IIDEX/NeoCon Canada 2011 kicks off next week

IIDEX/NeoCon 2011 presents an exciting array of offerings this year, including a new program of core learning seminars, a best buildings roundtable, a national green buildings exhibition, and an office chair hockey tournament to benefit Ronald McDonald House in Toronto. Details are as follows.

Core Learning Opportunities

IIDEX 2011 offers 18 hours of core learning opportunities. This year’s OAA core seminars include:

T16:  Finance and Business Management for a Design Firm (Intermediate – 3 core hours) on Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 12:30pm – 3:30pm            

T17:  Creating Healthier Environments Through Active Design on Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 12:30pm – 3:30pm

T23:  Light and its Effect on Colour (Intermediate – 2 core hours) on Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm           

F19:  Neuro-Architecture: A Global Approach to Design (Intermediate – 3 core hours) on Friday, September 23, 2011 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

F21:  Architectural Design is the Key for the 2030 Challenge (Advanced – 3 core hours) on Friday, September 23, 2011 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

SAT03:  Changes to the 2010 National Building Code of Canada (Advanced – 2 core hours) on Saturday, September 24, 2011 from 10:00am – 12:00pm

SAT04: A Twitter Version of Ontario Building Code Fundamentals           (Intermediate – 2 core hours) on Saturday, September 24, 2011 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm

To register for these sessions and to view the complete lineup of over 60 CEU-accredited seminars, please visit www.iidexneocon.com/2011/expo/seminars.

Facility Management Roundtable: Best Buildings and Best Practices

Buildings have never been more complex, and the need to operate them efficiently has never been more pressing. How have some of the greenest new or renovated buildings in Canada been designed to conserve energy, and how are some of the best and the brightest facility managers ensuring that these flagship buildings meet the highest operational standards for energy efficiency, day in and day out? The signature event for the FM community at IIDEX/NeoCon Canada this year will be the Best Buildings and Best Practices roundtable. Senior facilities professionals from Manitoba Hydro, Corus Entertainment, the University of Saskatchewan, and the Evergreen Brickworks will share their insights into proven design strategies and operational practices that have taken building performance to a new level.

On Friday, September 23, 2011 from 12:00 noon to 2:00pm, join moderator Pamela Young, Editor of Canadian Facility Management and Design Magazine for Session F23 as she explores the latest building performance and facility management issues with the panellists: Julie Edwards, VP of Facilities and Administration for Corus Entertainment; Thomas Akerstream, Corporate Facilities Manager at Manitoba Hydro; Ron Cruickshank, Director of Planning & Development, Facilities Management Division at the University of Saskatchewan; and Colin Jones, Property Manager of the Evergreen Toronto Brickworks.

Building Excellence: Toronto and Canada’s Best Green Buildings Exhibit and Lounge

The best – and most beautiful – high-performance buildings across Canada, such as Corus Quay and the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto, are presented in this exhibit, sponsored by the City of Toronto, IFMA Toronto and Canadian Facility Management & Design Magazine. Make sure to stop by after the roundtable to visit this innovative exhibit and network with your FM colleagues.

To register for the roundtable, please visit www.iidexneocon.com/2011/expo/attendee/registration. Registration for the roundtable also includes lunch and free entry to the exhibit hall.

Office Chair Hockey Tournament

Get ready for some edge-of-your-seat action with IIDEX and IDC’s first-ever office chair hockey tournament. Originally conceived by Herman Miller, the game is played on ergonomic office chairs in an arena located in the heart of the show floor. Chairs by Allsteel, Herman Miller, Krug, Steelcase and others will be used by teams from Amovo, Workplace Resources, Harkell, POI and other industry professionals to go head-to-head in a two-day tournament that aims to help Ronald McDonald House Toronto reach its $32-million fundraising goal, which will be used for the new 96-bedroom house in Toronto, opening this fall. Don’t miss the finals and celebrity game taking place at Booth 949 on Friday, September 23, 2011 from 4:30pm to 6:00pm. www.iidexneocon.com/2011/expo/attendee/events.

For more information on the IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Exposition & Conference, please visit www.iidexneocon.com. Free online registration for the Exhibit Hall ends September 15, 2011 at www.iidexneocon.com/2011/expo/attendee/registration.

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