The Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada announces that the 2020 edition of Canada Night event held during AAPEX has been cancelled due to ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 restrictions and concerns for the health and safety of participants.
Scheduled for November 3, 2020, Canada Night was to have taken place during the Automotive Aftermarket Parts Exposition (AAPEX) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It is regarded as a key, cornerstone event of AAPEX by many, and attended by upwards of 1,000 aftermarket industry professionals from Canada and their guests. It has been a key aftermarket event on the calendar since 1971.
Citing uncertainty around cross-border travel restrictions and concerns about the ability to maintain social distancing both while travelling and while attending a gathering of this size, the Canada Night Committee of AIA Canada decided that the best course of action was to cancel the event.
The need for many companies to reassess travel expenses and sponsorship dollars in the wake of the financial cost of measures to control COVID-19 also played a part in the decision, says the association.
“This has been a hard year for the aftermarket — one where we’ve all had to make difficult choices,” said J.F. Champagne, president of AIA Canada. “Cancelling Canada Night is not a decision we took lightly. But at the end of the day, we have to do what is best for the health and safety of our members and our industry.”
Despite this year’s setback, plans are already in the works for Canada Night’s return to AAPEX in 2021.