Heavy trade and consumer event schedule in April.

After two years of schedule and platform changes, April’s trade and consumer event schedule is back with a vengeance!

Trade shows offer a great opportunity to connect directly with target market insiders; consumer shows are a chance to introduce a new product or service directly to an end user, and both can be effective ways of engaging with a new market.

The Government of Canada is removing the pre-entry Covid test requirement for fully vaccinated travellers as of April 1. And although many pandemic mitigation restrictions are being lifted, Covid-19 and its variants aren’t gone yet and we recommend monitoring each website carefully for possible changes.

High Point Market – High Point’s Spring Market features “totally on-trend styles, exquisitely executed in performance fabrics and sustainable materials… delightfully founded and super sleek yet still comfy forms.” Everything for the furniture and design professional. April 2-6 in High Point, North Carolina.

Pharmacy U Toronto – “This intensive full-day educational event is a unique opportunity for pharmacists to meet and network with inspiring leaders and experts in order to learn innovative management tools and engagement strategies to improve patient health outcomes.” Takes place April 2 in Toronto, ON.

The Franchise Expo – “Franchise ownership lets you jump into the corner office and grow a business that already has successful – and proven – roots.” There are two Canadian expos this month – April 2-3 in Vancouver, BC and April 23-24 in Toronto, ON.

CPMA Convention & Trade Show – The Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s annual convention and show is “the largest fresh fruit and vegetables trade show in Canada which brings together thousands of participants… including the growers, packers, shippers, wholesalers, retailers, brokers, transporters, importers and exporters, [and] those in… floral and food service.” Takes place April 5-7 in Montreal, QC.

Spring Cottage Life Show – “Get ready for cottage season with us at the 27th Spring Cottage Life Show! Meet exhibitors showing docks, builders, contractors, innovative building products, green solutions, decor and style, arts and crafts, food and entertaining, water toys and more.” April 7-10 in Mississauga, ON.

Interior Design Show –  This show “is indicative not only of the vision for a strong global show reflective of future design trends, but also as a catalyst to open new bright futures to the design industry in Canada and beyond.” Runs April 7-10 in Toronto, ON. 

National Women’s Show – The ultimate girl’s day out is back with exclusive products, wine and food samples, free mini makeovers, travel ideas, the hottest styles, and incredible fashions from local designers. April 9-10 in Ottawa, ON.

Baker Showcase Trade Show & Conference – It’s back! Retailers, wholesale/commercial baking companies, and others in the baking sector can attend the Showcase April 10-11, in Toronto.

Toronto Home Show – It’s back, and features products and services, panels and workshops, as well as design, renovation, and DIY info – everything for your home. April 15-24 in Toronto, ON.

DEX Expo – The travelling Design Engineering Expo (DEX) has showcased the latest products and services to an audience of machine builders, mechanical engineers, and product design professionals. Show takes place April 20 in Winnipeg, MB.

Securite Canada Est – “Les professionnels de la sécurité réputés du Québec se réunissent à Sécurité Canada Est pour établir des liens, apprendre et avoir un accès incomparable à des innovations technologiques de pointe en matière de sécurité. Rencontrez vos collègues et profitez des possibilités d’éducation que vous ne pouvez tout simplement pas obtenir ailleurs.” Le 20 Avril à Laval, QC.

SIAL Canada – “SIAL Canada is the only national trade show that offers a complete range of food products under one roof to meet your customers’ expectations.” Features more than 1,200 national and international exhibitors from 50 countries, hosting over 25,000 buyers from Canada, the U.S., and 60 other countries. Runs April 20-22 in Montreal, QC. 

Truck World – This show brings 350 top industry suppliers, 15,000 industry professionals in 350,000 sq. ft. of space, allowing attendees to meet buyers, access new prospects, and collect high-quality leads. April 21-23 in Mississauga, ON.

CHFA NOW’s Rise Together – They’re back, live and in-person! An all-access pass allows visitors to immerse themselves in all things natural, organic, and wellness. Includes speaker sessions, panels, competitions, and networking. The conference and trade show run April 21-24 in Edmonton, AB.

National Imprint Canada Show – The marketing and information source for imprintable products. Show runs April 22-23 in Toronto, ON.

Ottawa Cottage Life & Backyard Show – “Meet exhibitors showing docks, builders, contractors, innovative building products, green solutions, decor and style, arts and crafts, food and entertaining, water toys and more.” Show takes place April 22-24 in Ottawa, ON.

Grocery & Specialty Food Trade Show & Conference – Back live and in-person, the show for specialty food retailers, independents and chains, mass merchants, and warehouse retailers. Show runs April 25-26 in Vancouver, BC.

CANECT – Not a trade show per se, but courses led by Canada’s leading environmental professionals, and featuring speakers from government agencies, industry, and municipalities. Runs April 26-28 in Vaughan, ON.

Canadian Hydrogen Convention – “This must-attend event will bring the entire Canadian supply chain together to discuss innovations and solutions for low-carbon hydrogen production, energy infrastructure, storage and the path forward as Canada works towards net zero by 2050.” April 26-28 in Edmonton, AB.

PM Springfest – “PM Springfest returns to bring the [property management] industry together to source suppliers, new products and learn about the latest regulatory, health, and life safety changes; efficient energy management strategies; retrofitting aging buildings; and essential capital planning details.” April 28, in Toronto, ON.  

The Outdoor Adventure Show – It’s Canada’s largest showcase of outdoor gear and adventure travel experiences, with over 320 exhibitors offering the latest camping gear, paddle sports, outdoor clothing, scuba, and ultimate travel destinations. Runs April 29-May 1 in Toronto, ON.

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