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Pri-Med Canada Conference & Exposition Cancelled

April 8, 2020

Diversified Communications ULC, the owner & organizer of Pri-Med Canada 2020 (PMC20), has determined that the continued and expanding COVID-19 pandemic requires the cancellation of our annual conference and exposition which was re-scheduled to July 14-17, 2020 from its original May 6-9, 2020 dates.

Cancellation was necessitated by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto’s increased restrictions on mass gatherings and requirements for physical distancing. These regulatory entities are advising the public to prepare for all the restrictions to remain in place for many months. The latest PHAC COVID-19 Updates that influenced our determination that cancellation was a legal and physical necessity can be found at: www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

We know the best solution for a health system under pressure is to STRENGTHEN PRIMARY CARE. However, the complexities of supporting your needs while in the throes of a pandemic have meant that our annual conference was impossible to organize. Cancellation of PMC20 was unavoidable and this announcement causes us much sadness. Given the rapidly changing landscape, our community of healthcare professionals have new and emerging needs, thus we are pivoting our business to support and deliver upon those needs.

Announcing our Enhanced Fall 2020 Regional Conference Series

We respect that the demands on your time this fall will be high. Hence, we are taking proactive steps to deliver one enhanced local conference, in eleven different regions across Canada. Each regional conference will be different than usual, with more CME over more days that is highly focused on the needs of the community in that region. These enhanced regional conferences will operate under our Pri-Med UPDATES brand.

Many of you rely on Pri-Med Canada to gain additional clinical knowledge from our sponsors, symposia sessions and exhibitors. We are working with all our partners to bring them, on a smaller scale, into our new enhanced regional conferences.

We will also be co-locating our 2nd annual Cannabis Education Today conference & exposition with our Toronto West Pri-Med UPDATES local conference, again to respect our communities’ time and ability to attend a limited number of medical events this fall.

We know the value of face-to-face conferences, and our ever-changing world will likely include a new combination of both in-person and virtual CME in the future. We are asking our community to consider attending one smaller local conference with us.

I’m registered to attend the Pri-Med Canada 2020 conference; what does this mean for me?

We will be refunding your conference fees in full. You will receive a confirmation email from us within the next few weeks when this has been completed. Please be patient as we have thousands of refunds to process.

If you have booked a hotel room at one of our official Host Hotels, please contact the hotel directly and cancel your July (formerly May) reservation.

For additional questions vist our F.A.Q page, contact us at registration@pri-med.ca or use our Live Chat option by clicking "Chat now" on the bottom right corner of this page.

I’m registered to attend a Mainpro+ workshop at Pri-Med Canada 2020 conference; what does this mean for me?

We will be refunding your workshop fees in full. You will receive a confirmation email from us within the next few weeks when this has been completed.

I’m exhibiting at Pri-Med Canada; what does this mean for me?

We have several options available to discuss with our exhibitors. Please contact Maureen Graf (mgraf@pri-med.ca) or Trish MacNeil (tmacneil@pri-med.ca) to discuss your options.

If you have booked a hotel room at one of our official Host Hotels, please contact the hotel directly and cancel your July (formerly May) reservation.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar as Pri-Med Canada 2021 will take place May 5-7 at The International Centre in Mississauga, ON. Thank you for your commitment to Pri-Med Canada, Pri-Med UPDATES, Cannabis Education Today and Power2Women; our success each year is testament to your support.

We are all in this together and from our team to yours, thank you for being on the front lines and putting the needs of Canadians before your own.

Steve Dempsey
General Manager
Diversified Communications Canada

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