April 30 – May 2, 2013. SIAL Canada is North America’s Premier Agri-food Event, aka “The North American Food Marketplace”. Delegates were there to learn about local, regional and national products from Canada and 45 different countries, all under one roof. A keynote offered insights on consumer shopping, buying and media consumption behaviors and attitudes, to provide foodstuffs manufacturers and retailers with strategic visions to facilitate brand, category and retail sales growth. Another keynoter became inspired to help other people feel better after overcoming her own health challenges through the healing power of food. Delegates heard about a culinary tourism plan for Ontario that brings people and businesses together across agriculture, specialty food processors, wineries, tourism, chefs, foodservice and culinary schools. Also discussed were projects to improve childhood food practices in schools and hospital contexts. Who knew food could do you so much good…?
April 17-18, 2013. MCEE stands for Mecanex/Climatex/Éxpolectriq/Éclairage, which shows that in Canada they care about climate, electricity and lighting. This claims to be Canada’s largest plumbing, HVACR, hydronic, electrical and lighting expo. Things you could see at the show included Air Conditioning, Electricity, Fire Alarms snd Security, Fire Protection, Heating (including Hydronic Heating), Instrumentation and Controls, Kitchens & Bathrooms, Lighting, Plumbing, Refrigeration, Security Systems, Software, Telecommunications, Tools, Ventilation, Water Treatment, Wires and Cables. There were energy- and water- efficient products on show, and new technologies set to change the way the industry does business. Hundreds of new products were on display – many being launched at MCEE itself. Visitors were there to see products manufactured in Quebec, the rest of Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia. What’s French for “electrifying”…?
March 26-28, 2013. SITL in Paris was all about logistics solutions. The show brought together all the products and innovative services dedicated to the supply, distribution and the supply chain of tomorrow for the benefit of the goods transportation and logistics services community. The expo offering was completed by Intralogistics, the exhibition for handling equipment in manufacturing and distribution held concurrently with SITL, and bringing together all handling equipment and automated systems which process and rationalize the physical movements of supply, production and distribution. In total, 25,000 delegates poured through the doors. Transport Intelligence published a unique new report on the European e-commerce market, which provided a comprehensive overview of the size of the market, recent trends and developments and profiles of key logistics providers and post offices that provide e-commerce services, as well as the supply chain operations of major retailers. People seemed, well… transported…
February 8-9, 2013. Nova Scotia is the leading fishing province in Canada, a nation known as a world fishing power. The Province is fortunate to have a diversified industry capable of surviving and prospering while other segments suffer cyclical downturns. The commercial fishery alone has an annual landed value of approximately $661 Million, a market size of around $1 billion, and aquaculture and recreational fishery sectors generating $126 Million more. The Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition, or ECFE, brings together key buyers from across the region to the Mariners Centre on a bi-annual basis. Categories on display included onboard and onshore fishing and harvesting equipment, fish processing and transportation, vessel design and construction, boats, barge and towing equipment, electronics, hardware, and engines and propulsion systems. The “Gone Fishin’ sign” doesn’t mean anyone is goofing off here…
Nov. 14-15, 2012. Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo (CWRE) is Canada’s big meet for waste management and recycling professionals representing companies in sectors like: Collection, Hauling, Disposal, Construction & Demolition, Facility/Site Operation, and Landfill Operations. The aim is to serve the waste, recycling and public works markets. The trade show includes events including an educational program produced by the Canadian Waste Sector Symposium. Delegates were there analyzing new products and services, networking with colleagues and competitors, and gaining valuable insight into the latest industry advances. Under discussion were composting systems, incineration, thermal technologies, landfill operations, recycling equipment and services, waste treatment and the like. Nobody there thought it was a “waste” of time….
Oct. 21-26, 2012. TFWA is the world’s biggest duty free and travel retail association. This was the so-called World Exhibition, the Duty Free and Travel Retail Industry Premium Event. TFWA President Erik Juul-Mortensen’s state of the industry address reflected on current industry performance, focusing on how changing economic dynamics are leading to new consumer and passenger profiles. He also discussed how new dimensions to marketing and interactive communication are impacting consumer behavior, and raised a question about what the industry can do to address constant and fast-moving evolution to keep ahead of change. Another keynoter suggested that businesses need to rethink their business models and strategies in the face of global societal shifts. Now, should I get the 12-year-old malt, or the XO cognac…?
Aug. 21-22, 2012. IncentiveWorks is Canada’s largest and longest running education and trade show event for the meetings, incentive travel and special events industry. Attendees were typically people involved in meetings, events, conferences, trade shows, galas, and company socials; also buyers of premium and incentive merchandise and corporate gifts, plus anyone responsible for selecting promotional items to reward and motivate employees and thank clients for their business. Breakout sessions and workshops were targeted to help plan and execute better meetings, conferences and events. Delegates could find more than 700 companies from Canada and around the world featuring new venues, products and services to meet your meeting, special event and incentive travel planning needs. IncentiveWorks proves that… incentives work.