Chat with Roy Collver at CIPHEX West


Long-time Plumbing & HVAC hydronic heating columnist Roy Collver will be at the Plumbing & HVAC booth when CIPHEX West returns to Calgary Nov. 7-8. Collver invites our readers to drop by Booth 149 to say hello and, by all means, bring your hydronic heating questions.

The show is fast approaching. The event will return to the BMO Centre in Stampede Park.

The list of finalists for the New Product Showcase has just been released.  Innovative products will be showcased in eight different categories including air conditioning and refrigeration, controls and instrumentation, heating and ventilation, hydronic heating, kitchen and bath, plumbing and piping, tools and equipment, and water treatment.

More than 200 exhibitors are expected to display and demonstrate their latest products and around 3,000 visitors are expected. Seminars are scheduled throughout both days of the trade show. This year’s topics include:

  • The history and benefits of the thermostatic mixing valve;
  • Planning and executing commercial rainwater harvesting systems in commercial buildings;
  • New technology methods for protecting homes and buildings from toxic radon gas;
  • How to design and install a hydronic snow melting system;
  • Challenging conventional water softener design to save water, salt and money;
  • Basic electrical theory and control panel troubleshooting;
  • Domestic hot water recirculation;
  • Update for the 2020 National Plumbing Code of Canada, presented by Sidney Manning, chief plumbing and gas administrator and inspector for the Government of Alberta;
  • Wall and ceiling radiant heating;
  • Retrofitting air handling systems using electronically commutated motor fans.

CIPHEX West will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 7 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 8. Visitor registration is open at The event is organized by the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH).

Hydronics conference

The Canadian Hydronics Conference will take place in the same building on the same dates. It will include a number of speakers on hydronic heating. Those announced so far include William Werthman, senior technical advisor for Legend Valve & Fitting, Matt Wiesenfeld, program manager for the Canadian Hydronics Council, and author and engineer John Siegenthaler of Appropriate Designs. Siegenthaler will talk about modifying existing systems for lower temperature operation and will explain how to properly document a hydronic system.

This will be a separate conference at the trade show and his its own registration process. For more information, please visit


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