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Pri-Med Canada Postpones to July 14-17, 2020

March 12, 2020

Pri-Med Canada 2020 (PMC20) is postponing our annual conference, originally scheduled May 6-9, 2020 to July 14-17, 2020 in Toronto, ON. The conference will remain at The International Centre in July.

Whilst only a short time ago we felt optimistic that May was far enough away to confidently proceed with our original plans, as it stands today [March 12] it is clear that, due to the magnitude of the unanticipated public health and safety issues posed by the rapidly escalating COVID-19 outbreaks and contagion, it would be an unacceptable risk to our community of healthcare professionals to bring thousands of people together in early May.

The health, safety and well-being of our community, faculty, staff, exhibitors, and the patients you serve is of paramount importance. With an ever-increasing number of primary care professionals on the front lines of preparing and reacting to the COVID-19 outbreak, postponement of our annual conference was unavoidable. We hope that rescheduling will ensure our community is able to do what they do best – help and heal. We understand that you are needed in your local communities to help institutions and patients - and we must do our part to ensure this essential care is not interrupted.

Our postponement decision was also driven by the Public Health Agency of Canada’s (PHAC) guidelines on Risk-Informed Decision-Making for Mass Gatherings and on their recommendation that Canadians mitigate exposure to large gatherings in enclosed spaces. Follow this link for the latest PHAC COVID-19 Updates: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

In the coming weeks and months, PMC20 will continue to monitor the situation closely and consult with our partner University of Toronto Department of Family & Community Medicine, the global teams of our parent company, business event industry associations and The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) for any new or heightened risks. We will continue to apply evidence-based decision-making to ensure the continued safety of the healthcare community planning to assemble July 14-17, 2020 in Toronto for PMC20.

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

If you have registered to attend PMC20 in May, we have already transferred your registration to our new July dates. You will receive a new confirmation email from us with updated information within the next week. If you cannot attend the new July dates, we will refund your conference fees in full.

Please note, the new conference dates are on a different day(s) of the week. The Pre-Conference day is on Tuesday July 14 and the main conference is Wednesday – Friday, July 15-17.

Registration for our Symposia will open in late May. We will communicate the actual date to attendees in advance of the date.

If you have booked a hotel room at one of our official Host Hotels, we have confirmed our Host Hotels are holding space and the same rates for you for our new July dates. Please contact the hotel directly and update your reservation to the new July dates.

For additional questions please contact us at registration@pri-med.ca or visit our website www.pri-med.ca/canada and use our Live Chat option to talk to us.

Virtual / Online Availability

  • All of the UofT DFCM sessions being presented at PMC20 will be videotaped and made available post-event in an online library exclusively for delegates of PMC20. These videos will be available to you even if you do not attend the event in person, however you must still be registered and paid in full.
  • There are currently no plans to live stream any of the sessions from PMC20 at this point in time.

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

We will transfer your existing exhibit space contract and location to the new July 14-17, 2020 dates. We will also transfer any exhibitor badges your may have pre-registered. If you feel your organization can not participate at PMC20 in July, please contact Maureen Graf (mgraf@pri-med.ca) or Trish MacNeil (tmacneil@pri-med.ca) to discuss alternate options.

We will be communicating with all our exhibitors very soon via email with updated logistical details regarding the new dates.

It is our intention to maintain the current floorplan of the trade show. However, given the circumstances, we will keep the lines of communication open in the event we need to alter or make changes to the floor plan.

If you have booked a hotel room at one of our official Host Hotels, we have confirmed our Host Hotels are holding space and the same rates for you for our new July dates. Please contact the hotel directly and update your reservation to the new July dates.

Thank you for your commitment to Pri-Med Canada’s annual conference & exposition; our success each year is due to your support. We look forward to seeing you July 14-17, 2020 at Pri-Med Canada.

Steve Dempsey
General Manager
Pri-Med Canada

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Pri-Med Canada is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak

March 9, 2020

As of March 9, 2020, Pri-Med Canada 2020 (PMC20) is proceeding as scheduled May 6-9, 2020 in Toronto, ON. Currently, attendee & exhibitor registration/support is on par with the previous two years and we have had no cancellations.

Our top priority remains the health and safety of all participants at PMC20, including attendees, exhibitors, market suppliers, staff, industry partners, and others involved in the PMC20 conference and exhibition.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for Canada. Additionally, there has been no recommendation to stop or delay business events in Canada. Follow this link for the latest PHAC COVID-19 Updates: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

Given the dynamic nature of this situation, PMC20 is consulting with our partner University of Toronto Department of Family & Community Medicine, the global teams of our parent company, and business event industry associations to further advise our evidence-based decision-making and to ensure the safety of the healthcare community currently planning to assemble in Toronto for PMC20.

Participating at PMC20
• Participants should not attend PMC20 if they are feeling unwell.
• While the risk remains low at this time, PMC20 will be a handshake-free meeting. We recommend the PMC elbow tap.
• We will have trained medical staff onsite at PMC20 with direct access to local health authorities and resources.

Additionally, here are PHAC’s guidelines for reducing the risk of infection or spreading the infection to others:
• wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
• avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
• stay home if you are sick
• when coughing or sneezing: cover your mouth and nose with your arm or tissues to reduce the spread of germs
• immediately dispose of any tissues you have used into the garbage as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards
• avoid visiting people in hospitals or long-term care centres if you are sick

Sanitation Measures
In addition to The International Centre’s regular health and safety procedures, the following additional measures will be implemented to help prevent the spread of the virus.
• The Centre has installed alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations in key high-traffic areas throughout the facility
• The Centre will provide enhanced cleaning efforts in all lobbies, common areas, food service areas and all Hall and Conference Centre washrooms
• Continue to use the best cleaning disinfectants effective against the virus.
• Washroom signage has been installed reminding attendees of hygiene recommendations.
• Disposable, disinfectant wipes will be provided so commonly used surfaces (e.g. doorknobs, keyboards, presentation materials, desk surfaces, etc.) can be routinely sanitized.

Virtual / Online Availability
• All of the UofT DFCM sessions being presented at PMC20 will be video taped and made available post-event in an online library exclusively for delegates of PMC20.
• There are currently no plans to live stream any of the sessions from PMC20 at this point in time.

Rest assured PMC20 is monitoring this situation closely and will provide updates between now and PMC20 as needed. We look forward to seeing you in May at PMC20.

Steve Dempsey
General Manager
Pri-Med Canada