Canada’s largest mechanical show returns


Canada’s largest show for the mechanical trades will return to the Toronto Convention Centre March 21-23.

The Canadian Mechanicals and Plumbing Exposition (CMPX) will feature about 450 exhibitors displaying the latest technologies and equipment in plumbing, piping, pumping, waterworks, heating, hydronic heating, air conditioning, ventilation, refrigeration, tools, trucks, software and other industry specific products on the 200,000 sq. ft. show floor.

Many manufacturers will enter their latest innovations in the New Product Showcase, which will be judged by a panel of experts with the winners announced at the show.

One lucky show visitor will go home with a brand new one-ton GMC Savana cargo van, fully outfitted by Farmbro and ready to go to work in a plumbing or HVAC/R configuration, depending on the winner’s requirements.

Take the bus!

Show organizers have made it a whole lot easier to get to the show this year in buses from wholesaler locations across Ontario. “Take the Bus With Us” is an interactive program on the show website – — that allows contractors to quickly register to take a bus to the show, avoiding the long drive to Toronto and offering the opportunity to chat with other contractors from their community.

As in the past, there will be a significant education component to CMPX. In fact organizers have announced daily themes for this year’s Learning Forum, with seminars geared to those themes.

Day 1, Wednesday, March 21, will be for owners and managers of contracting firms, with a selection of speakers and topics geared to the needs of those running or managing businesses in the HVAC/R and plumbing industries.

Day 2 will feature ‘Engineering The Future of Mechanicals’, with sessions planned to address the interests of both engineers and also a wide range of senior professionals in the mechanicals industry. Topics such as water quality, psychometrics, refrigerants and high efficiency plumbing will be offered.

Friday, Day 3, will focus on tools for contractors and their techs. Titled ‘Hands On Smart Solutions,’ the day is geared to tools with a ‘bottom line’ benefit.

All three days of Learning Forum sessions are included in the admission cost and will be held in the CMPX Show Floor Theatre. There are many other seminars and product demonstrations as well.

Skills competition returns

The HVAC/R Skills completion will return, with competitions for high school and post secondary students on Wednesday and Thursday. The ‘masters’ – existing tradesmen – will have the opportunity to test their skills on Friday.

CMPX is jointly owned by the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI), and the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH). Dennis Kozina, Emerson climate technologies, Brantford, Ont., is this year’s show committee chairman. Patrick Shield, Shield & Associates, Toronto, is once again show manager. The show has been held every two years in Toronto since 1972 and draws visitors from across the country.
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