CMPX 2014 opens on March 19


CMPX 2014, Canada’s national trade show for the air conditioning, heating (forced air and hydronics) hearth, plumbing, piping, refrigeration and ventilation industries, opens on Wednesday March 19 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building.

CMPX 2014 is a “sold-out” show with more than 500 exhibitors in 200,000 sq. ft. of booth space, with what show organizers describe as ” dazzling displays, exciting new products and the latest technologies.”

More than 15,000 show attendees are expected to attend the show, with highlights including a new product showcase, emerging technologies, skills centre and Learning Forum seminars. You can register at

CMPX is presented by HRAI, the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada and CIPH, the Canadian Institute of Plumbing. CMPX is held every two years

Learning Forum opportunities

Check out this sample from the list of 21 Learning Forum sessions:

Intelligent Controls Systems for Intelligent Contractors – As the world rapidly changes, discover where HVAC controls are heading. Long gone are the days of mechanical “round” thermostats. Intelligent devices and convergence of technologies are here to stay! Join Gerry Fitzsimmons (VSC Group Inc.) for Intelligent Controls Systems for Intelligent Contractors. See what is commercially available right now and imagine the possibilities.

Head Pressure Control in Refrigeration Systems – Walter Langille (National Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Canada Corp. – Keeprite Refrigeration) will provide technical information on why head pressure control is required and ways to control head pressure, specifically looking at the efficiency and energy ($ payback). Lab data on floating head pressure options and how system components play a role in energy efficiency, will also be presented.

The newly published CSA F280 Heat Loss/Gain Standard will dramatically change the sizing calculation of heating and cooling systems in homes built after 1995. Join Gord Cooke (Building Knowledge Canada) to learn how to recalibrate your thinking on how to right size equipment and more importantly, learn how to apply the new rules to improve comfort and heat/cool effectiveness in new and existing homes.

Ten Ways to Convert Prospects into Clients – Do you want to increase sales? Do any of your staff need help to sharpen their sales skills? In his session, Suresh Parmachand (Stratovate Group) gives you “Ten Ways to Convert Prospects into Clients” with 10 techniques you can use right away to improve your results.

Ontario Plumbing Code Changes -Rainier Blundel (President of the Ontario Plumbing Inspectors Association) will provide updates on pertinent changes to the plumbing code that will affect your business, compliance, and how you design water systems in Ontario at the session called “Ontario Plumbing Code Changes”.

Interested in Hydronics? – Mike Miller (Uponor) will lead a panel discussion about changes to CSA B214 featuring hydronics experts Dave Hughes (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology) and Barry Cunningham (Triangle Supply) – and that’s just one of several hydronics sessions at the show!

New Products Showcase

Discover the latest innovations to boost sales and benefit your business in the New Products Showcase.

Emerging Technologies

Emerging Technologies are a major part of CMPX. Throughout the show you will find both educational sessions and hands-on opportunities to see and talk about the emerging technologies that are driving the mechanicals industry today!

Optional hydronics workshops

Two optional full-morning hydronics workshops with John Siegenthaler, one Wednesday, March 19 and the second session on Thursday, March 20 are available at just $60 per person. Details are on the CMPX 2014 website at:,

The skills centre, organized by the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI), is designed to showcase the skills and knowledge required to be a successful heating systems technician.

Over three days of the show, 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 various exhibitors on the trade show floor.


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