WDS 2023 – full list of conference speakers

By Steve Ducker13 July 2023

Presentations on subjects as varied as the challenges facing clients, municipal demolition budgets, scrap recycling and people shortages will feature at this year’s World Demolition Summit in Toronto, Canada.

World Demolition Summit 2022 The technical conference is a popular feature of the World Demolition Summit. (Photo: D&Ri magazine/Joe Mather Photography)

The running order for the summit, which takes place on 17 and 18 October, is now confirmed, with the conference taking place during the daytime on Wednesday 18 October.

The speakers, with timings are as follows:

09.00 Welcome by James Milburn, president, National Demolition Association

09.10 Pierre Migny Torres and Alexandre Druet, EDF - Challenges to be addressed as a client

09.40 LaJuan Counts, City of Detroit Demolition Department - Managing a $0.5 billion budget to clear industrial blight

10.10 Dennis McGarel, Brandenburg Industrial Service Co - Johnsonville Fossil Plant, Tennesee, (2022 World Demolition Award winner)

10.40 Coffee and networking break

11.20 Ahmed Amir Khalil, Applied Science International and Simon Hebert, Delsan-AIM – Risk analysis during mechanical demolition of a multiple span bridge

11.50 Tom Koerner, Thompsons of Prudhoe - Industrial demolition project: Redcar Steelworks in the north of England

12.20 Brian Priestly, Priestly Demolition - The rapid demolition of the Gardiner Expressway eastbound ramp, Toronto

12.50 Lunch and networking break

14.00 Jason Maguire and Jeremy Later, York 1 Demolition - Decommissioning of former OPG Thunder Bay Generating Station

14.30 Simone Bruni, Demo Diva - Effective marketing and branding of demolition companies in the internet age

15.00 Coffee and networking break

15.30 Jonathan Cox, Rye Group, Survey into people shortages, problems and solutions

16.00 Mark Loizeaux, Controlled Demolition - The use of explosives in felling selected structures, as compared to conventional demolition methods

The World Demolition Summit comprising conference, awards and networking sessions is organised by Demolition & Recycling International in co-operation with the US National Demolition Association and the European Demolition Association. The headline sponsor is Volvo Construction Equipment.

For more details, including delegate registration and sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.demolitionsummit.com

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