10 April 2020

COVID-19 Letter

I hope you are all doing well in this time of uncertainty. It's a much different world than we were expecting this spring and while we are hopeful for a speedy conclusion; the fact is that we are likely just beginning. How this will affect our fall conference is yet to be decided. The IPPS board wants to inform everyone that the situation is being monitored closely and that the 2020 conference planned for late September in Hamilton, Ontario is currently still on track.

A final decision as to whether the event will be held will be made in mid June and we will be following the advice of government / health officials as well as watching the decisions of other trade events. We are a very close knit group which is one of our strengths; although at this time, it may lead to disappointment. In the event that we cannot meet in person; we will consider holding a virtual conference or a series of webinars. While not quite the same; we will continue our tradition of seeking & sharing.

If you have any comments or suggestions; please feel free to contact me at kosborne@walkerind.com

Keith Osborne, 2020 Program Chair and First Vice President, IPPS-ER

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