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68th Annual Conference & Marketplace

The International Downtown Association and co-host Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association will proudly present the 68th Annual Conference & Marketplace in Vancouver, Canada, on September 21-23, 2022.

As challenging as the last two years have been, there is no doubt that space has been created for change. Come together this fall to strategize building the communities of tomorrow by focusing on a post-COVID approach to city building. Over 850 inspired leaders shaping cities from around the globe will convene to collectively shift the focus from resiliency to reinvention and walk away with solutions to apply in their respective cities.

The 2022 conference, themed Reinventing: The Communities of Tomorrow, will re-examine what it means to be a vibrant inclusive community in this new reality while delving into opportunities for transit, tech hubs, tourism, retail corridors, entertainment districts, sustainability, and public safety initiatives. And all while doing so with a vision of what can be.

As important as it is to discover ways to reinvent our cities, it is equally valuable to enjoy the here and now. Attendees will get to know Vancouver, many of its 23 neighbourhoods and the surrounding area. Come ready to experience electric buses, bike lanes, “green” buildings and Vancouver’s obsession with recycling. See you in September! DVBIA cannot wait for you to enjoy this stunning city that they proudly call home.

Conference Details

The 2022 Annual Conference & Marketplace will be held at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel located at 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 2R7, Canada and at various other locations throughout downtown Vancouver. 

Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) supports, promotes and represents the shared interests of 7,000 businesses and property owners in the central 90-block area of Vancouver’s downtown core, operating strategically at the intersection of downtown businesses, local policy-makers, non-profit organizations and all the people who make up Vancouver’s diverse neighbourhood communities.  

The 2022 Annual Conference & Marketplace acknowledges that the land on which we (will) gather and learn for the 2022 IDA Conference in Vancouver is on traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations, many of whom continue to live and work here today. 

Registration for the 68th Annual Conference & Marketplace will open in May 2022. View a full schedule of rates and deadlines.  

IDA places the highest priority on the health and safety of our members, partners and colleagues. We are monitoring information from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the British Columbia Center for Disease Control and Prevention and will maintain consistent communications regarding the conference on this webpage.

We would like to make the registration process for the 68th Annual Conference & Marketplace go as smoothly as possible. In order to register for the conference, you need to either have an account in IDA’s database or you must create one. If you previously registered for an event, you should have an account in the database. For instructions on logging in to your IDA account, please visit the Downtown.org Guide.

The full registration fee includes Plenary Sessions with Master Talks, Breakout Sessions, admission to Marketplace, receptions (2), refreshment breaks (4), and lunches (2). Pre-conference workshops and tours are available for an additional fee.

The daily registration fee includes access to one day of Plenary Sessions with Master Talks (Wednesday or Thursday only), Breakout Sessions, admission to the Marketplace, refreshment breaks (2), and lunch and/or reception scheduled for the day of your attendance. Tours on the day of your attendance are available for an additional fee. Daily registrants are not eligible to attend activities outside their selected day. Daily registration fee is available for one single day only. Should you choose to attend more than one day, you must purchase a full registration.  

The partner/spouse fee includes receptions (2) and lunches (2). Tours are available for an additional fee for registered partner/spouses. The partner/spouse fee does not include session attendance.

Payment Methods: For your convenience, payments may be made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Should you need to pay by check, you will not be able to complete registration online. Please email registration@downtown.org for assistance.

Cancellation Policy: Written notice of cancellation is required. Cancellations received via email by Friday, August 31, 2022 will receive a refund less a $100 processing fee. Refunds will be processed approximately 30 days after the event. Cancellations received after August 31, 2022. will not be refunded. Please email the cancellation notification to the International Downtown Association by emailing at registration@downtown.org.

Substitutions: Substitutions of complete registrations (including tours and workshops) are gladly accepted prior to the event start date. Please submit a written request to registration@downtown.org before September 20, 2022 at 3 pm ET to complete your substitution. Only one substitution is permitted per original registrant and must be transferred to an individual in your organization. The individual submitting the substitution request is responsible for all financial obligations (any balance due) associated with that substitution.

Adding a Pre-Conference Tour, Pre-conference Workshop or Mobile Workshop: Please note, the pre-conference tours and mobile workshops sellout quickly and are booked on a first come, first served basis. Therefore, it is advisable to add these items at the time of your conference registration. If you are registering for someone else or a group, please find out their selection prior to registering them. Although each person within the group can purchase a tour or workshop after they have been registered, they run the risk of the tour or workshop no longer being available.

If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add a workshop or tour, you can add it directly from your individual profile. Please note, authorized users cannot log back in to add a tour to someone else’s event registration. You must be logged in as the individual wishing to purchase the tour. After logging in, click on the “Purchases” tab. On the left-hand side will be an option for “Events.” From there, you should have listed the Annual Conference & Marketplace; click on the “Details” button next to that listing. Once you are on your registration profile, there is an “Add Session” button on the right-hand side. This will allow you to add other options to your cart and check out the same way you registered.

Pre-Conference Tour, Preconference Workshop or Mobile Workshop Cancellation: Tours may be canceled without penalty prior to August 31, 2022. After August 31, 2022, no refunds will be given on pre-conference tours, pre-conference workshops or mobile workshops. If you are planning to cancel your tour or workshop, please email registration@downtown.org.

Not already a member of IDA? Register at the member rate by joining today! Contact Rebecca Bishophall to complete enrollment.

Group Pricing: Groups of four or more individuals from the same organization receive an additional 10% off their group registration. Each person being registered within a group must be from the same organization or company to qualify for the group pricing. The registration system will automatically apply the savings during the group registration process. NOTE: A minimum of four individuals must be registered at the same time. If less than four register, you CANNOT register the fourth person at a later date to receive the group pricing. This group pricing only applies to full conference registrants and does not include tour or mobile workshops.

The official conference accommodations will be at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel located at 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 2R7, Canada. Currently, rooms are available for IDA delegates from September 19 – September 24, 2022 at a special rate of CAD $249 (USD $197) per night plus tax. Reserve your room online by using this link. Please ensure the special rate group code “G-ID22” has been applied when booking. The deadline to reserve your room is Monday, August 22, 2022.

About the Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel 

Located in the heart of downtown, Hyatt Regency Vancouver is the perfect location. Guests will enjoy easy access to exciting attractions, like the unique shops of Robson Street and Stanley Park. From the moment you arrive, you will feel right at home. The Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel is located at 655 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2R7, Canada. 

Don’t be Scammed by Third Party Housing Companies 

The official hotel is listed above. Please beware of other companies soliciting hotel room “deals” over the dates of the 68th Annual Conference & Marketplace. Third party housing companies typically offer a higher rate than the official block rate. These company’s cancellation policies are often harsh and unforgiving. IDA is not working with any third parties to offer attendees accommodation! If you receive a solicitation and are unsure whether or not it is legitimate, please contact Lul Teklit at Lul@downtown.org.   

Take advantage of Air Canada’s special offer! Visit aircanada.com and use code “9N888ZH1” to receive a discount on flights into Vancouver, British Columbia (YVR). Our official airline partner, Air Canada, has extended this offer for travel between September 13 – October 1, 2022. A 10% savings will be applied on standard airfares and 15% on flex airfares and higher (not valid for Basic fares).  

Eligible Tickets: The discount is applied to the fare at the time that the travel ticket with Air Canada is purchased. The discount and the fare are subject to all applicable taxes and surcharges. A ticket is eligible for the discount provided it has been purchased on aircanada.com, and provided the promotion code has been applied at the time of purchase. Any ticket not purchased on aircanada.com for the purposes of travelling to the conference will not qualify for any discount. Only bookings made to the designated conference city (Vancouver International Airport (YVR) British Columbia) are eligible for the discount. Bookings originating in the conference city are not eligible. 

Should you have any questions or issues about your flight, please contact the airline directly at 1-888-247-2262 or click here. 

IDA is committed to making our educational sessions accessible to everyone, regardless of ability, and to reasonably accommodating the assistive needs of our members, attendees and partners. We are actively working to increase the accessibility of our offerings. In so doing, we strive to comply with the available standards and guidelines under the Americans with Disabilities Act and related laws to the greatest extent possible. If you are having trouble accessing an IDA offering, or have a question regarding session accessibility features, please contact IDA at registration@downtown.org for assistance. 

Who attends the IDA conference? IDA conferences are designed to meet the needs of professional place managers from downtown organizations, city agencies, municipalities and private-sector companies. Content is designed for every level of the profession, from executives to associates.  

Where is the conference located? Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel located at 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 2R7, Canada and at various other locations throughout downtown Vancouver. Select mobile tours and workshops will be held off-site; those location details will be noted in the program.  

Are meals included? For each full day of the conference (Thursday and Friday), a morning continental breakfast and lunch will be included. Dinners are not included, but IDA and Downtown Vancouver BIA will provide a locally curated list of dinner options. 

Is there a dress code? While there is not a specific dress code for the conference, most attendees choose to dress between business and business casual. Individual events (tours, receptions, etc.) throughout the conference may specify and require a certain dress code. Those events will be noted. 

This is my first IDA conference. Can I get a mentor? We have designed a program to match you with a mentor one month prior to attending the IDA Annual Conference & Marketplace in Vancouver. You will be notified via email by your mentor to set up a time to either talk on the phone or meet at the conference once you arrive in Vancouver. Sign up by checking the box “Match me with a Mentor” during registration. Questions? Email registration@downtown.org. 

Canadian Travel Information:  Government of Canada Travel page includes information such as return or travel to Canada, current testing and quarantine requirements, checklist for entry, and travelling within Canada. Please click here for more information. 

ArriveCAN App: ArriveCAN is free and secure and is the official Government of Canada platform to provide your information when entering Canada. You must use ArriveCAN to provide mandatory travel information before and after your entry into Canada. For more information including entry into Canada and how to use ArriveCAN, please click here 

*Be cautious of third party, fraudulent webpages and apps that may be posing as ArriveCAN and asking you for payment. If you encounter a suspicious webpage or app that appears to be posing as ArriveCAN, please file a report with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre immediately. ArriveCAN is free and secure and is the official Government of Canada platform to provide your information when entering Canada. 

Travel Documents: Don’t forget your passport! To visit Canada, all travelers will need valid travel documents. From the U.S., make sure you know your state’s TSA requirements for air travel, and visit the U.S. Passport website for additional information. 

Currency: The primary currency in Vancouver is the Canadian dollar (CAD). Many Canadian businesses, though not all, will accept U.S. currency and travelers cheques. Major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) are generally accepted by Canadian businesses. Be sure to ask your bank and/or credit card if they require you to add a travel notice before leaving for Vancouver. 

Cell Phone Use: Mobile phone coverage in Canada will vary depending on the type of phone you have, your service provider and your current plan. We suggest you contact your wireless service provider about international services and to determine if your phone is compatible with Canadian networks. Check their options for international calling, text and data which can typically be temporarily added to your account. To avoid high roaming charges, you may want to disable your phone’s automatic data/web connections before you arrive. Upon arrival into Canada, it is suggested to also restart your mobile device to ensure proper functionality. 

Is there parking? The Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel has self-parking. The cost for self-parking is CAD $41.66 inclusive of tax. 

How do I get to the hotel from the airport? Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is approximately 24 kilometers/15 miles south of the Hyatt Regency Vancouver hotel. Taxi flat rate from the airport to the hotel is a flat fare of CAD $35. Taxis to the airport from the hotel are at a metered rate, approximately CAD $35-45. Uber and Lyft fares are approximately CAD $30-40 one-way. The hotel does not currently provide shuttle services. 

The Annual Conference & Marketplace of the International Downtown Association is the signature gathering of inspired leaders who are shaping cities around the globe. This is the premier event for urban place management professionals to discuss industry trends, share best practices and learn the latest tips of the trade. 

What we heard:
“The IDA conference is an outstanding opportunity to gain expert knowledge and learn from other communities. It is a ‘must-attend’ event for all urban management professionals interested in how to ensure a bright future for our ever-growing cities.” 
“This conference was educating, refreshing and inspiring to see the work that’s being done in cities around the world. I encourage staff at varying levels to attend and share what you learned with your colleagues and create a plan of action to produce measurable change in your community.” 
“Once again, IDA has brought together the innovators that breathe life and excitement into our downtowns.” 
“If your organization is dealing with an issue, IDA conferences are the way to meet directly with a person who has successfully dealt with that issue.” 

Past Resources: 

IDA members can watch videos now from previous Master Talks by visiting the Knowledge Center. 

Members of the media interested in attending the IDA Annual Conference & Marketplace are welcome during the event’s Master Talks, breakout sessions and select mobile workshops. RSVPs for credentialed media are required for programs and tours. To obtain credentials, please contact Allison Shashok, Vice President of Membership, Marketing & Operations, at allison@downtown.org. Please identify your outlet and contact information. 

Media are responsible for arranging their own transportation and lodging during the conference. 

 

Get social! What questions will you come ready to ask? Share them on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn using #IDAVAN22. Members can log in to IDEA Connection, IDA’s online virtual community to connect with peers, share best practices, and exchange ideas before meeting up in Vancouver. Learn more and log in here. 

For decades, urban place management professionals have acted as leaders of their communities by undertaking the strategic and visionary work of city building. IDA has developed seven official knowledge domains, recognizing the distinct areas of professional practice used to shape vibrant urban districts which anchor the well-being of towns, cities, and regions around the world. Content for IDA’s Annual Conference is organized around this framework. For more information about each domain, visit the Career Center. 

Preliminary program coming soon!  

 
 
  • Tuesday 20 Sep 2022
  • Wednesday 21 Sep 2022
  • Thursday 22 Sep 2022
  • Friday 23 Sep 2022

Tuesday 20 Sep 2022

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Meeting Location:
  • TBD
Domain:
  • Policy and Advocacy
Description:
  • In this ever-changing environment that we have been plunged into with COVID, it is critical for us to join together to pause and “take the pulse” of downtowns and main streets across the country to reassess our collective priorities. You are invited to join us for a full day of conversation in which we will be priority-setting and planning actions to make further progress in seeking support from the Federal Government for downtowns and main streets.
  • This is an optional add-on event open to Canadian-based attendees. Advanced ticket required so please add this agenda item at the time of your conference registration. There will be a one-hour break for lunch on your own.
Moderators:
  • Kate Fenske, Chief Executive Officer, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and Chair, IDA Canada (MB)
  • Patricia Barnes, Executive Director, Hastings North BIA (Vancouver, BC)
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Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, First Floor Lobby, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC
  • Registration for the 68th Annual Conference & Marketplace is sponsored by MIG. 

Wednesday 21 Sep 2022

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Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC
  • Registration for the 68th Annual Conference & Marketplace is sponsored by MIG. 

Thursday 22 Sep 2022

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Location:
  • Location: Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC
  • Registration for the 68th Annual Conference & Marketplace is sponsored by MIG. 
program-list
Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver
  • Renew friendships and expand your network of like-minded professionals!
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Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver
  • Please visit the exhibitor page for more information about the Marketplace.
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Location:
  • TBD
Description:
  • IDA Master Talks present the industry's most engaging and innovative speakers. The Downtown Achievement Awards highlight the most innovative and engaging projects from around the globe.
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Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Third Floor
  • Learn about innovative solutions for your district during lunch! Please visit the exhibitor page for more information.
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Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver
  • Please visit the exhibitor page for more information about the Marketplace.
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Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver
  • Companies offering innovative solutions and programs to enhance your district are onsite and ready to answer your questions. End the day with a beverage and say hello to colleagues and friends.

Friday 23 Sep 2022

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Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC
  • Registration for the 68th Annual Conference & Marketplace is sponsored by MIG. 
program-list
Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver
  • Renew friendships and expand your network of like-minded professionals!
program-list

Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver
  • Please visit the exhibitor page for more information about the Marketplace.
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Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Third Floor
  • Learn about innovative solutions for your district during lunch! Please visit the exhibitor page for more information.
program-list

Location:
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver
  • Please visit the exhibitor page for more information about the Marketplace.

Sponsors

Thought Leaders Circle

City Builders

Place Enhancer

Exhibitors

Corporate representatives are coming to Vancouver to share their innovative solutions with you. Please plan to spend time meeting each exhibitor and enjoy a sneak peek of the companies participating.

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Questions?

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