MARCH 19, 2020 – The Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM) has cancelled the upcoming 2020 Annual Conference scheduled to occur in St. John’s, Newfoundland from May 11 to 14, 2020.
CNAM has been closely monitoring the developments related to the COVID-19 situation and the updates and directives from public health agencies and federal and provincial governments. In respect of our responsibility as a broad community and the need for containment and social distancing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the most appropriate action is to cancel the conference.
We acknowledge that the Annual Conference is a key benefit for CNAM members. Please still save the dates of May 11 to 14, 2020 in your calendar. We are exploring the possibility of a virtual conference and would appreciate your response to our one (1) question survey (click the button below).
This is an unprecedented situation for CNAM and many organizations worldwide. Financial commitments have been made to secure the venues, and logistical arrangements have been put in place to ensure a successful conference. CNAM is assessing how we can best administer conference registration and sponsorship refunds given these previous financial commitments and CNAM’s contractual obligations to the venues. We ask for your patience as we work out the appropriate process and timing for administering refunds.
CNAM would also like to acknowledge the significant effort, resources, and commitments undertaken to date by the Conference Planning Committee. Thank you all for your work! We will continue to communicate news as it becomes available including our ability to host a virtual alternative to our 2020 Annual Conference. Related to a virtual conference option, our team will be issuing additional short surveys to presenters and sponsors to assist in developing the program opportunities.
As a national organization with international connections, we understand our responsibility to uphold public health and safety and do our part to assist in containment efforts. As we all work remotely and seek our new normal, we are reminded to be patient, kind, and considerate to our colleagues and neighbours. We are one big community and we need each other.