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  • Calgary’s BMO Centre Expansion Project Enters New Stage

    Work to expand BMO Centre at Calgary’s Stampede Park is entering a new phase with the completion of Exhibit Hall F — 100,000 square feet of exhibition space on the north side of the existing convention centre. “Over the past 18 months, our project team has made significant progress on the preparatory work required to support the successful delivery of the BMO Centre expansion,” says Kate Thompson, president and CEO of the Calgary Municipal Land Corp. (CMLC). “While we’ve certainly…

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  • Informa Markets Launches Program Aimed at Removal of Disposable Stands

    Informa Markets is setting new industry standards with the launch of its Better Stands program, which is aimed at encouraging exhibitors to build cost-effective, high-quality stands made from reuseable materials. The goal is to create a better experience for customers and a more sustainable approach to constructing stands at in-person events globally, aiding both the physical and green recovery of the events industry. “As we return to the show floor, we want to create an environment that is easier to…

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  • New Program Helps Exhibitors Restricted from Travelling to Show Sites 

    Two women events industry veterans have developed a program for exhibitors that can’t travel due to restrictions to continue to sell (or break into) targeted markets at trade shows all over the world. Diane Bjorklund and Stephanie Selesnick launched the International Exhibitor Representation Program (IERP) in October. Bjorklund is president of Eventful Management Group and Selesnick is president of International Trade Information Inc. Depending on the show, the program functions as a remote booth or pavilion, using its network of…

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  • IAEE Updates Guidelines for Safe Return of Events

    The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) has updated its essential considerations for safely reopening exhibitions and events during the COVID-19 pandemic. The revised white paper includes enhancements in insurance and travel considerations. It features new content on improved risk assessment and force majeure — a common contract clause that essentially frees both parties from liability or obligation when an extraordinary event or circumstance occurs beyond their control that prevents either or both from fulfilling their obligations under the…

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  • CMEExpo Hall of Fame Adds Six Members

    Six event professionals have been inducted into Canadian Meetings and Events Expo’s (CMEExpo) hall of fame. Creative Group’s Diane Alexander is the 2020 industry volunteer. The category recognizes an individual planner or supplier who gives freely of their time or expertise in the promotion of industry associations, groups, professional industry chapters or charity work. Montreal event planner Daniela Caputo has been named an industry mentor. This honour celebrates a planner or supplier who, through their expertise, professional influence or academic…

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  • IAEE Announces 2020 Legend of the Year

    ConvExx co-founder Susan Schwartz is officially an industry legend after being named as such by the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE). “She exemplifies the dedication and quality of work that makes the exhibitions and events industry a great one,” says IAEE chair, Robert McLean. Schwartz was bestowed the honour during the association’s virtual leadership conference in early August. Each year, the Legend of the Industry is selected from IAEE members whose contributions, innovation and leadership have been truly…

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  • Alberta Issues Event Guidelines as Trade Shows, Exhibits get Green Light

    Indoor trade shows and exhibiting events are allowed again in Alberta. The announcement was made July 16, at a press conference. The province’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, said after studying other jurisdictions that have reopened such activities, it was found events don’t seem to be large spreaders of the coronavirus. The government has developed guidelines to support event organizers in reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 among workers, volunteers, patrons and the general public. Organizers…

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  • Edmonton Venues Commit to Achieve GBAC Star Certification

    A pair of convention centres in Alberta’s capital will become two of the first venues in Canada to pursue the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) Star accreditation for outbreak prevention, response and recovery. The announcement by the Edmonton Convention Centre and Edmonton Expo Centre comes less than a month after the Toronto Congress Centre committed to the standard, and just days before the provincial government announced the resumption of trade shows and exhibits, effective July 17. GBAC Star is considered the gold standard…

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  • Mobile Event Apps: How to Choose the Right One

    Mobile event apps are almost expected today and will become even more important as face-to-face exhibitions resume. But with so many offering similar features, how do you decide which is the best one? While research shows cost is the biggest determining factor for organizers when selecting an event app, it shouldn’t be the only one. Here’s what you need to consider. 1. Functionality. Establish what you require and then find out if the app provides it. What you need will…

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  • IAEE White Paper Highlights Considerations for Safe Return of Events

    A new white paper released by the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) provides essential considerations for safely reopening exhibitions and events during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Although we are eager to get back to our usual face-to-face business environment, safety must be the top priority and we must look to the science and medical communities for the best ways to go about producing our shows,” says IAEE president and CEO, David DuBois. IAEE’s health and safety task force teamed…

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