AWMAC again cancels annual convention due to COVID
March 12, 2021 | 7:50 pm UTC
The last time AWMAC members gathered for an annual convention was to celebrate the association's 50th anniversary in 2019..

EDMONTON, Alberta – The coronavirus pandemic has prompted the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada (AWMAC) to cancel its annual national convention for the second straight year.

The convention was scheduled to take place June 3-6 in Toronto. The association’s 2021 event was meant to be a make good for the 2020 convention also planned for Toronto and also cancelled due to COVID.

On its Facebook page, AWMAC posted, “Due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19, we are saddened to announce that the 2021 AWMAC National Convention scheduled to take place in Toronto, Ontario, this June has been cancelled. However, we are pleased to share that the AWMAC Ontario Chapter will host the convention in 2023 in Toronto, from June 6-11!”

AWMAC’s website lists June 7-12, 2022 as the planned dates for its “next in-person convention.” The website post does not provide a venue for the meeting but urges interested parties to “Please stay tuned for more details!”

The association has more than 400 member companies and professionals in eight regional chapters across Canada. In addition to architectural woodwork manufacturers, the membership includes installers, material and service suppliers, design professionals, media and educational institutions.

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