CATT Trenchless Technology Road Show 2016

Trenchless Technology Road Show a Success

The biennial Trenchless Technology Road Show made its return to the Scotiabank Centre in Niagara Falls May 17-19 attracting a record crowd for the event.

CATT Trenchless Technology Road Show

The Trenchless Technology Road Show in Niagara Falls boasted 10×10 booths making it the largest exhibit hall for the biennial event.

The show, a co-production of Benjamin Media Inc. (publisher of Trenchless Technology) and the Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies, attracted more than 75 exhibitors and more than 470 attendees from across Canada, the United States and Europe. The latter of which were there to gain a better sense of the Canadian market and water technologies.

“The show continues to grow, and there is room for more attendees and exhibitors. Pre-show workshops, Trenchless Technology 101 and Watermain Rehab were sold out and the rooms were packed,” says Dr. Mark Knight, CATT executive director. “Every time we do this show the feedback is truly awesome. From our attendee survey 100 per cent said the show exceeded or met expectations.”

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As previously reported, the 2016 event moved into a larger space at Scotiabank Centre affording exhibitors the opportunity to display in a 10×10 booth. This addition, among others, had many previous attendees and exhibitors commenting that it gave the event the feel of a full-scale show. The additional space also allowed for better networking opportunities by moving the lunches and after hours networking to the exhibit hall.

Offering the keynote address – moved to after lunch on the final day after the exhibit hall closed – was Peter Gallant, president and CEO for the Water Technology Acceleration Program (WaterTap). Gallant’s address was well attended and it offered a glimpse into the many facets of the non-profit organization with the sole mission of championing and supporting the province of Ontario as a water technology innovation hub.

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Trenchless Technology's Name in LightsThough there are no plans to make the Niagara Falls event an annual conference, based on the continued success of the Niagara Falls Show, CATT and Benjamin Media teamed up with the North American Society for Trenchless Technology British Columbia Chapter for the first west coast Canadian road show in 2015. Knight reports that the entities are once again collaborating for an October 2017 show.

“The Niagara Falls Trenchless Technology Road Show shows that Ontario is a strong trenchless market with many industry leading companies,” Knight says. “This show is also great for the whole trench market in North America as it is a local show that allows attendees to become exposed to alternative methods to fix and renew our ageing and deterioration water infrastructure will result in significant cost and environmental savings to rate payers and the public. Getting new people involved in the industry will also be great for the big trenchless conferences. Thus, we see this show as a great compliment to these bigger shows.”

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