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People on the move: CoolSys, Uponor and Emerson

June 5, 2018

Anthony Tippins has been named president of CoolSys Energy Solutions. As the founder of Axiom Energy Solutions, acquired by CoolSys, Tippins will lead the energy solutions business. Prior to establishing Axiom Energy Solutions, Tippins was the president, COO and a founding

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Noble scholarship offered to plumbing, HVAC students at Toronto college

May 30, 2018

Noble has donated $30,000 to fund scholarships for plumbing and HVAC students at George Brown College in Toronto, ON. The Noble Futures Award will be presented annually to four first- and second-year full-time students for the next five years, starting

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Ontario passes minimum pay-rate legislation for contractors

May 10, 2018

Legislation to establish minimum pay rates for Ontario private-sector contractors has been passed. Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the proposed Government Contract Wages Act, 2018, at the United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters, Local 46, in Toronto, ON in April. The

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Toronto Star, Metro English Canada COO appointed HRAI president

May 4, 2018

Sandy MacLeod, former COO of print at Star Media Group, will take over as president of the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI). MacLeod will succeed Warren Heeley at the end of June 2018. Heeley announced his

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Growth of licensed cannabis producers offers HVAC opportunities

April 30, 2018

As cultivators and consumers await the legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada late summer 2018, opportunities grow for HVAC contractors. In “A snapshot of licensed cannabis producers,” released April 26, 2018, Statistics Canada (StatsCan) reported a rapid growth of licensed

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CIPH welcomes new PMAC program manager

April 27, 2018

Akshay Sharma has joined the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) as program manager for the Plumbing and Mechanical Advisory Council (PMAC). Sharma will assist in managing, coordinating, planning and providing support to the council on projects. “We are

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People on the move: Patterson-Kelley, AD

April 19, 2018

David Wardleworth has joined Patterson-Kelley as vice president and general manager. Prior to Patterson-Kelley, Wardleworth was the vice president and general manager at Ergotron. He also held leadership positions in global operations, channel distribution and supply chain.      

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CCA Chair, Zey Emir, focused on efficiency, diversity

April 6, 2018

Zey Emir has been appointed chair of the 2018 Canadian Construction Association (CCA) board of directors. She will take over the position from Chris McNally, director of C & M McNally Engineering. Emir is president of Revay and Associates Limited,

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Humber College second annual HVAC career fair a success

April 4, 2018

Humber College’s second annual HVAC career fair attracted a crowd of students and soon-to-be graduates to network with potential employers. The fair is offered exclusively to the college’s HVAC/R Technician and Technology programs, as well as its Sustainable Energy and

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Bob Collins talks national construction outlook at CMPX

April 3, 2018

Bob Collins, senior economist with BuildForce Canada, kicked off the Canadian Mechanical and Plumbing Exposition (CMPX) with a construction and maintenance forecast. The seminar, “BuildForce: Canada’s 2018-2027 Construction and Maintenance Forecast for Ontario,” covered national and provincial trends, economic drivers,

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People on the move: Ice Air, A.O. Smith

March 29, 2018

Barbara VanderMolen has been recognized by The Manufacturing Institute with the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award. VanderMolen is the vice president of finance for North America Water Heaters at A.O. Smith. The STEP Ahead

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Mitsubishi VP joins HRAI manufacturers board

March 27, 2018

Dermot McMorrow has been appointed to the HRAI Manufacturers division board of directors. He will act as chair of the Heating and Air Conditioning Product Section. McMorrow is the vice president and general manager of the HVAC division at Mitsubishi

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Engineers Canada appoints new CEO

March 21, 2018

Gerald McDonald is the new CEO of Engineers Canada. He will replace Stephanie Price, the organization’s interim CEO since February 2017. Price will remain a member of Engineers Canada’s senior leadership team. “I am delighted to have been given the

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Nominations open for Darryl Cruickshank Red Seal Industry Award

March 14, 2018

The Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship has called on nominations for the fifth biennial Darryl Cruickshank Red Seal Industry Award. The award honours the life-long impact of the late Cruickshank to the Red Seal Program. It is presented to

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BC’S Industry Training Authority names new COO

February 12, 2018

Shelley Gray has been appointed chief operating officer (COO) for Industry Training Authority (ITA) in British Columbia. Gray acted as ITR’s director of customer experience and industry relations since early 2017. As COO, she will be responsible for overall operational

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AD reports record-breaking member sales, overall growth in 2017

February 7, 2018

Pennsylvania-based contractor and industrial products wholesaler, AD, reported $37.3 billion in member sales in 2017 – a record-breaking year, according to the company. AD saw a total company sales growth of 10 per cent, with same store sales up nine

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Viessmann hires new director of sales and marketing

February 5, 2018

Jerry Leyte has joined Viessmann Manufacturing Company as director of sales and marketing. Leyte’s new position is effective February 5, 2018. The transition comes at the heels of former director Ken Webster’s retirement. Leyte previously held the position of sales

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Coast to coast changes at Wago

January 30, 2018

Wago has named John Bukowski the new distribution channel manager for North America. Bukowski worked in technical sales for over 30 years at companies such as Eaton, Pepperl + Fuchs and Schneider Electric. Shaun Nagi is the new regional sales

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HRAI hires technical advisor, appoints director of wholesaler board

January 25, 2018

HRAI has hired Mark Rippon as technical advisor. Rippon has worked for Sandpiper Energy and Reliance Comfort, both member companies of HRAI. He is a licensed sheet metal mechanic and gas technician. Charles Abiad is the new director of HRAI’s

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Former president of CCI to take on new role at MCA

January 15, 2018

Pierre Boucher has been named the new president and CEO of the Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA) of Canada. The transition is the result of MCA Canada president and CEO Richard McKeagan’s retirement. The association’s Board of Directors appointed Boucher at

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McMaster University building functions as living laboratory of sustainability

November 21, 2017

A unique facility for undergraduate engineering opened recently at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON. The Gerald Hatch Centre for Engineering Experiential Learning combines a new home for the undergraduate experiential learning facilities with engineering research in a building that functions

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Hands-on training at spruced up Viega educational facility

November 9, 2017

Viega LLC recently unveiled its renovated Viega Educational Facility in Nashua, NH, including its Interactive Learning Center and improved hands-on training facilities. Along with the facility’s classrooms, the centre features 16 vignettes of Viega solutions. The vignettes offer touchscreen panels

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Albertan takes home medallion of excellence from WorldSkills Competition

November 5, 2017

By Michael Power “In the blink of an eye it’s all over.” That’s how Ryan Matsuba describes the experience of competing with Team Canada in the WorldSkills International Competition. Matsuba won a Medallion of Excellence at the competition, which requires

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BC invests $1.2 million in high school trades programs

October 20, 2017

The Industry Training Authority (ITA) in British Columbia is investing over $1.2 million across the province to fund the ITA Youth Work in Trades Programs. This year, 46 school districts across BC have been approved to receive $20,000 to $40,000

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Bradford White beefs up boiler sales with new position

October 16, 2017

Dan Milroy, director sales and marketing with Bradford White Canada, recently announced the appointment of Mark Williamson to the newly-created position of national sales manager, boiler products for Bradford White Canada. Before taking on the new position, Williamson was Canadian

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Manitoba teams up with Atlantic provinces to launch apprenticeship management system

October 13, 2017

The Manitoba government recently signed an agreement with the Atlantic provinces to develop a shared apprenticeship management system that will improve and modernize online services. “Strengthening the services we provide for Manitobans is a priority for our government and we

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Emerson provides apprentices with hands-on training opportunity

October 12, 2017

Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions Canada hosted a complimentary training event exclusively offered to apprentices. Over 65 HVAC/R apprentices arrived at the Emerson Canada Integrated Learning Centre in Brantford ON to take part in the first ever Emerson Apprentice Day.

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Apprentice tuition fees waived in Nova Scotia

October 9, 2017

Nova Scotia’s Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis recently announced the removal of tuition fees for apprentices attending technical training in the province. This includes online training. Nova Scotia’s apprenticeship system is administered by the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency.

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Third Women’s Network event features Covergalls founder

October 2, 2017

More than 90 attendees gathered to hear entrepreneur and mining executive Alicia Woods speak at the CIPH Women’s Network lunch on September 28 in Mississauga, ON. Woods recounted the development of the Covergalls Workwear, her appearance on CBC’s Dragon’s Den,

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Optimize productivity and worker safety

October 1, 2017 by Justin Kissinger

Using an oversized lift on indoor worksites is sometimes like attacking a mosquito with a baseball bat. It is impractical, unsafe and might do more damage than good. Low-level scissor lifts are great tools for indoor projects, such as installing