Exhibition Place is the first Canadian venue to receive the GBAC Star™ Facility Accreditation

Designed to assist venues of all sizes to develop a comprehensive system of cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention, GBAC STAR™ helps facilities better prepare for, respond to, and recover from biohazard situations like the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


The GBAC STAR™ Accreditation Program is performance-based and is designed to help facilities establish a comprehensive system of cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention for their staff, clients and their buildings. This program is the gold standard of prepared facilities and relies on GBAC’s comprehensive training, which teaches the proper protocols, correct disinfection techniques and cleaning best practices for biohazard situations like the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Accreditation is a rigorous process with 20 GBAC STAR™ program elements that must be completed to achieve certification. Each element has specific performance and guidance criteria and range from risk assessment strategies, personal protective equipment (PPE) and emergency preparedness to personnel training and standard operating procedures.



Exhibition Place, Director of Operations, Paul Torkan said: “As a world-class facility in Canada, Exhibition Place was excited to embark on the GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation. This allows our facility to be able to demonstrate that correct work practices, procedures and systems are in place to prepare, respond and recover from outbreaks and pandemics. As the largest conference centre in Canada, it is important that our clients, guests, employees and visitors feel safe and confident that they can attend a trade or consumer show, meeting or conference with the proper protocols in place. We are very proud to have received this accreditation!”

Effective resumption relative to our line of work involves creating an event venue that serves as a safe event space to host a Business or Public Event. The health and safety of our staff and clients is our highest priority; achieving the GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation ensures we can welcome events back to our venue with confidence, knowing we are providing the highest standard of service possible.

“At Exhibition Place we are ready to reopen safely. We are committed to protecting staff, clients, customers, contractors, visitors and community and environment. We have implemented training and awareness programs for our employees that are aligned with the GBAC STAR™ program, Toronto Public Health and the Chief Medical Health Office guidelines. We want to ensure everyone that our highest priority remains the health and safety for all. When the time is right we look forward to welcoming you back to Toronto and back to Exhibition Place with the highest level of safety and cleanliness.” said Laura Purdy, General Manager.

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