Canadian Produce Marketing Association Cancels Convention and Trade Show
OTTAWA, ON - As the industry continues to ensure that health and safety are top priority, trade associations have either postponed or cancelled events to protect industry members. The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) recently announced that it too will be cancelling its 2020 CPMA Convention and Trade Show.
“CPMA is committed to offering our members, and Convention and Trade Show exhibitors and registrants, a positive and memorable Convention and Trade Show experience and this will continue as we execute the transition from our 2020 event to our 2021 event in Vancouver,” said Ron Lemaire, President. “At this time, we are also actively engaged at all hours with government officials across various sectors with implications on the produce industry to ensure the continued flow of produce throughout the supply chain.”
In a statement, CPMA also encouraged businesses throughout the produce supply chain to make use of its COVID-19 Updates page. CPMA also shared that it continues to work on the industry’s behalf to minimize business disruptions.
“The produce industry looks forward to gathering at Canada’s largest event for the produce sector—the CPMA Convention and Trade Show,” said Oleen Smethurst, Chair of the Board of Directors. “The CPMA Board of Directors has made the right decision to cancel this event. The health of our global community is our top priority and we fully support government efforts to eliminate the transmission of COVID-19.”
Mario Masellis, Chair of the 2020 CPMA Convention and Trade Show Organizing Committee, added, “The 2020 CPMA Convention and Trade Show was shaping up to be an incredible production with top entertainment, and many new exhibitors and attendees. I would like to thank the entire organizing committee for their efforts in planning this event and we look forward to the 2021 CPMA Convention and Trade Show in Vancouver, B.C.”
Exhibitors, sponsors and attendees who have already paid will have the option to carry forward their booth purchases and sponsorships to the 2021 CPMA Convention and Trade Show. Additional options can be found here.
The association also noted that its Annual General Meeting (AGM), which is traditionally conducted as part of the Convention and Trade Show agenda, will be changed to a virtual meeting. Details on this event will be sent to members as soon as they are confirmed.
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