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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 (online) event, with activities that allow participants to engage with other industry professionals.

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 registration fee?

The conference registration fee includes breakfasts, lunches, receptions, banquet (annual conferences only) and meeting materials. At the national conferences, the spouse registration fee also includes a complimentary spouse program.

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 password. Where can I find this information?

Please send an email to request your login information.

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.

Can non-members exhibit at the Product Showcase?

You must be a Category 1, 2, or GPC-only member to exhibit at the Product Showcase. For further exhibitor details, visit the exhibitor information page.

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 the hybrid event format?

The in-person conference registration fees are as follows (all in USD funds):


  • Early Bird (by 8/25/2023): $875
  • Extended Early Bird (by 9/1/2023): $925
  • Regular (post 9/1/2023): $975

Non-members: $1600

Guests (spouse, significant other, other): $350

Company upgrades are not available for in-person registrations as expenses, such as meals and meeting space rental, apply per person.

The virtual registration fees are as follows (all in USD funds):


  • Individual Registration (one participant): $350
  • Company Registration (up to 5 participants): $875
  • Company Plus Registration (5+ participants): $1750

Non-members: Company Registration (up to 5 participants): $1150

The company registration options provide meeting access to the noted number of company employees. Once a company registration purchase is made, FGIA staff will contact the primary registrant to obtain the information for additional conference participants.

What is the World Vision Backpacks Sponsorship?

World Vision is a humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Your contribution will provide a new backpack filled with school supplies for underserved children. Each kit helps build self-esteem and frees up family resources for other essentials such as food, medicine, and utilities. With these essential tools comes the opportunity to learn, setting the foundation for a brighter future. View the World Vision Backpack Sponsorship Form for further details.

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

The schedule for hybrid events will integrate live sessions from the in-person conference with the virtual participation. Demonstrations, hands-on workshops and other sessions that can only be effectively offered in person may not be offered virtually.

Will there be a separate schedule for the in-person and virtual segments of the hybrid event?

Yes, however, the schedules for in-person and virtual segments will integrate live sessions from in-person conference with the schedule for virtual participation.

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 Mountain time zone.

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

Since the virtual conference is a company registration, each participant will receive an email containing a unique link to connect to the event.