Call for Proposals: 2021 OMSSA Exchange

OMSSA is calling for proposals for our annual OMSSA Exchange conference, happening May 11-14 online.

Over four mornings, we will dig deep into how the sector is innovating in response to the pandemic. If your organization is trailblazing, revamping or modifying its organizational practices or service delivery in ways that will outlast these dark times, we want to hear from you.

No formal proposals necessary! You can pitch your idea to us simply by completing our short online survey below. 
We promise not to rule out great topics that haven't occurred to us, but we are particularly interested in submissions on the following themes:
  • Closing the digital divide

  • Leveraging technology / data in new ways

  • Leading change, opening minds, and challenging the status quo

  • Equity, inclusion, cultural competency, history and impacts of racism

  • Pandemic-inspired innovations in Children's Services

  • Pandemic-inspired innovations in Housing and Homelessness

  • Innovative practices related to specific problems exacerbated by the pandemic (e.g. domestic violence)

  • Life stabilization and client-centred service

  • Workplace / workforce innovations

Consider Sharing a Reflection

In addition to ideas for breakout sessions and plenaries, we are also calling for members and other experts to deliver short reflections on what they're learning from the pandemic, and how the sector is changing (or needs to change) in response. Our survey below can also be used to express your interest in sharing a reflection, even if you're not submitting a session proposal. 

Submission Process and Deadline

Submit your idea, proposal or reflection by completing our online survey below by Thursday, March 11, at 5 p.m. EST.

Complete the Survey to Submit Your Idea


If you have questions about the call for proposals or conference program, please contact Jennifer McPhee.

About OMSSA Exchange

“OMSSA Exchange” is our new and updated take on OMSSA's annual conference, formerly known as the Leadership Symposium. The new name reflects the fact that it’s the sharing of knowledge and exchange of ideas that helps propel our sector forward to achieve our shared goals.This flagship conference typically attracts directors, managers and front-line staff across all areas of human services. Due to continued safety concerns around COVID-19, our 2021 conference will be delivered online, over four mornings (9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m) from May 11-14.