New app offers WMS participants enhanced networking opportunities

Built on the well-known Whova platform, the WMS app will facilitate planning, networking, logistical considerations, and a host of other features that can be accessed via a mobile device or web version.

MISSISSAUGA -- Attendees and exhibitors participating in the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo (WMS) can take advantage of a sophisticated mobile and web app to maximize their experience before, during, and after the event.  Built on the well-known Whova platform, the WMS app will facilitate planning, networking, logistical considerations, and a host of other features that can be accessed via a mobile device or web version. WMS will be held February 24-26 at the International Centre in Mississauga. The WMS app will be made available to registered attendees and exhibitors in January.
“This app takes the event to a whole new level,” said Tim Fixmer, president and CEO of CCI Canada, which owns and operates the event. “WMS has always been about learning and networking,” said Fixmer.  “Now attendees and exhibitors will have an app at their fingertips to ensure they can meet the people and companies they need to meet, schedule their appointments, take in education on-demand, and participate in ‘community’ events like live polling and networking tables. This app will take down the wall between exhibitors and attendees to allow conversations anytime, anywhere.”
According to David Biggs, Director of Digital Strategy for Woodworking Network, “Whova’s reliable and modern event app allows us to extend our events outside of the venue and into your pocket. Our goal is to save you time, instantly connect you to exhibitors and other attendees, and share your experiences with no friction.”
The three most popular features of the Whova app are:
• Agenda: personal schedules, reminders, session search;
• Networking: attendee profiles, messaging, and a meeting scheduling; and
• Community Board: planning social activities and gatherings, job posts, Q&A, lost & found, and more.
Exhibitors and attendees can interact via chat, one-on-one messaging and virtual meetings.  Attendees can request further information via Whova about their products and services. 
Before the event, participants can actively scan the attendee list to identify people to connect with or to offer recruitment opportunities. Every attendee can create interesting discussion topics to increase engagement and networking.

About the Wood Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo (WMS)
WMS is world-renowned as Canada’s preeminent industrial woodworking event. For more than four decades, WMS has connected Canada’s woodworking professionals with the world’s most prominent machinery manufacturers and suppliers. WMS 2019 attracted attendees from nine Canadian provinces and two territories.

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The 2019 edition featured 75,000 square feet of exhibit space and more than 175 exhibitors. According to show management, a new floorplan will be available soon.

For information about exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities, contact Rich Widick, [email protected]; 630-929-7918.

View the interactive prospectus.

More upcoming Woodworking Network events
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Executive Briefing Conference, September 15-17, 2022, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Wood Pro Expo Lancaster, October 13-14, 2022, Spooky Nook Sports Center, Manheim, Pa.

Salon Industriel du Bois Ouvré (SIBO), October 27-29, 2022, Centrexpo Cogeco, Drummondville, Quebec.

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Harry Urban is the retired publisher of the Woodworking Network. Urban spent more than 30 years working in business-to-business publishing, trade shows, and conferences. He has travelled extensively throughout North America and overseas visiting and reporting on major manufacturing facilities and trade shows. In retirement, he's still following the woodworking industry, but he plans to do a lot more fishing.