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ConstructCanada and IIDEXCanada open December 2

November 22, 2015
by Elsa Lam

International keynote speakers feature at IIDEXCanada and ConstructCanada, from December 2-4.

International keynote speakers feature at IIDEXCanada and ConstructCanada, from December 2-4 in Toronto.

The 27th annual ConstructCanada trade show will be held from December 2 to 4, 2015, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building. It is held concurrently with IIDEXCanada, which returns this December 2 to 3, 2015, to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building. Together with PM Expo, HomeBuilder & Renovator Expo, and the World of Concrete Pavilion in the South Building, the combined shows create The Buildings Show, North America’s largest exposition, networking and educational event.

The combined show offers 1,600+ exhibits, including 100+ international exhibitors, and a full conference program dedicated to exploring recent regulatory changes and upcoming design trends for designers, architects and planners.

IIDEXCanada 2015 welcomes internationally recognized keynotes whose work holds tremendous impact. Keynotes include: Brazilian father and son duo, Luiz Eduardo, architect and urban planner, and Guto, designer, Indio da Costa of Indio da Costa A.U.D.T.; Clive Wilkinson, architect, designer and founder of L.A.-based Clive Wilkinson Architects; Canadian architect Todd Saunders of Norway-based Saunders Architecture; Spanish architect Belén Moneo of Madrid-based Moneo Brock Studio and daughter of noted Pritzker prize winning architect José Rafael Moneo; and Bill Browning, the leading expert on Biophilic Design from sustainability consulting and strategic planning firm Terrapin Bright Green.

“We’re thrilled to have such a diverse line-up of international keynotes with expertise in all areas of design,” said Tracy Bowie, IIDEXCanada vice president. “They are visionaries whose influence can be seen in projects throughout the world.”

This year, IIDEXCanada is home to three new National Summits tackling important issues having a significant impact on the future work for this country’s designers, architects, building owners and real estate professionals. Jutta Treviranus, director of Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) and Dr. Vera Roberts, academic research manager at IDRC and their panels of global experts will explore the multi-faceted promises and challenges of inclusive design and accessibility in the built environment for The National Summit on Accessibility. Bill Browning; Barbara Ciesla, Sr. Vice President, Strategic Consulting, JLL; Michael Brooks, CEO, REALpac; Gerry Guidice, Global Head of Enterprise Real Estate, TD Bank Group; Michael Emory, President & CEO, Allied Properties REIT; and Stuart Candy, Futurist, OCADU, discuss the benefits of cultivating health, wellness and well-being in the workplace with workplace design leaders for the National Summit on Wellness. Lastly, the National Summit on Healthcare, led by Clifford Harvey, Vice President, Planning, Facilities and Support Services, North York General and Edward Chan, Vice President & Health Market Leader, CannonDesign focuses on the application of Design Thinking in the healthcare realm to create meaningful experiences for all occupants by engaging key stakeholders.

GOAWAY! Best of Workplace exhibit was created by Quadrangle as a way to conceptualize what the future of the workplace could look like. They partnered with workplace thought leaders Haworth, Keilhauer, Steelcase and Teknion and others to create a feature that promises to engage all five senses on an activated Show Floor.

“No one really knows what the future workplace will be but it will be everywhere. Constantly changing, GOAWAY! will challenge preconceptions of what makes a workplace” said Caroline Robbie, Principal, Quadrangle Architects.

“The office is a selling point companies need to consider to attract the best talent,” says Johane Deignan, IIDEXCanada Director of Marketing, Conference & Sponsorship. “Clients will be looking to designers for guidance and expertise on the latest research, case studies and trends.”

All events on the Show Floor are free for attendees with their badge. These include: Canada House, featuring highlights from some of the of Canadian products that went into the expansion and heritage renewal of Canada House, home to the Canadian High Commission in London; 2016 and Beyond: State of the Industry panel; the awards presentation for the winners of the inaugural ArchDaily + IIDEXCanada Virtual Spaces Competition, followed by an in-booth demonstration of those unique and un-built virtual reality spaces; awards ceremonies for the Air Canada enRoute Hotel Design awards, Canadian Interiors Best of Canada Design Competition and the 2015 Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence. Attendees will also be able to view the 14 winning ash wood prototypes created for the 3rd annual IIDEX Woodshop competition and THINK:Material, a special feature exhibition of the world’s most inventive, cutting edge and sustainable materials.

Construct Canada offers 350 continuing education seminars with over 500 industry experts. Their most popular session is the International Architectural Roundtable. In this session, “How is Concrete Transforming Design Now and in the Future?”, a panel of world renowned architects will examine innovative applications of concrete in architecture and the urban environment. How is concrete enhancing the aesthetics, sustainability and community impact of structures?

ConstructCanada Show hours:

December 2: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Seminars from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

December 3: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Seminars from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

December 4: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

IIDEXCanada Show hours:

December 2: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

December 3: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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