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  • Calgary Convention Centre Expansion Project Construction Now Underway

    Crews have broken ground on the $500 million BMO Centre expansion at Calgary’s Stampede Park in the city’s developing culture and entertainment district. “We are thrilled to see this project move into the construction phase on schedule,” said Kate Thompson, president and CEO of the Calgary Municipal Land Corp. (CMLC). “I believe it’s just the beginning of big, positive change for this district and downtown Calgary as a whole — something that’s going to be galvanizing for our city, which, as…

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  • IAEE Partners with Fern on Education Series

    The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) has partnered with services contractor Fern to offer a premiere chapter education series that enables industry-leading content to be provided at a local level. “It is important to us to provide the best and most pertinent education programming to our members, especially as our industry strives to recover from the challenges faced in the past year,” says IAEE vice-president of learning experiences, Marsha Flanagan. “In the five years the chapter education series…

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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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