HRAI Annual Conference in August cancelled for 2020

HRAI has cancelled its 2020 annual conference, scheduled to take place in August.

Below is the official notice from Sandy MacLeod, president and CEO of HRAI:

You know things are serious when Oktoberfest in Munich is cancelled and it’s six months away.

The decision to cancel CMPX 2020 was a difficult one since it was on the front end of the COVID-19 crisis. From that point forward, it’s been a domino effect: we’ve had to cancel in-person training, all chapter meetings and the annual spring symposium. The next major event to deal with is the HRAI annual business meeting, scheduled to be held this summer in Victoria, British Columbia.

While it may be legally possible to hold a meeting in Victoria late August, its success seems highly unlikely. It’s hard to imagine our member delegates choosing to travel this soon, not to mention the financial pain many will be feeling for the rest of 2020.

In addition, a recent survey from Freeman (events management) indicates a very soft outlook for events and meetings in the next six months. Their recent report reflected the following:

• Half of marketers don’t expect to start planning live events for at least 4 to 6 months;

• A third of marketers plan to host smaller, local events (average participant number: under 70); and

• Thirty per cent expect budget cuts as organizations focus on digital options and managing costs.

With these considerations in mind, I am announcing the cancellation of the August 23-25, 2020 Annual General Meeting and Conference. We are in the midst of renegotiating all conference-related contracts and we expect to hold the next annual event in Victoria, B.C. in September of 2021. I am pleased to report that the Delta Victoria, Freeman, speakers, and other partners have been very cooperative in moving deposits forward.

As for our legally required Annual General Meetings (AGM), we plan on conducting this in a virtual meeting setting.  We have tested out this format, along with voting technology, and will schedule AGM meetings for the divisions in September 2020. Details on the AGMs should be finalized in the coming weeks.

I wish you the very best in these difficult times and hope that you, your family, and business colleagues remain well.

As always please feel to reach out to me ([email protected]) or Loretta Zita ([email protected]) anytime with your inquiries regarding these meeting changes.

Sandy MacLeod
President and CEO