Important Updates

2020 Annual Spring Meeting Cancelled

Attendees will be fully refunded.

The ODA regrets to announce that we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Annual Spring Meeting (ASM) in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has created growing concerns for our participants and public health, as well as the closure of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

We have been overwhelmed by the support of dentists, dental teams and exhibitors alike, who have told us how important the ASM is to the profession and the industry. For more than 152 years, the ASM has been a primary source for dentists and their teams to maintain their professional expertise and connect with exhibitors to ensure their practice remains current. The decision to cancel the ASM for this year was not taken lightly, given the many people who would be impacted, but the health and safety of our attendees, exhibitors, staff, volunteers and the public was first and foremost in our minds.

We will be offering full refunds to all event attendees. It will take us some time to sort out how and when refunds will be processed. Please bear with us as we deal with all the logistic challenges. It may take us some time to get this information out.

Thank you sincerely for your support and loyalty during this challenging time.


Why was a decision made to terminate the meeting?

The decision was based on several factors, including, but not limited to:

  • The Government of Ontario declaring a state of emergency for the province and the Federal Government’s sweeping travel and border restrictions.
  • The rise of COVID-19 cases in Ontario– for latest updates visit the Ministry of Health site.
  • Input from the Chief Medical Officer of Health and public health officials in Toronto and Ontario, as well as recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other scientific and medical organizations.
  • Input from some of our members, speakers and exhibitors who were increasingly concerned with travel and the large gathering in Toronto.
  • The closure of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, our venue for the ASM.

Where can I get up-to-date information related to actions being implemented related to the cancellation of the meeting?

Keep visiting this site for updates. Major announcements will also be sent by email.

Will all my fees (registration, Category One courses, workshops) be refunded? When?

Yes, your fees will be refunded. We are presently working on how to do this most efficiently and quickly. You will receive more information from the ODA about this soon. We ask for your patience and cooperation as we process the large volume of refunds that need to be made.

Will the ODA help with fees associated with the cancellation of my travel and hotel reservations?

The ODA is working with hotels to ensure any deposits are refunded for cancelled rooms. Attendees should contact their hotel directly to cancel their stay. As to travel, most transportation providers have made special provision to address COVID-19 related issues. Please contact your transportation provider directly.

Our group wants to hold its alumni reunion as planned, can we move forward?

Given the uncertainty of the situation and the rapidly expanding COVID-19 outbreak, we would not recommend holding any in-person gatherings. We would encourage you to explore virtual options for your activities.

I have specific questions that are not addressed here. Who can help me?

Please visit our Contact Us page.

Last updated: March 18, 2020

Attendee Lists – Email Phishing Scam

The ODA is compliant with all Privacy Laws and Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation. We do not sell our attendee or membership lists. If you receive an email from an individual or business claiming to have an “ODA Attendees Email List” and offering to sell it to you, do not respond and delete the email immediately.

ASM Emerging Speakers Showcase Accepting Submissions for ASM21

Would you like to speak at ASM21 (May 6 and 7, 2021)? Hone your skills by applying for the ASM Emerging Speaker Showcase and find out if you’ve got what it takes to be a professional speaker!

The Emerging Speaker Showcase is an opportunity for budding speakers to facilitate a 75-minute session on a topic of their choosing. In addition to receiving free ASM registration and day-of host suite privileges, successful applicants may gain exposure to scouts from other dental shows, making the Emerging Speaker Showcase a great place to expand your career potential.

Spaces are limited and each speaker’s session must be approximately 75  minutes.

The 2021 online Emerging Speaker Showcase link coming soon.

All ASM Courses are Ticketed

What does this mean? For the first time, our online ticketing system allows you to book seats in advance for both paid and unpaid courses.

Paid Ticketed Courses Include:

  • ALL Category 1 (Core) courses are $20 per ticket.
  • ALL Hands-on Workshops.

Free Ticketed Courses Include:

  • ALL Category 2 lectures/courses (clinical lectures).
  • ALL Category 3 lectures/courses (practice management, personal development, other).

Tickets to these Category 2 and 3 lectures/courses must be booked online in advance, and are not available onsite. These tickets are no longer valid after the course/lecture’s published start time. 

Late Arrivals:

Standby lines will be available outside each meeting room for late arrivals and attendees who have not booked tickets in advance. Attendees in standby lines can access any available seats  immediately after the published start time of the lecture/course.