Controls-Con Smart Building Conference in Detroit Offers Virtual Format

Madison Heights-based Cochrane Supply and Engineering has announced its Smart Building Controls Conference will be hosted in a hybrid in-person and virtual format this year from Detroit’s MotorCity Casino Hotel.
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This year’s Smart Building Controls Conference will be hosted in a hybrid in-person and virtual format. Pictured is 2019’s in-person conference. // Photo courtesy of the Smart Building Controls Conference

Madison Heights-based Cochrane Supply and Engineering has announced its Smart Building Controls Conference will be hosted in a hybrid in-person and virtual format this year from Detroit’s MotorCity Casino Hotel.

The event, to take place May 5-7, is a biennial conference that brings together hundreds of systems integrators, HVAC, mechanical, and controls contractors, service technicians, facility managers, engineers, and more. Through panels and sessions focused on business and technology, attendees will learn about the latest on building automation, building controls, and operational technology.

“A core part of the attendee experience is exposing them to the newest products and services in the industry and giving professionals and owners the tools they need to make our buildings smarter,” says Scott Cochrane, president and CEO of Cochrane Supply and Engineering and president of Canada Controls. “Our speaker lineup is headlined by 30+ industry experts with various specialties, coming together to convey current trends, recommended strategies, and future outlooks on where the industry is headed.”

The conference will also include a Master Systems Integrator Conference, new this year, as well as a pre-conference education day. A master system integrator makes sure all systems in a building communicate properly.

Featured speakers will include Ken Sinclair, editor, owner, and founder of AutomatedBuildings.com; Jim Young, founder and CEO of Realcomm Conference Group; Martin Villeneuve, senior vice president of distributed building technology at Acuity Brands and president of Distech Controls; Terrill Laughton, vice president and general manager for energy optimization and connected offerings at Johnson Controls; Pat Tessier, senior director of global product management for building management systems at Honeywell; and Ken Schmidt, manager director at Tridium Global.

The 2019 conference attracted more than 600 attendees. A recap is available here. More information about Controls-Con 2021 and registration are available here. Registration for the virtual event is listed at $199, with this early bird pricing available through March 1. Those who are interested in attending in-person can add their name to a waiting list and will be contacted if restrictions related to COVID-19 change and space permits.

Cochrane was founded in 1967 and is a smart building controls supplier with locations in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.

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