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BUILDEX Calgary to explore cutting edge construction

Russell Hixson
BUILDEX Calgary to explore cutting edge construction
Attendees mill about the trade show floor at BUILDEX Calgary. The show, taking place Nov. 8 and 9, features more than 225 exhibits and over 40 educational seminars. -

BUILDEX Calgary is fast approaching.

It will feature more than 40 accredited seminars, 225 exhibits as well as networking opportunities. The annual tradeshow and con­ference will take place Nov. 8 and 9 at the BMO Centre.

The event not only has content for construction professionals but also those involved in the renovation, property management, interior design and architecture industries interested in what the future holds.

"Attendees will get a first glimpse of what is new and in the market and with the sessions they will really experience what is next for Calgary, what is coming down the pipeline and how they can position their company for future success," said marketing manager Meryl De Leon.

She explained this year’s event organizers worked to get high quality keynote speakers to draw in attendees.

One of the featured speakers at the event will be futurist Nikolas Badminton who will share his thoughts on the latest trends impacting cities around the world.

"With the impact of the economic downturn in Calgary, the city is inevitably forced to diversify its economy and expand beyond the oil industry," said Badminton in a press release. "In my presentation, I’ll share the current trends being adopted by major cities around the globe and how that could shape Calgary’s urban landscape."

Badminton plans to speak on how exponential technologies are revolutionizing the world. He is a renowned expert in the sharing economy, the future of work and how cities are evolving.

Another keynote speaker will be Gareth Hayes, a partner at Roland Berger in Chicago. Hayes will be speaking about the digitization in the construction industry. He will give his thoughts on the degree to which digitization is already implemented and what parts of the industry have the most to gain from digitization.

Moura Quayle will be giving an address on Designed Leadership. She is a director at the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and an author who writes about applying methods from the world of design to leadership.

The event is also bringing back its Views from the Edge discussions. The afternoon plenary will feature a collection of presentations focusing on the themes of disruption and resilience. CHANDOS Construction CEO Tom Redl, EcoAmmo Sustainable Consulting founding partner Brandy Burdeniuk and CultureSmith Inc. CEO Shane Wallace are just a few experts who will be presenting.

Attendees can also attend PechaKucha: Iconic Wood Projects, which will feature case studies of iconic wood projects in Canada.

The PerformEX stage on the tradeshow floor will host four sessions, including Disrupting the Construction Industry, which will be presented by Sunny Ghataurah, president of AES Engineering technologies.

He will discuss how artificial intelligence, virtual/augmented reality, autonomous transportation, automated construction, vertical farming and quantum computing are poised to shake up the transportation, construction, agriculture and financial industries.

To learn more about the conference and tradeshow, visit

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