CCAE Statement on COVID-19 and the 2020 CCAE National Conference

March 31, 2020

To our valued members,

Over the past month CCAE has continued to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated announcements from federal government officials and Manitoba’s Premier Brian Pallister, who last week declared a state of emergency in the province. As a result of these directives, and a realization of the only sensible choice, it is with great regret that CCAE has made the decision to cancel the 2020 National Conference.

This is the first time in CCAE’s history that the National Conference has been cancelled, and we share in the disappointment felt by you and the entire CCAE community. CCAE’s obligation to the safety of our members remains the upmost priority and as per the reality of the day, it is absolutely clear that an in-person event at this time is an unacceptable risk.

As Executive Director of CCAE, I pass along my personal commitment, as well as the commitment of the entire CCAE team, to develop programs, services, delivery models and communications that will provide opportunities for advancement professionals to connect and share ideas, trends, solutions and strategies. In the coming months CCAE will provide updates on different delivery models that will be implemented through to the end of 2020 and into 2021.

There are many to thank on behalf of CCAE for their commitment and support of the National Conference; volunteers, national partners, sponsors, those who had already confirmed their participation, speakers, Winnipeg vendors and locations and many more. CCAE has been in touch with all of these to thank them and provide options for next steps.  If you have not received these updates, please contact CCAE at  

Thank you for your understanding, and I wish you and your families the very best through these difficult times.

Stay healthy and safe.

Mark Hazlett
Executive Director

March 9, 2020

While planning for the National Conference is in full swing, CCAE has been closely monitoring updates from the World Health Organization (WHO) and other national and local entities in regard to COVID-19.

CCAE is dedicated to the health and well-being of our members and understands that there are concerns related to the COVID-19 epidemic and associated travel plans to the National Conference. At this time as the Conference is in May, and based on the current information provided that there is no imminent risk, CCAE has no plans to postpone or cancel the Conference.

CCAE understands any concerns you may have and absolutely has the health and well-being of our members at the forefront. Precautionary measures to keep the event safe is our upmost priority, and as new information is shared, we will update accordingly.

With this in mind, CCAE hopes you will continue to plan to attend the National Conference as usual and with confidence. It is recommended that you become familiar with the World Health Organization’s basic protective measures, which include washing your hands regularly and maintaining distance from others who are coughing or sneezing.

COVID-19 has presented the business events and travel industries with an unprecedented challenge. The CCAE team are passionate believers in, and advocates for, the substantial power of our events and the connections made for our community. CCAE also firmly believes it is our collective responsibility to focus on the facts and to act with common sense and sound judgement, taking the advice of the relevant authorities and scientists.

We look forward to welcoming you to the CCAE National Conference in Winnipeg this May, and thank you for your understanding and participation despite these unfortunate circumstances.