OAN Skills Development Program

The Ontario AIDS Network (OAN) offers the Skills Development Program which is an important resource for professional development in the HIV/AIDS sector. Workshops are designed to include up to two participants per agency, with all travel, hotel (if applicable), meal and child minding costs to attend these workshops covered by the OAN. All travel arrangements should be made with our travel agent, Amanda Kelly amanda@premieregroup.com

The Skills Development Program is designed for OAN member agencies and affiliates (where applicable). The purpose of the program is to build capacity for the day-to-day running of AIDS Service Organizations and to support staff to better serve people infected, affected and at risk of HIV infection. By doing so, we can produce more productive, self-sufficient, professional, cohesive AIDS Service Organizations and Member Groups throughout Ontario.


Leadership Symposium

This symposium is open to all OAN Member/Affiliate Directors, Executive Directors and HIV Resources Ontario Members. The date for 2021 is To Be Announced.

In order to craft the most useful and relevant agenda for participants, we will be inviting feedback from our Membership and will let you know when registration opens.


Middle Managers Workshop

This symposium, which is open to up to two (2) participants per Regular or Affiliate Member of the Ontario AIDS Network who:

– have management responsibilities within their organization;
– may or may not have direct reports;
– is not in the role of Executive Director;
– is not a PPN director;
– is not a member of HIV Resources Ontario.

The Middle Manager’s Workshop will take place on November 16 & 17, 2020.

Support Workers Workshop

The Support Workers Workshop is open to two frontline workers from each Regular or Affiliate Member of the Ontario AIDS Network and HIV Resources Ontario Member Agency. The Support will take place in Toronto over two days from January 21 & 22, 2021 and will be in partnership with Casey House.

ED/Board Chair Forum

The ED/Board Chair Forum is open to one Executive Director or one Director and one Board Chair from each Regular or Affiliate Member of the Ontario AIDS Network and HIV Resources Ontario Member Agency. The ED/Board Chair Forum will take place in Toronto over three days from March 5 – 6, 2021.

OAN Skills+

The OAN is proud to pilot a new online initiative of monthly topical workshops called OAN Skills+.

OAN Skills+

OAN Skills+ aims to fill the large gaps between in-person gatherings with one-hour online webinars hosted by the OAN and featuring a facilitator from within our network and a special guest presenter.

Due to the closure of our office and the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, OAN Skills+ sessions are cancelled until further notice. While the Skills+ sessions are temporarily suspended, the OAN is committed to supporting the development of the skills of those working in our sector in other ways.

In the absence of the Skills+ program, we’re excited to offer expanded opportunities for leaders in our sector during the COVID-19 crisis. These include weekly calls for executive directors, monthly calls for new executive directors, and support calls for both middle managers and support workers.

We’re looking forward to re-establishing the Skills+