News & Articles - trade shows

  • Get Trade Show Ready with this Exhibitor Checklist

    As pandemic restrictions continue to lift, many trade shows are committed to returning to in-person operations. This is exciting not just for attendees but also exhibitors. There is a lot to coordinate before you hit the show floor for your next big event. Given it has been quite some time since large face-to-face gatherings have been allowed, this guide provides a refresher to make the experience seamless and minimize stress. It’s also a great tool for first-time exhibitors. Pre-Show In…

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  • CIHP Trade Show Veteran to Retire

    Elizabeth McCullough is retiring as general manager of trade shows at the Canadian Institute of Heating and Plumbing (CIHP), effective June 30. “On behalf of the CIPH board, her teammates and the general membership, we salute the 24 years of service Elizabeth has provided to CIPH,” says CIPH president and general manager, Ralph Suppa. “We wish her good luck on her retirement as she steps into this new and exciting phase of her life.” McCullough first joined CIPH in 1992,…

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  • UFI Launches New Certification Program for Trade Show Professionals

    The Global Association of the Exhibitions Industry, UFI, has launched a new accredited designation for trade show professionals. The UFI Certified Professional (UCP) is a self-paced, fully customizable program offered to both members and non-members. It includes existing UFI programs as well as modules offered by a network of global educational partners. Additional benefits beyond the classroom include networking, specialization and career development. “Our members have been requesting a UFI endorsement of our education, so they can signal to employers…

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  • Why you Should Avoid Conference Call Apps for Virtual Events

    Video conference call fatigue is real. Today’s virtual attendees are tired of the Brady Bunch squares they interact with daily and are looking for high-quality and to be intrigued when they attend virtual events or trade shows. Few people look at a video conference call and say, “Wow, this is captivating just like broadcast events.” These platforms may be a great tool for peer discussions, family functions or the classroom, but not for a professional presentation of topical information with testing,…

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  • EY Centre Names New Show Services Provider

    Eastern Ontario’s largest exhibition centre has a new show services provider. EY Centre announced its official partnership with Stronco on April 15. “It was paramount for us to choose an experienced partner who has a depth of experience and reputation for service excellence to seamlessly support our customers through post-pandemic recovery,” says EY Centre general manager, Neill Bales. “Stronco’s solid roots in the industry, especially in the Ontario market, made (it) the ideal partner of choice for our facility. The…

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  • Work Program Offers Temporary Employment to Events Industry Personnel

    GES has launched a program that provides temporary work for experienced exhibition professionals in anticipation of in-person events returning in 2021. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and events abruptly cancelling, thousands of experienced and talented trade show personnel lost employment,” says Jeff Quade, executive vice-president of exhibitions at GES. “As shows and events begin to come back safely, we want to prioritize work opportunities for those talented and skilled exhibition employees that have been so pivotal to the success of…

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  • Informa Consolidates Portfolios in Response to Evolving Market

    Informa Markets has combined its North America-headquartered brands under a single leadership team led by Nancy Walsh, who has been promoted to the role of president of the expanded portfolio. “Since joining us, Nancy has immersed herself in understanding what value we can offer to our customers through our brands and developed solutions that keep our communities connected, 365 days a year,” says Informa Markets CEO, Charlie McCurdy. Walsh will oversee key brands, including National Products Expo, World of Concrete,…

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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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  • The Show Must Go On: Safe Practices for the Return of Live Events

    The return of in-person conferences and events is crucial to helping economies recover. They attract exhibitors and attendees from all over the world, generating millions of dollars in tourism revenue, and support tens of thousands of jobs across a multitude of industries. As co-chair of the Exhibition Services and Contractors Association’s health and safety committee and a member of the industry event and health advisory group for the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, a division of the worldwide cleaning industry association…

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  • Six Considerations Before Hosting a Live Event in the Coronavirus World

    With Alberta greenlighting indoor trade shows and exhibiting events, and other provinces likely to soon follow-suit, you may be eager (and have the opportunity) to squeeze an event in before the year is out. And rightfully so! Since March, the events industry has made do with virtual options, which, although effective, do not compare to the magic of a live event. But much has changed since pre-COVID-19. Where do you start? Here’s what you should consider as you embark on…

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