Informa plc was formed in December 1998 by the merger of IBC Group plc, an events focused business and publisher LLP (Lloyd’s of London Press). Since then, the continual growth and vision of the company has been built around the supply of high quality, proprietary business-to-business knowledge through leading brands in the world of publishing, conferences, exhibitions and training.
Today, Informa is a progressive and successful international business headquartered in Switzerland, but listed on the London stock exchange, with many industry leading products and services in niche markets around the world.
In July of 2012, Informa plc acquired MMPI Canada from Vornado. Newly named, Informa Canada Inc, the company is one of the largest Canadian producers and marketers of tradeshows, consumer shows and conferences serving the construction, real estate, craft, art and design markets. Under the Informa Exhibitions division, Informa Canada will continue to produce and manage over 46 events in: Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Québec City, Regina, Saskatoon, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg – attracting over 4,500 exhibitors and 400,000+ attendees annually. Some of its well known brands include: Construct Canada, BUILDEX, Art Toronto, One of a Kind Shows, Interior Design Shows, IIDEX and the Real Estate Forums.
Over the years, several shows and their management were added to the Informa Canada event roster, creating a diverse portfolio of conferences, trade and consumer shows. During this period, Infoma Canada expanded its events into multiple Canadian cities, as well as extending their expertise to create new events such as Conversations in Design, part of the Toronto International Design Festival and the Winnipeg and Saskatchewan Real Estate Forums. MMPI Canada’s newest additions, the Atlantic Real Estate Forum and the Delicious Food Show, launch June 2011 and October 2011 respectively.
IIDEX was created
Tracy Bowie joined the IIDEX management team
MMPI signed an agreement with ARIDO to manage IIDEX
MMPI acquired the One of a Kind Christmas Show & Sale, the One of a Kind Spring Show & Sale, as well as the Interior Design Show. Steven Levy, Shauna Levy and Patti Stewart, the shows’ management, also joined the company at this time.
MMPI acquired York Communications and Media Edge Communications West and their owners, George Przybylowski and Mark Stephenson, respectively, as well as a roster of construction, real estate and property management shows.
MMPI Canada acquired Design Vancouver, now known as the Interior Design Show West, along with Jason Heard, the show’s creator.
Linel Rebenchuk and his show, the Toronto International Art Fair, also known as Art Toronto, was added to the MMPI Canada Family of Shows.
One of a Kind Show and Sale Vancouver was born out of the One of a Kind brand.
The MMPI Canada collection of shows expanded once again to include the Artist Project.
The Delicious Food Show was added to MMPI Canada’s impressive roster of events.
MMPI Canada is purchased by Informa plc; renamed Informa Canada