Tuesday March 31, 2020
Thank you for your patience as we all work through the COVID-19 challenges to get you answers to the questions surrounding compensation. This is truly an unprecedented event for the Green Living Show, resulting in severe financial strain.
In 2018, I took over as the Owner and CEO of the Green Living Show, a show that has been at the forefront of the eco-movement since 2006. Over the last year, my team and I have worked tirelessly to build a 2020 Show that was bigger and better than ever, making significant investments in the show to pave the way for the future. Over the last two years, we have run this annual event which hosts around 30,000 guests with a total of three full-time staff members. We are a small, female-run business, and we do what we do because we are passionate about the environment and the climate movement, and bringing this community together for meaningful connection.
The GLS is a small business in the environmental space, and we do not have large reserves of cash on hand. Unfortunately this sort of thing is not covered by any insurer, and at this stage there is no form of government relief available to cover the losses. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Green Living Show has been placed under significant financial constraints.
As you may know, producing and advertising the Green Living Show to the point of move-in means that all the revenue we have collected from you has been spent. The venue, media, services (fork lifts, carpet, signage etc.) is all paid for in advance leaving us with no retained earnings. Such is the cost of running a show of this size in Toronto. Our team has spent the last two weeks working with our suppliers to finalize costs, so that we can put together an appropriate plan to keep the Green Living Show alive during these tumultuous times.
We have been able to secure some relief from some of our suppliers, which we are passing along to you based on the option you select below. We have secured 17% of the revenue we collected from you, and will continue to advocate on your behalf.