Hall 2| The Main Stage is your destination for entertaining presentations and seminars on cottage ownership and succession planning, building and renovation tips, important environmental issues, and pets at the cottage. 

Financing Your New Cottage Build – Are you planning to build a new cottage? Are you going to need a construction mortgage? Mortgage Advisor Alex Grison from CIBC and Kyle Duguay from Home Hardware’s Beaver Homes & Cottages discuss what you need to consider when financing a new cottage build and how new mortgage rules might impact your project.

Pets at the Cottage with the Bondi Vets – All the way from Australia, Cottage Life welcomes Dr. Alex Hynes and Dr. Peter Ricci, stars of the new TV series Bondi Vet: Coast to Coast, to discuss everything you need to know about keeping pets safe at the lake, including creating a pet-friendly first aid kit and when to take your pet to the emergency room.

Behind the Scenes: Hope For Wildlife – What do you do if you find a baby bird? How should you deal with Canada geese? Hope Swinimer, Canadian wildlife rehabilitator and star of Cottage Life’s long-running series Hope for Wildlife takes the stage with Cottage Life magazine’s Deputy Editor, Liann Bobechko to discuss helpful facts and tips every cottager should know about wildlife in cottage country.

The Bryk Cottage: The making of a Cottage Life TV show – Ever wanted to know what goes into making a Cottage Life TV series? Take in this on-stage conversation that reveals behind-the-scenes intel on the making of the new documentary series, The Bryk Cottage. Contractor Danielle Bryk takes the stage with Cottage Life TV’s Head of Original Content, Sam Linton for a sneak peek of the series and a Q&A moderated by Cottage Life magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Michelle Kelly.

Thinking of Moving to Cottage Country? You’re not alone! Recent media reports have suggested cottagers might be the solution for rural Ontario’s economy. If you’ve ever considered spending more time at the cottage or moving permanently to your waterfront community, hear FOCA’s executive director talk about advantages & obstacles, and get inspired by the stories of folks who have already made the move.

Material Showdown – The latest interior and exterior cottage finishes – Join Architect, James Pitropov from Lakeside Architecture Inc., as he compares various cottage materials and finishes including flooring, exterior cladding, decks, and ceilings.

Trust the Cottage: Saving Taxes and Protecting the Family Cottage – Peter Lillico, partner at Lillico Bazuk Galloway Halka, will discuss new techniques have been developed to assist cottagers to find effective and protective ways to keep the cottage in their family.

Tear Down or Renovate? Get a professional perspective of the pros and cons of tearing down an old cottage or renovating your existing abode. Find out what your options are and how you can save money. Presented by Andrew and Benton Brown, from Greg Brown Construction.

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Thursday, March 21
Time Presentation Presented By
1:00pm Material Showdown – The latest interior and exterior cottage finishes James Pitropov, Lakeside Architecture Inc.
2:00pm Moving your business to cottage country – opportunities and obstacles Terry Rees, Executive Director, Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations
3:00pm Financing your new cottage build Mortgage Advisor Alex Grison, CIBC & Kyle Duguay, Home Hardware’s Beaver Homes & Cottages
4:00pm Behind the Scenes: Hope for Wildlife Hope Swinimer, star of Cottage Life TV’s Hope for Wildlife with Liann Bobechko, Deputy Editor, Cottage Life magazine
5:00pm Tackling common cottage rental questions and fears Presenter (TBD) CanadaStays


Friday, March 22
Time Presentation Presented By
11:00am Protecting trees during construction at your home or cottage Matt Logan, owner of Logan Tree Experts
12:00pm Behind the Scenes: Hope For Wildlife Hope Swinimer, star of Cottage Life TV’s Hope for Wildlife with Liann Bobechko, Deputy Editor, Cottage Life magazine
1:00pm Tackling common cottage rental questions and fears Presenter (TBD) CanadaStays
2:00pm Financing your new cottage build Mortgage Advisor Alex Grison, CIBC & Kyle Duguay, Home Hardware’s Beaver Homes & Cottages
3:00pm Trust the Cottage: saving taxes and protecting the family cottage Peter Lillico, Partner at Lillico Bazuk Galloway Halka
4:00pm Moving your business to cottage country – opportunities and obstacles Terry Rees, Executive Director, Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations
5:00pm Tear Down or Renovate? Find out what model is best for you Andrew and Benton Brown, Greg Brown Construction
6:00pm Let’s talk design – Cottage makeover tips and & DIY projects you’ll love Angela Jones, Lakeshore Designs Construction


Saturday, March 23
Time Presentation Presented By
10:00am Financing your new cottage build  Mortgage Advisor Alex Grison, CIBC & Kyle Duguay, Home Hardware’s Beaver Homes & Cottages
11:00am Trust the Cottage: saving taxes and protecting the family cottage Peter Lillico, Partner at Lillico Bazuk Galloway Halka
12:00pm The Bryk Cottage: The making of a Cottage Life TV show Danielle Bryk, The Bryk Cottage, Sam Linton, Cottage Life TV’s Head of Original Content, Michelle Kelly, Cottage Life magazine Editor-in-Chief
1:00pm Kiteboarding: Basic How-To for Safety and Training Ivano Stellato, Mystic Point Water Sports
2:00pm Pets at the Cottage with the Bondi Vets Dr. Alex Hynes and Dr. Peter Ricci, Bondi Vet: Coast to Coast, Cottage Life TV
3:00pm Tackling common cottage rental questions and fears Presenter (TBD) CanadaStays
4:00pm Material Showdown – The latest interior and exterior cottage finishes James Pitropov, Lakeside Architecture Inc.
5:00pm Tear down or renovate? Find out what model is best for you Andrew and Benton Brown, Greg Brown Construction


Sunday, March 24
Time Presentation Presented By
11:00am Trust the Cottage: saving taxes and protecting the family cottage Peter Lillico, Partner at Lillico Bazuk Galloway Halka
12:00pm Tear down or renovate? Find out what model is best for you Andrew and Benton Brown, Greg Brown Construction
1:00pm   Pets at the Cottage with the Bondi Vets Dr. Alex Hynes and Dr. Peter Ricci, Bondi Vet: Coast to Coast, Cottage Life TV
2:00pm Financing your new cottage build Mortgage Advisor Alex Grison, CIBC & Kyle Duguay, Home Hardware’s Beaver Homes & Cottages
3:00pm Let’s talk design – Cottage makeover tips & DIY projects you’ll love Angela Jones, Lakeshore Designs

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