December 9, 2013
by Canadian Architect
In 2014, IIDEX Canada and Construct Canada will co-locate to create North America’s largest annual exposition and conference focusing on the design, construction and management of real estate. Held from December 3-5, 2014, the combined events will occupy the entire Metro Toronto Convention Centre and will be held concurrently with seven other events: PM Expo, DesignTrends, HomeBuilder & Renovator Expo, Concrete Canada, the Toronto Real Estate Forum, Construct International and the 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 longstanding 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. Creating larger events is also a growing international trend that can take advantage of the resources and expertise of Informa’s global team.
“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. This mega-event will provide a robust marketplace for new products, broader education, and true inspiration,” says George Przybylowski, Vice President of Informa Canada.
Tracy Bowie, Vice President of IIDEX Canada, adds, “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, principal sponsor of Construct Canada.
“After much review, the results were overwhelmingly in favour of the shows being combined to provide greater value to the design, construction and real estate communities. This is a win-win for the show, attendees and suppliers,” says Will Morris, President, Informa Canada.
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 December 3rd to 4th in 2014. “Combining these events with IIDEX Canada is a great way to celebrate the show’s 30th anniversary,” says IDC President, Ada Bonini. Paul Frank, President, Architecture Canada | RAIC adds, “the show’s new direction further strengthens the partnership between IDC and RAIC and as co-presenters, we couldn’t be more proud of our relationship with IIDEX.”
interface booth at IIDEX