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  • CAEM

    CAEM Announces New Management

      The Canadian Association of Exposition Management (CAEM) announced the appointment of Essentient Association Management as CAEM’s new management firm effective January 1, 2024. Essentient will be replacing CAEM’s current executive director, Jennifer Allaby of JLA Management, who has been in the role since January 1, 2021. “We are grateful for everything Jennifer has done for CAEM not only in the last three years as our executive director, but also for the 20 years prior to that as a member,…

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    Contract Wisdom: Sadly Insufficient

    by Heather Reid I once conducted a side-by-side examination of 12 signed and negotiated contracts for booking events into unconventional venues. The “unconventional venue” contracts included the following Canadian locations: cultural centre, city-owned sports facility, entertainment complex, music hall, high-risk recreational facility, heritage facility, aquarium, brewery, two recreational/amusement facilities and museums in two different cities. Here are a few of the findings of my side-by-side review: Indemnification Clause   6 contracts – did not have one and therefore, neither side…

    Event Operations

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    Can Stadiums Deliver World-Class Events?

      Historically major events have spiked huge investment by the hosts and bring about the construction of new venues and infrastructure, and while in recent times efforts have been made to limit the environmental impact, construction always has some impact. After all, the most sustainable event is the one that doesn’t build anything. Hosting a major sporting event, such as the Olympics or FIFA World Cup is notoriously controversial, whereby the hosting prestige can, and often is, outweighed by substantial…

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  • Niagara inclusive

    Convention Centre in Niagara Falls Renamed

      Niagara Falls Canada’s landmark event, meeting and convention venue kicks off 2022 under the new name of Niagara Falls Convention Centre (NFCC). The new name honours its iconic destination and Niagara Falls’ coveted reputation as one of Canada’s top international meeting and convention destinations. The naming rights expired in 2021 for the venue which was formerly referred to as the Scotiabank Convention Centre.  “The Niagara Falls Convention Centre name celebrates our iconic location in the world. This rightfully positions…

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  • Halifax Convention Centre Events Continue to Grow this Fall

    The Halifax Convention Centre will host more than 50 events this fall as the list of in-person meetings and conventions continues to grow. “We have been working closely with our clients to plan their events and get back to doing what we do best – welcoming guests to Halifax and Nova Scotia, “ said Carrie Cussons, president and CEO of the Halifax Convention Centre. “Events play a critical role in driving economic and community vibrancy and supporting our province’s recovery,…

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  • AV technology

    How to Choose the Right Venue for your Hybrid Event

    2020 saw many events turn virtual due to the pandemic. This year, with the vaccination rollout now in full swing, hybrid events are slated to become the most popular event type. Much like in-person events, the venue can make or break a hybrid event’s success. For face-to-face events, the right spot will depend on the event’s size, duration and audience. Other considerations include budget, catering, parking, accommodation and venue availability. These factors are also important when planning a hybrid event…

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  • Ottawa tourism

    New Virtual Tool Helps with Event Planning in Ottawa

    Ottawa Tourism has launched an interactive tool, Virtually Ottawa, with the goal of inspiring conference planners from around the world to consider Canada’s capital for future events. “Ottawa Tourism’s business events team is proud to launch this tool, which allows them to show-off Ottawa’s assets in a safe and secure, accessible way to meeting planners both near and far,” says Ottawa Tourism president and CEO, Michael Crockatt. “Given that many meetings are booked years in advance, this allows our staff…

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    Vancouver Convention Centre Starts 2021 on High Note

    The Vancouver Convention Centre has earned the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) Star accreditation for outbreak prevention, response and recovery, and been awarded the 2020 Clean Air Award by the National Air Filtration Association (NAFA). Administered by GBAC, a division of the worldwide cleaning industry association ISSA, GBAC Star provides third-party validation that public facilities have rigorous protocols in place for thorough response to biorisk situations. With the events venue’s achievement, all of B.C. Pavilion Corp.’s (PavCo) facilities have earned the…

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  • Landlords of Vacant Sites Offer to Help Canadian Vaccination Efforts

    Prominent commercial landlords are offering free space in conference centres, hotels and other well-located sites across Canada to accommodate COVID-19 vaccination clinics and related support services. The newly announced initiative, coordinated through the industry association REALPAC, is an effort to replicate the United Kingdom’s uptake of commercial venues into its national network of vaccine dispensaries. “REALPAC members are keen to work with the government to repurpose their unused spaces to function as vaccination sites or storage spaces for vaccines, essential…

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  • Dormant Venues to be Lit Up as Reminder of Pandemic’s Devastating Impact  

    Event venues across the country will be lit up red for one hour after sundown on Sept. 22, to raise awareness for an industry that continues to feel the economic fallout of the pandemic and will be one of the last to recover. The initiative is led by Live Event Community, an organization that was formed in March in the aftermath of mass event cancellations due to COVID-19. “People are really looking to do something, however symbolic it may be,”…

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