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CAPL Conference Chair's Message...Where does this road lead?

After several glimmers of hope followed by subsequent periods of gloom, the CAPL Conference Committee has made the decision to push back our event to Q1 2022. The ongoing restrictions, corporate work-from-home orders and uncertainty with the vaccine rollout have made planning and, in our belief, executing the annual event in September 2021 an extremely difficult feat. Obtaining commitments from speakers, outlining socially distanced activities complying with the dynamic policies in place and estimated attendance from members were only some of our issues with a fall Conference.

We were able to re-negotiate with the JW Marriott and, without penalty, move our event to February 2022. Running from Saturday, February 5 through Tuesday, February 8, the Conference will feature activities to re-connect our delegates and a program to help navigate and make sense of our ever-changing world and industry. The JW Marriott ICE District has become the go-to venue for events during the pandemic, hosting the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoff and World Junior Hockey Championship “bubbles”, and their experience will ensure our event is done in a safe and healthy manner.

Much like the times we find ourselves in, this will be a conference of “firsts”. It will be the first CAPL Conference hosted in Q1, during the middle of winter. It will be the first major in-person conference for many members, post-pandemic. As we have all grown too accustomed to changes, we felt it was important to maintain an in-person event when it was safe to do so and change the timing of the conference. With this, the Committee is excited to have everyone gather in our province’s capital this coming February.

While the Conference Committee has been saying for the past year that the road leads to Edmonton in the fall of 2021, this additional detour on our ever-winding journey will bring us to a worthy destination in February 2022!  

-Steve Brisebois

CAPL Conference 2020 2021 2022 Chair

February 5-8, 2022 - Edmonton, Alberta