Print Friendly and PDF

A Message from the Chamber’s Sandy K. Baruah and #MPC20 Chair Ryan Maibach

When we decided to move the Mackinac Policy Conference from May to August, optimism reigned. It seemed, even by expert accounts, that we would be in a different place come late summer. But it turned out that, we all just did not know what we did not know.

We understand that for so many of you, Mackinac in August was going to be a time to renew business connections while focusing on the future. The Chamber very much wants the Conference to play that role and we are sorry that it cannot happen in 2020.

It has become clear that “social distancing” will be with us for quite a while. If there is one thing the Conference has never been and could never be, it is socially distant. Attendees tell us every year that interpersonal connections with other attendees and direct access to business leaders and elected officials make this a must-attend event.

The decision to cancel this year’s Conference is as difficult for us at the Chamber as it is for you. As a member-driven organization, we miss being able to see our members and work directly, in person, on our mission of business growth and prosperity in Southeast Michigan. Chief among our roles, as we see it, is to act as a convener of people and ideas. We look forward to the day when we can fully play that role again.

While we know we cannot replace the Mackinac Policy Conference, there has never been a more important time for business and government leaders to engage in the crucial conversations about moving Michigan forward. MPC20 Conversation will be a digital series offering speakers and dialogue reminiscent of the Mackinac Policy Conference. The series will begin late summer and continue up to the November election including multiple discussions among state and national leaders from business, media, philanthropy, and government. MPC20 Conversations will focus on Michigan’s COVID-19 response, economic recovery, racial injustice and achieving equity, and the 2020 election. We look forward to sharing more details with you.

This week a member of the Chamber team will be reaching out to your company to discuss your Conference registration. If you would like immediate information, please contact Marianne Bogard at or view an FAQ.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we join you in working through this period of history in the making.

Sandy K. Baruah
President and CEO
Detroit Regional Chamber
Ryan Maibach
President and CEO
Barton Malow Holdings;
Chair, 2020 Mackinac Policy Conference