Event featured discussions and insights from leading industry experts on top trends and challenges facing the industry.

Toronto, Ontario – Enterprise Ireland, a government agency responsible for the development of Irish businesses abroad and Europe’s third largest venture capitalist by deal count, today celebrated the success of a building industry forum hosted in Toronto by client company Initiafy, a leading online contractor management platform.

The event, titled “Construction and Heavy Industry: Surviving and Thriving in a Changing Environment”, provided leading industry professionals with an opportunity to mingle and discuss the latest industry trends, topics and challenges. Those in attendance received practical advice directly related to the current state of the construction industry, as well as a delicious breakfast and excellent opportunities for networking.

“Initiafy have developed a truly innovative solution for construction, hard-hat and heavy industry professionals,” said Neil Cooney, Canada Country Manager at Enterprise Ireland. “Hosting events like this highlight Initiafy’s commitment to becoming the voice of contractor management and an industry thought-leader.”

Moderated by Sean Fennell, CEO and co-founder of Initiafy, the event included speeches and a panel discussion from leading industry experts, and attracted over 40 corporate leaders and construction industry professionals. They gathered to discuss how technological change is impacting the future of the hard-hat industry.

Event speakers included:

·  Clive Thurston, President at Ontario General Contractors Association (OGCA), who has over 20 years experience dealing with contentious contract and tendering issues, as well a working with governments in an advisory capacity.

·  Aaron Olsen, Environment, Health and Safety Manager at Industrial Scaffold Services, a company, which has been a trusted partner on major turnaround and maintenance projects for over 25 years.

·  Kevin Mathiasz, Business Development Manager for North America at Initiafy, who has helped to pioneer Initiafy’s growth into the Canadian market – up 275% since his arrival two years ago.

Not only did they discuss the impact that technological change is having on the future of hard-hat industries, but also the functional and financial benefits of Initiafy’s contractor management platform. In particular, Olsen noted the cost and time savings he has experienced since implementing the system.

Speaking after the breakfast, Fennell said, “We organized this event because we see industry professionals facing new contractor management challenges every day, and we wanted to create a forum where they could share their insights with one another. Many of our speakers are the change agents within their own companies, so it’s a great opportunity to learn a bit about how they adapt and thrive in the industry.”

The event was heavily attended by health & safety managers and directors from construction and hard-hat industries including: Plan Group, Kingspan, Tennis Canada, Onyx Mechanical and Safetyscope.

Daniel Thorpe, Tennis Canada; Kyle Craig, Health and Safety Manager, Plan Group; Aaron Olsen, Health and Safety Manager, Industrial Scaffold; Kevin Mathiasz, Global Business Development Manager, Initiafy; Cody Craig, Health and Safety Manager, Plan Group; Steven Thrasher, Director of Health and Safety Manager, Plan Group; Sean Fennell, CEO, Initiafy

About Initiafy

Initiafy, founded in 2012 by Sean Fennell and Julie Currid, is an online contractor management platform that modernizes the practices of contractor approval and induction. Managing and onboarding the large contingent workforce necessary for construction projects is a major logistical challenge for construction firms. Initiafy has gained global success by finding a niche and targeting it with a laser focus. Its core business is providing contractor management for hard-hat companies in the construction, mining, oil and gas, and renewable energy industries. The platform simplifies processes, increases flexibility for both the worker and employer, increases efficiency and reduces costs. Headquartered in Dublin, Initiafy has offices in New York, Toronto and London.

About Enterprise Ireland

Enterprise Ireland is the Irish State agency that works with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales in global markets. Enterprise Ireland partners with entrepreneurs, Irish businesses, and the research and investment communities to develop Ireland’s international trade, innovation, leadership and competitiveness. In this way, we support sustainable economic growth and regional development, and help create and sustain employment in Ireland. www.enterprise-ireland.com