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Events Frequently Asked Questions

Is tax applied to the event fees?

Event fees for all registrants (regardless of their location) for events hosted in Canada, including virtual registration for hybrid events broadcasted from a venue in Canada, are subject to Canadian federal sales tax. For events hosted in British Columbia (BC), the 5% GST will be applied to the total event fees.

What is a hybrid event?

A hybrid event blends an in-person (physical) event and a virtual (listen-only mode) event.

As a new conference participant, how can I learn more about what to expect at an FGIA event?

FGIA is committed to helping you make the most of your time at the conference. Therefore, the resources below are provided to give you materials for the conference and to aid in networking.

Based upon feedback from other new conference participants, an online resource was created with information on conference materials, committee participation and balloting procedures, as well as information on attire and badges. However, if you need more information, please contact

What options are included in the in-person registration fee?

The registration fee includes the following for in-person participants: 

  • Breakfasts, lunches, receptions
  • Awards ceremony and reception (Annual Conferences only)
  • Access to meetings and speaker sessions
  • Meeting materials
  • Some optional events require an additional fee

The spouse/guest regular registration fee of $236.25 USD (tax included) covers:

  • A special meet-and-greet gathering to facilitate daytime activity planning
  • FGIA group walk/run on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings
  • All three evening receptions

For an additional upgrade of $236.25 USD (tax included), spouses/guests may also choose to attend all breakfasts and lunches.

Can I receive a refund on optional events?

Optional events are non-refundable.

What is the FGIA event cancellation policy?

Refunds will be issued (less a $100 service charge per registration) if submitted prior to the deadline listed on the event registration form and website.

How do I obtain hotel reservations?

Attendees are required to make their own hotel reservations. This should be done prior to the hotel cutoff date since reservations made after this date may not be confirmed at the group rate. If you must cancel your room reservation, it is suggested that you first contact

Often conference participants are put on a waiting list if they are unable to confirm a reservation at the meeting hotel.

I am a member trying to register online but I do not have my username and/or password. Where can I find this information?

If you are not able to login, please complete one of the following options to retrieve/reset your login credentials before registering for this event:

1.If you know your FGIA username, use that information to reset your password here.
2.If you do not know your FGIA username, use this link to request it via your email address and follow the instruction in the email to reset your password.

If you are unable to reset your credentials, contact us at

Must I register prior to the start of the conference or meeting?

For planning purposes, it is preferred to have participants register in advance; however, on-site registrations are welcome.

Do I have to be a member to attend an FGIA conference?

Non-members are welcome to attend an FGIA conference at the non-member rate. However, after attending two events, non-members are expected to join the association before attending future conferences.

Can non-members register online?

Non-members must submit a paper registration form to sign up for FGIA events.

What are the conference registration fees for virtual participation?

The virtual registration fees are as follows (all in USD funds with 5% GST included): 


Individual Registration

  • Early Bird (by April 30): $367.50
  • Extended Early Bird (by May 13): $420.00
  • Regular Rate (by May 14): $472.50

Company Registration (3-10 participants)

  • Early Bird (by April 30): $918.75
  • Extended Early Bird (by May 13): $997.50
  • Regular Rate (by May 14): $1260.00

Non-members: $1680

Once a company registration is purchased, FGIA staff will contact the primary registrant to obtain information for additional conference participants. The registration fee will vary based on the date when the full list of company registrants is provided (not when initial registration is submitted). No exceptions.

Will all in-person sessions be available to virtual attendees during a hybrid event?

Virtual conference participants will have limited access and will be placed in “Listen-only” mode.

What time zone will the hybrid event be hosted?

The schedule for the in-person conference will follow the event venue’s time zone.

The schedule for the virtual conference will be set in the Eastern time zone.

Can my colleagues attend using the same link for hybrid events?

For each virtual registration option, each participant will receive an email containing a unique link to connect to the event. Those joining without a paid registration will be invoiced after the event concludes.