COVID-19 Resources

We understand that there's been no shortage of communications regarding the outbreak of COVID-19, which can lead to information overload, as well as induce a greater amount of anxiety and uncertainty. However, CAEM members are top of mind at this unprecedented time and we are committed to helping the industry navigate these challenging times.

During this time of uncertainty, we want to ensure CAEM members stay connected now more than ever. As such, this page will be updated regularly as more information becomes available.

Several provinces have begun announcing their reopening plans. You can find more information of each province’s timeline and actions here: Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan

CAEM Resources

In response to how COVID-19 has affected the exposition industry, The Canadian Association of Exposition Management (CAEM) officially announced the formation of the Exposition Recovery Taskforce on May 6, 2020. The purpose of this taskforce is to put a plan and proposal together for the responsible, safe and effective reopening of our industry.
In an effort to respond and create an easier way to communicate with other members, a discussion forum is available on the CAEM website. In order to participate in the discussion with fellow CAEM members, you will be required to login to your membership profile. We hope this space is of value to you and look forward to hearing your thoughts.
In this time of uncertainty and change, CAEM collaborated with Meetings Mean Business Canada (MMBC), Conventions Centres of Canada (CCC) and Informa Canada to bring you an update on the landscape of the industry. This includes how we are working together to aggregate data that reflects the economic importance and devastation of the exhibition industry, specifically where exhibitions are concerned. See here for the webinar recording.

Advocacy and Position Letters

On March 18th, CAEM sent a letter urging the government to include companies involved in the production and execution of trade and consumer shows, in their funding support. Click here to see a copy of this letter. At the same time, we want to take this opportunity to encourage you, our members, to advocate individually as well, on behalf of your own company. A letter template is available here. Once you have updated this template to reflect your company’s position, you can send it to the following.

On May 21st, the CAEM Taskforce sent 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 on a federal level. In it, we will define the Exhibition Industry and differentiate it from festivals, concerts and mass gatherings. These position letters 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. See the letters below:

British Columbia
New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador
Nova Scotia
Prince Edward Island

Upcoming Industry Initiatives and Webinars

The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry has launched UFI Connects.  This program of regular talks, panels, and webinar sessions is free of charge for industry professionals and can be accessed here.

GED2020 is set to be celebrated on June 3, 2020! To make the biggest possible impact, Global Exhibitions Day this year will focus on just one message: Exhibitions are key to rebuilding economies. See how you can get involved here.