How Water Detection Technology is Transforming the Construction Industry

“How many of us have had our projects delayed due to water damage?”
That was the question posed by keynote speaker Chris Gower to the audience at the Toronto Construction Association’s recent Member’s Day in May. PCL’s Chris Gower, Chief Operating Officer of Buildings, who is responsible for the performance of the organization’s operations across North America spoke on the importance of embracing innovation in the construction industry.
“Who hasn’t?” answered one audience member, as others nodded in agreement. Gower had hit on one of the biggest and most expensive issues in the building construction industry: the massive and mounting threat of water.
“What if you could put sensors on site to track water and connect to shutoffs?” Gower continued, summing up perfectly smart leak detection’s (and specifically Eddy’s) value proposition.
Gower detailed the growing technology innovations in the construction industry, which has traditionally been known as technologically adverse. Site managers are now using IoT enabled to technology to assist in scheduling and planning, tracking of progress, and real time monitoring of temperature, humidity, and water.
As every construction industry professional knows, water continues to be a significant threat to the on-time and on-budget completion of a project. Water is turned on in a project early, yet it is the last stretch of a project, when drywall and finishes have been already installed, where a water leaks cause the most damage. A simple water leak cause hundreds of thousands of dollars, and more significant leak can result in millions in damage – not to mention the massive costs associated with project delays. Often issues are not detected until a team returns to site after a period, meaning that the water may have been on for some time. The result is always costly and time consuming, resulting invariably in project completion delays.
Due to the gains through Internet of Things enabled technology, sensors are capturing and communicating information never before considered. Intelligent leak protection in particular tracks humidity, temperature, and the presence of water, alerting site management to issues as they happen, so steps can be taken to mitigate damage immediately. When accompanied with shutoff technology, sensors can communicate directly, removing the human equation. The result is a better controlled environment that avoids the risk of water damage and the potential for costly delays.
As a proud member of TCA and a 2018 winner of their Innovation award, Eddy was proud to exhibit at Members Day to connect with builders, developers, and other suppliers.
About Eddy
Eddy Solutions is an industry leader in leak protection and water monitoring solutions. Our suite of smart products offers a comprehensive water management system for building operators and homeowners that protects, controls, and conserves water. Our products have saved thousands of customers millions of dollars in damages and millions of litres of water waste by continuously monitoring water usage in their properties. For more details, please contact us at 1 877 388 3339 or email

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Paul Pathak​


Paul Pathak is a partner of Chitiz Pathak LLP. Paul practices principally in the areas of corporate, securities, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and commercial law. He represents and provides sophisticated guidance to private and public corporate clients in a broad range of industries, including mining, technology, manufacturing, venture capital and merchant banking.

George Krieser​


George Krieser founded Total Credit Recovery Limited (“TCR”) in 1980 and is the President and Chief Executive Officer. TCR is the largest 100% Canadian-owned and operated collection agency, solely collecting Canadian debt. George previously served as a Director of Universal Energy. He also served as a member of the board of directors of Baycrest Foundation and as a member of the fundraising committee for UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.
Gary Goodman​
Gary Goodman is a Trustee and Chair of the Audit & Risk committee of Boardwalk Real Estate Investment Trust., a former Chairman of Huntingdon Capital Corp., trustee of Gazit America & Brightpath Early Learning, and is a member of the advisory boards of the Vision Funds. Gary was previously Executive Vice President of Reichmann International where he served as a senior financial executive and trusted advisor for over 30 years.

Chris Gower


Chris Gower started his career in construction on the tools – framing houses, where he grew a deep appreciation for the trades. Prior to his current role as Chief Operating Officer, Buildings at PCL Construction (“PCL”), Chris held positions including construction risk manager, senior project manager, district manager and regional vice president. Throughout his more than 25 years at PCL, he has delivered iconic construction projects across Canada, Australia and the United States.

June Thomson

EVP, Sales, Marketing
& Business Development

June joined the Eddy team coming from Enercare after 10+ years in various roles, most recently as Vice President of the North American Builder Division. June has been in the HVAC industry for over 41 years, holding several roles throughout her career from Technician to Provincial Offences Officer.

Saj Khan

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Sajid Khan helped launch Eddy Solutions and has been in the role of Chief Operating Officer since inception. With more than 20 years of leadership and operational experience in the home services sector, Saj has held roles such as COO of Eco Energy Service, Vice President of Operations at both National Home Services and Universal Energy.

Boris Baril


With more than 25 years of financial experience, Boris has held both public and private company CFO roles; supported two (TSX listed) initial public offerings (IPOs), debt and equity capital raises, and M&A transactions. Boris graduated from York University and is a CPA, CA.

Mark Silver

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