I had an opportunity recently to drive through downtown Toronto. It’s been 17 months since I have spent a substantial amount of time in the city which I live. It struck me that the landscape is entirely different from when I left it in March 2020. Buildings that once existed are gone and brand-new buildings have been built in their place. Parks have sprung up, streets have been closed and redirected, walking and biking paths have been opened. Most notably, the CaféTO program has changed the landscape of some of the major arteries and the city feels more like a European walking city than it does the old City of Toronto.
A year ago... I departed with my family for a pre-March break trip. As we left Toronto, public officials assured us travelling was safe and this little-known virus was contained. Days later, the WHO declared a pandemic, and the world in which we knew disappeared in an instant.
The event industry was flipped on its head overnight and it may take a while before we see the industry rebalance. In this unique environment caused by the pandemic, we are having to rethink our work and meeting environments. Paused are the days of in-person meetings and conferences and instead, we must focus on creative ways to meet and resume business virtually.
To our customers, past, present and future: Our thoughts are with all of you at this difficult time. We hope you and your family are healthy and safe. We still remain open for business although we aren't able to offer all of our services at this time.