The Canadian Collision Industry Forum (CCIF) announced that the CCIF in-person event, initially scheduled for September 23 – 24, 2021 in Vancouver, B.C. has been cancelled due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 restrictions and concerns for the health and safety of participants.
Citing uncertainty around the concerns about maintaining social distancing while attending a gathering of this size and results from a recent survey conducted by the Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada about traveling intentions and budget related to events, CCIF decided that the best course of action was to cancel the event.
The AIA had also recently postponed its Quebec Grand Forum in-person event. The event was initially scheduled for December 8, 2021. The event is now set to be held March 17, 2022.
CCIF is currently exploring options to replace the event with online activities until the end of the year to continue its mission and engagement in the collision repair community.
“Despite a slow start, Canada’s national vaccine rollout program is appearing to be optimistic toward a more normal event landscape next year. We are very excited for our 2022 meeting in Toronto as we prepare to return in-person.”, said Paul Prochilo, Chair, CCIF Steering Committee.
“It’s always difficult to make those decisions, but we act according to the data, facts and the feedback we have received. We hope that by next year we will be ready to rock & roll again in-person in quarter 1 of 2022!”, said Caroline Lacasse, Director, CCIF.
CCIF holds their meetings in different cities across the country drawing industry stakeholders from the following sectors: collision repairers, insurers, suppliers and service providers, OE manufacturers and dealers, trade associations, educators and students.
The in-person meetings usually kick off with a Thursday evening reception, and continue the next day with a full-day agenda of speakers and/or panel discussions.
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