Bolstered by a year of better
weather and a more stable economy, showgoers will have much to
discuss, see and celebrate at the 2010 Canadian Pool & Spa
Conference & Expo.
This year’s event, which returns to the Toronto Congress
Centre Dec. 6-9, aims to deliver a streamlined education program,
public pool symposium, panel discussions, a bustling show floor and
numerous networking events.
The show “allows people to find new technologies, products
and services — not to mention the educational
components,” says Rob Wood, executive director of the
Pool & Hot Tub Council of Canada, host of
“Finally, there’s the opportunity to get together with
your peers and network,” he adds. “That’s
particularly important because there’s been an increased
effort to regulate [the industry], and here we can discuss and
determine our positions.”
Focus on education
The Canadian show has always had a strong emphasis on education,
but it will be handled differently this year. Instead of scheduling
sessions concurrently, the courses and presentations will run one
after the other.
“People had said they wanted to go to two sessions at the
same time. Now they won’t have that problem,” Woods
says. “It’s a more comprehensive program.”
Educational offerings range from seminars on water chemistry
troubleshooting and “green” water care for pools and
spas, to a panel discussion of industry trends.
For builders, two seminars in particular are expected to pique
interest — one on energy conservation products and another on
In addition, a meeting on occupational health and safety for
workers on Wednesday should have wide appeal, Wood says.
Plus, there are sessions about new advancements in chlorination,
such as saltwater pools, and new technologies, he adds.
A brand-new offering — a two-day CPO Course on Monday and
Tuesday — is the lead-in to the Public Pool Symposium on
Wednesday. Geared toward public pool operators and health
inspectors, the symposium will cover these topics: “Advancing
Technologies” (from Europe), “Operating Procedure for
Nonregulated Recreational Water Facilities Guidance
Document,” “Lessons Learned” (from the Lifesaving
Society) and “NSPF Webinar: RWI Prevention.”
Organizers expect more attendees in 2010 than last year. They
predict approximately 3,350 will head for Toronto.
“Each year, we’ve had an increase,” Woods
explains. “There’s only one show here, whereas in
America, there are all those regional shows, too.” He pauses,
then adds with a laugh: “Of course, that means all of our
eggs are in one basket.”
It looks to be a pretty sturdy basket. Booth sign-ups have been
going at a brisk pace: 80 percent sold three months before the show
date, says Mette Yellowless, show coordinator.
In the 100,000 square feet of exhibit space, approximately 160
exhibitors are expected to display their wares compared with 140
The optimistic outlook for the Canadian show is caused more by good
weather than economic swings. “In eastern Canada, we had
better weather after two bad years in a row,” Wood says.
“It won’t be a banner year, but better.”
He also notes that the U.S. economic woes haven’t moved north
yet. For that, he gives credit to the banking system in Canada for
not making the kind of high-risk loans and mortgages on homes that
were happening in the United States.
Meet and greet
The Canadian show will offer ample opportunities for interaction
with industry colleagues. On Tuesday night, for instance,
there’s the annual general meeting of PHTCC members, followed
by the President’s Reception. “It’s a trade show
owned and managed by the Council, so our annual meeting is
important,” Wood says. “It’s a time to get
together and network.”
A show highlight, the Industry Awards Evening, is slated for
Wednesday in the Toronto Congress Centre’s Cohen Ballroom and
Courtyard. The gala includes a reception, banquet and entertainment
by comedian Denis Grignon. Among the honors being bestowed will be
construction design awards, Supplier of the Year, Dealer of the
Year and the Industry Achievement Award.
For more information about the show, visit www.poolandspaexpo.ca. For city attractions, go to