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2016 Oil Sands Trade Show re-scheduled for 2017 due to Alberta wildfires

In lieu of the trade show & conference, there will be a charity golf tournament benefiting victims of the Alberta wildfires

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CALGARY, Alberta – Due to the overwhelming effects of the wildfires on northern Alberta and the community of Fort McMurray, the 2016 Oil Sands Trade Show & Conference, originally scheduled for Sept. 13-14 at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre, has been  rescheduled for Sept. 12-13, 2017, according to organizer dmg::events.

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is currently allowing residents and businesses to return to the area, and although the city infrastructure has remained intact, repairs to the city and surrounding area are currently being completed, dmg::events said in a press release.

“At this time, there are potentially a number of logistical issues that may affect the quantity of attendees and exhibitors, thus effecting the overall quality of the event,” the statement said.

It is important that the transition of people and businesses back to Fort McMurray take priority over the trade show, organizers said.

“While we are disappointed not to host the annual Oil Sands Trade Show & Conference in 2016, we feel we can better support the community through some fun events and also help local organizations with important fundraising,” said Wes Scott, executive VP, dmg::events.

“Without question, the Oil Sands Trade Show & Conference will return to Fort McMurray in September 2017 and remain there for the long term. This important industry event has taken place in Fort McMurray since 1985 and remains an important pillar within the community.”

In lieu of the Oil Sands Trade Show & Conference, dmg::events will be partnering with the Municipality of Wood Buffalo and MacDonald Island Park to organize a charity golf tournament and a community event with all sponsorship proceeds going directly to local organizations including the United Way of Fort McMurray, Food Bank of Wood Buffalo and Keyano College.

Organizations interested in supporting these initiatives are asked to contact dmg::events with sponsorship, prizes and other donations.

“Although hosting large scale events like the Oil Sands Trade Show & Conference are fundamental to the economic development strategies of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo; we appreciate dmg’s position to postpone until 2017,” said Fort McMurray Mayor Melissa Blake.

“We look forward to supporting dmg’s community based event in September with the understanding the Oil Sands Trade Show will return in September 2017.”

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