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Industry Training Authority appoints interim COO, CEO

September 21, 2018

Industry Training Authority (ITA), a provincial government skilled trades training agency in British Columbia, has tapped Shelley Gray, its chief operating officer (COO), to take over as interim CEO following the departure of Gary Herman. In its search for a

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Registration open for CAF-FCA pre-apprenticeship panel

September 18, 2018

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA) will host a fall regional roundtable on pre-apprenticeship in Canada on October 18, 2018. The roundtable will share results from a CAF-FCA survey of over 500 current and former pre-apprentices. Attendees can learn about pre-apprenticeship

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CAF-FCA hires new executive director

September 14, 2018

France Daviault will take over as executive director of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum. She is replacing CAF-FCA’s former executive director, Sarah Watts-Rynard, who was with the association for eight years. Daviault most recently served as vice president of the Automotive

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People on the move: Taco, Fujitsu General America, Saniflo, Crosswater London

August 27, 2018

Taco Comfort Solutions has appointed Jeffrey Bredeson to president of its Tennessee-based subsidiary, Hydroflo Pumps. Prior to this position, he served as vice-president of sales for Taco’s wholesale and commercial HVAC solutions.       Fujitsu General America, Inc. has

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What is the value of business growth networks for contractors

August 27, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Mechanical contractors remedy complex and critical problems in the field. The skills to run a small- to medium-sized business, however, may not come as easily. A contracting business can become stagnant without the acumen to handle operations tasks, such as

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Deadline approaches for ASHRAE 2019 conference, technical papers

August 16, 2018

ASHRAE has announced a call for papers for its 2019 annual conference Abstract submissions are due August 21, 2018. If accepted, final papers will be due November 30, 2018. Technical papers – 30-pages maximum, to be published in ASHRAE Transactions

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Bacharach acquires U.S. manufacturer to deliver test, measurement instrumentation

July 30, 2018

Bacharach has acquired Pennsylvania-based Neutronics Inc., a provider of refrigerant and gas analyzers for the automotive and commercial HVAC markets. Its oxygen analyzers are also used in the semi-conductor industry, and its self contained breathing units in the safety and

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G.S Equpico to take over Atlantic Canada sales for Pfister, Fortis brands

July 27, 2018

G.S Equipco Ltd. will assume sales for the Pfister and Fortis brands, under Spectrum Brands, in Atlantic Canada. Spectrum and Equipco have partnered to cover Western Canada since 2016. The arrangement was expanded in March 2018 to include Ontario. www.spectrumbrands.com

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T&S expands global footprint with acquisition of Italian manufacturer

July 26, 2018

T&S Brass and Bronze Works acquired Klarco SRL, an Italian manufacturer of faucets, pre-rinse units and hose reels for the foodservice industry. The deal allows T&S to continue its global expansion, and will offer Klarco support to grow its product

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U.S. facility management company partners with IFMA Foundation to fund Global Workforce Initiative

July 24, 2018

Facility management company ABM has contributed to the IFMA Foundation Global Workforce Initiative, which aims to close the workforce gap in facilities services. “There is a serious labour shortage on the horizon within the facility management industry,” said IFMA Foundation

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People on the move: Saniflo, Aqua-Tech and Marley Engineered Products

July 13, 2018

Regis Saragosti has been named North American CEO for SFA Saniflo. He served as the CEO of Saniflo USA for more than 10 years. In this new role, Saragosti will oversee national sales representatives, advertising and marketing, online sales and

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Reliance acquires John Guest to grow market presence in Europe

July 12, 2018

Reliance Worldwide Corporation (RWC) has completed its acquisition of John Guest Holdings Ltd. John Guest, headquartered in England, operates three manufacturing facilities in the U.K. RWC hopes the acquisition will allow it to expand its product portfolio and market presence

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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