Alberta’s Largest Trade Show Returns to the BMO Centre, Calgary, Canada
Buildex Calgary – Alberta’s largest trade show and conference about designing, building and managing real estate returns to Calgary’s BMO Centre Nov. 5-6.
As the show director Paul Maryschak explained, Buildex doesn’t organize itself around an arbitrary theme.
Instead, it lets the industry dictate each show’s direction.
Maryschak said this year’s show suggests “the industry is back and strong in Calgary,” pointing to the fact that Buildex will feature its largest floor show since 2008.
“We’re back at our peak,” he said.
It is a peak that will see more than 225 exhibits and some 4,000 attendees.
“If I look at some of our seminars this year, they’re indicative of people driving their business,” he said.
“There are seminars with details around RFPs and proposals, construction law, there’s lots of information being shared about economic and real estate outlooks. People are quite keen on finding out what’s going to happen and how to get in on the action.”
Buildex Calgary opens Nov. 5 with a breakfast hosted by the Calgary Construction Association, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.
The chair of the Canadian Construction Association, Serge Massicotte, will offer the keynote address, updating attendees on the state of the industry at a national level.
Day One ends with a meet-and-greet reception during which beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Buildex kicks off its second day with another breakfast, the Merit Contractors Association’s Construction Leadership Breakfast, which will feature FMI Management Consulting’s Michael Magnum.
He’ll talk about driving organizational change through “strategic thought and personal transformation.”
There will be more than 35 industry seminars over the Wednesday and Thursday, of which more than half are construction focused.
Some of these include: Recent Developments in Construction Law; Environmentally Sustainable Roofing; Recent Developments in Prefabrication and Modularisation; What You Need to Know About Radon Gas; Fanfare for the Common BIM (Building Information Modelling); Update on the Building Code; Smarter Skins in Higher Performance Buildings; Beyond Bins: What Today’s Projects Tell Us About the Future of Construction Waste in Alberta; and Safety Update: Understanding the New “TAPS” (Ticketing & Administrative Penalty System).
In addition to those seminars focusing on construction and renovation, there are also sessions on property management, green initiatives, and architecture and design.
A number of professional development seminars round out the offerings.
They deal with issues applicable across all facets of the industry including business plans and achieving a harmonious work/life balance, as well as effective negotiation strategies.
Following upon the sold-out success of last year’s Women in Leadership panel, this year’s construction keynote panel discussion will see women from the Calgary Construction Association’s Women in Construction Committee talk about inspired leadership and their strategies for encouraging more women to pursue careers in the industry.
“A lot of what their agenda is in the industry and is about creating profile for women in construction who are in leadership positions … They want to demonstrate that the workforce demographic is changing,” Maryschak said.
“There are opportunities for women, not just in the mid-levels of construction, but opportunities at senior levels as well.”
As is the case every fourth year, Buildex Calgary will take place next door to CIPHEX West – Western Canada’s largest trade show dealing with plumbing, hydronics and water treatment – also happening at the BMO Centre Nov. 5 and 6.
A Buildex show badge, which is free for industry members with pre-registration, will also allow access to CIPHEX West.
Maryschak said the Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Calgary Region is a new Buildex supporter this year.
It is a change, he said, which might draw a new audience to Buildex Calgary in the future, including people and organizations involved with residential projects.
“The show likely could have more of a residential flair in future years, which would be a very good development,” he added
There is still a lot on tap for this year’s show.
“We’ve tried to add a little bit of fun to the show floor,” Maryschak said.
He noted that there will be complimentary show bags, as well as four, no-strings-attached, $250 door prizes for seminar attendees.
Maclin Ford will also be on site offering vehicle test drives.
“There won’t be a Mustang or a hybrid there, but there’ll be Ford transit vehicles and probably a full-size pickup,” Maryschak said.
“When you walk into show this year, it might have a different feel,” he concluded.