SIMA Members and Supporters,
Earlier this week we were notified by the Connecticut Convention Center, our host facility for the 2020 Symposium, that they would not be able to open this August to host events. These are challenging times dealing with the health and safety impact of COVID-19, and we have been preparing for the possibility that large events would not be able to be held in the near future. Therefore, SIMA will transition to a virtual Symposium to be held August 26-28, 2020.
As many of you know, the Snow & Ice Symposium is SIMA’s signature event. We are both saddened and disappointed that we will not be able to have an in-person Symposium this summer. However, with new challenges arises new opportunities.
As such, we’d like to introduce you to SIMA’s 23rd Annual Snow & Ice Symposium - Virtual Experience! This event will include an individual and company pass options to maximize participation. While we can’t duplicate the in-person event, our focus will be to deliver all of the things the Best Show in Snow is known for in a new format:
- Live and on-demand role-focused education that will be accessible through 2020 and beyond.
- Small-group, peer-to-peer topical discussions and role-specific meet-ups that will allow you to engage with other snow and ice professionals on a fun virtual platform, maintaining and growing close professional relationships.
- A virtual trade show where attendees can meet with exhibitors and learn about the latest in snow and ice equipment and services.
More information and registration is forthcoming, but the virtual Symposium will not be just another boring zoom meeting! If you were already registered for the Symposium as an attendee or exhibitor, we will be reaching out to you with your options and hope you will participate in the virtual event. If you’ve never experienced a Symposium, this will be a great opportunity to see what you’ve been missing. Also, at our Summer Pop-Up in June, we will discuss the virtual Symposium at greater length to give you an idea of what to expect.
SIMA is working to make the virtual Symposium the best possible for you in light of the regulations and limits on in-person events. By attending and utilizing the resources we have to offer, you will be better prepared to deal with the upcoming winter season when snow and ice is an essential service to be managed in order to ensure safety to our clients and communities.
I’m looking forward to having you join us for the virtual Symposium this August and then see you again in person in Cleveland in 2021.
Laura Ingram, CSP
SIMA Board Chair
Martin Tirado, CAE