Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions

Member Benefits

CAFE Membership is open to all active fairs, exhibitions, festivals, industry service providers, agricultural organizations and other organizations with a direct interest in the industry across Canada.  CAFE, a non-profit organization, is completely responsible for our members. We are in constant communication in order to assess the effectiveness of our programs and our services in order to meet and adapt to the needs of our members.


STAPLES/BUREAU EN GROS – 10% discount on print and copying as well as a variety of office supplies discounts via Access to the Staples Preferred Customer Program (Customer number required)

As a CAFE Member, you will have access to great savings on the office supplies you use most, with a dedicated Account Manager to assist you. You will receive ultra-low prices on business supplies and personal one-on-one attention.  Details will be provided when your membership is confirmed.

CAFE members will also have access to the Staples Business Discount Program at the Copy and Print Center, which automatically gives you 10% off their already low prices.   Services include: digital printing, with 300+ stores across Canada and regional printing hubs, offset printing, mailers, binding and kitting, labels and decals including windows, floors and vehicles, marketing and tradeshow supplies, a large line of promotional items.

CHOICE HOTELS – Save up to 15% with Choice Hotels (Client ID number required)
Choice Hotels is Canada’s largest lodging chain with over 300 hotels coast to coast and more than 6,000 locations in 35 countries worldwide. Choice offers 10 distinct hotel brands at different budget levels including: Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality Inn, Clarion, Sleep Inn, EconoLodge, Rodeway Inn, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay brands, and Ascend Hotel Collection. 

MARK’S/L’EQUIPEUR – 10% Discount off all regular priced merchandise (Discount card required)
Mark’s/L’equipeur offers options for both men and women in casual wear, work wear, and with over 380 stores across the country there is a store near you. As a CAFE member you can even add the CAFE logo (with approval) to any solid color apparel item found in Mark’s or online at  

JUST DIRECT PROMOTIONS (Promo Code required)
Just Direct Promotions is the premium provider of custom promotional products in Canada. From fridge magnets to t-shirts, lanyards to office products and everything in between, they have the expertise and experience to give every client they work with the utmost value for their budget. Since they offer factory direct promotional products, their prices are low, so they can cover all of your business’ promotional needs without breaking the bank.  Every single customer they work with deals directly with one of their knowledgeable customer service representatives, meaning you don’t have to wait around forever to have questions answered or try and navigate a complex automated system – you can simply talk to your rep.

Receive your choice of 100 digitally printed 2 1/4" buttons or 2 digitally printed 12" x 20" Vehicle Magnets with your first order of $500 or more.   Applies to your first order only.

DISCOUNT CAR & TRUCK RENTALS – 10% discount on passenger vehicles, 15% discount on trucks, cargo vans and cube trucks.  (Promo Code required)
Discount Car & Truck Rentals has over 300 locations across Canada. This discount will apply to the full range of passenger and commercial vehicle rentals. 

ENTERPRISE CAR RENTAL – 5% discount (Customer ID required)
Enterprise is Canada’s largest rental car company boasting more than 600 locations coast to coast. CAFE members can enjoy discounts off all standard published undiscounted daily, weekly and monthly market driven rates in Canada and the US. 

NATIONAL CAR RENTAL – 10% discount (Customer ID required)
National Car Rental has over 3,000 locations worldwide including Canada, US, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asian-Pacific, Africa and Australia. CAFE members can enjoy discounts off standard published undiscounted daily, weekly and monthly market driven rates in Canada and the US. 

Developed with specialized experience in the fairs and exhibition industry, our insurance partner.  THE CO-OPERATORS provides a special suite of “Community Guard®” products, designed especially with nonprofits in mind. They have integrated affordable coverage for liability, property damage, group benefits, and more. This product and its associated risk management support is the only one of its kind in Canada, and demonstrates an ongoing commitment to supporting communities.  Members can watch for more details!

The CAFE Speakers’ Bureau has been especially designed to meet the needs of the CAFE membership.  We are pleased to offer expert speakers for your events, covering a broad variety of topics of relevance to the Canadian Fair Industry.  Industry experts will share their knowledge and expertise on issues that are relevant to today’s agricultural societies and exhibitions.  THESE SPEAKERS COME TO YOUR EVENT FREE OF need only provide their travel, accommodation/meals and hospitality.

Click Here to view the Speakers Bureau PDF

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS - Online Industry Resources & Templates
As a CAFE Member, you can visit the Members Only section of our website and access a portfolio of practical and valuable materials that are used by other fairs, exhibitions and stampedes across the country.  Entry forms, prize books, insurance waivers, posters...there are samples to provide ideas to help guide your activities.

The entire CAFE Convention program is designed with the fair and event industry in mind, with professional speakers and industry experts who will challenge and inspire you. As a delegate, you will gain the tools you need for continued success in this dynamic industry. There are opportunities to promote your business or organization in the trade show, or to showcase your talents for an audience of industry professionals and entertainment buyers. If you work in the agricultural society or exhibition industry, the CAFE Convention is “a must” for networking with others in the business.

Canadian Fair NewsThe Canadian Fair News magazine is a quarterly publication available exclusively to members providing the opportunity for Canadian agricultural societies to share information and learn through a focus on the Canadian Fair Industry. The magazine is filled with industry related stories, news, and other items that impact the Fair Industry.
WebsiteThe CAFE website provides members the opportunity to obtain and share information with the entire Canadian fair industry. It also keeps our members up to date on news alerts, job postings and our members’ upcoming events.
CAFE E-Update - CAFE knows you want to be the best in the industry, and the best way to stay on top is to stay informed. The CAFE E-Update is an informative e-news brief that delivers the most relevant content to your inbox every Thursday.
Directory - The CAFE National Industry Directory is an online annual publication listing contact information for all CAFE members as well as hundreds of fair dates.  It’s a handy resource for anyone in the Industry.
Facebook & TwitterFind us on Facebook at “Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions” and Twitter at "@CdnAssocofFairs".  Stay current on the latest news and happenings at CAFE in real time by “liking” our Facebook and Twitter pages.

CAFE also offers a free of charge “Ready Made” Awards Program to recognize the accomplishments, innovations, or long-term contributions of individuals or organizations in the Fair Industry. Participation in the National Awards program will raise the profile of your event, and also reward and motivate the individuals who you nominate.

National Awards: There are lots of opportunities for recognition: Best New or Improved Program or Idea, Volunteer of the Year, Fun Doniker Award, Service Member of the Year, Roll of Honour and Advertising/Promotion Poster Award.   

AuthentiGate & CNE Future Leader Awards
CAFE is excited to announce the "Future Leader Awards"!  The folks at AuthentiGate & the CNE have demonstrated their commitment and leadership in the Fair Industry by sponsoring this award which will send a deserving Future Leader (Under 40) who works in the fair industry to the CAFE Convention. The award will cover registration, travel and accommodation!  Thank you AuthentiGate & CNE!

Canadian Fair Champions
This program honours the unsung heroes of the Canadian fair industry at a national level, and awards them with an expense paid trip to the Annual Convention. 

Ability to purchase CAFE Award plaques for your volunteers.
- Distinguised Service Award
- Order of Merit
Why not give special “national” recognition to those special folks!

All members are invited to attend and participate in the CAFE Annual General Meeting....voice your opinion about the industry and have your say in the direction of the association.

New members will receive a “A proud member of CAFE” Window Decals
Our new members will receive a window decal with our “A proud member of” logo for you to display. 

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