Going Virtual!

What exactly is a virtual conference and can it really provide a rich learning and collaboration experience? ABSOLUTELY!

Virtual conferences include many of the elements you are used to experiencing in a face-to-face event, only facilitated by technology!


The University of Ottawa's Office of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is pleased to announce the introduction of Virtual Conference planning and services!

Changing the Way We Work

Covid-19 has changed everything, including the way we gather and come together for learning and events. As part of the response to these unusual times, the CPD office at uOttawa has been dedicated to helping its partner organizations find innovative ways to continue to offer the conferences and events that are critical to professional learning and development.

So What Exactly Does That Mean?

Virtual Sessions

As part of your online experience, you have the flexibility to design a range of virtual or hybrid sessions to keep your audience engaged. These include:

Synchronized Video
On Demand
Live Broadcast

Networking Groups

Similar to how you would set up a live function or networking groups, add a social and informative element to your agenda. These groups can either be facilitated or free flow to get the conversations going. Types of network groups include:

Facilitated Groups
Pre-set Groups
Social Groups

Exhibitor Marketplace

Add a virtual marketplace where exhibitors can showcase their services and products online.

Provide Multi-level Sponsors Logo Display
Live Interaction
Virtual Material Display


Provide your authors and speakers a platform to present abstracts, whitepapers and ideas. ePosters give your presenter control of the number of attendees invited into their presentation, share their screen and commence their presentation.


Engagement is at the forefront of our virtual conferences

Live Q&A session, polling features and instant evaluations ensure that your participants are engaged throughout the event. We walk speakers through engagement options and ensure they are comfortable with the technology. 


Networking is a leading reason participants register for conferences

Build in networking sessions in your program to ensure that participants get the most out of your event. Whether you think they would prefer at random social sessions or organized chat groups, our system can ensure that your participants get face to face time with their colleagues. 


Engage your sponsors

Offer your sponsors multi-level sponsors logo display options and opportunities to interact with participants during breaks. Sponsors have the opportunity to display virtual material, provide a organization description and link to their site. 

What are my options?

We have many options in the virtual and hybrid world! Choose between webinars, a full virtual conference or a hybrid event. 


Webinars are online presentations held in real-time. Typically they are an hour to two hours in length.


Virtual Conference

Allow attendees, sponsors, exhibitors and speakers to meet in a secure online space to present, showcase, learn and discuss business via its unique timeline interface.

Hybrid Event

A hybrid combines a live in-person event with a virtual online component. Hybrid events are fantastic for international conferences.

OnAIR Virtual Platform

Lead the pack with our state of the art virtual conferencing software and bring your event to life!

Our Services

Our planning team will work with you to determine the best methods for achieving your event goals and outcomes. 

Identify your needs

Whether you're looking for a one-time webinar or a multi-day virtual conference, you can be assured you will have the support and guidance necessary to make it a success.

Event set-up

Support from registration services to fully integrated virtual conferences.


Our education consultants can provide advice on how to develop your program for the greatest learning experience for your participants.

Speaker management

We will guide your speakers through the online platform to ensure that your event is a success. 


The platform can be tailored to your branding needs.

Technical support

We will be in the back end ensuring that the event is successful!



Live virtual conferences may be accredited/certified for both Royal College and CFPC group learning credits.  For those participants who access the recordings after the event, self-learning credits may be used.  For more information about how virtual conferences can be accredited, please view our website or contact us for more information.

Contact us!

Office of Continuing Professional Development

Faculty of Medicine
University of Ottawa
725 Parkdale Avenue
Loeb Research Building, Room WM158
Ottawa, ON K1Y 4E9

When you are ready, complete the course proposal form to give us a preview of your requirements.