C.A.F.E. is a charitable organization established in 1924 and funded primarily by its members. The organization represents a broad spectrum of fairs from small community rural fairs to large urban exhibitions. In addition, the membership includes provincial associations that represent agricultural societies from across the nation, industry service providers and affiliate associations who have a direct interest and link with the Canadian fair industry.


CAFE is committed to fostering excellence through innovative leadership with partners and key stakeholders, providing meaningful resources, collaborating to increase national awareness and ensuring a sustainable future for the fair and event industry.


To be the recognized champions driving a vibrant and diverse national community of fairs and events.


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


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.

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Building trust with our stakeholders as we grow and expand our value through industry education and strategic partnerships. CAFE will achieve this by:

  • Building strong provincial partnerships. Valuable and appropriate resources are offered by our national organization that are complementary to the provincial suite of services, ultimately driving new membership synergies.

  • Fostering growth. Expand the organization’s financial capacity and prominence through the development of a more inclusive approach specific to growth.

  • Offering best in class programming. Our programs at the highest level celebrate achievement, youth mentoring and develop member skills and expertise by being unique in scope and of national scale and impact.

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Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions

78 George St. Suite 204

Ottawa, ON K1N 5W1

Tel: 800-663-1714

Fax: 800-663-1714

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