Executive Director/Association Management Services

The Canadian Association of Exposition Management (hereinafter referred to as CAEM) is seeking proposals for association management services to support the annual operations of CAEM as of January 1, 2024.   This search is open to independent contractors as well as Association Management Companies.  THE DEADLINE FOR PROPOSAL SUBMISSIONS IS MAY 3, 2023 

CAEM is the national association for professionals involved in the production, management, and planning of trade and consumer shows. A precursor of CAEM was formed in the mid 1970’s as the Association of Trade and Consumer Exhibitions. The association gave concerned show managers a common voice to face the challenges they were experiencing. In the early days of the Association, a pattern of activities, programs and regular meetings were established. In 1983, CAEM was formally incorporated as the Canadian Association of Exposition Managers – a professional association formed to benefit exposition professionals.   In 2000, its members approved a name change to the Canadian Association of Exposition Management.  Now in its 40th year, CAEM continues to evolve and serve its membership.  Well known for the networking opportunities and industry education, CAEM became very much an advocacy organization in the face of the COVID 19 pandemic.  With events put on pause for over two years, CAEM quickly shifted gears and began advocating for the safe reopening of the exhibition industry across Canada, as well as lobbying for funding at all levels of government to assist in sustaining our member organizations through the business shutdowns and eventually on to the road to recovery.

As the exhibition industry began to reopen, the CAEM Board deemed it important to undertake a strategic planning process to ensure the changing needs of their members were being met.  This process took place in Fall 2022 and culminated in a strategic plan framework for 2023-2025 being approved by the Board of Directors in January 2023.   The overarching theme of the strategic plan is Engage, Evolve, Elevate. 

There are two main categories of CAEM membership:  Exposition Member – Individuals involved in producing and organizing trade and consumer shows; and Associate Member – Individuals supplying products and services.   CAEM currently has approximately 95 Exposition members and 140 Associate members. 

The Board of Directors consists of a mix of Exposition and Associate Members in accordance with the Association By-Laws.  The Executive Committee of the Board consists of the President, 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents, Past President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  The Board has 5 to 6 Zoom meetings per year.  The Executive meets as required between Board meetings. The Annual General Meeting is typically held in conjunction with the CAEM Annual Conference in June.