Ontario Construction News staff writer
Organizers of the biannual Canadian Mechanical and Plumbing Exposition (CMPX) in Toronto have decided to schedule the next show for three days beginning on March 23, 2022.
The show, originally scheduled for this March, had to be cancelled at the last minute as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold and government and public health officials set out social distancing rules and all large scale events were cancelled.
“It was just a few short weeks ago that we were scheduled to meet at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for CMPX 2020,” wrote show leaders Ralph Suppa, president and general manager of the Canadian Institute for Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) and Sandy MacLeod, president and CEO of the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI)
“By the time of the scheduled show opening, the Convention Centre was closed, and any mass gatherings were considered illegal in Ontario. How quickly things have evolved.
“These past few weeks have been interesting as we unwind everything that had been done to ensure a successful CMPX event,” they wrote. “A number of contracts needed to be reviewed, cost impacts mitigated, options for the future of the event needed consideration, and of course, communications to exhibitors and industry stakeholders was a constant.
“Over this past month, we have regularly reached out to many industry stakeholders to determine the best possible timing for the next CMPX event. Due to the severe and fluid impacts of COVID-19 on the industry and the trade show business, we have determined that the best option is to hold the next event in 2022. We believe this will ensure that we meet the needs of both exhibitors and visitors.”