Toronto, Calgary shows co-locate to create larger events


Canadian Design and Construction Report staff writer

Construct Canada and IIDEX Canada will co-locate next year to create what the show organizers say will be North America’s largest annual exposition and conference focusing on the design, construction and management of real estate.

As well, CIPHEX West has announced it will co-locate with Buildex Calgary in 2014.

The Toronto event, renamed as The Buildings Show, will occupy both the North and South buildings at Toronto’s Metro Toronto Convention Centre Dec. 4 to 6.

The Buildings Show includes PM Expo, DesignTrends, HomeBuilder and Renovator Expo, Concrete Canada, The Toronto Real Estate Forum, Construct International and National GreenBuilding Conference.

Construct Canada and IIDEX Canada will maintain their long standing identities, branding, programming and management.

The decision to co-locate all nine expositions and conferences was based on a desire to maximize greater value for attendees, exhibitors and the design and real estate industry, says a news release. “Creating larger events is also a growing international trend that can take advantage of the resources and expertise of Informa’s global team,” the news release said.

“Co-locating these related shows and educational forums enables the creation of a very dynamic one-stop opportunity that will benefit all the professionals who play any role in designing, creating and managing the built environment,” says Informa Canada vice-president George Przybylowski. “This mega-event will provide a robust marketplace for new products, broader education, and true inspiration.”

IIDEX Canada vice-president Tracy Bowie said: “We’re excited to bring these brands together as The Buildings Show, providing professionals with everything they need under one roof and a truly multidisciplinary experience, while still sustaining our separate brands and providing everyone’s target audiences with enhanced programming, a much broader diversification of products and multiple opportunities for suppliers to reach all professions in a cost effective and strategic manner.”

IIDEX Canada and Construct Canada have led the way in raising the profile for new technologies, facilitating industry networking, and providing professional development to architects, interior designers, lighting designers, industrial designers, facility managers, developers, builders, contractors, landscape architects, engineers, home renovators, property managers, sustainable experts and real estate executives.

“When Informa consulted with us as a major professional association and key stakeholder, we were excited about the enhanced educational opportunity for both our members who will attend as well as those who will exhibit in The Buildings Show,” says John Mollenhauer, president of the Toronto Construction Association, Construct Canada’s principal sponsor.

To further expand the experience of all attendees, IIDEX Canada will now include Design Trends, Construct International and the International Interior Design Roundtable in the North Building on Dec. 3 and 4 in 2014, the news release said.

Meanwhile, the co-located CIPHEX West show, described in a news release as “the largest event in Western Canada for plumbing, HVACR, piping and water treatment,” will occur in Calgary Nov. 5 and 6.

“The show will feature displays from manufacturers of plumbing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, geothermal heating, solar/hydronic combi-systems, fire protection, industrial pipe, valve and fittings, luxury bath and kitchen as well as water treatment products from Canada, the United States and overseas,” the news release said.


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