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May 11, 2020

CAEM Exposition Recovery Taskforce


On May 6th, CAEM (Canadian Association of Exposition Management) announced the formation of the Exposition Recovery Taskforce. The purpose of this taskforce is to put a plan and proposal together for the responsible, safe and effective reopening of the business events industry.

Laura Purdy, GM, Exhibition Place, is on the taskforce, which includes leaders from all areas of the exposition sector: facilities, suppliers to the industry, and producers of trade and consumer shows. The group will work towards establishing industry guidelines and recommendations, specific to the expositions sector, in order to demonstrate to policymakers, as well as the public, that we have a clear plan for how to operate, moving forward. The idea is to unify the exposition industry and work together towards the reopening and recovery of trade and consumer shows.

The purpose of the Exposition Recovery Taskforce includes, but is not limited to:

  • Gathering and aggregating research on the economic impact of expositions;
  • Developing Best Practices Guidelines for the responsible, safe and effective reopening of trade and consumer shows in Canada that reflect a national overview, while also addressing individual provincial guidelines and reopening plans;
  • Collaborating with other industry associations within the MICE sector in order to ensure clarity, alignment and a unified message for when we approach government; and;
  • Lobbying government to approve the guidelines for the reopening of expositions.

The taskforce committee's first meeting is scheduled and confirmed for Monday, May 11, 2020. This taskforce will be looking to CAEM members for help collecting data, as well as consulting with the industry on proposed guidelines and sharing regular updates on progress being made. Exhibition Place will be sure to keep your apprised of further developments!

For CAEM’s full press release, click here.


Exhibition Place Bees


We may all still be in isolation, but COVID can’t stop spring from coming!  The flowers are blooming and the bees are buzzing at Exhibition Place!  Did you know that we’ve had our own apiary since June 2017?  Our beekeeper did their first visit for the year on April 22nd and fed and treated our colonies to ensure that they are going into their busy season with all the resources they need after their winter hibernation.

During winter bees stay in their hive and huddle in a cluster, with worker bees surrounding the queen and vibrating their wings to produce heat to keep her and the hive warm.  Workers take turns rotating from the outside of the cluster to the inside, where it is around 80 degrees, so that no bees are too cold for too long.  This all take a lot of energy; hibernating bees will consume up to 30 pounds of stored honey during the winter! When the weather gets warmer bees will leave the hive for short periods to eliminate body waste. The bees don’t go very far and the flights don’t last very long. If their bodies get too cold they will not be allowed back in the hive.

ExPlace’s resident bees live in two hives located safely atop one of our buildings and collect nectar from the flowers that we have here on our 192 acre site. If you live close to ExPlace, our bees may have visited your garden at home; it is not uncommon for bees to travel 5km or more to locate nectar and pollen!  All bees, everywhere, need all the help they can get right now so, please, think of them when you plan your spring garden and refrain from using pesticides. There are many natural ways to control pests in your garden, including ladybugs and praying mantis.  Did you know you can buy egg sacs for both at your local garden centre or Home Depot?  As well, live ladybugs can be ordered from Costco.

Exhibition Place gets two harvests of honey per year, which we use in our on-site kitchens, as well as gifting it to clients. We still have some of last year’s harvest available; please reach out to Cristina at cmendes@explace.on.ca if you’d like some and we’ll arrange delivery once COVID restrictions are lifted (first come, first served)

Want to see the #ExplaceTO bees in action? Click here to watch our video.


BMO Field feeds front line workers


May 6, 2020, 10:56 am - As MLSE continues to work out of Scotiabank Arena with a team of partners to feed frontline workers, BMO Field has joined the massive production.

The operation is a joint effort between Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. (MLSE), Scotiabank, Tangerine Bank, Bell Canada, Rogers Communications, and BMO as a lead partner as well.

The large-scale meal program aims to support and thank Toronto’s frontline health workers, their families, and to protect the city’s most vulnerable.

Source - Daily Hive Toronto


First Wave of Businesses to Re-open


Premier Ford announced that as of Monday, May 4th to May 11th the following businesses will be permitted to re-open: 

May 11th

  •  Retail stores with a street entrance can open for curbside pick-up 
  •  Below-grade, multi-unit residential construction projects like apartments and condominiums 

May 9th

  •  Hardware stores and safety supply stores

May 8th

  • Garden centres and nurseries for curbside pick up and delivery only

May 4th

  • Automatic and self serve car washes
  • Car dealerships, for sales and by appointment only
  • Construction for municipal projects, colleges, universities and schools and to build child care centres
  • Golf courses and marinas are permitted to prep for the season, but not re-open at this time

All of the above noted will have to conform to strict conditions to ensure the safety of employees and the public.  

For video coverage, click here.