JDIQ meeting, scheduled for May 29 to June 2, is canceled
The 2020 International Dental Days of Quebec (JDIQ), the annual conference of the Ordre des Dentistes du Québec, scheduled to take place May 29 to June 2 at the Montréal Convention Center (the Palais des Congrès de Montréal) in Montréal, Quebec, has been canceled due to the coronavirus crisis.
According to a letter from JDIQ Director Mario Auger, DMD, posted today (March 31, 2020) to the event’s website, the decision to cancel the meeting comes after the order consulted with various authorities, including the Ministry of Health and Social Services and the Public Health Directorate. “The rapid spread of coronavirus in Quebec now suggests a deterioration in terms of the public health situation,” the letter from Auger said.
“The JDIQ is a special event that brings together members of our profession, enables exhibitors to connect with dental teams and provides us with the opportunity to deliver a range of continuing education sessions,” the letter from Auger continued. “While undeniable, these benefits do not outweigh the repercussions of the health crisis we are experiencing at the moment. In fact, nothing justifies putting at risk the health of participants and the public; this is a key priority for us at the order.”
“We had many weeks left before the event, but all experts agree that even if the situation does improve, it would not be prudent to bring together such a large group of people so soon after a health crisis,” the letter continued. “This decision by the board of directors of the order has been carefully deliberated and is supported by optimal risk management for the health of convention participants and surrounding communities.”
According to JDIQ organizers, everyone with an active registration will receive a full refund of the registration fees. JDIQ will also reimburse the registration cancellation fees held since March 16, inclusive.
“This situation is unprecedented” Auger continued. “Please know that we will do everything in our power to make sure the refunds are sent to you as quickly as possible.”
“On behalf of the entire JDIQ team, we would like to thank you warmly for your interest in the order’s convention," Auger wrote. “We look forward to seeing you at the 50th JDIQ, which will be held from May 28 to June 1, 2021, and invite you to visit our website and Facebook page.”
(Source: Ordre des Dentistes du Québec)