OSOT Conference 2016


Each year, OSOT hosts Ontario's largest gathering of occupational therapists, and the second largest gathering in Canada. The conference attracts over 300 participants for two days of unsurpassed professional development and networking opportunities. We invite you to join us at OSOT Conference 2016! Where together we can engage in those discussions about how to best work together to break through barriers, feel fulfilled in our roles while doing so and meet the needs of the clients we aim to serve!

OSOT's Annual Conference 2016 will be held on Friday, September 23 - Saturday, September 24 at the
Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale, in Mississauga, ON.


We think this year’s conference theme of Breaking Barriers - will resonate with our OTs and with you as exhibitors & sponsors as well! It’s meant to lend direction to programming and to underline the purpose of conference – to gather OTs and their exhibiting counterparts, from across the province to LEARN, SHARE, become INSPIRED & ENERGIZED, to PROBLEM SOLVE and of course have FUN! We hope to encourage exploration of how OTs are breaking barriers in one form or another each & every day. Whether it’s - creating advances in technology to problem solve client needs, reaching a compromise in goal setting as a result of differing views, or making decisions based on fiscal restraints. In our profession - we may experience barriers at any point - from the ministry, system & policy level to at a team, individual client, or on a personal values level; and we know what an integral part you as exhibitors can play when it comes to breaking through some of these barriers!

Friday Keynote:
Michael K Iwama PhD OT(C)
Chair & Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy
College of Applied Health Sciences
Augusta University

Read his full bio

Saturday Keynote:
Luke Anderson & Maayan Ziv
Saturday's keynote address will be by Luke Anderson, founder of Stop Gap Foundation and Maayan Ziv, founder of AccessNow, as they discuss the importance of realizing a barrier free society. Touching on personal experiences, Anderson and Ziv will share creative strategies to achieve a world of inclusion, creating access to physical and digital spaces for all.

Friday Evening Social Event
This year’s conference social has something for everyone! We’ve heard from our colleagues that they would love an opportunity to unwind to a night of dancing after an inspiring day of networking and learning at the OSOT conference. We hope to deliver on a social experience that exceeds your expectations… Join us for a great evening of food, fun and movement! Conveniently taking place within the Hilton itself, you can walk on over immediately following the Exhibit Hall Reception. 

NOTE Re Accommodations: Please be aware and take the necessary precautions.
Companies have received a call from an unauthorized solicitor for the upcoming OSOT conference.  OSOT and/or Innovative Conferences DO NOT use the service of a housing agency and would not call offering a reduced rate for a rooming block.


We are reaching out to OSOT members to ask for your support and hope to inspire you to consider donating to our auction or to recruit a donation! While anything from a homemade item to a gift certificate donation would be wonderful, the following have been found to be very popular silent auction items:
              • Jewelry (including homemade!)
              • Gift Certificates to a popular chain restaurants in Ontario
              • Gift baskets (filled with bath products, cosmetics, wine, non-perishable food items etc.)     
              • Books

Donors will be acknowledged beside the donation throughout the course of the silent auction. If an item is donated by a business, their name, as well as their business card (if they wish) will be displayed next to their donation. Donations with proof of value over $20 will be acknowledged with a tax receipt.
To donate please complete the donation form. Also, please note that you are not required to attend the conference if you donate an item... although we hope you will be there!

Exhibiting and Sponsorship 

Exhibitors are an integral component to the success of our conference - we value the support and important contribution that you bring to our participants' continuing professional development. View the Exhibitor and Sponsorship Package for information on how to be involved. Limited spaces available

"...it was a great show, not too long, not too short and I think as an Exhibitor we got a good bang for our buck and were able to educate the OT's on the products we offer." (Ergo Platforms Inc., OSOT Conference Exhibitor)
Thank you to the exhibitors who have already committed to participating at OSOT Conference 2016!

Take a look at some of the great moments from Conference 2015 and be sure to join us this year! 

photo gallery