hand-collect honey and participate in an exclusive honey tasting. 
Then we’ll ride to Kolapore Springs ​Fishery, situated in one of the world’s most unique eco-systems.  We will experience the fascinating process of raising organic trout from eggs to hatchlings to restaurant-ready fish. 
We’ll finish our Ontario Experience at Thornbury Village Cidery House & Brewery, where they harness the magic of  locally grown apples and make crisp, refreshing English-style cider. We will experience how cider is made and taste the various local brews.
At the Cidery we will have an opportunity to continue networking with light bites and refreshments.

September 27 

“Exceeding Experiential Expectations”

7:30am – 8:30am Breakfast and Networking Sponsored by AVO

8:30am – 9:45am Panel #5: 

  • HOW WE DELIVER EXCEPTIONAL RESORT EXPERIENCES Travellers are seeking unique, authentic, personalized experiences – arts, cultural, culinary, sports, educational – in resorts that truly represent their local environment. Learn from these experts how they deliver exceptional resort experiences. 

9:45am – 10:30am Networking Break Sponsored by CustomerCount

10:30am – 11:45am  Keynote Speaker: Sponsored by Diamond Resorts

  • DENNIS MOSELY WILLIAMS “CREATING TRANSFORMATIVE EXPERIENCES” What inspires companies, and what makes them inspiring? Dennis Moseley-Williams shows organizations how to create transformative experiences for clients, customers and employees. He captivates audiences with his passion, humour and vivid examples of exceptional experiences that create competitive advantage. A certified expert in the Experience Economy, Dennis helps organizations understand that customer experience is the predominant economic offering in the world today. He demonstrates ways in which experiences can be crafted and staged so that they entice, educate, satisfy and transform.

11:45am – 1:00pm  Lunch: Sponsored by LaTour Hotels & Resorts

  • "AN ONTARIO EXPERIENCE" FEATURING A FARM-TO-TABLE MENU, LOCAL WINES & CRAFT BEERS Renowned Toronto restaurateurs Peter Oliver and Michael Bonacini will turn over their entire Westin restaurant to VO-Con attendees and create a special menu just for us. An unforgettable experience to wrap up an exceptional conference.

1:00pm – 1:15pm Closing Comments

*Conference agenda subject to change. All times noted are EDT.

SPONSORS

AVO Logo

Cornerstone Vacation Ownership logo

Customer Count logo

DAE - Dial An Exchange Timeshare

Diamond Resorts Logo

Fiesta Americana Vacation Club

Holiday Systems International logo

LaTour Hotels & Resorts

Safeguard Logo

INDUSTRY PARTNERS

Amdetur

American Resort Development Association logo

Association of Vacation Owners

C.A.R.E.

HAC

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SUPPORTING SPONSORS

GB&G Associates

Intuition Brand Marketing

Perspective magazine

WEBSITE SPONSOR

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