Leading Alberta's Built Environment to a High-Performance Future
BUILDEX Alberta is a driving force behind today’s building industry and a vision of its future; we bring together professionals from across industry to interact, learn and discover the newest innovation from a market in constant transformation.
Join industry peers from Architecture, Interior Design, Construction, Engineering, Property Management and Homebuilding & Renovation professions for 2 days of networking, learning and finding new solutions.
BUILDEX Alberta 2023 Snapshot
growth in attendees vs 2022
Educational Seminars & Workshops
Industry Speakers & Panelists
BUILDEX Alberta 2023 Attendees
This event was informative and it was great to see the amount of industry leaders who attended and sponsored. The list of speakers this year was very impressive.
2023 Show Features
BUILDEX Main Stage
The BUILDEX Main Stage is the home for big ideas and our industry Keynotes at the heart of the tradeshow floor. Industry leaders, innovators and partners will discuss a range of issues changing the way we design, construct, and manage Alberta’s real estate.
BUILDEX Industry Networking Reception
Back by popular demand! Reconnect with industry peers and make new contacts as professionals from all sectors of the building industry come together at the BUILDEX Industry Networking Reception. Head to the Central Bar for a complimentary drink after conference seminars end on Wednesday, October 18, from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm.
Architects’ and Licensed Interior Designers’ Networking Coffee - Hosted by the Consulting Architects of Alberta
New! The CAA is delighted to host a networking Coffee for Architects and Licensed Interior Designers at BUILDEX Alberta 2023. Join us during your break for complimentary coffee, pastries, mingling and a doorprize!
Workforce Solutions Centre, Sponsored by Calgary Construction Association
New! The Workforce Solutions Centre, sponsored by Calgary Construction Association has been created in response to the workforce crisis in Western Canada, providing a center point for the exchange of information, connections and solutions concerning work and labour at BUILDEX.
Earn Continuing Education Credits at BUILDEX
Select seminars from across the educational program are accredited for continuing education credits by AAA, IDCEC, BOMI and PMI. Check out the seminar program for more information.
Official Charity Partner
Each year, BUILDEX partners with a local not for profit organization that works to create a more sustainable, diverse and / or equitable building and construction industry. For 2023, BUILDEX has partnered with Trade Winds to Success. Trade Winds to Success builds the foundation for Indigenous people in Alberta to secure employment and achieve journeyman status, leading to economic well-being.
Trending Industry News
'I'm consistently shocked': Some students in Calgary contemplate homelessness as fall semester begins
Calgary Herald, Hiren Mansukhani- August 23, 2023
The soaring demand has led the University of Calgary to end its housing guarantee for second-year students.
About a week ago, Saman was browsing through rental listings in Calgary when the thought sank in — he was going to be homeless. Saman, a student of cellular, molecular and microbial biology at the University of Calgary entering his second year, realized shared rentals in the $600 range, which were common in the city’s housing market not too long ago, had suddenly vanished. Now the same kind of spaces were costing him more than $900, a price point out of his reach — assuming they hadn’t already been taken by other prospects. Those he could barely pay for demanded a three-month rental deposit.
Ranked: 20 Best Cities To Live In The World, According To A New Report
Forbes, Laura Begley Bloom, Senior Contributor - July 21, 2023
Looking for the best cities to live in the world, as well as the best places to live in the U.S.? Every year, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranks the best places to live in the Global Liveability Index 2023.
This year, the Index covers 172 cities, with rankings based on a number of categories, including stability, healthcare, culture, education and infrastructure.
The Winners: The Best Cities to Live in the World
For the second year in a row, Vienna, Austria, has been named the best city to live in the world. The authors of the report called Vienna out for its “unsurpassed combination of stability, good infrastructure, strong education and healthcare services, and plenty of culture and entertainment.” The rest of the top 10 included three Canadian cities (Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto), two Swiss cities (Zurich, Geneva) and one Japanese city (Osaka).
Alberta Leads National Residential Construction Investment To Third Straight Month Of Decline
STOREYS Real Estate News- July 19, 2023
Investment in building construction declined across Canada in May as funding for residential projects fizzled in the face of high interest rates.
According to new data from Statistics Canada, investment in overall building construction fell 1.2% to $19.9B in May, marking the third straight month of decline and the first time investment has dropped below $20B since January 2022. Continuing along a downward trajectory that began in February, investment in residential construction fell 1.7% month over month to $14B in May. On a seasonally adjusted basis, investment in single family home construction dropped 2.9% to $7.4B, while investment in multi-unit construction dipped 0.3% to $6.7B. The dwindling investment in residential construction follows a decline in home sales over the course of 2022. Spurred by rising interest rates, falling sales are now weighing on new construction activity.
Canada’s largest outdoor stage set for $2.5 million renovation in Alberta
DCN-JOC News Services- July 18, 2023
The Government of Alberta has announced a combined investment of $2.57 million to renovate the Badlands Amphitheatre, the largest outdoor stage in Canada.
The province is investing $1.95 million into the renovations in addition to $625,000 from Travel Alberta, reads a news release. The first phase of the project will consist of replacing 1,400 seats in the lower amphitheatre. Phase two will replace 1,100 seats in the upper theatre and see the construction of a new grandstand with shade cover and washrooms. The Canadian Badlands Passion Play Society has also nearly completed the construction of a new 8,000-square-foot Badlands Arts Centre and Studio.
Alberta population on track for biggest boom since 1914
City News, Bianca Millions- June 29, 2023
Alberta’s population is on track for the fastest growth the province has seen since 1914. Statistics Canada released the first quarter 2023 population statistics, reporting approximately 51,000 people moved to Alberta between January and March of 2023. A third of those coming from other Canadian provinces.
“The most expensive cities, Vancouver, Toronto, I know Vancouver’s hitting record rates for rents. So a lot of people are getting priced out of those big cities, and are looking for more affordability, so they may be migrating to cities like Calgary and Edmonton because they’re a little bit more affordable,” said Crystal Chen, a spokesperson with Zumper. Rental prices for a one bedroom apartment in Edmonton have increased 13 per cent since last year. In Calgary, the same apartment has increased 32 per cent.
Alberta’s construction sector poised for near-term peak
DCN-JOC News Services- April 27, 2023
The forecast for Alberta’s construction sector is split over the next four years with non-residential continuing to chug along on the strength of multiple large public and private projects but the residential sector expected to suffer setbacks as demand for new housing declines.
Meanwhile, in Canada’s three territories, workforce conditions could change in the medium term as final investment decisions are made on major mining projects. The development of the mining sector in Canada’s territories will require key construction trades and occupations that are common to engineering and industrial work, and which are in high demand in other industries and provinces. The demand for these construction trades has grown dramatically and steadily for at least a decade. The analysis is contained in BuildForce Canada’s 2023–2032 Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward report for the province released April 27.
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Treaty Number 7
BUILDEX Alberta is taking place in the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre which is located in the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Iyarhe Nakoda.
Calgary is situated on land where the Bow River meets the Elbow River, and the traditional Blackfoot name of this place is “Mohkinstsis”. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.