2019 CAOAC Convention

May 17, 18 & 19, 2019

Updated May5, 2019

To Book Online

Go To Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel & Conference Centre


Room rates of $111 plus taxes are only guaranteed to April 15, 2019.

Quote Group Code CAO when booking online or by phone. After April 15 regular rates apply.

To Book by Phone:

Call the Hotel's Toll Free Reservation Line at 1-877-660-8550 or 905-639-4443 and ask for reservations. In order to receive the group rate, the caller must ask for CAOAC Convention, Group Block Code CAO.

Purchase convention tickets here


Confirmed Speakers:

Stephen Elliott (England)

Andreas Tanke (Germany)

Andy Turko (University of Guelph)

Speaker Bio's here

Vendor Tables are available - click here for more details

Would you like to make a donation or sponsor a speaker?

Gold - $1000

Silver - $500

Bronze - $250

Show Sponsors - $35



  • CAOAC All Species Class Show

    • Show Rules here

    • Show Classes (sponsorships available) list here

    • Show Entry Form here

    • Pre-Registration Instructions here

  • IBC International Betta Show

  • Trans Canada Guppy Group Stan Shubel Memorial Competition Show (Show Rules here)

  • Large auction of tropical fish & supplies, rules here, registration form here

  • Specialty Aquarium Fish Clubs

  • Vendor Show Room

  • Saturday Banquet

  • 3rd Biotope Aquarium Design Contest


  • Full Convention (includes all speakers & banquet) (Up to April 14) $85

  • Full Convention after April 14 $100

  • Dinner Only $60

  • Speakers only $50

It's here!! Check out the schedule for this year.

CAOAC Schedule 2019

Friday, May 17

2:00 pm Showroom and Vendor set-up
4:00 pm Convention and Show registration
7:00 pm Expert Panel-Bar opens

Saturday, May 18

7:30-10:00 am Convention and Show Registration
8:00 am Steve Elliot-coding Guppies
9:15 am Andreas Tanke- Rio Xingu – a lost paradise?
10:45 am Andy Turko- Doom, gloom, and a bit of hope: Conservation and captive breeding of endangered Canadian freshwater fishes

12:00 to 1:15 pm Midday break

1:00 - Show room closed for judging
1:15 pm Steve Elliot-Halfbeaks
2:45 pm Andreas Tanke- Perú – Expeditions in the Amazonian Lowland
4:30 pm Betta Auction
6:30 pm Cocktails
7:00 pm Dinner/Awards
9:00 pm Music and Social
9:00 pm Guppy Auction

Sunday, May 19

7:30 am Auction Registration
9:00 am CAOAC Annual Meeting and election
10:30 am Auction begins

*subject to changes

Thank you to our sponsors




Click here for a copy of the 2014 Annual Report if you were unable to attend.

Click here for a copy of the 2015 Annual Report if you were unable to attend.

Click here for a copy of the 2016 Annual Report (including Fish Rescue, added after the meeting) if you were unable to attend.

Click here for a copy of the 2017 Annual Report

Click here for a copy of the 2018 Annual Report





Photos from the 2011 Convention can be seen here.

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