INSIDER TIPS for the 2017 CPMA Convention & Trade Show

written by IFCO SYSTEMS, 4th May 2017, in Stories

Canada’s largest event dedicated to the fresh produce industry, the 92nd Annual CPMA Convention and Trade Show, is almost here! IFCO is proud to be exhibiting at this year’s show as well as sponsoring two events, Half Your Plate Hockey Classic and Passion for Produce™. IFCO Director of Retail Sales Canada, Tom Coleman, has provided some insider tips to help CPMA Convention attendees make the most of their time at the trade show and to get a taste of Toronto. Here are his highlights:


Tuesday, May 9
Half Your Plate Hockey Classic
Mattamy Athletic Center
4:00 – 7:00 pm

Get ready for some laughs with a side of friendly competition at the 3rd annual hockey game that raises awareness for the Half Your Plate campaign—a movement to encourage Canadians to eat more fruits and vegetables. Team CPMA and Team OPMA will go head to head in the ice rink and you don’t want to miss it!

Chair’s Welcome Reception

Hockey Hall of Fame
8:00 – 11:00 pm

Rub elbows with the industry’s brightest members at this world-renowned hockey destination. Soak in glory of the greatest hockey legends and catch a glimpse of the Stanley Cup!

Wednesday, May 10

After Party
InterContinental Hotel
9:30 pm – 1:00 am

Enjoy good company and good food at the official after party well into the night. We’ll be there, will you?

Thursday, May 11

Annual Banquet
MTCC – Hall F
7:30 – 11:00 pm

Join your colleagues for fine dining and invaluable networking at the Annual Banquet. If that doesn’t have you sold already, you’ll also be able to rock out to Canada’s legendary band, Barenaked Ladies. They’ll be performing at the banquet! Make sure to register!

Also check out…

Passion for Produce.pngPassion for Produce

We are a proud sponsor of this educational program. This program hosts talented up-and-comers for an opportunity to dive more deeply into the multi-faceted world of fresh produce; participants are also paired with eager mentors happy to share their knowledge and experience. Get to know the industry’s future leaders!

An insider’s tips and recommendations to enjoy the 4th largest city in North America…

CN Tower

Take a break from all the trade show action and be sure to visit the CN Tower conveniently located right next to the convention center. Toronto’s most recognizable skyline structure offers a jaw-dropping view from the tallest building in the western hemisphere! Hope you’re not afraid of heights, eh?

Steam Whistle Brewery

Take a 10 minute walk directly behind the convention center towards the harbor for a refreshing Steam Whistle beer and a tour of Canada’s premium pilsner brewery.

NBA Basketball, anyone?

If you’re itching for a premiere sports game, the Toronto Raptors and the Cleveland Cavaliers will be playing at the Air Canada Centre just a little way down the road from the convention center on Thursday, May 9th.

Tim Horton’s

Drink coffee the Canadian way at Tim Horton’s—available on almost every street corner! We’ve already pinpointed the closest one to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for a convenient early morning breakfast or late afternoon pick-me-up.

Surprise! It’s still cold in Canada!

It may be well into springtime but keep in mind that the weather may still be chillier than you expect, so bring a coat!

We look forward to seeing you at the 2017 CPMA Convention and Trade Show. Please stop by IFCO Booth #324 and say hello to Tom and the IFCO team!

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