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IAAO Sept 25-27 2019, Toronto, ON


Welcome to Toronto, Canada and the IAAO Conference 2019! On behalf of OCAS and the OUAC, we are pleased to welcome you to this year's conference at the beautiful Royal Canadian Military Institute in downtown Toronto.

The International Association of Admissions Organisations (IAAO) is an international community of practice for admissions professionals, bringing together senior colleagues from centralized higher education admissions services around the world. This year's event in Toronto will provide an informal forum for discussion on the challenges and opportunities, and sharing of good practice, related to the delivery of higher education admissions.

Proudly Hosted by OCAS / OUAC

About the IAAO

The International Association of Admissions Organisations (IAAO) was founded in 2008 by centralized postsecondary education admissions organizations from all over the world. The association, made up of the heads of the centralized admissions organizations, provides a forum to exchange information and insights that can aid the further development of centralized admissions. 

This event is by invitation, and is aimed at current and prospective members of the IAAO. The event will benefit those working in senior positions at organizations delivering centralized or shared admissions services for higher education, with an interest in sharing experiences and understanding how shared admissions services are managed in different settings around the world. 

The event was first hosted in London, England in 2008 and has since been hosted in Australia, Oman, Canada, Germany, Croatia, and Sweden before returning to it's roots for the 2018 conference in the United Kingdom.


There is one conference registration option for this year's event. The price of the conference is $100 CAD + HST and includes the following:

  • All conference sessions (Sept 25 & 26)
  • Lunches and refreshments (Sept 25 & 26)
  • Networking reception (Sept 25)
  • Group dinner (Sept 26)
  • Toronto CityPASS
  • Ontario Universities' Fair (Sept 27)


8:30 - 9:15 Registration
9:15 - 9:45 Welcome Remarks
9:45 - 10:45

Service Diversification Panel 
Karen Creditor, OCAS

10:45 - 11:15 Networking Break
11:15 - 12:30 Membership Updates
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:30

Increasing Admissions in the Skilled Trades and Technologies Panel 
Darryl Spector, Promation Nuclear
Moderated by: Karen Creditor

14:30 - 15:00 Membership Updates
15:00 - 15:30 Networking Break
15:30 - 17:00

Highlights of the Ontario College System 
Linda Franklin, Colleges Ontario

17:00 Day One Conference Concludes
17:00 - 19:00 Networking Reception

9:00 - 9:15 Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:45

Understanding Applicant Behaviours and Trends
Melissa Fritz, OCAS

10:45 - 11:00 Networking Break
11:00 - 12:00

Credit Transfer Panel 
Yvette Munro, Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 14:30

Modernizing Admissions Technology - AI, Blockchain, Credentials & Security 
Ali Hijri, Durham College

14:30 - 15:00 Networking Break
15:00 - 16:00

Tales of a Postsecondary Education Recruiter
Liz Henriques, George Brown College
Sonia Cianfarani, York University

16:00 Day Two Conference Concludes
18:00 - 20:00 Offsite Dinner - Fifth Events

10:00 - 12:00 Ontario Universities' Fair
12:00 - 17:00 Explore Toronto with your CityPASS


This year's IAAO Conference will take place at the Royal Canadian Military Institute (RCMI) in downtown Toronto, Canada. 

Royal Canadian Military Institute
426 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
Tel: 416-597-0286 / 1-800-585-1072



The following hotels are recommended by the organizing committee due to their proximity to the conference venue and Toronto tourism. Please note that there are no rooming blocks or preferred rates at any of the hotels listed below. Should you prefer to stay at a different hotel, you're more than welcome to do so, just make sure to check the distance from the venue first as transportation to and from the conference will be at your own expense.

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
123 Queen Street East

The hotel is located a 7 minute (600m) walk from RCMI.


Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Toronto Downtown
108 Chestnut Street

The hotel is located a 5 minute (350m) walk from RCMI.

Double Tree

Hilton Toronto
145 Richmond Street West

The hotel is located a 7 minute (600m) walk from RCMI.


Fairmont Royal York Hotel
100 Front Street West

The hotel is located a 16 minute walk or 5 minute taxi ride (1.4km) from RCMI.


Intercontinental Toronto Centre 
225 Front Street West

The hotel is located a 16 minute walk or 5 minute taxi ride (1.4km) from RCMI.

Intercontinental Hotel


Arrivals & Transportation

Toronto has two airports – Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ). Delegates arriving from international locations should land at Pearson Airport, while delegates connecting through Canada or the United States may land at either Pearson or Billy Bishop Airport.

Transportation options to downtown Toronto from Pearson (YYZ) include taxi and the Union Pearson Express train to the city.

Transportation options from Billy Bishop (YTZ) include taxi and the complimentary airport shuttle bus.

Passport & Visa Requirements

All visitors to Canada must have a valid passport upon entry. Please check with the Canadian embassy in your home country to see whether or not you require a visa. You can also check entry requirements by country on the Government of Canada website.

If you are travelling from a country that does require a visa to enter Canada, you will need a letter of invitation from the organizing committee. If you require an invitation letter, please email Tiffany Gard at

If you are travelling from a country that does not require a visa to enter Canada, you will need to purchase an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). This should be completed as soon as possible as some requests can take several days to process. It is recommended to get your eTA prior to booking your flight to Canada. The cost is $7 CAD per person and the application must be completed online.

Explore Toronto

City Pass Toronto

We are pleased to offer the Toronto CityPASS  to all delegates at no charge following the IAAO Conference.  See Toronto's top attractions – incredible views, amazing animals, inspiring culture, fascinating science, and more with the Toronto CityPASS. 

CityPASS admission includes:

The Toronto CityPASS is valid for nine (9) consecutive days, including the first day of use.

CityPASS tickets will be available for pick up on the first day of the conference – Wednesday, September 25, please book your sightseeing time for after the conference.

Contact Us

For any questions or inquiries, please contact:
Tiffany Gard