October’s virtual event guide.

When the pandemic first hit we cleared out our event calendar because with travel and gathering restrictions, we didn’t see much opportunity for live events. But slowly organizers began transitioning to the virtual world, and now the agenda is so full we’ve had to add room in our website’s footer to accommodate all the entries!

We published a list of upcoming virtual trade events a short time ago, but the October schedule has now grown so it’s time for an update. So here’s what’s happening online in October.

Virtual MedTech Conference – The virtual conference runs throughout September and October, with a livestream scheduled from October 5 to 7. Click for details.

Interior Design Show – IDS (October 1 to 8) has opted for a hybrid event this year, with both online events and small, in-person gatherings around the city of Vancouver .

Virtual Canadian Waterpower Week – A pan-Canadian waterpower event running October 5 to 9, and featuring insights and updates from the country’s largest generators and independent producers.

2020 Supply Chain Canada National Conference – Event runs October 5 to 9, and brings together global supply chain participants to discuss various topics and share perspectives.

2020 Annual Conference on Coffee – Leaders in the coffee industry will meet online October 6 and 7 to share data, insights, and ‘silver linings’.

Ontario Disaster and Emergency Management Conference – The 2020 virtual event runs October 7 and 8 and features keynote speakers, interactive Q & As, and round table forums.

High Point Market – North Carolina’s High Point Market is still going ahead (October 13 to 21) as a physical event, but have added a number of protocols to allow for a safe visit.

Green Building Festival – The 15th festival goes virtual in 2020, running October 14 to 16 and presenting some of the most innovative approaches to buildings and cities.

Wounds Canada – The three-day continuing education event runs October 15 to 18, and is designed to support healthcare professionals.

The Franchise Festival – The Franchise Expo has gone online this year, with a September event for western Canada and an Ontario session running October 16 to 18.

Esthetique Spa International – ESI’s first virtual esthetic and spa trade show will take place October 17 to 20, and allow the industry executives, suppliers, educators, and manufacturers to meet online.

SecTor Virtual Conference – SecTor is Canada’s IT security conference, with black hat training from October 17 to 20, and a conference from October 21 to 22.

Quebec Symposium on the Canadian Defence and Security Market – This event takes place virtually on October 19, and offers the chance to explore a new reality for the defence and security sector.

Retail Holiday Shopping Forum – The Retail Council of Canada’s online event happens October 20, and will look at consumer insights and strategies in a COVID world.

DX3 Pulse – This retail, marketing, and tech event will be held virtually on October 21, giving thought leaders the chance to discuss the state of the industry.

Tri-Association Virtual Manufacturing Conference – Another event for the manufacturing sector, this one taking place on October 22.

Toronto Tech Summit – This year’s virtual summit takes place October 22, and will feature discussions around innovative tech, lessons learned, and a look at the future.

Think Summit Canada – Think Summit Canada takes place on October 22, and offers businesses a chance to share best practices and learn how to become more resilient in 2020, and in years to come.

Apparel Textile Sourcing – These shows allow apparel and textile executives the chance to connect, learn, and establish relationships. The first of two virtual shows (October 26 to 30) will focus on the Canadian buyer, and a November event with a US focus.

AME Toronto 2020 – The Association for Manufacturing Excellence will host its virtual conference from October 27 to 29, and will include content vital to lean businesses, as well as supply chain-focused resources.

Art Toronto – The 2020 event runs October 28 to November 8, and features virtual exhibitions, curated collections, talks, and tours.


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