World Demolition Summit 2023


World Demolition Summit returns once again! The latest edition of this key networking and educational event took place in Toronto, on October 17th & 18th. 

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

At the event, as has become traditional, was plenty of space for specialized conferences and networking moments, as well as for the presentation of the awards. The annual high-level technical conference featured presentations covering recent challenging demolition projects from around the world.

Best moments of the World Demolition Summit 2022



Wensday, October 18th:

9:00 – Welcome reception
Mr. James Milburn, president of the National Demolition Association

Conferences, session 1

  • Challenges to be addressed as a client
    Mr Pierre Migny Torres and Mr Alexandre Druet, EDF
  • Managing a $0.5 billion budget to clear industrial blight
    LaJuan Counts, City of Detroit Demolition Department
  • Johnsonville Fossil Plant, Tennesee (2022 World Demolition Award winner)
     Mr Dennis McGarel, Brandenburg Industrial Service Co

Coffee and networking break

Conferences, session 2

  • Industrial demolition project: Redcar Steelworks in the north of England
    Mr Tom Koerner, Thompsons of Prudhoe
  • The rapid demolition of the Gardiner Expressway eastbound ramp, Toronto
    Mr Brian Priestly, Priestly Demolition

Lunch and networking break

Conferences, session 3

  • Decommissioning of former OPG Thunder Bay Generating Station
    Mr Jason Maguire and Mr Jeremy Later, York 1 Demolition
  • Effective marketing and branding of demolition companies in the internet age
    Ms Simone Bruni, Demo Diva

Coffee and networking break

Conferences, session 4

  • Survey into people shortages, problems and solutions
    Mr Jonathan Cox, Rye Group
  • The use of explosives in felling selected structures, as compared to conventional demolition methods
    Mr. Mark Loizeaux, Controlled Demolition



These are the different award categories:

  • Contract of the year under US$1 Million
  • Contract of the year over US$1 Million
    Safety and Training Award
  • Collaboration Award
  • Explosive Demolition Award
  • Urban Demolition Award
  • Industrial Demolition Award
  • Civils Demolition Award
  • Recycling & Environmental Demolition Award
  • Manufacturers’ Innovation Award: Plant & Equipment
    Manufacturers’ Innovation Award: Tools & Attachments
  • World Demolition Award (‘Best of the best)
  • New Entrant Award

The shortlist will be announced in August.


Registration for the World Demolition Summit 2023 are already open. EDA members receive a special discount: contact us and we will provide it to you!