Special Events:
What's going on at the 17th Annual Snow & Ice Symposium in Columbus, OH?

Wednesday, June 18  //  Thursday, June 19  // Friday, June 20  //  Saturday, June 21


Pre-Conference Workshop

  • Wednesday, June 18, 1-5pm // City of Columbus Complex
This year’s pre-conference event will be held at the City of Columbus Complex and will feature a facility tour and sessions on brine making and equipment cleaning. The City of Columbus is responsible for snow removal on the freeway systems and residential streets of Columbus, and recently purchased the state-of-the-art “Brine Xtreme” system for deicing purposes. Click here for more information. Additional fee applies - see registration fees. Attendance is limited, so register early!

First Timers & Volunteer Reception

  • Wednesday, June 18, 5:45-6:45pm // Peppercorn Room, Hyatt
If you are attending the Symposium for the first time or are a SIMA volunteer, you won’t want to miss this reception. First-time attendees can meet SIMA staff, volunteers and Board members, and network with other attendees to learn how to make the most out of the Symposium. Symposium volunteers will also be recognized during this reception.

General Membership Meeting

  • Wednesday, June 18, 7-8pm // Franklin, Hyatt
All attendees are welcome to attend and hear about the newest SIMA projects and goals. A panel of industry experts will also hold a “State of the Industry” discussion, highlighting trends and issues that will provide insight into how you can capitalize on emerging challenges and opportunities in the snow & ice management industry.

Welcome Reception

  • Wednesday, June 18, 8-10pm // Delaware, Hyatt
  • Sponsored by Epoke North America, Pro-Tech Manufacturing & Distribution, Snow Dragon, Avalanche
Kick off the Symposium with this popular event. Entertainment, food and drink, prizes and fun await you. This is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with friends and colleagues, and have some fun!

Snack & Chat Sessions

  • Thursday, June 19, 11:30 am - 12:45pm | Friday, June 20, 12:45-1:45pm | Saturday, June 21, 12:45-1:45pm // Ballroom 4, Convention Center
Discuss some of the most current, interesting, and relevant topics for the snow & ice management professional in a casual networking environment. Grab some lunch (provided) and join fellow colleagues for three Snack & Chats, designed in a roundtable setting to help you network with people who want to discuss the same issues as you. Register in advance, as limited tickets are available on-site. Additional fee applies - see registration fees. Register in advance, as limited tickets are available on-site.

Snow & Ice Trade Show

  • Thursday, June 19, 1-6pm | Friday, June 20, 9:30 am - 12:30pm // Exhibit Hall E, Convention Center
The two-day trade show will have all the usual favorites, including more than 100 exhibitors sharing the latest products and service information for the industry, mini-presentations on the show floor, and free beverages and food. New this year, the trade show floor will have a Best Practices Pavilion, where attendees can learn more about SIMA’s Best Practices Checklist at a number of interactive stations.  Visit here for more information and to see a list of exhibitors.

SIMA Awards & Recognition Night

  • Thursday, June 19, 6:30-9:30pm // Regency Ballroom, Hyatt
  • Sponsored by Pro-Tech Manufacturing & Distribution
Help SIMA celebrate and congratulate award winners and the industry as a whole. This year’s Awards Night will be hosted by author, motivational speaker, and industry expert Jim Paluch of JP Horizons. Join us as we recognize safety award winners, Excellence in Business winners, Volunteer of the Year, the Alan Steiman Scholarship recipient, and more. This is also an opportunity to celebrate SIMA and the snow & ice management industry by enjoying a memorable night of dinner, networking, and camaraderie. Additional fee applies—see registration fees.

Certified Snow Professional (CSP) Reception

  • Thursday, June 19, 9:30-10:30pm // Regency Ballroom, Hyatt
  • Sponsored by Pro-Tech Manufacturing & Distribution
All Certified Snow Professionals are invited to attend this reception for beverages and networking.

Networking Reception

  • Friday, June 20, 5-6pm // Ballroom 4 Foyer, Convention Center
Grab a beverage and reconnect with fellow attendees at the end of the day to talk shop and share what you’ve learned. Friday evening is open for attendees to explore the area, and take advantage of local restaurants, nightlife, shopping and more. This reception is a great place to touch base and decide where the evening will take you.

Closing Event: Exploration, Cocktails, & Dinner at Columbus’ Center of Science and Industry (COSI)

  • Saturday, June 21, 3-9pm // Meet at Hyatt North Drop Off for check-in and shuttles
  • Sponsored by Caterpillar Inc.
This year’s closing event takes us to the Columbus Center of Science and Industry (COSI), where attendees will enjoy an evening exploring the museum, having a private cocktail hour in the Adventure exhibit, and eating dinner outside on the Plaza Deck, overlooking the Scioto River and the lights of downtown Columbus. Wind down from the show on Saturday night and enjoy a great time with fellow attendees. Visit www.cosi.org for more information. Additional fee applies - see registration fees. Attendance is limited, so register early!