CIPHEX West returns to Vancouver


The CIPHEX West trade show for the mechanical industry is returning to the Vancouver Convention Centre this fall with a significantly expanded education component.

Scheduled for Nov. 2-3, it is the largest event for the HVACR, hydronics, plumbing and water treatment industry in Western Canada with over 200 exhibitors displaying and, in some cases demonstrating, thousands of industry specific products.

CIPHEX West also features an extensive line-up of HVAC/R, plumbing and water treatment seminars and workshops

“We’ve done a much expanded program to provide comprehensive education and it’s targeted,” remarked show manager Elizabeth McCullough. The Design Forum is aimed at engineers and designers while the general sessions target contractors, general contractors, wholesalers, renovators, small business owners, etc. “Anybody can go to any of the sessions, but we’ve designed them with the help of organizations like ASHRAE, ASPE, etc.,” she added.

Plumbing & HVAC/R seminar program

The plumbing & HVACR seminar program provides ideas and practical tips that visitors can use right away to build their business. Sessions include:

  • Domestic Hot Water Recirculation with panelists Tim Main (Xylem Applied Water Systems Canada), Rod Parker (Grundfos Canada Inc.) and Sean Giberson (Taco Comfort Systems);
  • Let’s Talk Lead with panelists Nikki Gilmore (Village of Pemberton), Jill Brooksbank (Village of Pemberton), Robert Szachury (Turbo Plumbing) and Kevin Wong (Canadian Water Quality Association);
  • Ventilation for People in 2016, led by speaker David Hill (Eneready Products Ltd.);
  • Modern Pump Selection for System Efficiency, presented by Larry Konopacz (Bell & Gossett); and
  • Building a Plan for Success, featuring trainer Stephen Hnatko (Trainwest Management and Consulting Inc.).

Design Forum

The HVAC/R & Plumbing Design Forum is designed to provide advanced training for engineers, designers, estimators, general contractors and plumbing and HVAC/R contractors. Sessions include:

  • ASHRAE 90.1 (Code Compliance and Energy Efficiency) featuring Stephen Kooiman, P. Eng, (Prism Engineering);
  • Let’s Talk Lead, as above, is repeated in the Design Forum.
  • Modern Pump Selection for System Efficiency, by LarryKonopacz (Bell & Gossett);
  • Impact of Plumbing Code and Design on Legionnaire’s Disease Outbreaks led by Tim Keane (Legionella Risk Management); and
  • Guide to PEX Piping System and its Conformance to Commercial Applications, presented by Haemi Pollett, (Uponor Ltd.).

Continuing education (CEU) credits will be available for many of the sessions.

Canadian Hydronics Conference

The Canadian Hydronics Conference will also take place during CIPHEX West. Presented by the Canadian Hydronics Council (, a number of North America’s leading hydronics educators will present sessions, which include:

  • Hydronic Systems Using Low-Ambient Air-To-Water Heat Pumps by hydronics author and engineer John Siegenthaler (Appropriate Designs);
  • System Efficiencies and Comfort: Water (Hydronics) versus VAV and VRF, by Greg Cunniff (Taco, Inc.);
  • Heat Up Your Hydronic Sales – Tips to Grow Your Business by Dave Hughes (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and CHC chair); and
  • Hydronics for High Efficiency / Low Emission Biomass Boilers by John Siegenthaler.

Water treatment workshop

The Canadian Water Quality Association will present a half-day workshop covering the fundamentals of water treatment. With drinking water treatment systems now included in the 2015 National Plumbing code, released March 2016, this course is a good introduction to water treatment or as a refresher.

CWQA education chair Ric Harry (Culligan International Company) will present
Water Treatment – What You Need To Know.

New product competition

The New Product Showcase returns and CIPH has already received entries from over 50 manufacturers wishing to display and compete with their latest products and technologies. These will be on display throughout the two-day show and will be judged by a panel of experts, with the winners in each category announced on the second day.

One of the biggest advantages of attending a major trade show is the ability to speak directly to the manufacturer about their products. On Nov. 3, the BUILDEX Express builder/renovator show will also take place at the Convention Centre, with free admission for CIPHEX visitors.

For those worried about getting downtown to the Vancouver Convention Centre, show organizers will once again offer free parking at the Pacific National Exhibition grounds, parking lot 9B off Bridgeway St., and a free shuttle to the show.

Registration for CIPHEX West is open at and free with promo code CIPHEX754. Those registering for seminars and workshops will also receive free admission to CIPHEX West 2016.

CIPHEX West is organized by the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating.


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