May 5, 2020

Show organizers plan forward in light of COVID-19

Just over a month ago, CMPX 2020 show prep was front and centre, and the industry was buzzing with anticipation ahead of our industry’s largest Canadian trade show. As everyone knows well, large gatherings, travel and events of all kinds were either put on hold or cancelled altogether when the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, and CMPX was no exception.

The organizers of the event, HRAI and CIPH, have provided some clarity and a path forward, however. After consultations with stakeholders, it has been decided that the 2020 show will be postponed until the 2022 edition, set to take place March 23-26, 2022 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

With all the uncertainty surrounding when Canadians will be allowed to attend large gatherings like this one again, or even hold in-person meetings with staff, keeping up on current events is more important than ever, and it’s why Mechanical Business is bringing you updates on all the latest COVID-19 news impacting the mechanical sector through our MBizLink emails, available free of charge with your newsletter subscription. So, keep an eye on your inbox, and visit to stay up to date with news related to your operations during this strange time in history.

Stay tuned and stay safe!


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Emerson offers free online training sessions

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CIPH Annual Business Conference cancelled

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Grundfos Foundation donates $6.1 million to battle COVID-19

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Three Canadian undergraduate projects earn ASHRAE funding

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Things have changed... Routines, priorities, the way we live, and the way we work. One thing that hasn’t changed is our commitment to our employees, our community, and to our valued partners.
Read here about the steps we have taken and the  measures we have implemented to ensure the health and well-being of our team members while continuing to provide the service levels our customers have become accustomed to.
Together we'll get through this. Stay healthy. Stay safe.


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Parting Shot:
Bowl over your colleagues with a new look

Bowl over your colleagues with a new lookLooking to keep your hair looking sharp during stay-at-home orders? Well, according to “The Illusion,” you don’t even need sharp scissors to make this happen (although they may help). This helpful video offers the necessary steps to transform your current haircut into a bowl cut in less than six-and-a-half minutes. Enjoy responsibly.
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August 23-25, 2020
HRAI Annual Conference

Victoria, B.C.

New Dates:

November 18-19, 2020
MEET *Postponed

Moncton, N.B.

New Dates:

March 20-23, 2022
CMPX *Postponed

Toronto, Ont.


Cover Story:
Mike Rowe: Still dishing the dirt

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