It’s been two years since the Canadian Pool & Spa Conference & Expo moved to Niagara Falls, Ontario, and the positive response continues.
“We’re very happy with the new location,” said Robert Wood, executive director of the Pool & Hot Tub Council of Canada. “It’s drawing more people from afar. Toronto held up over the years, but now that we’re in Niagara, it’s a little closer to Buffalo (N.Y.), so more are coming from the States.” He added that they’re seeing more attendees from provinces other than Ontario, and the number of industry members from Quebec is increasing, too, though in that case the attraction may well be the bilingual sessions.
PHTCC expects overall attendance of around 2,000 and more than 150 exhibiting companies, with about 12 firms being new to the show. Wood said the 80,000-square-foot exhibit space at the Scotiabank Convention Centre also will see exhibitors from overseas; in the past, those countries have included England, France, China and the Czech Republic. He noted that last year, there were 146 exhibiting companies and 1,924 registrants.
The conference runs Dec. 2-5, kicked off by an all-day CPO Course Monday-Tuesday, led by the National Swimming Pool Foundation.
General seminars start Tuesday, Dec. 3. Among those expected to be standouts, Wood said, are “Electrical Spa Pack Troubleshooting” (also in French), led by Mathieu Robitaille of Gecko-Quebec and “Cost-Cutting Techniques to Increase Profits” by Connie Sue Centrella of Team Horner.
Sessions on topics in demand include “Best Management Practices for Water Discharge” by David Huxtable of Mursatt Chemicals Ltd.; “Alternative Sanitizers: Separating Fact from Fiction” by Michael Lowry of Lowry & Associates; and “Specialty Pool Retail in the Age of Technology” by Ted Lawrence of PoolCorp/SCP Canada.. Two new courses, “Pool Installation 101” and “Pool Installation 201,” will be led by 15-year industry veteran Mike Miller.
Returning after a successful 2012 debut is “Hot Topics – Hot Breakfast.” The lively roundtable discussions are slated for Thursday, Dec. 5, 9-10 a.m.
The expo runs Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Industry Awards Banquet on Wednesday is the show’s social highlight, and starts with a reception (cash bar) at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:15 p.m. The ticketed event culminates in presentation of PHTCC’s National Awards, with plaques going to winners of the 2013 Design and Construction Awards Competition, and a deserving individual will receive the prestigious Industry Achievement Award.
For more show info, visit poolandspaexpo.ca; for city attractions, niagarafallstourism.com.