"Regulatory legislation, like the safety codes, are interpreted differently," says Ryan Wilson, President of the Canadian Elevator Contractors Association.
"The amount of trips that people take on elevators every day is thousands of times more than cars or a trains or airplanes, and it's amazing the sheer numbers of people travelling safely," says Wilson
"The amount of savings that you're finding is upwards of probably 20 - 30 percent in terms of energy drop on elevators," says Wilson
"Through our work with BOMA
, which is the Building Owners and Managers Association
, one thing that we always like to teach is to use the stairs - especially in busy office buildings that have multiple floors.
When you use stairs on one floor or two floor runs, it's better for your fitness and it's less demand on the elevators and less energy consumption in the process," Wilson
also believes that parents need to be educated, especially in knowing when to use an escalator or when to use an elevator.
The biggest issue facing the elevator sector today in Wilson's opinion is a lack of qualified technical talent.
While the building booms of the 70s and 80s brought many skilled trades people into Canada, there does not seem to be as many people in the next generation coming in. Part of the solution he
believes is for companies to provide continued education.
"Making sure that the industry continues to foster that trade mentality of being skilled.
The equipment's getting more sophisticated, not less, so that education level is even higher.
There's big demand in Canada," he
It's thousands of people getting together in Atlantic City, where we really discuss what's going on in the future and what are some of the lessons we can learn from what has happened," says Wilson