The National Event for Canada’s Wood Industry
MISSISSAUGA — The Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo, scheduled for February 24-26, has been canceled due to the just announced provincial lockdown resulting from governmental concerns about the highly transmissible Omicron variant. “COVID-19 has, once again, forced our hand to make this difficult decision,” said Tim Fixmer, president and CEO of CCI Canada, organizers of the event. WMS had already been postponed from its November 4-6, 2021 time slot because of COVID-19. On Monday the Ontario government moved the province into a modified version of Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen, effective today for at least 21 days. As such, indoor meeting and event spaces are closed. “Even if the government begins easing restrictions in February our exhibitors will not have sufficient time to prepare for the event,” said Fixmer. “Our priority is the health and safety of our attendees and exhibitors.” He said WMS will return to its regularly scheduled time slot in Fall of 2023. The date and venue will be announced as soon as possible.
“We remain committed to WMS for the future and for the benefit of the Canadian woodworking industry,” said Fixmer.
2020/Compusoft merger was officially finalised on December 1st, 2021
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The combined group will specialise in providing solutions for the visualisation, configuration, pricing, quoting and manufacturing of products in highly configured spaces.
For now, 2020 and Compusoft will operate under their respective company names while they work on their new brand. As such, they are conducting a piece of research to define their new combined company name and identity, taking the best of both brands to date.
As they move forward with their research they will be connecting with employees, customers, and partners, including associations, across the globe to their feedback and perspectives around brand identity.
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Olon has identified the need to revitalize and update its overall brand architecture making the strategic decision to REFRESH the Olon brand to modernize, maximize, maintain as well as expand its position and market share. This change will also tie in with the company’s 40th Anniversary.
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- Trends in Canada’s population as of October 2020, Canada’s population was approximately 38 million. Ontario has the highest proportion of the country’s population (39%), followed by Quebec (23%), British Columbia (14%), and Alberta (12%). The rest of the provinces each hold less than 5%.
- In 2020, 27.3 million Canadians (more than 70% of Canada’s population) lived in cities, with the largest urban areas continuing to grow at a faster rate compared to other parts of Canada, despite recent slowed growth attributed to Covid-19.
- The average age in Canada is slowly rising (41.4 years as of July 2020) and Canada’s share of seniors continues to grow (18% as of July 2020).
- Rural and remote parts of Canada are more likely to experience advanced population aging compared to the rest of Canada and cities are more likely to have younger populations.
- By 2036, seniors are projected to make up around a quarter of Canada’s population.