The 70th annual convention

ttmacNetworking, learning and fun in Halifax

We have just ended our biggest event of the year, the annual convention. This year this event was held at the Halifax World Trade Centre while we all stayed at the newly renovated Prince George Hotel. This was one of our best conventions in recent years with good attendance and with many exhibitors at the Open House tabletops.

The board of directors met one day prior to the convention commencement and had a daylong working meeting where they went through the action plan item by item, as well as other issues presented for the agenda. The meeting was very informative and was filled with great discussions and ideas that will help improve the association’s activities and services.

Opening barrage

Thursday, June 7, was the opening day of the convention: the busiest day of the event, and included registration for all attendees, the Open House, and many very informative and well-attended seminars, including Designing with Terrazzo and Precast, BOT 3000 Dynamic Coefficient of Friction (DCOF): The New Standard in Slip Resistance Testing (and live demonstration), New Thin and Even Larger Tile, 093000 New Specification Guide — to name only some of the seminars.

Everyone attended the president’s reception at lunchtime, where TTMAC president Estelle Davis welcomed everyone and thanked them for being in Halifax, as she underlined how important it is to pay it forward, and how TTMAC appreciates the support received from its members. Thursday night, we were all “piped down” to the Waterfront Warehouse where a lobster feast awaited.

Friday, early in the morning, we had the contractor and supplier meetings, after which followed a day of networking and fun with our Bocce Tournament at Soccer World in Halifax. A great time was had by all and new friendships were formed, new business contacts were made and lots of bocce was played. The winning team was Tony Torriano, Sal Maida, Bruno Bedard and Jeff Vanderlinden. In the evening we all went to Durty Nellie’s Pub for a night out of music and relaxation. With this, another great day ended.

Member feedback

Saturday, we had the inspectors meeting bright and early, followed by the annual general meeting (AGM). The AGM was well attended and, after presenting the financials and the action plan, it was a very good opportunity to hear what the members had to say and what concerns they had.

Our brand new Tile Installer Thin-Set Standards (ITS) Verification web course was launched and it was very well received with an upfront order of 52 courses bought right on the spot. The Association also announced its own Center for Continuing Education: an online training centre that will launch its own Basics of Terrazzo course. This announcement was very well received and 50 courses were booked in advance at a pre-launch price.

In the evening, our Hardsurface Awards Gala was another great black-tie affair. It is always awesome to see everyone dressed up and having a great time at the Gala. The festivities of the night started with speeches from Rick Keeper, general manager of TTMAC, and Estelle Davis, current president of TTMAC, after which the Hardsurface Awards presentation started, as well as the Awards of Merit presented to Ross Keltie of Centura Floor and Wall Fashions and Fernando Mammoliti of Ciot Toronto.

Hard to leave

Francis Chisholm and Todd Royale, the co-chairpersons of the Halifax convention, were thanked and congratulated for a job well done. The event ended late in the night with music and cocktails, with jokes and happy faces, with friends saying goodbye to each other as next morning everyone was going home.

We would like to thank everyone for all of their support for making this convention our best so far and we are looking forward to an even better one next year in Kelowna, B.C.!

The Terrazzo, Tile and Marble Association of Canada was founded in 1944 to promote standardized installation techniques and to provide technical resources.

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