Companion Program

Tuesday, April 24

8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. • Chair's Welcome Reception @ TELUS World of Science

Join us as we kick off our 93rd Annual Convention and Trade Show! The Chair's Welcome Reception is the perfect opportunity to connect with other delegates and introduce yourself to other members of the industry.

Wednesday, April 25

8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. • Delegate and Companion Breakfast at the Vancouver Convention Centre

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.* • Turn your market flower bunch into a Fabulous Flower Arrangement with J Schwanke
Vancouver Convention Centre – Room 113

*Times are subject to adjustments or change

Join Flower Expert and host of Fun with Flowers on J Schwanke for an interactive session. J will share his favourite flower tips, tricks and advice-helping you put the FUN in Flower Arranging. You’ll make your own bouquet with J and learn how to turn a simple market bunch of flowers into a fabulous arrangement.

CPMA gives back. We’ll be donating our flower arrangements to St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. We hope that these bouquets can bring some sunshine to the lives of the patients and are happy to once again give back to the community. In 2017, participants of the Toronto Companion program created a variety of soups and donated them to the Daily Bread Food Bank.

11:15 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. • Fly Over Canada - Canada Place (Fast Lane)
*Times are subject to adjustments or change

Pre-Show-UpLift! Your experience will start off in our fully immersive audio-visual presentation, UpLift.
UpLift shows an up-close and personal view of five different Canadians interacting with their daily environment.

Boarding Zone-Following the pre-show, enter our pre-boarding zone where you will view an entertaining pre-flight safety video and get ready to board your flight.

The Ultimate Flying Ride-You will hang suspended, feet dangling, immersed inside a huge 20-metre spherical screen, while our ride takes you on a thrilling 8-minute journey across Canada.

12:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. • Granville Island - Lunch, Tour and Leisure Time

12:15 p.m. • Shuttle departs from the front of Pan Pacific Hotel

12:30 p.m. • Arrival at Dockside Restaurant located in the Granville Hotel, Granville Islands best kept secret. Located on the waterfront where Granville Island faces the city, guests can enjoy panoramic views across False Creek to the world-famous cityscape of Yaletown and beyond to the mountains of the North Shore.

1:45 p.m. • Tour of Granville Island. Starting from The Granville Hotel, this fun, interactive tour explores art, culture, food, our First Nations, history and much, much more! On this easy-walking tour we give a complete overview of the island and introduce you to some of the "hidden gems" often missed by most visitors. Our unique style of combining history with pure entertainment, stories & jokes has made us one of the most popular walking tour companies in Canada! End the tour on a sweet note, watch the staff at PCI create the desserts you are about to enjoy. You will get a tour of the kitchen with the chefs before indulging in their creations.

3:00 p.m. • Time on your own to explore.

4:00 p.m. • The motor coach will depart from same place as the drop off - Granville Hotel on Granville Island en route to Fairmont Waterfront Hotel.

9:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. • After Party at Fairmont Waterfront Ballrooms

Thursday, April 26

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. • Awards Breakfast at the Vancouver Convention Centre

11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. • Trade Show

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. • Annual Banquet Reception - Vancouver Convention Centre • Ballroom Foyer

7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. • Annual Banquet • Dinner and Entertainment
Vancouver Convention Centre • Ballrooms C & D

The Annual Banquet promises to be a special evening—a chance to network with industry colleagues and make new connections.

Few artists can claim to have made a bigger impact on popular music than Randy Bachman, widely regarded as the "architect of Canadian rock n' roll," His list of unforgettable anthems turned pop-culture touchstones includes such hits as “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” "Taking Care of Business," "Looking Out for #1" and "Let It Ride" for Bachman-Turner Overdrive; and "American Woman," "No Sugar Tonight," “Undun” and "These Eyes" with The Guess Who.

*Program subject to change