DFK Canada Conference

Register Today for the DFK Canada Spring Conference!

Wednesday June 5th to Friday June 7th, 2019
Andaz Hotel, Ottawa, ON

Registration is now open for the DFK Canada Spring conference. This year’s conference will take place at the Andaz hotel located in the Byward market area of downtown Ottawa. Plan on attending!
In addition to the business program, we have also planned some exciting social outings and an offsite group dinner. Read on to learn more and register today.

Venue and Location

Andaz Ottawa offers 200 thoroughly modern rooms, including 7 suites filled with Canadian touches and floor-to-ceiling window views of the Parliament Building, Gatineau Hills, and the famed Byward Market. It is also home to Ottawa’s tallest rooftop lounge. The hotel is conveniently located within walking distance to many of Ottawa’s top attractions and is only 15 kilometers or 18 minutes from the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport.

Book your room at the Andaz Hotel at: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/YOWAZ/G-DFKC

Ottawa is Canada’s capital, a dynamic showcase city of more than one million people. It’s a city steeped in culture, with world-class museums and galleries displaying stunning national collections and special exhibitions from Canada and around the world. We will be staying in the historic Byward Market area where for nearly 200 years this rollicking public market has played host to artisans, farmers and craft merchants and now also houses numerous cafés and some of the city’s best pubs and restaurants. And when the streetlights turn on, the market becomes one of the spots in Ottawa to grab a late-night drink and catch some live music!


Derick Fage

A self-proclaimed child at heart, Derick Fage is curious about everyone and everything, a quality that serves him well as host of Breakfast Television Montreal on Citytv. In 2012, Derick was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his community work and contributions to charitable organizations. After going public with his personal struggle of living with chronic fecal incontinence since birth, he accepted the role of ambassador for the Canadian Continence Foundation in the hopes of helping others who are living with any number of challenges. Derick is also a member of the board of directors for the foundation. In 2015 he became the first non-medical professional and patient to speak at the International Continence Society’s annual meeting in its 45 year history. Derick recently gave inspirational and impactful talks at the Global Forum on Incontinence in Rome and at the National Conference on Incontinence in Niagara Falls. He is grateful to speak about his challenges, and advocate for awareness and change. Read the full bio here.

Zita Cobb

Join us as we welcome Zita Cobb, Founder and CEO of Shorefast and Innkeeper of the Fogo Island Inn for a fascinating presentation on:

Fish, Art, and Community Economics on Fogo Island.

Shorefast, a registered charity, has become a leader in the Canadian social enterprise space. Leveraging initial investments to create place-based, community economic assets, Shorefast has built another leg on the rural fishing economy of Fogo Island. With a holistic set of charitable initiatives around knowledge preserving, sharing, and making, as well as several innovative social businesses, Shorefast demonstrates that a small island can be a reasonable proxy for a small planet.

We have several special events planned just for you!

Group Dinner

Join us for our traditional DFK Canada group dinner, taking place this year at the 18 On York restaurant, less than a five-minute walk from the hotel. This will be a night filled with amazing food (and drinks!) and the opportunity to re-connect with old friends and meet new colleagues!

Price: $100 plus HST
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Afternoon Activities

Bike Riding

An ideal option for those delegates looking for a bit of physical activity after the business sessions end! Enjoy a 1 ½ hour bike tour through the scenic areas of downtown Ottawa and along the famous Rideau Canal. Fee includes rental of bike and helmet.

Price: $20 plus HST

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Boat Cruise

For those looking for something a bit less strenuous, enjoy a 1 ½ hour boat cruise on the Ottawa River where you will see Rockcliffe Park, 24 Sussex Drive and more! The tour will depart from the Ottawa Locks, just a short walk from the hotel.

Price: $20 plus HST

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We look forward to seeing you in Ottawa!

For any questions, please contact DFK Executive Director, Lynn Morrovat at lynn@dfk.ca