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CAEM Update – August 23

MESSAGE FROM CAEM PRESIDENT JILL KIVETT

Hello Fabulous CAEM Members!

I have been President for close to two months, so I thought it was time to introduce myself!

October 2023 will mark 20 years in the event industry, specifically with Marketplace Events (formerly dmg world media). I started out as an Exhibit Sales Representative for the two Vancouver home shows. In 2014 I moved into the role of Regional Vice President and joined the Marketplace Events management team.  

I was incredibly honoured to become President of CAEM. I have very big shoes to fill, and I cannot thank Past President, Bianca Kennedy and Executive Director, Jennifer Allaby enough for their leadership during the pandemic.  They helped us pivot towards advocacy for the industry while working with our Treasurer Anita Schachter to keep the association financially sound. It was incredible to be a part of restarting our industry. A wild and uncomfortable rollercoaster ride that I am glad has finally slowed.  Read more….

 

CAEM is pleased to be offering our first in person CEM Courses in 3 years.

This is a fantastic opportunity to begin or continue your pursuit of the CEM designation and a perfect way to earn recertification credits.

For more information about the CEM program please visit the CAEM website or contact the CAEM office.

Thank you to our venue sponsor, Beanfield Centre at Exhibition Place for hosting these courses.

SECURITY, RISK AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT

November 15, 2022

Beanfield Centre at Exhibition Place
Instructor: Brad Styba, CEM

Course Description:
Protecting the financial integrity of exhibitions is critical, and an essential element of that goal is proper risk assessment and planning. Risk management is a continuing process that identifies, analyzes, evaluates and addresses loss exposures and monitors risk control and financial resources for the purpose of mitigating the undesirable effects of loss. This involves evaluating the security needs for an event and if a crisis should occur, having a crisis management team in place to manage it.

CONSUMER SHOW
MANAGEMENT

November 16, 2022

Beanfield Centre at Exhibition Place
Instructor: Nancy Milani, CEM-AP, CMP

Course Description:
Consumer (public) shows are exhibitions and events in which companies in a specific industry can showcase and demonstrate their latest products, services and activities to public consumers. Consumer show organizers must possess a working knowledge of the activities and functions related to consumer shows and master the skills to address this different set of logistics than those related solely to the management of a private tradeshow or event. This program provides attendees with the skills necessary to effectively produce a successful consumer show.

CEM COURSE REGISTRATION:

CAEM and IAEE Members:  $325 per course plus tax

Non-Members: $550 per course plus tax

Register Today:

Security, Risk and Crisis Management

Consumer Show Management

Bilingual Exhibit Sales Representative – The Motorcycle Shows 

Manager, Sponsorships – Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada 

Coordinator, Convention Events and Sponsorship – Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada

Coordinator, Convention Exhibits – Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada 

Coordinator, Convention – Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada 

CAEM members can submit job openings to be posted on the CAEM Careers page at no charge.  Exclusive job posting eblasts to CAEM's database are also available for members at the discounted rate of $149 plus tax.  Please reach out to the CAEM office with your job posts as well as any questions you may have.

 

The Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) announces the appointment of their new President

CAEM members are encouraged to submit press releases and announcements to be included in CAEM Updates as well as on the Industry Updates page of the CAEM website. Please feel free to add [email protected] to your distribution list if you have not already. 

Message from CAEM President Jill Kivett

Hello Fabulous CAEM Members!

I have been President for close to two months, so I thought it was time to introduce myself!

October 2023 will mark 20 years in the event industry, specifically with Marketplace Events (formerly dmg world media). I started out as an Exhibit Sales Representative for the two Vancouver home shows. In 2014 I moved into the role of Regional Vice President and joined the Marketplace Events management team.

I was incredibly honoured to become President of CAEM. I have very big shoes to fill, and I cannot thank Past President, Bianca Kennedy and Executive Director, Jennifer Allaby enough for their leadership during the pandemic.  They helped us pivot towards advocacy for the industry while working with our Treasurer Anita Schachter to keep the association financially sound. It was incredible to be a part of restarting our industry. A wild and uncomfortable rollercoaster ride that I am glad has finally slowed.

Most of us have now had a chance to work on events again. How good did that feel? I have thought a lot about that moment on the show floor when the booths are set up, the aisle carpet is freshly vacuumed, the lights are set to the right level, but the exhibitors and attendees have not arrived yet…the calm before the storm. We get a chance to stand back and admire what we have built before sharing it with the world. It is truly magical. Events are back and it feels good!

I am a glass half full person so I wish we could celebrate the exposition industry being “back to normal”. Sadly, we all know that is not the case. Staff shortages, supply chain issues, skyrocketing costs, increasing interest rates, and a looming recession all put a damper on the celebration. The challenges we are facing now are not on the scale of a global pandemic, but they are very real and very scary.

CAEM is the association for producers, venues, and suppliers of trade and consumer shows. We are the only association of its kind in Canada. Under CAEM’s leadership, the industry united like never before over the last two years and together we have made significant progress on several different fronts, but our work is not done and for CAEM to continue to advocate for the industry, provide education and networking opportunities such as the annual conference, we need membership to increase to pre-pandemic levels and for our strategic partnerships and sponsorships to grow.  I am beyond grateful for the support of our current membership, but I challenge you to spread the word about CAEM. Reach out to event producers and suppliers across Canada and encourage them to join this association. Participation in our events (attending and sponsoring) is also imperative to CAEM’s success. This association is for you. Our continued growth and success, and honestly, our existence as an association lies firmly within all of you.

The Board of Directors is embarking on a strategic planning process where we will be reviewing CAEM’s current mission and discussing our strengths and weaknesses while focusing on our future goals. A key element of our strategic planning process includes a member survey which we will be sending out in September.  Please watch your emails and be sure to participate in the survey because we need to hear from each and every one of you in order to effectively plan for CAEM's future.

After we complete the strategic planning process, we will be reaching out to our membership to form committees. We do not exist without our volunteers – our Board of Directors and Committee Members. I encourage each of you to consider joining a committee this year and joining our Board in the future.

I am thrilled to be embarking on this journey and I look forward to connecting with each of you, at a future CAEM event or on the phone. Thank you for your support and kindness!

Jill Kivett
President, CAEM

 

CAEM Update – The Passing of Xavier Poncin

 

THE EXHIBITION INDUSTRY MOURNS THE PASSING OF XAVIER PONCIN

MONTREAL, August 2, 2022

 

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Xavier Poncin, respected CAEM Director on July 27 at the age of 50.

Xavier first joined the trade show industry in France in 1997 before taking over the management of SIAL Canada in 2008, where he demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the organization’s mission, development, progress and growth.

In 2021, Xavier was appointed as a Director-at-Large on CAEM’s Board, following his appointment a year earlier in 2020 as President of APEQ (Association des professionnels en exposition du Québec).  Through his exemplary engagement and leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic, Xavier quickly became known to many in the industry as an incredibly considerate individual, who was particularly sensitive to the impacts of the crisis on businesses and professionals in our industry.  Without hesitation he committed himself to representing the industry, and advocating for the sustainable reopening of the exhibition sector, significantly boosting both APEQ’s and CAEM’s influence with policy makers in Quebec.

Through his unwavering involvement and commitment Xavier was able to successfully rally together the Quebec exhibition industry during an incredibly challenging time.  As such he quickly became a highly respected champion of our sector, always open to collaborating with partner associations and other like-minded leaders in the business events industry.

We offer our deepest condolences to his children, Valentine and Thomas, who lost their father much too soon.  Your father was an incredibly caring, kindhearted, and honourable man, as well as a fighter, who never shied away from a challenge.

We are also keeping the SIAL Canada team in our thoughts, as Xavier brilliantly led the company for 14 years as General Manager.  He was completely dedicated to the organization, caring immensely about its success, and above all adored the team he worked with.

Today, the entire exhibition industry is mourning our colleague and our friend.  There is no doubt that Xavier will leave a great void within the exhibition industry in Quebec, Canada, France and elsewhere.

Xavier, we will miss you tremendously.

Board of Directors
Canadian Association of Exposition Management

CAEM Update – July 28, 2022

 

FEDERAL ADVOCACY

Business & Urban Tourism: Federal Tourism Growth Strategy Roundtable
Hosted by Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, Randy Boissonnault on July 25.

As part of Budget 2022, the Federal Government announced their intent to create a new, post-pandemic Tourism Growth Strategy.  To accomplish this goal, the Federal Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, Randy Boissonnault, embarked on a series of roundtable sessions with tourism stakeholders to gather input for this new Tourism Growth Strategy.  In addition to these consultations, written submissions from the industry have been solicited and encouraged.  The deadline for these submissions is August 3, 2022.

After securing the inclusion of the exhibition industry as eligible businesses in the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program (THRP) in late 2021, CAEM has been working to capitalize on the momentum from this hard fought win to ensure our sector continues to be recognized as a key economic driver in the tourism industry.

Since the announcement of the consultation process for the Tourism Growth Strategy, CAEM has been working closely with our government relations firm Crestview Strategy to secure an invitation to one of Minister Boissonnault's roundtable sessions as well as crafting a written submission.   We are pleased to report that CAEM's Executive Director, Jennifer Allaby and Past President, Bianca Kennedy participated in the Business & Urban Tourism: Federal Tourism Growth Strategy Roundtable with Minister Boissonnault on July 25th.  This proved an excellent opportunity to educate the Minister about the unique features of our industry and the challenges we continue to face as we slowly move towards recovery. Our main goal in participating in this session was to secure a commitment that trade and consumer shows will be included in the Tourism Growth Strategy and Minister Boissonnault assured us our sector would not be forgotten. 

We were also able to share the key asks contained in our written Tourism Growth Strategy submission with the Minister during this session.  Those are as follows:

  • Introduce a targeted tax credit for eligible Small and Medium Businesses who exhibit at trade shows, consumer shows, expositions, conferences, or conventions.
  • Invest in skills development training and promoting the tourism and business events industry as a viable employment opportunity for students and newcomers to Canada.

You will find the CAEM's Tourism Growth Strategy submission here.

CAEM continues to be involved on the Steering Committee of the Coalition of Hardest Hit Businesses and met with this group on July 26th as they finalize their submission for the Tourism Growth Strategy.

Finally, CAEM continues to capitalize on the important relationships we have forged over the last 2 years with important industry associations.  Following our meeting with Minister Boissonnault, we reached out to the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) to seek their advice and assistance on next steps to ensure our sector is included in the Federal Tourism Growth Strategy.

2022 CAEM CONFERENCE

After almost 3 years, CAEM's marquee in-person event descended upon Hamilton, Ontario from June 26th to June 28th.   The event was a true celebration of our vibrant industry as exhibition professionals from across the country reunited, engaged, and connected.

From inspiring keynote speakers like Heath Slawner, Laura Cole and Peter Katz, to the buzz of connections being made at ExpoCAN, the 2022 CAEM Conference achieved its goal of delivering timely and relevant education and endless peer-to-peer networking opportunities – and that was just during the day!  Our evening events did not disappoint and provided the perfect atmosphere to continue conversations and build relationships.

Many thanks to the 2022 CAEM Conference Committee for their hard work, commitment, and vision.  A huge thank you is also due to our sponsors whose support made this event possible.  Finally, thank you to each and every one of our members who attended the Conference and contributed to its success.

View the photo gallery from the 2022 Conference here.  Photos compliments of CAEM's media partner Ignite Magazine.

Stay tuned for details regarding the 2023 Conference!

The CAEM Careers page is brimming with amazing job opportunities.  Make sure to check the page often and please share with your network.

A reminder that CAEM members can submit job openings to be posted on the CAEM Careers page at no charge.  Exclusive job posting eblasts to CAEM's database are also available for members at the discounted rate of $149 plus tax.  Please reach out to the CAEM office with your job posts as well as any questions you may have.

Here are the job opportunities posted on our Careers page in July :

Operations Manager, Shows & Conferences – ZoomerShows 

Manager, Client Services – LANGE 

Director of Events – Energy – dmg::events 

Manager, Customer Service – SHOWTECH POWER & LIGHTING  

Senior Event Operations Manager, Consumer Shows – Informa Connect 

 

CAEM Update: Special Conference Edition

 

THERE IS STILL TIME TO REGISTER FOR THE CAEM CONFERENCE

The countdown is on!  We are officially 10 days away from the 2022 CAEM Annual Conference.  It is has been 3 long years since our last Conference in Calgary in 2019, and we cannot wait to see you in Hamilton!

Momentum and excitement are building for what is sure to be an event full of connecting, learning and celebrating.

If you have not already registered, there is still time!   There are a number of registration options available to fit your busy schedule.  Of course there is our Full Delegate program which gives you access to all education sessions, meal functions and evening events from June 26-28, but we also have a daily rate available for Monday, June 27th or Tuesday, June 28th.  This Daily Delegate option includes all meal functions, education sessions, as well as the evening event for the day you are attending.

You can learn more about registration options and rates here, and as always please reach out to the CAEM Office with any questions you may have.

SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM OUR CLOSING KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Peter Katz, JUNO-Nominated
Musician and Storyteller

From the Keynotes to the Concurrent Sessions, the Conference Education Program will provide takeaways that you will be able to immediately apply in your organizations and events.


Complete details and session descriptions can be found on our website

 

The CAEM Conference's always popular trade show – ExpoCAN is sold out!
Taking place Monday, June 27th from 12:45pm – 3:30pm. this is truly a must attend for all Exposition Member Delegates.
For more details and to view the Show Guide, click here.

 

 

 

The CAEM Conference would not be complete without our legendary social events!  This year's line up offers great venues as well as delicious food and drinks, ensuring each evening will deliver the perfect atmosphere to reconnect with colleagues, make new connections and have lots of fun. Click here for all the details!

CAEM Update: May 12, 2022

ADVOCACY UPDATE

Earlier this year, CAEM formed a Government Relations Committee tasked with developing both short-term and long-term priorities as we begin to emerge from the pandemic and turn our attention to an enduring advocacy strategy.  The Committee has identified four key priorities to explore and develop in the coming months as we work to continue to strengthen CAEM's relationship with all levels of government.

The four priorities are as follows:

  • Economic Impact Study: to achieve long-term goals with government, statistics illustrating the industry's economic impact are essential.
  • Stimulus Package Development: to assist with the costs of businesses participating in trade and consumer shows.
  • Awareness: long-term industry advocacy to further develop and strengthen government's understanding of our sector's significant economic impact.
  • Labour Challenges: exploring a two-pronged approach whereby the industry is engaged in developing solutions and government is engaged in assisting with the proposed solutions. 

The members of the Government Relations Committee are:

  •  Bianca Kennedy, Powersports Services – CAEM President and Committee Chair
  • Joe Glionna, Newcom Business Media Inc.
  • Trevor Graham, The International Centre
  • Arjun Hajela, SME 
  • Jill Kivett, Marketplace Events and CAEM 1st Vice President 
  • Élaine Legault, Palais des congrès de Montréal
  • Greg Newton, BMO Centre at the Calgary Stampede
  • James Rilett, Restaurants Canada
  • Jennifer Allaby, CAEM Executive Director

As the Government Relations Committee works on these priorities and develops strategies we will keep members up to date on our progress.  A key element in the success of this Committee, and CAEM's continued advocacy work, is engagement from our members. To best represent you and effectively advocate on your behalf we will be seeking your feedback and participation which may take the form of surveys, focus groups and webinars.  We look forward to connecting with you in the coming weeks and months as we move our advocacy work forward.

PROVINCIAL UPDATE

Public health restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic have ended in most provinces, however, CAEM continues to monitor the situation and will keep the information found on our website up to date.

Since our last update on April 13ththe lifting of mask mandates has been announced for Prince Edward Island and Quebec.  The mask mandate for indoor public places was lifted in PEI on May 6th with Quebec announcing the mandate will be lifted on May14th.

With the Ontario election now underway, and set to take place June 2nd, CAEM is continuing to deliver the message to candidates from all political parties that reopening does not mean recovery and support is needed for the sector to fully recover and thrive.  In consultation with our government relations firm, Crestview Strategy, CAEM has distributed an election survey outlining the industry's current situation and a request from the candidates to support our asks.  To date we have received several positive survey responses.

The asks in the survey are as follows:

  • Recognize producers of trade shows and consumer shows as businesses in the tourism and travel sector.
  • Expand tourism economic recovery funding programs such as the Tourism Economic Development and Recovery Fund, available through the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries to incentivize medium to small business exhibitors to register to attend trade and consumer shows. Providing incentives to exhibitors will restore the trade and consumer show industry while driving tourism which will boost local economies.
  • Recognize the labour shortages within the tourism industry including trade and consumer shows. Address it by investing in skills development training and promoting the industry as a viable employment opportunity for newcomers to Ontario and students.

CAEM WEBINAR – MAY 25TH

Attracting and Retaining Today’s Workforce
Strategies and Solutions for Navigating the Competitive Landscape

The pandemic has significantly changed the workplace and the workforce.  Competition for qualified candidates is at an unprecedented high with unfilled positions creating stress on overworked teams.  

Join us on Wednesday, May 25th as we delve into this critical topic with the help of two HR professionals who are navigating these challenges on a daily basis.  Our speakers will share their vast experience, as well as offer ideas, solutions and some outside the box thinking on this pressing issue. 

We fully recognize that a topic such as this offers the perfect opportunity for peer-to peer learning, therefore we will begin the session with a 30 minute presentation from our speakers and will round out the hour with breakout sessions where members can share challenges, ideas and solutions related to hiring and retaining today's workforce

REGISTRATION:

CAEM Members: FREE OF CHARGE

Employees from a Member Company:  $15 plus tax
(A special rate is available for employees who are not CAEM members, but the organization they work for is a member of CAEM. Please email [email protected] for a registration code.)

Non-members: $65 plus tax

REGISTER TODAY

THE INDUSTRY EVENT OF THE YEAR IS A LITTLE OVER A MONTH AWAY!

There's still time to register for 2022 CAEM Annual Conference coming to Hamilton, June 26-28!  Register here!

However, hotel rooms are at a premium with the room block sitting at 90% full and the reservation cut off date is May 24th!  Click here to book your room today.

Everything you need to know about the Conference, including the Education sessions, ExpoCAN, and Sponsorship Opportunities can be found on the CAEM website.

We cannot wait to connect in Hamilton – June 26-28!

Join us on Sunday, June 26th at the CAEM Annual Conference for the first in person CEM course in over 2 years. This is a fantastic opportunity to begin or continue your pursuit of the CEM designation and a perfect way to earn recertification credits.

Security, Risk and Crisis Management
Sunday, June 26th 8:30am – 4:30pm
Hamilton Convention Centre

Instructor: Brad Styba, CEM

Protecting the financial integrity of exhibitions is critical, and an essential element of that goal is proper risk assessment and planning. Risk management is a continuing process that identifies, analyzes, evaluates and addresses loss exposures and monitors risk control and financial resources for the purpose of mitigating the undesirable effects of loss. This involves evaluating the security needs for an event and if a crisis should occur, having a crisis management team in place to manage it.

Course Registration

CAEM Member =  $325+ tax  | Non- Member  = $550 + tax

CAEM Annual Conference Early Bird Deadline is May 4th

THE EARLY BIRD PRICING DEADLINE IS 6 DAYS AWAY!
REGISTER NOW AND SAVE!

Early Bird Associate Member Full Delegate Rate: $640

Early Bird Exposition Member Full Delegate Rate: $490

Save 10% when you register in a group!
(4+ registrations for Associate Members and 3+ registrations

for Exposition Members, contact the CAEM Office for details.

Not currently a member of CAEM?  We are pleased to let you know that CAEM Initial Membership is included in the Non-Member Registration rate.  By taking advantage of this rate, CAEM membership for the balance of the year is included.

Non-Member Expo Rate: $840 | Non-Member Associate Rate: $1080

 

REGISTER NOW

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – CLICK THE LINKS BELOW

Conference Program

Sponsorship Opportunities

ExpoCAN Information

Host Hotel
(The room block is 50% full!) 

Questions? The CAEM Office would be pleased to hear from you and answer any questions you may have.  Email [email protected] or by phone 416.787.9377.

 

Canadian Association of Exposition Management
PO Box 161 Streetsville

 

Mississauga, ON L5M 2B8

 

office: (416) 787-9377

toll-free: 1-866-441-9377
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CAEM Annual Conference Education Program

2022 ANNUAL CONFERENCE EDUCATION PROGRAM

This year’s Education Program is filled with inspiring messages, practical strategies and innovative solutions to help you rebuild and reinvent your in-person events.

Click the image below to learn more about this not to be missed line up!

 

Early Bird Associate Member Full Delegate Rate: $640

Early Bird Exposition Member Full Delegate Rate: $490

Save 10% when you register in a group!
(4+ registrations for Associate Members and 3+ registrations

for Exposition Members, contact the CAEM Office for details.

Not currently a member of CAEM?  We are pleased to let you know that CAEM Initial Membership is included in the Non-Member Registration rate.  By taking advantage of this rate, CAEM membership for the balance of the year is included.

Non-Member Expo Rate: $840 | Non-Member Associate Rate: $1080


REGISTER TODAY!

HOTEL ROOM BLOCK IS 28% FULL

The 2022 CAEM Conference is taking place at the Hamilton Convention Centre with the host hotel being the Sheraton Hamilton.  The Sheraton Hamilton is directly across the street from the Hamilton Convention Centre and is easily accessible from outside or the very convenient skybridge that connects the two properties. 

Please be aware that hotel rooms are limited so you are encouraged to book ASAP.  Click HERE to make your reservation in the CAEM room block. 

Room rate: $179 plus applicable taxes

We encourage you to book your room online however you may also call the toll-free reservation line at 1.888.627.8161 and ask for the CAEM – Exposition Management block. 

Questions? The CAEM Office would be pleased to hear from you and answer any questions you may have.  Email [email protected] or by phone 416.787.9377.

For information regarding available sponsorship opportunities please click here.

Information regarding ExpoCAN can be found here

Canadian Association of Exposition Management
PO Box 161 Streetsville

 

Mississauga, ON L5M 2B8

 

office: (416) 787-9377

toll-free: 1-866-441-9377
Unsubscribe

 

 

CAEM Update – April 13 2022

FEDERAL UPDATE

The Federal Government tabled its 2022 Budget on April 7thA Plan to Grow Our Economy and Make Life More Affordable.  As you know CAEM, as part of the Coalition of Hardest Hit Businesses, actively advocated for the extension of the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program (THRP), but unfortunately this campaign was not successful.  CAEM expressed their disappointment through the statement we released late last week which can be found here.

Thank you to all who participated in the most recent Coalition of Hardest Hit Businesses letter writing and social media campaign.  Although we were not successful in getting the extension to the THRP, the campaign did succeed in pressuring the government to re-open the Canada-US border and was successful in getting the testing requirement dropped for fully vaccinated travellers entering the country.  The campaign also successfully shone a light on the labour crisis the tourism industry is facing, and Budget 2022 committed to invest in the Temporary Foreign Worker program to deal with backlogs and to make tourism a priority sector for this program.  Please take a moment to read the Coalition’s impressive campaign report here.

Tremendous progress has been made over the course of the last two years by CAEM towards getting our industry recognized as a key player not only in the tourism economy but the overall Canadian economy.  The recognition our industry received by being specifically included in the eligibility criteria of the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program, is a significant milestone and will permanently entrench our sector when it comes to the broader definition of tourism.

CAEM continues to meet with politicians and senior policy advisors in key Federal Ministries to raise our industry’s voice to ensure we are recognized for the significant role we can play in Canada’s economic recovery.  In recent weeks we have met with senior policy advisors at the Ministry of Tourism and Associate Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Employment Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, and the Prime Minister’s Office.

PROVINCIAL UPDATE

While public health restrictions have been dropped in most provinces, CAEM continues to monitor the situation and endeavours to keep our COVID-19 web page up to date.

BC  

  • As of April 8th, proof of vaccination is no longer required to enter public spaces, including trade and consumer shows.  A reminder that capacity limits were lifted in BC on February 16th and the mask mandate was lifted on March 11th. More information here.

Ontario

  • Chief Medical Officer Kieran Moore held his first press conference in over a month on April 11th and announced the province would not be reinstating the mask mandate at this time. A reminder that capacity limits and proof of vaccination requirements were lifted on March 1st, and the mask mandate was lifted on March 21st. More information here.
  • As we reported in our March 30th update  CAEM has met with the Ontario Liberal Party Campaign team to discuss the importance of our industry in Ontario’s economy and to encourage investment in our sector as we rebuild.  This same message is being carried to the governing Conservative Party as well as the NDP.One of CAEM’s many advocacy successes has been the partnerships we have built with key industry associations.  One of those association is the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO).  We have collaborated with TIAO throughout the pandemic to advocate for our industry’s reopening as well as inclusion in provincial funding.Like CAEM, TIAO is meeting with all political parties in advance of the Ontario provincial election and has recently launched a Pre-Election Survey to help gather data to better advocate on behalf of the tourism sector.  We encourage all CAEM member and stakeholder organizations operating in Ontario to fill out this survey to ensure the voice of our industry is represented and heard. You will note in Question 4, which asks which sector you operate in, that trade shows/consumer shows are included, so please choose this option.  Please do not hesitate to share this survey with team members and other pertinent contacts and colleagues.

    Complete the survey here

PEI 

  • On April 6th, capacity limits were lifted for organized gatherings, including trade and consumer shows.  Proof of vaccination was discontinued on February 28th; however, the mask mandate is expected to remain in place until April 28th.   More information here.

Quebec

  • The Quebec government announced on April 5th they would be extending the mask mandate until April 30th.   A reminder that trade shows can operate at full capacity and that the proof of vaccination program was lifted for retail businesses as well as trade and consumer shows on February 16th.
    More information here.

 

CAEM ANNUAL CONFERENCE – EARLY BIRD DEADLINE MAY 4TH

Registration for CAEM's Annual Conference is now open! 

Register by May 4th and SAVE!

You do not want to miss this opportunity to reconnect with colleagues from across the country to share best practices, explore new products and services, and experience top notch education.  Register today to take advantage of the early bird rate savings!

Not currently a member of CAEM?  We are pleased to let you know that CAEM Initial Membership is included in the Non-Member Registration rate.  By taking advantage of this rate, CAEM membership for the balance of the year is included.

Non-Member Expo Rate: $840  Non-Member Associate Rate: $1080
For more information, please reach out to the CAEM office.

 

For more information about the Conference, including the Education sessions, ExpoCAN, Sponsorship Opportunities and hotel details, visit our website.

We cannot wait to connect in Hamilton – June 26-28!

CAEM Annual Conference: Registration Now Open

After almost 3 years, CAEM's marquee in-person event is back and taking place in Hamilton, Ontario from June 26th to June 28th.  The 2022 Conference will deliver the targeted education, peer-to-peer networking, and social events it is renowned for, but most important, it will provide CAEM members from across the country with the ability to connect, engage, unite and move Forward Together.

This year’s Education Program is filled with inspiring messages, practical strategies and innovative solutions to help you rebuild and reinvent your in-person events.   

Plan to check out our explosive Opening Keynote with Heath Slawner, who has been requested by some of the world’s most iconic companies looking for inspiration to drive change, develop leadership capacity, and build trusting teams!

Kicking off Tuesday's powerhouse education sessions is an interactive keynote led by communication expert, Laura Cole. The way we connect with each other has changed significantly over the last 2 years and there is truly no better time for a refresher about relationship building and networking as we navigate the new business landscape.

The conference wraps up with a show-stopping Closing Keynote with Peter Katz, a JUNO Award and Canadian Screen Award-nominated singer-songwriter, who is also a gifted story-teller and four-time TEDx fellow.  Peter uses his work and experiences to inspire people to overcome obstacles, build resiliency, deal with change and build success.

Visit the CAEM website to view the full Conference Education Program

Early Bird pricing is available until Wednesday, May 4th
so don’t delay, REGISTER TODAY!

Early Bird Associate Member Full Delegate Rate: $640

 

Early Bird Exposition Member Full Delegate Rate: $490

 

Save 10% when you register in a group!
(4+ registrations for Associate Members and 3+ registrations
for Exposition Members, contact the CAEM office for details)

The 2022 CAEM Conference is taking place at the Hamilton Convention Centre with the host hotel being the Sheraton Hamilton.  The Sheraton Hamilton is directly across the street from the Hamilton Convention Centre and is easily accessible from outside or the very convenient skybridge that connects the two properties.

Please be aware that hotel rooms are limited so you are encouraged to book ASAP.  Click HERE to make your reservation in the CAEM room block.

Room rate: $179 plus applicable taxes

We encourage you to book your room online however you may also call the toll-free reservation line at 1.888.627.8161 and ask for the CAEM – Exposition Management block.

A reminder to CAEM Members that the first right of refusal deadline is this Friday, April 8th.  If you would like to sponsor the same item you did at the 2019 Conference please let us know prior to this deadline.

The 2022 Conference Sponsorship Package is available here and the application can be found here.  Thank you for your support.