Skills competitions add excitement at CMPX 2014, opening March 19

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Special to the GTA Construction Report

When CMPX 2014 opens on Wednesday, March 19, many attendees will be heading straight to the Skills Centre (http://cmpxshow.com/skills-centre.cfm) to watch, or participate in the skills competitions.

This is just one of the many great features at CMPX 2014, Canada’s national trade show for the air conditioning, heating (forced air and hydronics), hearth, plumbing, piping, refrigeration and ventilation industries, the show organizers say.

The Skills Centre, located at the west side of the show floor, is organized by the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) and it is designed to showcase the skills and knowledge required to be a successful heating systems technician.

From Wednesday, March 19 to Friday, March 21, secondary and post-secondary students along with industry professionals will compete for bragging rights and accolades in industry-specific competitions. These events also offer hundreds of students from across Ontario the opportunity not only to cheer on their classmates as they compete, but also a chance for them to learn more about the HVACR industry as they visit the trade show exhibits.

Here is the event schedule

Wednesday, March 19

Competition                9:30 a.m.  – 2:00 p.m.

Awards ceremony       2:15 p.m. at the HRAI booth

Thursday, March 20

Competition                7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Awards ceremony       4:45 p.m. at the HRAI booth
Friday, March 21

Master’s Challenge     10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Awards ceremony       2:15 p.m. at the HRAI booth

The HRAI booth and the Awards Ceremonies are centrally located at the top of the escalators.

CMPX 2014 will feature more than 500 exhibitors, 200,000 sq. ft. of displays, thousands of products and more than 15,000 attendees over three days. Other show features include:

New Product Showcase (http://cmpxshow.com/new-products.cfm)  – Check out latest and best new products;

Emerging Technologies – Throughout the show, discuss the important new developments

Learning Forum Seminars (http://cmpxshow.com/education.cfm)  – Profit from new knowledge

The event is presented by HRAI, the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada and CIPH, the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating.

You can save $10 by registering before March 17, 2014. Visitor registration: $10 in Advance, $20 at the door. Registrations are transferable but have no cash value and are non-refundable.  Registration is online at www.cmpxshow.com.  There is free Harbourfront parking and shuttle service to the door.

For more information on the Skills Centre and skills competitions, contact: Alexandra Wennberg, chapter relations co-ordinator – Ontario region and

co-ordinator, industry career promotions, HRAI, at 1-800-267-2231, or  (905) 602-4700 ext. 250, or by email at: awennberg@hrai.ca.

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