Sault Ste. Marie to host 2017 Festivals & Events Ontario conference

Kathrin Delutis, FEO’s Chief Executive Officer
Ian McMillian Executive Director Tourism Sault Ste. Marie
Ian McMillian Executive Director
Tourism Sault Ste. Marie

In the spring of 2017, Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO) will be holding its 30th annual conference in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The community was selected from among a shortlist of four municipalities throughout the province. The Destination North Discovery Group and Tourism Sault Ste. Marie were instrumental in securing the event.

“We are absolutely thrilled to announce the selection of Sault Ste. Marie as the 2017 host for our annual conference,” said Kathrin Delutis, FEO’s Chief Executive Officer. “We feel confident in the city’s ability to rally community partners to welcome conference attendees to a unique location that blends the amenities of a regional urban centre with the breathtaking beauty of Northern Ontario.”

The 2017 FEO conference is expected to attract well over 300 festival and event professionals from across Ontario. While generating a significant economic impact for Sault Ste. Marie in terms of visitor spending, the forum will also allow the community to be showcased to industry representatives as a great place to host future festivals and events.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our city, and I look forward to welcoming the visiting delegates in 2017,” said Christian Provenzano, Mayor of Sault Ste. Marie. “Our Naturally Gifted community has much to offer. Among many other things, Sault Ste. Marie has an active and growing Festivals and Events network, and hosting the conference will open up participation to new audiences throughout Ontario.”

Sault Ste. Marie is playing host for the Northern Ontario Tourism Summit

The annual FEO conference boasts vibrant presentations, collaborative education, in-depth workshops, and an outstanding opportunity to learn from and network with top industry professionals. With a major tradeshow marketplace, an awards ceremony and numerous showcase entertainers, the forum provides the perfect backdrop for industry representatives to soak up excitement of a festival and event year gone by and prepare for another exciting year to come.

Tourism Northern Ontario will be working with local organizers on marketing and supporting the 2017 FEO conference. “The region has a wide variety of unique and exciting events happening in all four seasons, and the Algoma District is a fantastic place to showcase what we have to offer,” said David MacLachlan, Executive Director of Tourism Northern Ontario. “We look forward to the opportunity to present FEO members with the festival and event circuits that currently happen in the North, as well as work with them to ensure future events and festivals in the region are further promoted.”

Further details on FEO’s 2017 conference will be available in the coming weeks. For information on sponsorship opportunities, or ways to be involved, contact Debbie Mann, Business Development Manager for FEO, at [email protected]

About Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO)
FEO is a provincial tourism sector association that convenes industry leaders, event organizers and industry suppliers from across the province to share best practices, key trends, celebrate successes and work together to incorporate innovation for festivals across Ontario. The organization provides education, marketing and advocacy services and operates Canada’s largest dedicated festival and event conference. FEO also publishes and distributes an annual consumer guide with a circulation of 250,000 plus on-line exposure. The festivals and events industry in Ontario is estimated to generate in excess of $2.3 billion annually in contribution to regional GDP, create and sustain approximately 50,000 full-year-equivalent jobs, and foster approximately $1 billion in taxes at all levels of government. For more information, visit