CAEM Weekly Update – September 3, 2020

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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our priority has been to serve as the voice of the industry and help the sector navigate the current landscape, as it is now more important than ever to foster a community of support. CAEM also recognizes that our work and success is made possible by the financial contribution from our dedicated members, Annual Sponsors and partners. Without their support, we would not be able to offer the initiatives or resources that we do, nor achieve the impact of our latest advocacy work and efforts.

While CAEM’s Updates and COVID-19 resources are currently available to the industry, CAEM is revamping members-only resources and encourages you to purchase a membership to access full member benefits, including access to job postings, member directories, discussion forums and more. Help fuel the Association and click here to become a CAEM member today.

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Annual Sponsor Content

Connecting with Colleagues Over Coffee has become a new monthly tradition for industry professionals. Our last session, on August 19th, was powered by Premium Association Sponsor GES. During our first breakout session, Charles Rye, Tod Large and Tony Gallagher, CEM with GES Canada shared some of the key findings from their attendee survey on returning to live events, sparking insightful conversations among participants. For those interested in taking a deeper dive into the survey results, please click here to see the full insights report from GES.

What You Need to Know This Week

The CAEM Exhibition Recovery Taskforce is continuing to meet on a regular basis in regional groups. While advocating for the safe reopening of the exhibition industry is still the main priority, CAEM recognizes the detrimental impact COVID-19 has had on the exhibition sector. Our industry was among the first to be shut down in mid-March, and we remain one of the few industries still contending with a complete and indefinite shutdown of all business activity.

For this reason, the Exhibition Recovery Taskforce will be adding sector-specific government funding to our advocacy priorities. We will be meeting with other industry Associations including TIAC, TIAO and MMBC to develop a strategy and communication plan to advocate for sector-specific funding to sustain liquidity and support business solvency in the exhibition sector. 

CAEM will continue to keep you updated on progress with funding advocacy.

Key Developments


On August 22, 2020, the Ontario government announced that facilities can have up to 50 guests per indoor meeting room or event space within the facility. Additional information can be found here. While CAEM recognizes that this provides a path forward for some facilities to reopen, exhibitions remain prohibited at this time. The taskforce therefore remains committed to its mission to advocate for a safe and responsible reopening of exhibitions and has several meetings scheduled with different departments in government to continue engaging in meaningful dialogue with policymakers.

British Columbia

The BC Safe Reopening Guidelines were revised to include a section on Risk Assessment, based upon input from WorkSafeBC, who approved the changes but do not approve reopening plans. Their approval, however was noted in a letter on August 24th sent to Dr. Bonnie Henry as a result of a change to her gathering order whereby she stated that “Episodic Vending Markets” are not subject to posted limits. We have not received a response to our letter and while both Dr. Henry and Health Minister Dix have stated during a recent media conference that they will be holding the 50 person limits for quite some time, we continue to press for an answer to our request for exemption. 

CAEM Updates

2020 CAEM Annual General Meeting

CAEM’s AGM will be held virtually on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 1:00 PM ET. Any CAEM member may attend the meeting. In accordance with our membership participation rights policy, this means any exposition member, or named representative of an associate member company for whom a fee is paid.

If you cannot attend the meeting and you have voting rights, you may assign your proxy to another voting member or the CAEM President. This ensures quorum at the meeting. Please ensure that your proxy form is emailed to the CAEM office at [email protected] before Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 12:00 PM ET.


CAEM Associate Members – New Directory Categories 

CAEM is pleased to offer the Supplier Directory and during this unprecedented time, we recognize many suppliers are now offering new services and products to support exhibition organizers in adapting their show floors to host and produce COVID-19 safe events. If you're an Associate Member and your products and services have pivoted, please click here to tell us about your new offerings.

Once we receive this information, CAEM will be implementing additional Supplier Directory categories, including PPE, hybrid event technology and COVID-19 signage, virtual technology, COVID-19 specific signage, staff, education, resources, etc.

Please only have one member per organization complete the form on behalf of the entire organization.


CEM Update

To all CEM candidates and applicants that are CAEM Members, the CAEM Certification Council has reached out to IAEE to confirm an extension on deadlines for recertification and certification completion from six months to one year.

CAEM understands the value and benefit of the in-person CEM courses, and is once again happy to confirm that CAEM members who have a recertification date of January 1, 2021 will be eligible for the extension by contacting IAEE. Similarly, if there are CEM candidates who find they cannot complete the credits necessary to earn their certification by their end date, they can also receive an extension by contacting IAEE.

For those of you who are interested in completing online CEM courses offered by IAEE to maintain or complete your certification, please email the CAEM Office to access a discount code.


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Government Resources

As the Provinces continue working through their reopening and recovery plans, you can find each Province’s timeline and actions here: 

Additional Resources:

Industry Initiatives

Pacific Trade eConference + Expo 2020

September 2, 2020, 2:00 PM to September 3, 2020, 6:00PM EDT

Register now for this two-day eConference and expo event! This annual event is brings together business experts and leading companies from around the globe to generate new business opportunities. 

The Future of Trade Shows and Events

September 10, 2020, 1:00 PM MDT

This webinar will feature a panel of industry experts as they discuss the future of trade shows and events, including what the events will look like and how you can start preparing.