Why Lyme?

Lyme disease prevalence continues to spread northward into Canada, with increasing numbers of human diagnoses. This trend is expected to continue long-term, facilitated by a warming climate that will bring ticks and associated illnesses to new areas. The threat of tick bites and tick-related illnesses, like Lyme disease, are not contained to wild spaces in Canada; backyards, gardens, schoolyards and municipal parks are now areas where contact with ticks is a concern. Public awareness and policy discussions have increased in recent years, but in many ways, we remain unequipped to properly prevent tick bites, or diagnose and treat Canadians suffering with Lyme disease and other tick-related illnesses. In many cases, the path forward has been discussed and strategies outlined to address this increasing threat, but advocacy efforts have been largely shouldered by those who have experienced Lyme disease. A multi-stakeholder conversation on Lyme disease is needed.

That is why the OFAH is taking the lead in 2020 to look at progress to date, identify and discuss ongoing issues, apply lessons learned for emerging tick-related illnesses and send strong united messages to all levels of government that we need timely implementation of existing strategies, and investment in research to fill knowledge gaps.

Why you?

Tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease have the potential to affect all Canadians. This conference is intended to bring together the many groups and individuals concerned about the threats of ticks, Lyme disease and other tick-related illnesses to discuss emerging science, ongoing issues and reaffirm a collective path forward. Conference delegates will have an unprecedented opportunity to learn, share their experience, network with others working to combat Lyme disease, and find a role for themselves or their organization in a multi-sector collaborative of leaders pushing for timely and effective action for better prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The conference will bring together representatives from healthcare, research, recreation, government, public health, outdoor education, pet health, and tick prevention.


We work hard to encourage participation in outdoors activities and the fear of ticks and tick-related illnesses threaten the success of these efforts. The recreational activities and lifestyle choices we enjoy as anglers, hunters and trappers increases the odds of coming into contact with ticks that can carry Lyme disease and other illnesses. We spend hours sitting in the woods, enjoying shore lunches while fishing, covering vast areas walking, handling harvested wildlife, and enjoying the company of sporting dogs. Each time we go out, there is a risk of crossing paths with ticks. Some OFAH members suffer from Lyme disease today, and many more are exposed on a regular basis. This can be said, too, for other outdoor activities such as canoeing, camping, birding, hiking, berry picking, gardening and even walking your dog. The OFAH wants to remain a leader in this conversation as a driving force that helps bring better prevention, testing, diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne illnesses to all Canadians.

Conference Program

A more detailed program will be available soon. Check back for details.


Tuesday, May 26, 2020
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm Registration check-in
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Welcome Reception
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
MORNING Session 1 – Tick-borne illnesses 101 + Lyme disease in Canada + Lyme disease and human health
AFTERNOON Session 2 – Tick bite management + Lyme disease surveillance + Lyme disease prevention
EVENING Networking Social & Poster Presentations + Reception
Thursday, May 28, 2020
MORNING Session 3 – Lyme disease Diagnosis + Treatment + Path Forward

Call for Abstracts

Oral & Poster Presentations

The conference will feature a program of oral presentations (outlined above), as well as a poster session where students, research scientists, non-government organizations, government agencies and other individuals or groups can profile their programs, projects or research related to ticks, Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. Poster presentations are expected to occur during Wednesday evening.

Call for Abstracts explained (PDF Download) | Abstract formatting template (Word Download)


The conference will attract 200-300 participants from a wide variety of sectors including healthcare, research, recreation, government, public health, as well as the pet health and tick prevention industry. Like the OFAH, each conference delegate has their own networks through membership, subscribers and social media followers. We expect those direct networks to offer exposure to hundreds of thousands of Canadians alone, and reach millions when you add social media. See our sponsorship brochure for more details about how you can get involved. We are happy to work with you to come up with a custom sponsorship opportunity that fits your budget. Please contact Brian McRae (705-748-6324 x. 246) for more details.

Conference Sponsorship Packages explained (PDF Download).

Exhibit Space

The conference will offer opportunities for your organization or business to showcase products and services to conference attendees. Exhibit space will include a draped table and 10'x10' space. Please see Registration Fees for pricing. More details to follow.


Register Online

Registration Fees
(registration fees include 13% HST)

by March 16, 2020
by May 22, 2020
after May 22, 2020
Conference Participant $295.00 $350.00 $395.00
Conference Presenter
$245.00 N/A N/A
Full-time Student $195.00 $250.00 $295.00
Accompanying Guest
(Breakfasts, reception & dinner ONLY)
$190.00 $245.00 $290.00
Exhibitor Space – non-profit $350.00 $500.00 $650.00
Exhibitor Space $500.00 $650.00 $800.00

Accompanying Guests
There are a wide range of activities at Deerhurst included as part of the resort fee, and there are a wide variety of other activities on site subject to surcharges. Click here for details.

Registration Refund Policy
Registration fees are refundable less a $30 administration fee, provided written notification of cancellation is provided to the OFAH by May 1, 2020. No refunds will be provided for cancellations received after May 1, 2020.

About Deerhurst

Conference Centre

The Deerhurst Conference Centre is in Ontario’s iconic Muskoka region and just 30 minutes outside Algonquin Park. Deerhurst has state-of-the-art conference facilities in a wilderness setting that makes it an ideal location to channel the power of nature to inspire, motivate and foster discussion on wildlife issues. All conference sessions and networking events will be held in the Pavilion.

Travel to Deerhurst

Deerhurst is located at 1235 Deerhurst Drive, Huntsville, Ontario P1H 2E8 deerhurstresort.com


Guest room accommodation is available at the special OFAH group rate of $139/night for standard guest rooms and $159/night for junior or one-bedroom suites, plus resort fee and applicable taxes. The group rate is also available for three days before and after the conference dates, for those who want to take advantage of an extended stay. Click here for accommodation descriptions and to make your reservations.

Driving from the Greater Toronto Area

  • Head north on Highway 400
  • Continue onto Highway 11 North
  • Exit onto Highway 60 East. From here you are just five minutes away from Deerhurst
  • Turn right onto Canal Road
  • Merge onto Deerhurst Drive

Please reserve early to ensure your accommodation.

Guest room reservations are to be made directly with Deerhurst by calling 1-800-461-4393 and providing the group name Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. Reservations must be accompanied by one night’s room and tax deposit by a major credit card.

Bayshore Guest Rooms – $139/night (plus applicable fees and taxes)
Pavilion Guest Rooms – $139/night (plus applicable fees and taxes)
Pavilion Junior Suites – $159/night (plus applicable fees and taxes)
Summit Lodge One Bedroom Suites – $159/night (plus applicable fees and taxes)

Cancellation of guest room reservations must be made 7 days in advance of arrival or the one-night’s accommodation charge will be forfeit.

The cut-off date for reservations within the OFAH group block is Monday, May 4, 2020. After that date accommodation will be provided based on availability and at the prevailing rate at the time the reservation is made. Please reserve early to ensure your accommodation.

More Info

If you have any questions or require further information about OFAH Conference 2020, please contact:

Elizabeth Muckle-Jeffs
Conference Coordinator
The Professional Edge
Email: elizabeth@theprofessionaledge.com
North America Toll-free: 1-800-868-8776
International: (+1) 613-732-7068

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Inquiries
Brian McRae
Senior Advisor, Community & Partner Relations
Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
705-748-6324 ext. 246

Program Inquiries
Matt DeMille
Manager, Fish & Wildlife Services
Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
705-748-6324 ext. 249