Top industry speakers will kick off CMPX 2016


Canada’s largest trade show for the mechanical industry, CMPX 2016, is just around the corner. Scheduled for March 16-18 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in downtown Toronto, organizers plan to kick things off early each day at this year’s event with keynote breakfast speaker sessions prior to the show opening.

These sessions start at 7:30 a.m. each morning and cover the following topics:

Wednesday, March 16

The Internet of Things (IoT) – the Opportunities and Impact of Connected HVAC/R Equipment and Devices

Bill MacGowan of Cisco Systems will talk about both the impact and opportunities surrounding internet connected equipment and control systems.

As more and more equipment becomes “connected,” the trend presents opportunities to create enhanced services that will have greater value than the original cost of the equipment or product.

Thursday, March 17

Low Ambient Air to Water Heat Pumps – An Emerging Renewal Energy Heat Source

Well known hydronics author and instructor John Siegenthaler, P.Eng., of the engineering firm Appropriate Designs, has a new presentation and new ideas to share.

When it comes to combining heat pumps with hydronics, the common approach has been to use geothermal sources. However, recent advances in “low ambient” air source heat pumps present a viable alternative, even in cold Canadian climates. This session will discuss the basics of low ambient air-to-water heat pumps and give examples of how they can be combined with hydronic heating and cooling distribution systems. It will also compare the performance and cost of such systems to that of a geothermal-source water-to-water heat pump system.

Friday, March 18

What You Need To Know About Changing Refrigerants and Refrigerant Regulations

Rajan Rajendran’s keynote breakfast session is aimed at anyone that works with refrigerants. Rajendran is vice president of the System Innovation Center and Sustainability at Emerson Climate Technologies.

The refrigeration landscape continues to change. The new generation of HFC refrigerants are ‘under fire’ as government regulations globally push manufacturers to devise lower global warming potential (GWP) products. Environment Canada and the EPA (US) have introduced proposed regulations to curb the use of high GWP refrigerants.

This session will provide attendees with an overview of what GWP refrigerants will mean to the RAC industry, what types of new refrigerants will be used in HVAC/R equipment and systems and what the regulatory landscape that is driving these changes looks like.

All keynote sessions take place on the street of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, and run until 9 a.m. Those wishing to attend are urged to register in advance at There are numerous other educations sessions taking place during the show.

Over 500 exhibitors

CMPX is Canada’s largest plumbing and HVAC/R industry show, with over 500 exhibitors displaying and demonstrating their products in 200,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space. Exhibitors come from every sector of the industry including air-conditioning, heating (forced-air, hydronics, heat pumps, biomass, etc.), plumbing, industrial, waterworks, water quality, piping, refrigeration, controls, software, ventilation, tools, test instruments, and vehicles.

One lucky visitor will go home with this year’s door prize – a Chevrolet City Express compact cargo van with a full interior package by Farmbro Inc.

Another new feature this year is the CMPX Contractors Club in which contractors can sign up to receive special offers, new product notifications and various other things.

A number of industry wholesalers will provide bus transportation to the show for their customers. Contractors are advised to check with their local distributor for participation and details.

There will be ample free parking at several Harbourfront Centre locations with shuttles to the show.

Beware of hotel “scams”

Show organizers have arranged special hotel rates. Go to for details. Organizers are advising visitors to deal directly with the hotel to get the best rate. “Please deal directly with your hotel of choice and beware of telephone or internet “scams” as the Show Committee has not appointed any official housing organizations and all the hotel properties deal directly,” said organizers in a press release.

The Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) and the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) jointly present the show, which began in 1972.

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