COVID-19 Advice for Events

Review the latest information for event organizers, communities and venues on the current situation.


atlantic huddle webinar series

Presented by Events Nova Scotia and Event Atlantic

The Atlantic Huddle webinar series aims to address challenges and opportunities in the events industry due to COVID-19. The series focuses on Atlantic Canada and Atlantic Canadian events. These webinars are educational in nature and provide an opportunity to learn, connect and interact with one another in a casual atmosphere.

Recorded sessions of the Atlantic Huddle are now available to watch online.


Week One – Returning to Events

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 2pm AST

Presenter: Lianne Sarson, MQO Research

Moderator: Stacey Oxner, Events Nova Scotia

Events Nova Scotia and MQO Research share the results of a survey they undertook to better understand the opinions of Maritimers and their feelings about returning to live events. This is a must for those who organize and host events to help you better understand what your audience is thinking about COVID-19 when it comes to attending events.

Download MQO's presentation.

Watch the recorded webinar.


Week Two – Your Event is Postponed… Now What?

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 2pm AST

Presenters: Brodie O’ Keefe, Cavendish Beach Music Festival; Laurel Lea, City of Charlottetown

Moderator: Matt Moore, RATH Eastlink Centre/Event Atlantic

Our panel of event organizers will share their insights of how they have adjusted their events during COVID-19. They will share their experiences from how to move events online to how you deal with suppliers and participants when the event has been postponed or even cancelled.

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Week Three – Event Sponsorship in the COVID-19 World

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 2pm AST

Presenters: Brent Barootes, Partnership Group; Seamus O’Keefe, SOK Associates

Moderator: Matt Moore, RATH Eastlink Centre/Event Atlantic

As we work to deal with COVID-19 in the event world, what does it all mean for event sponsors? Our presenter will share their insights in what corporate sponsorship will look like post COVID-19 for sponsors, how to keep them engaged with your events and how to build new opportunities with your event partners.

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Week Four – What’s the Worry? Everything You Need to Know About Event Insurance

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 2pm AST

Presenter: Tyler MacLaren, Marsh Canada Ltd

Moderator: Neal Alderson, Events Nova Scotia

COVID-19 has not only changed our events, but it has changed many of the ways we live our lives and do business. It’s also presenting us with some challenges going forward, including how we manage risk, cancellation of events and even liability. Our presenter will share insights on what are the emerging trends are and what events need to consider moving forward when it comes to insurance.

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Week Five – Staying Connected, When You Can’t Connect

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 2pm AST

Presenter: Dawn Beaton, Celtic Colours; Brendon Smithson, North American Indigenous Games

Moderator: Stephen MacDougall, Events Nova Scotia

Now more than ever communication around events is a priority. Whether it’s communicating changes to the event, new polices and procedures or dealing with a crisis. Our speaker will share some communication tips and experiences on how you can ensure your event communication is delivering the right message.

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Week Six – Not in My Space: A Facility Panel Discussion

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 2pm AST

Presenters: Matt Moore, RATH Eastlink Center; Bobby Despres, City of Fredericton; Sheena McCrate, St. John’s Convention Center; Susan Freeman, Meetings and Conventions PEI

Moderator: Matt Moore, RATH Eastlink Centre/Event Atlantic

Facilities that host events are having to make major changes to the way they host events. Our panel members will share their experiences of how COVID-19 is impacting their facilities, the changes event organizers can expect and how do the changes impact the audiences and members who come into these facilities.

Watch the recorded webinar. 


Week Seven – Sport Tourism Canada COVID-19 Task Force Update

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 2pm AST

Presenter: Grant MacDonald, Sport Tourism Canada

Moderator: Neal Alderson, Events Nova Scotia

In response to how COVID-19 has affected the sport tourism industry, the Sport Tourism Canada has announced the formation of the COVID-19 Recovery Task Force. The purpose was to develop an action plan for the responsible, safe and effective reopening of the $6.8 billion sport tourism industry. Members of the task force will provide an update on the efforts and discuss next steps.

Watch the recorded webinar.