Dear CAPL members/ conference attendees:
RE: CAPL conference/ meeting CANCELLED
On behalf of the CAPL Conference Organizing Committee and CAPL Board, I am writing to update you on the status of the CAPL 2020 Annual Conference from April 19 to 22 at the Fairmont Banff Springs given COVID-19.
Based on the current landscape that will likely last into at least mid- to late April, we have little choice but to cancel the conference and meeting. While even one week ago we were trying to be optimistic, as most travel and safety recommendations did not extend into the timeline of our conference, things have not improved. Further, even national travel appears to be starting to be affected.
We would like to thank all of you for patiently hanging in there, as we know there was some anxiety to find out a final decision. However, we felt it important to ensure that a well-informed and thoughtful decision be made that put safety first but considered the well-being of our organization.
We can confirm that:
- All payments that were processed will be reimbursed at 100%.
- Fairmont will not hold CAPL responsible for the contract we had signed for the conference.
- Most airlines are offering a refund or travel credit for cancellations or a no-charge change fee if you prefer.
- The Fairmont will allow you to cancel without penalty. Please go to https://book.passkey.com/event/49769012/owner/56367/home or call 1-800-441-1414 to cancel your reservation.
Of note, the Fairmont has offered to honour the conference room rate for anyone who has booked and who elects to still go to Banff, assuming it is safe and within guidelines at the time to do so for individuals. Chantal will reach out to anyone who does not cancel to ensure this is intentional.
We will be considering various options to hold the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and elections as legally mandated. In addition, we will be exploring options for either having the Annual Conference later in 2020 or postponing until 2021.
I would like to personally thank the members of the planning committee (Alberto Choy, Roland Jones, Phil Klassen, Michelle Mathias and Victoria Roth) for the hundreds of collective volunteer hours they have put in to making the conference the best ever and into navigating the COVID-19 crisis. I would also extend our sincere thanks to Chantal Goddard for her tireless work and patience. Finally, I would thank the members of the Board (Phil Klassen, Louis Morissette, Sebastien Prat, Victoria Roth, Todd Tomita, Jeff Waldman and Joel Watts) for their long hours, wise advice and hard work with the competent support of Katie Hardy.
We will reach out with future conference and AGM details by email and on the CAPL website.
Brad Booth, MD, FRCPC, DABPN
On behalf of the planning committee and Board