Register for the CAFE Annual Convention!

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(Tentative Schedule-subject to change)

12pm-10pmKC208Convention Registration
Information Desk
9:30am-3pmCAFE Pre-Convention Tour - Discover Banff & Lake Louise
12pm-3pmKC202C.A.F.E. Board Meeting
3pm-5pmKC202Provincial Association Meeting
5pm-6pmKC305Future Leaders Meet & Greet - Sponsored by the Calgary Stampede
5pm-6pmKC303Small Fairs Meet & Greet - Sponsored by SuperDogs
6pm-6:30pmKC100Welcome Cocktail
6:30pm-10pmKC101/KC103Dinner and Cabaret
10pm-1amPDC103Hospitality Suite
8am-8pmKC208Convention Registration
Information Desk
7:15am-8amKC101/KC103Buffet Breakfast
8am-8:30amKC101/KC103Opening Ceremonies & Welcome
8:30 am-9:50amKC101/KC103Opening Keynote: Robin Esrock "The Power of Story"
10:05am-11:05pmConcurrent Workshops
KC105Karen Massicotte: Implementing a Zero Waste Strategy
KC301Roxann Amyotte: Governance: You have it - now WIN AT IT!
KC303Marc Chriqui: Turn Your Event Into a Connected Marketplace
KC305Max Fritz: Why You Need a Strategic Plan
1:30pm-3:30pmConcurrent Workshops
KC105Service Members Meeting
KC301Fair Managers Panel Discussion
KC303Volunteer Organized Fairs and Events Discussion
KC305Future Leaders Group
KC306Staff Organized Fairs and Events Discussion
3:45pm-5:30pmKC200/KC201/KC203/KC205Tradshow Reception, 50/50 draw
6:30pm-10pmKC101/KC103Awards Dinner & Showcases
10pm-1amPDC103Hospitality Suite - Sponsored by Lemon Heaven
8am-5pmKC208Convention Registration
Information Desk
7:30am-8:30amKC101/KC103AGM sign-in
7:45am-8:45amKC101/KC103Buffet Breakfast & Panel: Millenials
8:45am-9:30amKC101/KC103CAFE AGM
9:30am-10:30amKC202CAFE Board Meeting
To elect the executive
9:30am-10:30amKC101/KC103Plenary Session: Tim Reid: Dealing With Significant Change in Your Organization
10:45am-11:55amConcurrent Workshops
KC105Scooter Korek & Bennett Kavals - Customer Service: Not By Accident
KC301James Radke: Successfully Managing Your Concessions: Best Practices and What the Future Holds
KC303Dario Hudon-Vennelli: Facebook-Targeting & Marketing New Audiences
KC305Max Fritz: Getting Started on Your Strategic Plan
12:05pm-1:55pmKC101/KC103Lunch & Showcases - Sponsored by SuperDogs
Announcement of 2019 convention location
Introduction of new board and presentation of gavel to new president
2pm-3pmConcurrent Workshops
KC105Alison Buie: Engaging and Communicating With Government
KC301Panel: Susan Kuzma, Chelsea Galloway, Andrew Pogson: Best Practices for Booking Entertainment
KC303Karen Lynch: Marketing Fairs in Big Cities
KC305Doug Griffiths: Working Together With Your Community Sponsored by Calgary Stampede
3:10pm-4:10pmConcurrent Workshops
KC105Christina Sturgeon: When You Fail To Plan...You Plan To Fail - Creating Your Biosecurity Plan
KC301Sheena Swierenga: Volunteers Here! Volunteers There! Volunteers Everywhere!
KC303Laura Richard: From Sponsorships to Partnerships
KC305Dario Hudon-Vennelli: Snapchat and Instagram for Business
4:20pm-5:30pmKC101/KC103Closing Keynote Doug Griffiths: 13 Ways to Kill Your Community
5:30pmKC101/KC103Convention closing remarks & 50/50 draw
6pm-6:30pmDepart hotel for closing evening
6:30pm-10pmClosing evening event
10pm-10:30pmReturn to hotel
10:30pm-1amPDC103Hospitality Suite - Sponsored by Edmonton Northlands

Hyatt Regancy Montreal


More information and registration is available here 
Note: tradeshow spaces are limited.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions


2019 Tradeshow Exhibitors

Boucher Entertainment, Inc

Roger Boucher

Roger Boucher of Boucher Entertainment loves to entertain!  Introduced to the art of magic while attending university, Roger became instantly hooked, and began working on what would become his chosen career. He now performs his magic and hypnosis shows for audiences across Canada.  Getting to do what he loves, Roger always brings a big contagious smile to the stage.  From the moment he steps into the spotlight until the conclusion of his last stunning effect, he has his audience completely involved, laughing and gasping in amazement.  Be sure to book him for your fair!

Dispatch Talent

860 Palmerston Ave, Toronto ON M6G 2S2

At Dispatch Talent We Deliver Entertainment. If you have an outdoor event then we have expert performers who put on great shows. We make it easy to animate your fair. From Guinness record holding fire eaters, strolling stilt characters, interactive drum, magic, juggling and hula hoop workshops and so much more. Go to and see profiles of the performers. You can even talk to the performers on the website. We make it easy to bring fun to fairs.

Global FMX

Kris Garwasiuk
250-470-4005 – fax 250-861-1374

Global FMX is Canada’s longest running and premier freestyle motocross show. With over 20 years of producing high action “Professional” freestyle motocross shows of all sizes Global FMX has produced shows for events such as the Las Vegas Freemont street Experience and the World Expo in Shanghai China. With a long list of references and referrals at your request we guarantee our team will leave a lasting impression on your event.

Laughing Loggers

Ben Lefler, Owner/Operator(17 years)
Cell 604-765-8836, Office 604-433-1130
6138 Portland St
Burnaby BC V5J2S2

We are not just a lumberjack Show, we are 'The Laughing Loggers!'. Entertainment specialist that understand our client’s needs and constraints. Keeping true to our core values we deliver nothing but the best in all our performances. Services include, multiple Lumberjack Shows, wood carving, kid zones, competitions, interactive stations and an all NEW Pirate Show.

Milord Entertainment

Yves Milord
880 Mon Loisir
McMasterville QC  J3G 4W1

Milord Entertainment has been performing worldwide for the past 25 years. The owner Yves Milord specializes in High Diving and Acrobatic shows.  His shows can be themed to accommodate your fairs and events.

The most popular themes for the high dive shows are Sinbad, Top Cop, Penguins and the Flying Fools. IFLIP is by far the best acrobatic show in the fair industry today. Aerial Bungee, Trapeze, Power-Track, Trampo-Wall and High Fall are included in that show. These acts can also be separated and become their own show.

Last year, WaterBark Show featuring the Superdogs & Human acrobats, which is coproduced with Spot-On Entertainment, was created. This year AcroBark started and is the same concept but without water!!!

Indoor or outdoor, part of your fair or events throughout the year, Milord Entertainment will bring ACTION and EXCITEMENT to your event.

Spot On Entertainment Inc

Amy White
700 Finley Ave, Ajax ON  L1S 3Z2
With offices in Toronto and Montreal, Spot On Entertainment produces The President’s Choice® SuperDogs™ and other live shows in a diverse and continually expanding catalogue. Using the professional experience of its executive, creative and management teams, Spot On extends its various brands from theatrical production into the media and merchandising/licensing fields.

Our mission—to entertain audiences and promote the interests of our sponsors—inspires us to keep our shows fresh each year, from our midway productions to our arena shows to our new hit watershow WaterBark™, a co-production with Milord Entertainment.



Nathan Hurd, Account Executive
2030 – 2600 Portland St SE, Calgary AB T2G 4M6

Showpass is a leading independent ticketing platform in Canada, where event-goers can find the latest events, buy tickets and get in quickly, right from their phone. Event organizers choose Showpass so they can sell more tickets and merchandise as well as manage everything from sales, check-ins, guest lists, stats and more from the palm of their hand. Showpass serves an ever-expanding variety of organizers including festivals, venues, universities and trade show clients. Visit to find out how organizers can sell more tickets.

Canadian Reptile Encounters

Jason Clevett - Owner
220 Parkwood Close SE
Calgary, AB T2J 3V6
403-457-2202. 1-877-857-6253 (toll free)

Since 2008 Canadian Reptile Encounters has been educating people of all ages about the incredible world of reptiles! Owned and operated by Jason Clevett from Animal Planet's new show SCALED, Reptile Encounters offers interactive stage shows and displays that will engage, inspire and educate audiences. Reptile Encounters has appeared at fairs, science centres, sportsman shows, libraries, schools, and events throughout Western  Canada. Give your fair attendees an unforgettable experience in 2019 with a reptile encounter!

Event Staff Canada/AuthentiGATE

117-B 10th St, Brandon, MB R7A 4E7
Sean Farnell, CEO
AuthentiGATE is a Canadian company specializing in online and onsite ticketing and admission services for small and large scale fairs and festivals. Established in 1987, AuthentiGATE has become a leading supplier of these services to the Canadian Fair Industry, servicing many of Canada’s premier events.


David Scherle, President

Chicken Dave

1909 43 St, Vernon BC V1T 6K7

250-258-7818 (primary) (secondary)


For the past five years HatchAChick has been melting hearts with the Chick Holding Station. Fair goers from 3 months old to 80 enjoy holding a chick or duckling as they observe chicks hatching live during the fair days. They leave with knowledge of how to hold chicks properly, behavior of domestic chickens and with clean hands.

Les Productions MysterAct Inc

Jean-Sébastien Lepage
18 Massabielle St
Québec, QC  G1C 2N7

MysterAct is a Canadian-based entertainment company specialized in the production of shows where technological innovation, high-level physical performances, and artistic illusions come together to create brand new universes unlike anything ever staged.

We have been working with Canadian Fairs for many years by providing  anything from small stage animations to large-scale shows. No matter what size is your fair, we can work with you and give your audience an unforgettable experience.

If you want something different this year, we are the solution.

PAL Insurance Brokers Canada

Matt Taylor, General Manager
2 Norfolk St S, Simcoe ON  N3Y 2V9
800-265-8098 ext 229

PAL Insurance Brokers Canada Ltd. is Your 100% Canadian Specialty Broker for Fairs, Exhibitions, Festivals, Hole in One Contests and much more. PAL provides Special Event and Liquor Liability insurance for many types of events across Canada, as well as insurance for Exhibitors/Kiosks/Food Vendors (individual or on a blanket basis), event planners, caterers, performers and entertainers, and servers. PAL also specializes in event cancellation and contents in storage insurance. PAL’s Weddinguard program provides 3 days of liquor liability for weddings.  PAL’s advanced website is fast and easy to use, and many applications can be completed automatically and bound online. Please visit for further information.

Ticketpro Inc

Ann Barker, 705-791-5189
Atlantic Office: 2099 Gottingen St., Suite 213, Halifax NS B3K 3B2
Head Office: 1981 McGill College, Suite 1600, Montreal QC H3A 2Y1
Ontario Office: 35 Grand Place, Barrie ON L4N 4Y3 | corporate website:

Ticketpro – a provider of feature-rich solutions within a flexible ticketing platform for online sales for your venue, festival, exhibition, event or conference. Ticketpro offers high level of customer engagement using a Call Centre that is staffed with experienced Customer Service Representatives. We provide professionally trained staff to help facilitate all logistics leading up to your event and on-site Box Office services. Real-time reporting and analytic tools to help build your own database with tools and reports that help you target your audience and increase your sales as well state-of-the-art access control technology with real-time scanning reports which provide for immediate tracking of capacity and attendance.  Whether complimenting your existing sales methods or providing a full onsite integrated box office and online ticketing sales system, Ticketpro has various options to meet your needs.

West Coast Lumberjack Shows Ltd

Darren R Dean
4002 Forbidden Plateau Rd, Courtenay BC  V9J 1P9

Producer of award winning family entertainment.  Watch lumberjacks perform feats of strength and skill along with a healthy dose of humour.  With several shows available, we have a show to fit any event and at any location.  A guaranteed crowd favourite and fun for all ages!  Contact Darren for nationwide bookings.

Creed Statuary

Cody Creed
154 Mossdale Ave, Winnipeg MB R2K 0H5

Cody Creed is a living statue performer. He studied mime in the theatre program at the University of Winnipeg. Inspired by buskers in New Orleans, Cody Creed created a statue persona for performance using a balance of discipline and creativity. Through 5 years of practice, he has built costumes from white to gold to most recently silver. The goal of a living statue is to appear so still, breathless, and uniform that the illusion of lifelessness is created. A living statue is joyful silence and moving stillness.

Fusion Talent Group

Andrew Pogson
344 William St, Stratford ON  N5A 4Y5
FUSION Talent Group represents world class artists and attractions as a strategic partner with fairs and festivals internationally.   We offer in-house production and mentorship programs that have launched shows like The Magic Bean and Circus DuBois.  Focus on quality family programming has made FUSION Talent Group one of the leading entertainment agencies in the industry.

K & K Insurance Canada

Corinne Love
5800 Explorer Dr, Mississauga, ON L4W 5K9

K & K Insurance Canada is proud to be the insurance provider for many members of the fair industry. K & K has a long history of insuring Fairs and Exhibitions in North America and their related suppliers.

We are grateful for the opportunity to support CAFE and its members.

Lights of the North

Steven Wu
1600 Ness Ave Winnipeg MB R3J 3W7

Lights of the North presents custom design light displays, exceptional acrobatic performances, unique 3D naked eye water light show and animatronic dinosaurs in Canada. The experience is built by spectacular shows and hand-made exhibits combining traditional lantern arts and modern light and sound technology, some of which utilize common items such as cups, saucers, plastic bottles, ping pong balls and medicine vials etc. Lights of the North could not only be an awe-inspiring, must-see light festival on a select site but also be incorporated as a special attraction into your established event to enhance guest experience.

Select Entertainment

Rob McFee

Since 1999, Select Entertainment has provided entertainment for fairs and events of all sizes across Canada. We work with a select group of entertainers who are professional, reliable, and receive outstanding reviews from clients. Our featured acts showcasing this year are Ride the Vibe Motorcycle Show, acapella group HOJA, and the Comedy-Juggling of Paul Isaak. We also represent high quality cover bands, hypnotists, mentalists, children’s performers and novelty acts, as well as Indigo Circus whose unique roving acts, stage shows and yard acts can include amazing fire shows and aerial performances.


Trapèze Le Voltigeur

Patrick Malley, Président
875 Montée St-Francois, Laval QC H7C 2T8

For the last 15 years, Trapèze le Voltigeur has dazzled audiences at many fairs and festivals  from Manitoba to the Maritimes, to international festivals such as Riyadh, Hufuf and Mascat in the Middle East.  As the largest flying trapeze troupe in the country, we are proud to present breathtaking performances.  Trapèze le Voltigeur is known for its professional approach and its ease at adaptation.  Our artists, with their infectious enthusiasm, will not hesitate to engage the young, and not so young public.

Let us have the chance to amaze your Fair or Festival with excitement and passion!

Showcase Performers




Marriott Halifax Harbourfront
1919 Upper Water St | Halifax NS | B3J 3J5

Room cost - $174  for single/double rooms ** Includes  Wi-Fi
(subject to applicable Provincial and Local taxes (currently 15% HST) and levies (currently 2% Marketing Levy) in effect at the time of check-out.)

To make your reservation and to receive the special CAFE convention room rate, please follow this link on or before 4pm Atlantic, Friday, October 11, 2019:

Book your accommodations for the CAFE Covention here:
Marriott Halifax Harbourfront

Hyatt Regancy Montreal


For your convenience, we have arranged discounts for your travel to the 2019 CAFE Convention in Banff AB with Air Canada and WestJet. If you plan on renting a vehicle for any portion of your travel please remember to use your Promo Code (found in the Member's Zone) for National or Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Air Canada

Air Canada - 5% to 10% on selected fares!
(Economy Flex, Comfort, Latitude & Business Lowest, Flexible)

Your promotion code: TUJ8YBC1

Applicable Rules

The booking is to be made to the following city: Halifax, YHZ (NS)

Travel period beings Wednesday, November 6, 2019 and ends Friday, November 22, 2019.

Promotion Code.  In order to take advantage of the discounted fares, Event delegates must book their flight at and enter the applicable Promotion Code in the search panel. If the Promotion Code is not entered or is entered incorrectly, the discounts will not be applied to the booking. The applicable Promotion Code must be recorded on the delegate's ticket by ticketing agencies/airlines.
Eligible Tickets. A ticket is eligible for the discount provided it has been purchased on, and provided the Promotion Code has been applied at time of purchase. Any ticket not purchased on for the purposes of travel to an Event will not qualify for any benefits provided by the Meetings and Conventions Product. A ticket purchased on but for which the applicable Promotion Code was not entered or was entered incorrectly will not be eligible for the Discount.
Discount. The Discount is applied to the fare at the time that the travel ticket with Air Canada is purchased. The Discount and the fare are subject to all applicable taxes and surcharges.
Eligible Routes. Only bookings made to the designated convention city are eligible for the Discount. Bookings originating in the convention city are not eligible.
Changes. The Discounts, the Meetings and Conventions Travel Services, these Terms and Conditions, Air Canada's fares, schedules and policies, and any and all equipment used in connection with the provision of the Meetings and Conventions Travel Services may be changed or terminated by Air Canada at any time and for any reason, in each case without notice or liability. Air Canada may terminate or reduce flights to any Event city at any time and for any reason without notice or liability.
Agents. Should your Organization appoint a travel management company (the “Agent”), your organization shall, and shall cause the Agent to, abide by the applicable fare rules contained in Air Canada's tariffs. Failure to comply with the fare ticketing rules, and these terms and conditions will result in the issuance of debit memos.

Woods Limousine/Taxi

Woods Limousine, CAFE's exclusive Airport to Halifax/Halifax to Airport transportation of choice

Woods Limousine would like to extend a warm welcome to all CAFE Convention delegates. They are pleased to offer all delegates a convention discount for sedan, minivan, SUV, 7 passenger van and 14 passenger van service.

For reservations please call their toll free number at 1-888-720-5466, email or use their online reservation form through their website at  Please disclose that you are with the convention to ensure that the discount is applied.


WestJet – 2% to 10% off Fares!

On behalf of our team, we would like to thank you for choosing WestJet for your travel plans. We are happy to confirm that for the upcoming Canadian Association of Fairs & Exhibitions, we are able to offer 5% off Econo* and 10% off EconoFlex and Premium fares for travel within Canada and 2% off Econo*, 5% off EconoFlex and 10% off Premium base fares for guests travelling Trans-border into and out of Halifax. To take advantage of this offer, you will need the discount code listed. Please visit to make a booking online.

Coupon Code *Guest web/Travel Agent web: G21WP67

Promo Code *Travel Agent GDS only: WLL56

Travel from: November 6 – 22, 2019

*Basic fare class is excluded from discount. Discount codes are valid for travel on the dates indicated above. Percentage discount is applied to base fare. Taxes, fees and charges are extra. The base fare may be represented as Air Transportation Charges (excepting Other Air Transportation Charges) in the booking flow. Other air transportation charges, taxes, fees and charges are not discounted. Discount codes are intended for use by the event attendees and organizers only. Distribution to any outside third parties or unauthorized channel is prohibited. Discount can be used for a one-way or round-trip booking. Discount cannot be applied towards multi-city bookings. Only one discount code may be used per booking. Seasonal start and end dates may apply. No cash value. Non-refundable. Discount only applies to flights marketed and operated wholly by WestJet, WestJet Encore, WestJet Link, and Delta flights marketed by WestJet via codeshare.  It is not applicable when traveling with our other code-share, interline or other airline partners. New bookings only. Offer is limited and subject to availability. No cash value. Non-refundable and non-transferable. Discount cannot be used towards the purchase of a Member Exclusive fare or the purchase of a WestJet Vacations package. Discount cannot be combined with any other discount codes or companion voucher bookings. WestJet dollars, Travel Bank and gift cards cannot be used as a form of payment.  Any changes or cancellations to discount code bookings must be made by calling 1-888-937-8538. If the booking is changed or cancelled, the discount will no longer apply. Other restrictions may apply and are subject to change at any time. WestJet's fares, schedules and policies, and any and all equipment used in connection with the provision of the meetings and conventions travel services may be changed or terminated by WestJet at any time and for any reason, in each case without notice or liability. WestJet may terminate or reduce flights to any event city at any time and for any reason without notice or liability.





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