The RAIC has announced the cancellation of the 2020 Annual Conference on Architecture and all pre-Conference events, scheduled for June 2-7, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta. This decision is due to the continued rapid spread of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
The RAIC states that their staff have been meticulously reviewing updates from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the World Health Organization (WHO) with one issue top of mind, safeguarding the health, safety and well-being of Conference delegates, volunteers, speakers, panellists, exhibitors, and staff.
In recent days, a number of federal, provincial, and municipal government policy decisions have made the cancellation of the Conference unavoidable.
“Our volunteer leaders, presenters, participants, exhibitors, and staff dedicate thousands of combined hours to plan for the annual Conference experience throughout the year, delivering meaningful continuing education, hosting local architectural tours showcasing the host community, and creating a revitalizing experience that fosters meaningful connections and networking among diverse attendees,” said the RAIC in a statement.
The RAIC is exploring alternate virtual continuing education programs with Conference presenters and volunteer leadership as part of their ongoing commitment to enabling meaningful continuing education to support best practices in the profession.
To ease financial considerations that this cancellation may cause their participants, the RAIC will institute a flexible refund policy, including a 100 per cent refund of registration, sponsorship and tradeshow fees. In addition, the RAIC will facilitate any hotel cancellations that were made in any of the three room blocks using the code they provided.
“We will share additional information about our plans through the RAIC bulletin, e-notices and on our COVID-19: Updates and Information page as we continue to explore the details. Although this is an extraordinary situation, we are committed to keeping the spirit of Conference going and we thank you for your patience as we move forward with the next steps,” said the RAIC.
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