CKCA reschedules National Forum to Fall
February 10, 2022 | 3:06 pm CST

The CKCA's National Forum features education, networking, and plant tours.

OTTAWA, Ontario – The Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association (CKCA) Board of Directors voted to push back the dates and move the location of its 2022 National Forum after taking into consideration the pace that Canada is easing restrictions due to Covid-19.

The annual forum will be held Sept. 29-Oct. 1 in Waterloo, Ontario. It had been scheduled to take place June 16-18 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (PEI).

While the CKCA is still ironing out details for the rescheduled event, it will include tours of Chervin Kitchen & Bath and Woodland Horizon.

“Planning for events and contracting with providers takes months and given current circumstances, the CKCA Board has decided to push back the dates,” the CKCA explained in a press release. “PEI is an excellent location and we look forward to visiting there in the future. Moving the event to the fall and leveraging a pre-existing event poses less risk at this time and we hope Covid-19 will be further behind. CKCA’s Fall Regional Event was already on the books with the Ontario location previously chosen.”

CKCA still plans to host its 2022 General Meeting virtually on May 25. In addition, CKCA hopes to return to the west in early 2023 with a Spring Regional Event. 

“CKCA is anxious to get back to hosting face-to-face events,” said Heidi Boudreault, CKCA president. “We know the huge value the plant tours and networking provide for our members and we’ve really missed that kind of interaction. Now, more than ever, we want to talk to each other because the past two years have been tough for us all. While there are still many uncertainties due to the Omicron variant, the board agreed that transitioning the previously scheduled Fall Regional event into the National Forum makes sense. It gives us more time to organize providers and it is our sincere hope that we will be well on our way to recovering from Covid-19.”

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