ABOUT US

We are community builders. Those with the resolve and know-how to orchestrate moments that rally us to each other's side and invigorate our collective conscience. Our organizations recognize the power of the stage and spotlight in providing a showcase to honour the diversity of thought, history, skills and teachings that make us who we are.

The Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions exists to provide member organizations with a united voice, programs and tools to spur the kind of open collaboration, shared learning and coordinated action that a vibrant sector needs to thrive. And never has this collective effort been more needed. Our organizations are facing unprecedented challenges that have re-shaped the landscape.

While our sector is diverse, our desire to enrich community is our shared purpose.

Where others see differences, we see reasons to get together.

For almost 100 years, the Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions (CAFE) has focused on helping industry reach its full potential. We do this by organizing professional development, advocating for our industry’s interests and providing unique learning opportunities. We currently reach to 743 fair and exhibition organizations and countless service providers across Canada. The Canadian fair and exhibition industry sees more than 35 million visitors each year through their 17,000+ events and activities, with an estimated economic impact of $2.9 billion on local communities, the majority of those being rural.

Canadian fairs and exhibitions have been a substantial and integral part of the fabric of Canadian life for centuries and many have been in existence prior to Canada’s confederation. These time-tested organizations host premiere Canadian events that established and continue to maintain our national identity.

OUR PURPOSE

Strengthening organizations that create experiences to enrich communities across Canada.

OUR AMBITION

That communities gather and celebrate at fairs and events for generations to come.

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CODE OF CONDUCT

Each member of the Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions is expected to:

  • Abide by the rules of CAFE as set out in its Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws;

  • Uphold the reputation and good standing of CAFE;

  • Act with integrity and respect others;

  • Act, support, respect, and abide by the appropriate laws and in general that apply to personal conduct;

  • Promptly pay membership fees as part of continued membership and keep information updated;

  • Will not knowingly hold, assume, or accept a position in which interests conflict with commitment or role to CAFE;

  • Will not make any statement on behalf of CAFE or purport to represent CAFE through any public medium, including digital social media, unless authorized to do so by CAFE; and must reject and will not make any offer of bribery or unethical inducement;

  • Conduct all business with CAFE and its partners with professionalism and respect

PRESIDENT

Amanda Frigon

Manager of Special & Major Events, Edmonton Northlands

BOX 1480

Edmonton, AB T5J 2N5

T: 780-471-7210

www.northlands.com

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our board is made up of staff and volunteers of fairs, exhibitions and agricultural societies, as well as a representative of the provincial associations and service member representatives. A list of past presidents can be found here.

VICE PRESIDENT

Phil Shuchat

Spot On Entertainment INC

UNIT 12 – 700 Finley Ave

Ajax, ON L1S 3Z2

T: 514-937-9965

phil@superdogs.com

superdogs.com

SECOND VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCES

Dean Thomson

Okotoks Agricultural Society

BOX 1 Site 2 RR2

Okotoks, AB T1S 1A2

T: 403-669-6953

info@okotoksag.com

okotoksag.com

EXECUTIVE MEMBER

Jeff Strickland

Pacific National Exhibition

2901 E Hastings St

Vancouver BC V5K 5J1

T: 604-252-3643

jstrickland@pne.ca

pne.ca

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DIRECTOR

Mike Vokey

Fredericton Exhibition

mvokey@frex.ca

frex.ca

DIRECTOR

Judy McFaul

Russell Agricultural Society

41 Parklands Avenue

Russell, ON K4R 1A2

T: 613-445-4161

judy@canadian-fairs.ca

russellfair.com

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DIRECTOR

Sandra Jackle​

Regina Exhibition Association Ltd

1700 Elphinstone St. 

Regina, SK S4P 2Z6

T: 306-527-2947

sjackle@evrazplace.com

www.evrazplace.com

DIRECTOR

David Messier

Exposition Agricole et alimentaire de St-Hyacinthe

 

2670 Beauparlant

Saint-Hyacinthe QC J3G 3J6

T: 514-973-9635

dmessier@expo-agricole.com

www.expo-agricole.com

DIRECTOR

Tim Carson

Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies

7000 113 St – JG O’Donogue Bldg – Room 100A

Edmonton AB T6H 5T6

T: 780-427-2174

tim@albertaagsocieties.ca

albertaagsocieties.ca

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DIRECTOR

Kryssie Thomson

Alberni District Fall Fair

8585 Bothwell Rd.

Port Alberni, BC V9Y 9B6

T: 250-730-2416

kryssie@smileinsideout.com

www.albernifair.com

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DIRECTOR

Tamara Martens​

Hanover Agricultural Society

Box 441
Grunthal, MB R0A 0R0

T: 204-688-3584

secretary@hanoverag.com

www.hanoverag.com

DIRECTOR

Jim Laurendeau

Calgary Stampede

1410 Olympic Way SE

Calgary AB T2G 2W1

T: 403-261-0297

jlaurendeau@calgarystampede.com

www.calgarystampede.com

OUR SHARED VISION

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