Construction calendar: industry events Q3 2023

Conferences, trade shows, awards galas and more.

There are still some weeks of summer left and we want you to make the most of it. Check out some upcoming events for construction professionals all across Canada.

ICBA Construction Innovation Summit / Oct. 30-31 / Vancouver, B.C.

The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association is hosting a massive, two-day event for construction leaders who want to push the industry forward. The Construction Innovation Summit will feature North American Industry thought leaders, executive leadership panels, and construction-specific leadership topics from field leadership to pre-construction. It includes more than 20 keynotes and panels, dozens of innovation exhibitors and tons of networking opportunities. One of our panel picks is “Rising to the Challenge – Building a Thriving Workforce in the Midst of the Labour Shortage”.

CCA Annual Conference / March 12-15 / Dominican Republic

The 2024 Canadian Construction Association (CCA) Annual Conference is taking place in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. In addition to many panels, speeches, awards and networking opportunities, the Group’s National Advisory Council (NAC) meetings and Annual General Meeting (AGM) will also take place at the same location.

VRCA Awards of Excellence Gala / Oct. 17 / Vancouver, B.C.

The Vancouver Regional Construction Association’s Awards of Excellence Gala is returning to the Vancouver Convention Centre West on Tuesday, October 17th, 2023. The event will recognize individual and company achievements in the local construction industry. It is one of the premier awards shows for B.C.’s construction sector.

OGCA AGM & Conference / Sept. 28 – Oct. 1 / Halifax, N.S.

Ontario General Contractors Association (OGCA) members will head to Halifax next month for the group’s Annual General Meeting & Conference. The conference aims to bring together professionals from various fields to exchange ideas, explore new trends, and foster collaboration. Organizers say attendees will have the opportunity to gain valuable insights, learn from industry leaders, and enhance their professional network. It will include a pub crawl, legal workshops and more.

Interdisciplinary Symposium on Smart & Sustainable Infrastructures (ISSSI)

Sept. 4-8 / Vancouver, B.C.

The primary objective of ISSSI 2023 is to create an environment of mutual cooperation between experts in materials and structures and provide a forum for active dialogue. The organizers believe that it is only through a multi-disciplinary approach that significant cross-fertilization of ideas can occur and innovative solutions to infrastructural inadequacies can be found. One special part of ISSSI 2023 is the presence of industry and government on a common platform with the academia. Topics include high carbon emissions from the construction industry, sensors, robotics and AI.

Toronto Mass Timber Conference / Sept. 7-8 / Toronto, Ont.

This two-day live event is all about exploring mass timber design and construction methods, learning about the latest mass timber developments, and networking with like-minded professionals and over 18 guest speakers. The conference, co-organized by Rothoblaas and the Brookfield Sustainability Institute (BSI), will feature presentations, discussions, and plenty of networking opportunities.

Tunnelling Association of Canada Conference / Sept. 24-26 / Toronto, Ont.

The theme for the association’s 2023 conference is “Smart Solutions, Future Growth”. Organizers say this theme be highlighted throughout the event through keynote speakers, plenary presentations, technical sessions, networking, and a trade exhibition to showcase tunnelling and trenchless technology throughout Canada and around the world.

Housing Supply Summit / Oct. 12 / Virtual

The Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON) plans to virtually hold its third Housing Supply Summit on Oct. 12. The theme of this year’s virtual conference is “Driving Solutions to the Crisis”. Topices include a residential market update, government taxes, development approvals, modernization and digitization, construction innovation and technology.

BC Construction Health & Safety Conference / Oct. 19-20 / Vancouver, B.C.

The BC Construction Safety Alliance has finalized the 2023 BC Construction Health & Safety Conference speaker roster. The conference will take place Oct. 19-20 at the Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel in Vancouver. Presented by the Offsite Construction Network, the Offsite Construction Expo will be live in Toronto, Ontario, in June to offer all attendees a focused presentation of the abilities of offsite construction across all markets.

ConEX The Builders Expo / Sept. 28 / Saskatoon, Sask.

ConEX is the first-ever Saskatchewan construction trade show and conference. It will feature more than 100 booths to showcase the newest and most innovative products and services. It also includes networking opportunities, and presentations from public and private sector owners about their upcoming projects.

BUILDEX Alberta / Oct. 18-19 / Calgary, Alta.

Join industry peers from Architecture, Interior Design, Construction, Engineering, Property Management and Homebuilding & Renovation professions at the Calgary Telus Convention Centre for two days of networking, learning and finding new solutions. BUILDEX Alberta is a major opportunity for architecture, design, construction, and property management professionals to do business-to-business networking.

Trades Expo / Oct. 18-19 / Surrey, B.C.

The largest interactive trades even in the B.C., Trades Expo is for anyone interested in the trades. Youth, Women, Men, newcomers, and career changers, Trades Expo aims to provide a path to a sustainable career.

The Canadian Steel Conference / Sept. 26-27 / Toronto, Ont.

Modelling the best practices of the steel construction industry, the Canadian Steel Conference offers the opportunity for all participants to meet, exchange, collaborate and network with industry leaders and stakeholders. This CISC Conference also offers a comprehensive program of multiple business development, educational, and networking activities.

BUILDEX Vancouver / Feb. 14-15 2024 / Vancouver, B.C.

Planning is well underway for BUILDEX Vancouver. Organizers are looking to finalize their speaker line up by the end of August. The even will explore the future of design, construction, architecture, engineering, homebuilding & renovation, and property management. The show will offer a comprehensive educational program with skills building seminars, workshops, panel discussions, and engaging keynotes to enable you to compete in today’s evolving market.

Beyond the BILD Conference / Sept. 14-17 / Banff, Alta.

This fall industry members will gather in one of the Alberta’s most picturesque locations to celebrate, network and learn at BILD Alberta’s annual conference event. The multi-day event will feature learning sessions, a trade show, a golf tournament and more. You can be a part of the event by becoming a sponsor or exhibiting in the trade show. But this is not an event to wait on. Hotel rooms at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel are currently sold out. A waiting list and instructions will be provided upon registration along with alternative hotel options.

The Canadian Leadership Institute / Oct. 2-5 / Kananaskis, Alta.

The Canadian Leadership Institute features three intensive days of simulations, instructional time, assessments, and one-on-one coaching. For more than 20 years, FMI Corporation has been presenting Leadership Institutes to the American construction market. Now that training is available in Alberta thanks to a partnership with the Edmonton Construction Association.

The Buildings Show / Nov. 29-Dec. 1 / Toronto, Ont.

For 35 years, The Buildings Show features seminars, informative panels and thought-provoking roundtables. This year’s show will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Nov. 29 – Dec. 1. Last year’s show saw more than 13,000 visitors, 270 speakers and 478 exhibitors.

Road Builders Fall Business Conference / Sept. 17-18 / Kelowna, B.C.

Hit the road to mix and mingle with BC Road builders and Heavy Construction Association members at the association’s annual Fall Business Conference taking place Sept. 17-19 at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna, B.C.

Meet the GC / Sept 13. / Ottawa, Ont.

Meet the GC is a new event designed to support meaningful connections between the Ottawa Construction Association’s general contractor members and its trade contractors, manufacturer and suppliers, and Industry service providers. This event will be part of a series that focuses on networking and connections. Each general contractor will be invited to the stage to give a brief summary of their firm, current and upcoming projects, and expectations for business in the year ahead. This will be followed by a networking opportunities. These events will be hosted multiple times across the calendar year.

Manitoba Building Expo / Oct. 17 / Winnipeg, Man.

Officials are getting ready for the ninth annual Manitoba Building Conference & Expo – a full day event dedicated entirely to designing, building, and managing commercial and institutional buildings. This Expo combines a tradeshow/product expo, educational seminars and a keynote luncheon. The event is a joint effort of the Winnipeg Construction Association (WCA) and the Building Owners and Managers Association of Manitoba (BOMA).

*Editor’s Note: know of an event you think Canada’s builders should attend? Send an email to so we can add it to this list.


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