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Ontario Construction News staff writer
The Buildings Show, supported by TCA, BOMA, BILD, Concrete Ontario and CABA, opened in Toronto today, along with online programming after being forced online by the pandemic in 2020.
Running today through Friday, Dec. 3, the show is in accordance with official government, local authority guidelines, and venue regulations, raising the bar on safety, hygiene, and high-quality event experiences.
Proof of vaccination will be required to attend the in -person event.
“Our priority this year is to bring our industry together safely” said Lisa Barnes, show director, Informa Connect.
“With COVID still being a real factor and the situation in constant flux, we are planning for all options to enable our industry to reconnect safely.”
For over 30 years, The Buildings Show has provided a unique platform for showcasing the construction, building design, renovation and property management industries. In 2021, associations, organizations, professionals, and experts will continue to see a first-hand complete overview of the built environment.
The industry, like many is eager to get back to doing business face-to-face, and the Buildings Show will once again offer opportunities for learning and networking – on a smaller scale than usual and curated in 2021.
“This is the number one show in Canada for the sector, so it’s a welcome opportunity to begin a dialogue with our peers about how we’re going to forge our way forward through all this mess,” says John Mollenhauer, president and CEO at the Toronto Construction Association (TCA).
“We all recognize that we are getting back to normal, but we’re not certain what that’s going to look like. Being able to get everyone in the same room — even if it’s virtual for some — will be a great opportunity.”
After the three-day Toronto event, participants will have additional opportunities and solutions for the industry to transact, learn and engage year-round through hybrid, online and in person experiences.
This year’s themes include: sustainability and resiliency; construction technology; property management technology and architecture and design.
The 2021 educational program includes online and in-person expert led-seminars, informative panels and thought-provoking roundtables. Attendees will be able to follow topics from virtual to face-to-face and select sessions will be accredited by BOMA, OAA, BSSB, ARIDO, and CAHPI.
“We have a lot to talk about, both in regards to the impacts of the pandemic on our industry and many of the issues that we were all dealing with before COVID-19 hit, be it the skilled labour shortage, demand for innovation, international competition, and the challenges of bidding in this environment,” Mollenhauer said.
In addition to the robust educational program, attendees will have a variety of networking opportunities and a highly-curated line-up of installations, activations and demonstrations, from companies such as Amvic Building Systems, Autodesk, Canam Group, Dupont Performance Building Solutions, Yardi, Master Builders Solutions, OPCMIA, Schluter Systems, and Stubbe’s Precast.
Produced by Informa Connect, the show is home to Construct Canada, PM Expo, HomeBuilder & Renovator Expo and World of Concrete Toronto Pavilion. It is North America’s largest exposition, networking and educational event for design, architecture, construction, renovation and real estate industries.