20th September 2018

Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel

Partners & Associates


Networking Guide


Meet the world’s leading property experts

The natural evolution of the globally successful International Property Awards Summits, IPAX USA & Americas is an exhibition and networking summit that attracts the finest companies and individuals from across the fields of architecture, property development, interior design, real estate and beyond.

The show is a full business-to-business networking environment for all sectors of the property and real estate industry.

The event gives all attendees the opportunity to showcase themselves to some of the finest companies to make connections, form alliances and generate new business.

Connect with the region’s leading companies

USA & Americas combines the presentations of the world-renowned Americas Property Awards with a full business event designed to connect property companies from different disciplines within the industry, generating sales and association opportunities.

IPAX is a complete platform for business professionals in the property industry to meet, network, learn and connect with each other.


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Stuart Shield

Founder & CEO, International Property Media Group

Stuart graduated from Canterbury in 1981 with a degree in graphic design. He went on to work in London as an art director.
Stuart then spent three years in Spain working in international marketing before launching an overseas property buyers’ protection scheme in 1988. This led him to publish his first magazine listing Spanish property which rapidly expanded to feature properties across the world. Negotiations with some of the world’s leading airlines encouraged them to carry the magazine for their first and business class passengers. In 1994, Stuart launched the International Property Awards. The International Hotel Awards followed in 2011.

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Tony Brenders

CEO, Interior Designers of Canada

Tony brings 20 years of broad leadership experience in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors in Canada, across a variety of functions including regulatory affairs and government operations. Authentic and collaborative, Tony has a wealth of expertise in motivating senior teams and developing high performance cultures of trust with staff, stakeholders and board members.

As the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer at the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT), he was instrumental in the design, set-up, and leadership of the largest regulatory body in North America, developing and implementing a complex governance structure to effectively manage the 150 trade professions that OCOT regulates . Focused on securing consensus from all key stakeholders and the organization’s 300,000 members, Tony established and nurtured excellent relationships with over 800 stakeholder groups, including provincial and federal governments, trade unions, and trade associations. Tony’s objective is to ensure that the voices of all members are heard and that their needs are fulfilled.

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Michael LaFido

Founder of Marketing Luxury Group

Michael LaFido is a leading realtor and real estate consultant with over 17 years’ experience. His marketing has been featured in Crain’s Chicago Business and highlighted at Noon on FOX News Chicago Business Hour. Michael is also the author of ‘Marketing Luxury’ and the best-seller ‘Cracking the Real Estate Code’.

Throughout his career, Michael learned the importance of high-calibre versus traditional marketing. He and his team have developed a method that takes a more comprehensive and proactive approach when marketing a home.

Michael is the founder of the Marketing Luxury Group which assists other real estate agents and affluent home-owners by providing top-tier services including consulting, lifestyle marketing, public relations and coaching to help agents and owners sell their luxury homes. He has created the nationally recognised luxury certification for real estate agents known as Luxury Listing Specialist (LUXE).  This new certification establishes an in-depth set of standards for agents that represent luxury homes, and is currently offered for 12 hours of Continuing Education (CE) for real estate agents in Texas.


Michael Singleton

Executive Director of Sustainable Buildings Canada

As Executive Director of the not for profit organization, Sustainable Buildings Canada (SBC), Mike Singleton has more than 25 years experience as an energy economist focused on policy, resource planning and environmental performance. In his role as Executive Director of SBC, Mike is focused on building capacity through the use of hands-on activities aimed at demonstrating the potential to improve environmental performance in the buildings sectors through the application of advanced technologies and designs. SBC has been instrumental in establishing the use of the integrated design process to achieve energy performance. A key aspect of this approach is the alignment of developer expectations with market based solutions.

Mike’s previous experience includes senior positions at Ontario Hydro, Senior Economist at Jacques Whitford Environment Ltd and Director of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Centre. He has provided expert witness support in energy efficiency focused regulatory proceedings in Ontario and Quebec.

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Shawn W. Pressley

Director of Marketing for America & Canada, Salice

Shawn W. Pressley joined Salice America Inc. in September 2014 as the Director of Marketing for both Salice America and Salice Canada. Prior to joining Salice he was a Marketing Products Manager at Blum Inc. He is responsible for the marketing, communications and product management of both companies and his duties include strategic business development, media relations, branding, advertising and website content.  Shawn also manages and oversees trade shows, events, marketing and  product training.


Thursday 20th September

09:00 – 09:30


09:30 – 09:50

“Event Opening: Welcome Speech”

Lord Caithness, Chairman International Property Awards Judging

09:50 – 10:10


“Value of design thinking”

Tony Brenders, CEO, Interior Designers of Canada

10:10 – 10:50


“How to dominate the luxury market in your area”

Michael LaFido, Founder, Marketing Luxury Group

10:50 – 12:30

Awards Ceremonies

The Americas Property Awards

Development & Real Estate Categories
Available only to full-access ticket holders

12:30 – 13:40

Working Lunch

Available only to full-access ticket holders

13:40 – 14:00


“Innovations in Modern Design”

Shawn W. Pressley, Director of Marketing, America & Canada, Salice

14:00 – 14:30


“Sustainable Building practices in Canada – History and Trends”

Mike Singleton, Executive Director, Sustainable Buildings of Canada

14:30 – 16:15

Awards Ceremonies

The Americas Property Awards

Architecture & Interior Design Categories
Available only to full-access ticket holders



Close of Daytime Events

Evening events begin at 19:00

The Property Awards Evening Event

Available only to full-access ticket holders

19:00 – 19:30

Drinks Reception

19:30 – 21:30

Gala Dinner

Gala Dinner

21:30 – 23:30

Award Ceremonies

USA & Americas Property Awards Ceremony and Announcements

National Winners and Regional Announcements



Goodnight and see you next year!

Get Involved

Exhibit or Participate

Here are the contact details.

Call +44(0)1245 250981
Email events@ipropertymedia.com

IPAX is an opportunity for a limited selection of firms to access some of the leading companies in the property industry. It’s the perfect way to display your services, products and skills to the highest levels in your target audience – CEOs, Owners and senior management. We look for expert companies to exhibit and deliberately limit the number of exhibitors for each industry sector. This reduces competition with similar firms and gives you more time to concentrate on meeting your networking prospects.


The show is a full business-to-business networking environment for all sectors of the property and real estate industry. The event gives all attendees the opportunity to showcase themselves to some of the finest companies to make connections, form alliances and generate new business.


Space is available for high-visibility exhibition stands to present your products or services to this unique captive audience alongside related companies from quality goods, services and related industries. This is the most effective way to engage with attendees and demonstrate your projects, products or specialisations.


Discover new ways to do business and explore emerging trends with a series of seminars conducted by our expert speakers.

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IPAX USA & Americas

IPAX is a complete platform for business professionals in the property industry to meet, network, learn and connect with each other.

Please note: Registration does not include access to The USA & Americas Property Awards or The USA & Americas Hotel Awards ceremonies. To access these ceremonies, please contact your awards advisor, or call +44(0) 1245 250981.

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IPAX USA & Americas