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March 25-29, 2020

Delta Ottawa City Centre

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ASEH 2020 and COVID-19

UPDATE - MARCH 11, 2020


Dear ASEH Members and Conference Attendees,

It has become clear over the last few days that we cannot hold the Ottawa meeting as planned, so we have decided to cancel the in-person meeting in Ottawa, scheduled for March 25-29, 2020. The individual and collective health risks are too great.

This still leaves several questions unanswered: Do we simply cancel this meeting, or do we try to reschedule later in the year? 

As a member and supporter of ASEH, you should be aware that either of these options has serious financial consequences for the organization. At worst, this loss could amount to $250,000, or about half of ASEH's total bank account. A rescheduled meeting, if it was successful, might reduce these losses significantly.  

The best way you can help is to donate to ASEH - perhaps by donating some of what you had budgeted for the meeting.  It is easy to DONATE HERE.

We promise to provide more information and an explanation about why a cancelled conference will cost so much when we have figured out whether we are simply cancelling or whether we will try to reschedule.

Thank you as always for your membership and support.

Ed Russell, ASEH President

Sarah Elkind, ASEH Vice President

David Spatz, ASEH Executive Director


ASEH 2020 and COVID-19 updates

March 9, 2020

Dear ASEH Members and Conference Attendees,

    We are writing to update you about plans for our annual meeting in Ottawa, scheduled for March 25-29, 2020. 

    New information is arriving all the time, including increasing concerns about public health impacts and restrictions on travel. We are considering various possibilities, including cancelling the conference, proceeding with a small conference, and putting parts of the conference on line. The executive committee will make the final decision, and it needs time to deliberate. We expect to inform you by the end of the week of its decision.

    Many of your institutions have already restricted international travel, and public sources are offering some guidance and guidelines about how to reduce the spread of and risk of contracting COVID-19. Here is some useful information from the US and Canada.

    • Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recommended Sunday that elderly and vulnerable Americans limit their exposure to travel and large crowds.
    • The CDC expanded its guidance and precautions for people at extreme risk of serious illness - those over 60 or with underlying health conditions. They recommend avoiding non-essential travel, such as long plane trips.
    • Ontario's chief medical officer of health Dr. David Williams discussed the province's response today. They are not yet recommending canceling large gatherings, but are strongly encouraging people who have traveled internationally not to attend large events.

      If you have already decided not to attend, please cancel your hotel reservations. This may help us renegotiate our contract with the hotel, and reduce our losses if we have to cancel.

      Thank you very much for your patience and support.

      Ed Russell, ASEH President

      Sarah Elkind, ASEH Vice President

      David Spatz, ASEH Executive Director

      MARCH 3, 2020

      Currently, we plan to meet as scheduled. We are monitoring developments closely and will send a message to members and participants if things change.

      Here is some information that you might find helpful related to COVID-19, travel and meeting:

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