Ottawa Construction News 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.
The show, scheduled for Dec. 3 to 5, will occupy both the North and South buildings at Toronto’s Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
The combined events will be held concurrently with seven other events: 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 collaborate to create a seamless event that will be called The Buildings Show, while maintaining 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 creating 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 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.