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CFS sets dates thru 2020

 15 March 2016     Michael J. Knell 

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – The organisers of the Canadian Furniture Show have announced the dates for this country’s only national furniture industry event through to 2020.

This year’s edition of CFS will be held from Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30 at the International Centre here.

"The industry has told us loud and clear that the Canadian Furniture Show is not a nice-to-have, but a must-have," Pierre Richard, CFS president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

"In order to allow for multi-year planning, we are pleased to announce the show dates through to 2020."

The show will held on essentially the same weekend for the next five years and will run from May 27 to 29 in 2017; followed by May 26 to 28 in in 2018; May 25 to 27 in 2019; and May 23 to 25 in 2020.

The Canadian Furniture Show is owned and operated by the Quebec Furniture Manufacturers Association, of which Richard is also president and CEO.

After the end of what was then called The Canadian Home Furnishings Market in 2014, the QFMA announced it was launching a three-year plan to revitalise the newly named CFS with a goal of making it more relevant to the industry. The first redesigned and updated trade event was held in 2015 but the three-year time table suggested to many people throughout the industry the association would consider cancelling the show if it didn’t prove itself.

However, Richard maintains that is simply not the case and the now three-day event – which is also one of the oldest and largest trade events currently held in Canada – will continue beyond the third year, 2017.

“I assure you that our team and the board of directors is fully committed to the success of the Canadian Furniture Show and that we will continue to deploy the necessary efforts to ensure the show’s success and sustainability for years to come,” Richard said, adding that’s why it was important to announce the show dates through 2020 at this time.

It also means the association will continue to make improvements and changes to the event as needed and warranted.

“In today’s changing world, stagnation is a recipe for failure,” Richard said. “That is why we will continue to evolve the show by listening to our participants’ wants and needs and by adapting the best practices of the trade show world to our reality. This is and will continue to be our modus operanti for the years to come.”

The QFMA also said that for the foreseeable future, the Canadian Furniture Show will continue to be held at the International Centre.

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This HGO article was written by:
Michael J. Knell
Michael J. Knell

Michael is the publisher and editor of Home Goods Online. A seasoned business journalist, he has researched and written about the furniture, mattress and major appliance industries in both Canada and the United States for the past three decades.

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