CAEM Exposition Recovery Taskforce Update – May 21
May 21, 2020
What You Need to Know This Week
CAEM has had a very productive week, including a number of good conversations with taskforce members and the industry-at-large, in order to guide our plan and strategy for moving forward. CAEM's Exposition Recovery Taskforce had their second meeting on Tuesday, May 19th, during which we discussed position letters to go to the government, online advocacy tools and receiving input from a public health expert.
The taskforce covered the following topics during the meeting:
Overview Taskforce Goals
Draft Position Letter
Updates on Guidelines
The CAEM Taskforce will send an Exhibition-specific position letter to elected leaders, on a province-by-province basis to the respective minsters of health, tourism, finance, economic development and the premiers, as well as duplicate this on a federal level. In it, we will define the Exhibition Industry and differentiate it from festivals, concerts and mass gatherings.
The position letter will lay the groundwork with the government, explaining that a Guidelines document will be coming in June and it will outline a collaborative set of best practices, vetted by a Public Health expert. The position letter will be specifically asking Government to allow our industry to be part of the next phase of provincial openings. The letter will also include a link to an economic impact study for our industry which includes Canadian and Global economic impact – available on the MMBC website.
To mobilize the entire industry in a grassroots letter writing campaign and to make it easy and quick for members, CAEM has made the investment into an online advocacy tool that specializes in the formulation of politically motivated campaigns. This platform will connect our members and the industry-at-large, directly to Federal, Provincial, and Municipal representatives right at the push of a button. Stay tuned for more details early next week on how you can add your voice to CAEM’s advocacy campaign.
Once the letters have been delivered, the taskforce's next focus will be a set of proposed Guidelines to be available in two weeks. They will be a collaborative effort and CAEM will continue to consult with associations including MMBC, Convention Centres of Canada and APEQ and will take into consideration existing guidelines such as those recently published by industry and available on our website.