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Registration is now open! Join us on our elevated virtual platform this October 5-7, 2021!

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Register by September 21 for your chance to win 1 of 5 copies of “Connect, Care, Change: A Road Map for Authentic Leadership” by Mike Lavallée, ORCA CON Speaker and CEO, Seasons Retirement Communities! 


In light of the fourth wave of COVID-19, its ongoing impact on our members, and the safety and protection of our seniors and staff, ORCA’s Board of Directors have decided to move ORCA CON 2021 to an online-only format.

ORCA is excited to offer delegates an engaging experience on our elevated virtual platform this October 5-7! The online event will encompass some new activities, as well as our most popular programming from previous years. Don’t miss our fantastic keynote speakers, the ORCA Leadership Series, the Donna Holwell Legacy Award, ORCA Dragon’s Den, and more! Similar to last year’s online event, all sessions will be recorded and available for delegates to view on the platform 30 days post-event.

New features for 2021 include an elevated virtual platform, nine bonus micro-sessions, a Well-being SeriesFabulous Feud Live Game Shownetworking with the ORCA Board, a DJ on the first day, and more!

This year’s conference theme is “What’s Next – Senior Living of Tomorrow” and will focus on the future of Ontario’s retirement community sector. Over three days, the program will take a deep dive into timely topics, including our sector’s workforce, business operations, and employee and resident well-being.

Please visit ORCA’s member website here to register and learn more. Non-member retirement community operators who are interested in attending the event may contact Danielle Samuels at to learn more and register.

5 Reasons to Attend ORCA CON 2021 

1. Dynamic Speakers
Learn from leaders and experts from the senior living sector and beyond! Presenters include Dr. Sarah Colman, Geriatric Psychiatrist, CAMH, Michael Cherny, Senior Manager, Deloitte, Dean Delpeache, Director, Consulting, Strasity Inc. and Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging & Equity Professor, George Brown College, Sara Kyle, PhD, Founder & Principal, LE3 Solutions, and many more!

2. New Features
We are excited to offer delegates an engaging and elevated virtual platform. The ORCA CON 2021 platform features bonus micro-sessions, a Well-being Series, Live Game Show, photo booth, new and improved ORCA Marketplace vendor booth, a DJ on the first day, and more! Join us for the Fabulous Feud Live Game Show on Tuesday, October 5 from 10 – 11 a.m.! 

3. Connect with the Sector
The event features a variety of ways to network with the sector. Connect with old friends and make new ones through our online public and private chat features, live video calling, and more. Also, connect with commercial partners in the Virtual Marketplace and learn about the latest products and services in the sector. Don’t miss Networking with the ORCA Boardlive on Wednesday, October 6 from 9 – 10 a.m.!

4. Delegate Favourite Programming
ORCA CON 2021 marks the return of many delegate favourite sessions! Don’t miss our fantastic opening keynote Bee Quammie and closing keynote Stephen Shedletzky; the ORCA Leadership Series: An Interview with Karen SullivanORCA Dragon’s Den, and Marketplace; the 5th Annual Donna Holwell Legacy Award; gamification and prize draw; and so much more!

5. Flexible
Attend the conference anywhere, from your office to your living room, all you need is your computer! Can’t make the scheduled event dates? Don’t worry – all sessions from the event will be recorded and available for delegates to view on the platform for 30 days after the event! Registration for the online event is $200 per delegate and includes full access to networking, education and activities.

To learn more about our events or to explore sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ania Sawala, Member Services Specialist, at or 905-403-0500 ext. 235.

Community Events

We also welcome opportunities for our staff or our operator members to make presentations to seniors’ groups and community organizations regarding retirement home living for those wishing to learn more about this lifestyle and housing option.

Contact us at 905-403-0500 or email to inquire.