In-Person Show – PIJAC Canada Reschedules Quebec Event for October
For 33 years PIJAC Canada events have been one of the most effective way for us to directly support pet businesses in Canada. We’ve heard from you, our members on how you’re missing the trade show floors. In the last 18 months, our landscape has drastically shifted and we are proud to say that you have skillfully shifted with us with the introduction of virtual trade shows. Taking the leap to online has allowed us to fulfill our main goal of bringing businesses together. Together we’ve proven we can still make that happen whatever the circumstances. Moving forward, we are aware there is no true replacement for meeting face-to-face. Building relationships and making agreements sealed with an elbow bump can not be exclusively replaced with online meetings. To that end, we are pleased to share the following events update.
National Pet Industry Show – Quebec Edition
Following extensive discussions with members, Directors, and event venues, PIJAC Canada will be rescheduling our Quebec Edition of the National Pet Industry Show series from August to October 24th and 25th. The provincial government has given the green light for indoor events to be hosted. As we anticipate this will be our first in-person show since the pandemic, we understand there may be some hesitancy about participation which is why we are working with the government and health authorities to follow every recommendation and precaution to ensure a safe show. As more people continue to receive their second dose of vaccine, measures will continue to evolve. We expect these parameters shortly and will share all plans with you.
National Pet Industry Show – Eastern Edition (Toronto)
Details for the reopening of Ontario events are still being revealed and adjusted by the provincial government. As vaccination rates increase, more information is shared by Ontario, however their plan for reopening is not yet as detailed as the province of Quebec, therefore we are waiting to make any final announcements. Regardless of the province’s plan, we can guarantee there will be an event hosted in the fall, either in-person or by virtual platform. The safety of all involved takes precedence as we continue to make arrangements.
We are closely monitoring the progress of trade events on the international stage as they have a number of months lead on Canada when it comes to loosening restrictions. Operating a show floor safely will involve some new protocol and we will do whatever it takes to ensure visitors and exhibitors feel safe. Please watch your email and social channels for updated information.