IPEX TECH Talks and Networking Event
A conference for contractors, consulting engineers & inspectors
Join us for an exciting day of networking, prizes, and keynote presentations from industry leaders including football legend, Michael “Pinball” Clemons, Contractor & Designer for HGTV, Mandy Rennehan, and more!
Attendees are welcome to stay for the day or join us for individual sessions.
Meet the Featured Speakers
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** Attending engineers can choose to allocate their attendance toward Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours. Simply let us know that you’d like to allocate your attendance towards CPD credits during your registration process, and we will email you a verification letter after the event.
Registration at 2:00 PM
Mathieu Leroux, Corporate & Investment Banking, Power & Utilities, Scotiabank
Bruce Taylor, MRE, FCAE, P.Eng., President, Enviro-Stewarts Inc.
Cory Norman, P.Eng., Regional Applications Engineer, Mechanical – Western Canada
Alex Carrick, Chief Economist, Construction Connect
Darin Johnson, P.Eng., Market Development Manager, Water, Waste & Industrial
Jisell Howe, Senior BPM Platform Integration Manager, ENGworks Global
Alex Sandovski, P.Eng., MBA, Municipal Sales Engineer
Jeff Sample, Industry Evangelist & host of the Industry Podcast “disJointed”
Kevin Yong-Ping, P.Eng., Regional Applications Engineer, Plumbing & Mechanical Ontario
Mandy Rennehan, Blue-Collar CEOTM & Founder of Freshco.ca, Host, Contractor & Designer for HGTV’s Trading up with Mandy Rennehan
Stewart “Brittlestar” Reynolds, Comedian & Communications Consultant / Bobby Umar, Leadership Expert, Brand Builder & Digital Influencer
Michael “Pinball” Clemons, Football Legend, Toronto Argonauts General Manager & Motivational Speaker
Russ Morgan, IPEX VP Canadian Sales
Building it Right. Together.
Networking Cocktail Reception from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Learn more about the Speakers
Blue-Collar CEO™ & Founder of Freshco.ca (not the grocery store!)
Host, Contractor & Designer for HGTV’s, Trading Up with Mandy Rennehan
Mandy Rennehan (a.k.a. Bear) is called the Blue-Collar CEO™ for her ability to seamlessly navigate between the white- and blue-collar worlds, and to respectfully ‘tell it like it is’.Not only is she the Host, Designer and Contractor for HGTV’s new show, Trading Up, Mandy is a sought-after speaker, multiple award-winning entrepreneur, philanthropist, trade-industry ambassador and CEO/founder of Freshco.ca (not the grocery store!)
Mandy defies labels. The description she often gets is “refreshing.” Her (respectfully) uncensored honesty is matched by her quick wit, East Coast humour, and big heart. It is impossible to remain unchanged after coming into contact with this authentic, self-taught and self-made powerhouse.
Her vision goes well beyond building successful businesses. She is redefining the collar, blue™ and changing the answer to ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ in order to help solve the massive skilled trade shortage worldwide.
Mandy is challenging the misconception that white-collar jobs are “better” or “more desirable” than blue-collar ones; society needs both collars!
Rennehan is also a lead advisor to the federal Governments national campaign encouraging apprenticeships and promoting the skilled trades as a career and has a book coming out called, The Blue Collar CEO, My Gutsy Journey from Rookie Contractor to Multi-Millionaire Construction Boss with Harper Collins Publishing.
Mandy has received countless business awards including:
- Canada’s Most Admired CEO
- Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top CEO for the Atlantic Provinces.
- Toronto Region Board of Trade Business Leader of the Year, Top 25 Women of Influence.
- The RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur “Momentum” Award.
- Growth 500 Excellence in Innovation
- (WXN’s) Top 100 Most Powerful Women – Hall of Fame,
- CGLCC- LGBT Business of the Year
- Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top 50 CEOs.
How do ya like them lobsters?
Michael “Pinball” Clemons
Football Legend, Toronto Argonauts General Manager, and Motivational Speaker
One of the most recognizable faces in the Canadian Football League, Michael “Pinball” Clemons has the unique distinction of running for more yards than any player in pro football history. He also has the exclusive honor of being the first Black Head Coach to win the esteemed Grey Cup. Winning six championships throughout his career in various roles, he continues this pursuit as the current General Manager of the Toronto Argonauts Football Club. With an extensive resume, Pinball has already earned himself a spot as a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, and the CFL Hall of Fame.
The Dunedin Florida native, and William and Mary graduate, however, is more humbled to have been recognized numerous times for the way he prioritizes community. This includes being a two-time recipient of the CFL’s Man of the Year Award, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for Community Service, the Meritorious Service Medal, and is a member of the Order of Ontario. His philanthropic efforts matured in 2007, with the establishment of the Pinball Clemons Foundation. PCF has since built more than 200 classrooms in developing countries and currently works locally, in the Greater Toronto Area, to provide career opportunities to marginalized youth.
Despite all his accomplishments, he considers his greatest acclaim to be his role as the husband of Diane, the father of his three daughters, Rachel, Raven, and Rylie, and the grandfather to his daughter’s new baby girl, Carter.
BrittleStar, Comedian & Communications Consultant
Hundreds of thousands of people watch Brittlestar’s videos every week.His comedic and family-friendly videos have been seen more than 600 MILLION times on various platforms. His KFC video campaign was the most popular branded video content in the world on Facebook for the summer of 2017.
With a global fanbase, an invitation to the White House, speaking engagements all over North America, commentary segments on Global National, a panelist on CTV National News, starring in the Dreamworks TV show ‘Kid vs Parent’ with his youngest son, collaborations with celebs such as Ryan Reynolds, Gordon Ramsay and The Property Brothers, and meet-and-greets at PlaylistLive, Brittlestar is living the social media celebrity dream… not bad for a Dad from the suburbs.
Brittlestar, or Stewart Reynolds (as his mom calls him when he’s in trouble), is the father of two young men, Owen (award winning podcast producer) and Gregor (social media personality and speaker). These three guys, along with Brittlestar’s wife, Shannon, have created viral videos for a variety of brands and organizations such as Disney, ESPN, Subway, CBC, Walmart, Kal Tire and others.
@brittlestar pretty much everywhere
Leadership Expert, Brand Builder & Digital Influencer
A passionate advocate for values-based leadership & building your personal brand, Bobby is one of Inc. Magazine‘s Top 100 leadership speakers, a five-time TEDx speaker and a social media influencer. Authentic, funny and dynamic, Bobby Umar will move you to action and inspire you to strive for greatness. He brings contagious exuberance and keen insight to your event to make it successful and memorable. Bobby reveals innovative strategies to nurture a positive company culture or brand through personal connection, and to create true impact in the digital age.
Director Corporate & Investment Banking, Power & Utilities, Scotiabank
Chief Economist, Construct Connect
Alex Carrick obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario, Canada) in 1969. His M.A. in Economics was earned at the University of Toronto (U of T) in 1971. Mr. Carrick left the academic world for an exciting opportunity with the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC), a trade association representing structural steel fabricators. He eventually became the CISC’s Secretary-Treasurer.
In 1985, Mr. Carrick moved further into the private sector when he assumed the role of Chief Economist with CanaData, the leading supplier of statistics and forecasting information for the Canadian construction industry. CanaData is a product line of ConstructConnect based in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Due in large measure to his heightened social media presence, Mr. Carrick was promoted to ConstructConnect’s U.S. and Canadian Chief Economist seven years ago. The number of his followers on Twitter and LinkedIn is in the tens of thousands.
During the last decade-plus, Mr. Carrick’s endeavors have become much broader in scope. He has delivered numerous presentations throughout the continent on the Canadian, United States and world construction markets. The number of articles he’s written for the company’s various websites has climbed into the thousands.
Mr. Carrick also co-ordinates, along with Oxford Economics (London, U.K.), the calculation of a much-followed quarterly econometric ‘construction starts’ forecast for dissemination to a list of high-profile subscribers in the U.S. and Canada. In addition, Mr. Carrick’s U.S. put-in-place capital spending projections form part of the consensus outlook piece showcased by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) twice each year.
MRE, FCAE, P.Eng., President, Enviro-Stewarts Inc.
Bruce also founded the safe water social venture project that was featured in B the change magazine, MEDA magazine, and a TEDx talk.
Senior BPM Platform Integration Manager, ENGworks Global
Official records indicate that Jisell Howe has built a career in the digital side of the built environment industry for over twelve years. But many years earlier when most other young children were learning how to recognize shapes, Jisell’s childhood involved learning how to mark up building plans and write like an architect.
Fast forward thirty years of following her father in his footsteps, Howe has built a career that navigates the intersection of manufacturing business processes and the digital built environment. Crossing multiple lines of experiences in CAD, BIM, IT, marketing, engineering, and more, Jisell has learned there is often more to our biggest challenges than what meets the eye.
As Senior BPM Platform Integration Manager at ENGworks Global, Jisell takes her extensive experience in manufacturer new product development and related processes and applies it to the cutting-edge technology in BIM content creation and management. Howe is also a Top 10 speaker at one of multiple conferences she has been fortunate to speak at and is the Membership Manager for AUGI, the world’s largest CAD & BIM user group. Her work is featured in AUGIWORLD Magazine, multiple podcasts, numerous webinars, and other industry avenues.
When time allows, she enjoys creating sketchnotes, blog posts, and data visualizations that bridge gaps between construction design technology and manufactured products.
Industry Evangelist and host of the Industry Podcast “disJointed”
Jeff Sample has devoted the past 20+ years to transforming companies. Jeff optimizes companies throughout the construction industry by designing solutions, optimizing strategic advantages, and breaking down information silos. His passion for outdoor adventure and Ironman competitions garnered him the moniker “The Ironman of IT.”
As Industry Evangelist for Join, Jeff promotes collaboration and the transformation of preconstruction to help project teams reach their potential. His depth of IT experience in various industries and his passion for continuous improvement have made Jeff a popular speaker and vocal thought leader in construction, spending much of his time educating on multiple topics to better the industry as a whole.
Cory Norman, P.Eng.
Regional Applications Engineer, Mechanical – Western Canada, IPEX
Cory is a professional engineer who studied mechanical engineering at the University of Alberta and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. He started his professional career with Hilti educating the BC market on proper firestop practices from design to installation. After a move to Jensen Hughes (formerly Gage Babcock & Associates), Cory developed his understanding of the building code while providing clients with alternative solutions & firestop engineering judgements. Cory currently supports the plumbing/industrial thermoplastic piping business for IPEX as the regional engineer for western Canada.
Kevin Yong-Ping, P.Eng.
Regional Applications Engineer, Plumbing & Mechanical Ontario, IPEX
Kevin Yong-Ping is the IPEX Regional Engineer for Ontario. His primary role is supporting the technical sale of thermoplastic piping by educating engineers, contractors and code officials on piping topics relevant to their field. He has presented at various OPIA chapters, local municipalities across Canada, the OBOA, the Plumbing Advisory Council and the CIPH IPVF sessions. Prior to IPEX, he worked in the fire stop industry for 10 years for a fire stop manufacturer and for an engineering design firm for 5 years.
Alex Sandovski, P.Eng., MBA
Municipal Sales Engineer, IPEX
Alex has been IPEX’s Municipal Sales Engineer in Ontario for over 20 years and has extensive experience and knowledge in underground infrastructure. Alex is a professional Civil Engineer from Queen’s University (1995) and has a Masters degree in Business from York University (2001).
Darin Johnson, P.Eng.
Market Development Manager, Water, Waste & Industrial, IPEX
For the past 16 years, Darin Johnson has worked closely with engineers, designers, and contractors in the North American industrial piping market, providing support for the design and installation of industrial piping systems. Darin received his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Western University in 2007. Darin is a licensed professional engineer in the province of Ontario. Since his time in the industry, Darin has provided technical expertise for piping systems in the industrial, plumbing, and municipal sectors.
Prizes and more!
- Networking cocktail reception
- Hourly draws for an Apple iPad
- Lunch & Learn with IPEX prize
- Muskoka Getaway grand prize