Outlook is strong says economist at CIPH Ontario Region AGM

Alex Carrick, who is chief economist for ConstructConnect, believes the outlook for the construction industry is looking strong.

Speaking at the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating Ontario Region AGM and business meeting on October 6, 2022, Carrick attributed some of that positivity to the demand for net zero and noted “it will be transformative for the labour market, it will be worldwide, it will launch a new commodities super cycle, and it will be super expensive.”

He drew the attendees’ attention to the advantages Canada has in the push to net zero, including “abundant resources, a foreign trade surplus, a well-educated and skilled labour force, rapid population growth and Canada’s electric power generation base, which is comprised primarily of renewables.”

Carrick said that inflation is most interesting in terms of wages. “Bringing manufacturing back gives workers some leverage, the balance of power has shifted,” noted Carrick.

The next Ontario Region business meeting is January 26, 2023. Mechanical Business publisher Bruce Meacock is part of a panel discussing social media and its effect on business.


Greg Butt (L) accepts a membership plaque (Master Distributor) on behalf of Daikin Company Canada.
Fatima Miranda, inventory control coordinator from Desco Plumbing and Heating Supply Inc, is recognized with the Lifetime Service Award.
The IPVF Gavel Plaque was presented to Josh Hopkins (L) for his outstanding leadership as IPVF chair for 2021/2022 by Joe Drago, 2021/2022 Ontario Region chair. Hopkins is the 2022/2023 Ontario Region chair. He is vice president of sales and marketing with Oatey Canada Supply Chain Services Co.












Jannike Godfrey (L), CEO of Dahl Valve Limited, is recognized with CIPH’s Lifetime Service Award. She started in the plumbing and heating industry at Dahl Valve Limited in 1982.
Tim Hoff (L), quotations manager from Desco Plumbing and Heating Supply Inc, is recognized with the 50-year service award. Hoff started in the industry in 1972. He began his career at Western Plumbing and Industrial Supply. Hoff then went to Bardon Supplies, and for the last 25 years has been at Desco Plumbing and Heating Supply Inc.
Visionary Sales Ltd. was recently approved as a Manufacturer’s Agent. Jamie Tubaro (L) and Mel Campbell (R) and accept the plaque from Josh Hopkins.












Jerry Fairborn (L), national sales manager-commercial at Moen Inc. Canada, was recognized with CIPH’s Outstanding Service Award. He started his career at Armstrong Fluid Technologies and later moved moved to Dobbin Sales. He has been with Moen for 15 years.
John Cardiff (L) from Canature Water Group was recognized with CIPH’s Lifetime Service Award. Cardiff started in the industry at Canature in 1985 and is the executive vice president, business development.




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