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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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NRCan survey offers glimpse of energy efficiency awareness and gaps in industry

October 13, 2017

Survey findings about the awareness of energy efficiency in industry are now available in the newly published report, Industry and Buildings Energy Efficiency Awareness, Gaps and Brand Recognition. The survey, conducted by Leger in early 2017, presents the results of

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Oatey expands product offering, purchases linear drain manufacturer

October 11, 2017

Oatey SCS has announced the completed acquisition of certain assets of QuickDrain USA. Based in Denver, CO, QuickDrain USA is a developer, manufacturer and marketer of low-profile linear drain and shower pan systems for showers and wet areas. QuickDrain provides

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A. O. Smith names new vice president-engineering

October 10, 2017

The North American Water Heating business unit of A. O. Smith Corporation has named Gregory A. Reynolds as vice president-engineering. In his new role, Reynolds will be responsible for leading the residential and commercial water heater product engineering function for

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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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Danfoss joins UN initiative to help solve the world’s cooling challenges

October 6, 2017

Danfoss has been appointed a member of a new global Cooling for All panel which will work to increase access to affordable and sustainable cooling solutions throughout the world. The announcement was made during the UN General Assembly and Climate

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Wolseley Canada acquires luxury retailer Plomberium Pierrefonds

October 5, 2017

Wolseley Canada Inc. has acquired Plomberium Pierrefonds, a bath and kitchen retailer in Montréal, QC. A leader in luxury bath and kitchen products for 35 years, Plomberium Pierrefonds will immediately continue its operations under the Vague & Vogue brand, Wolseley’s

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Wolseley Canada Inc. acquires Tackaberry

October 4, 2017

Kevin Fullan, general manager – plumbing and HVAC/R (Ontario & Atlantic) has announced Wolseley Canada Inc.’s acquisition of Tackaberry Heating Supplies Limited, an HVAC/R distributor and sheet metal fabricator with four locations in Eastern Ontario. Headquartered in Kingston with additional

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Marine Institute lands Water Wise Award

October 3, 2017

The Marine Institute of Memorial University in St. John’s, NL, has won the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating’s (CIPH) Water Wise Award. Created in 2016, the award recognizes efforts of those outside of the CIPH membership working towards water

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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

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Movers & shakers

September 30, 2017

Bosch Thermotechnology has appointed David Lopes and Melvin Harris to sales director for commercial applications and sales director for residential applications, respectively. Lopes is responsible for the sale of heating and air-conditioning applications, focused on the commercial and spec-bid channels. He

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Canadians among the winners at the Annual UA Competition

September 28, 2017

Over half of America’s skilled trade employees are nearing retirement age and fewer men and women are being prepared to take their places. To address the shortage of skilled labourers, the Copper Development Association (CDA) sponsored the copper piping portion

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New tssa.org website on the way

September 27, 2017

The website of the Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA) at tssa.org is transforming. The authority audited the site, which highlighted opportunities to revitalize the digital space to make site use easier. The transformation will see the site become more

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HRAI shares concerns over smart thermostat program

September 22, 2017

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) issued a statement in early September regarding GreenON as well as the Direct Install program for adaptive (smart) thermostats. HRAI noted that if the benefits of the technology are to

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Jam packed program for ASPE Tech Symposium

September 21, 2017

The 2017 ASPE Tech Symposium is being held October 19 to 22, 2017, at the Hotel Bonaventure Montréal in Montréal, QC. In addition to the Product Show, ASPE’s Technical Symposium features education sessions for those who pay the full registration

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Rinnai to manufacture tankless water heaters in Georgia

September 20, 2017

Rinnai Corporation has announced it will be “the first to manufacture tankless gas water heaters in North America.” Rinnai America Corporation, a subsidiary of Rinnai Corporation, plans to build the facility in Griffin, GA. The company intends to start its

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Join the 2017 Grundfos Canada Walk for Water

September 19, 2017

Every day, millions of women and children in developing countries walk nearly four miles to retrieve water to meet their families’ daily needs. In most cases, even after walking for miles and miles, the water they have to drink is

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Sidney Manning receives 2017 Joseph K. Seidner Award

September 11, 2017

Sidney Manning, chief plumbing and gas administrator with Alberta Municipal Affairs/Safety Services, received the Joseph K. Seidner Award in August at the annual Canadian Advisory Council on Plumbing meeting in Charlottetown, PE. Manning is the award’s sixteenth recipient, recognizing his

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Change is in the air

September 10, 2017 by Michael Power

Attendance ramped up compared to last year for the 49th-annual conference of the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) in Quebec City. Held August 16-18, the event saw changes to the organization that included Bruce Passmore appointed

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A wide angle view of your business

August 31, 2017 by Patti Lowes

Part-time CFOs may be an answer for small- to mid-sized businesses. I had lunch with an old friend recently. Matt has a family owned HVAC business – it is now in its second generation. “You must be feeling good,” I

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LEAPing ahead in sustainability

August 31, 2017 by Michael Power

The Coquitlam Centre’s new heat recovery chiller (HRC) system wins HOOPP’s LEAP award, helps cut GHG emissions by 35 per cent. Sustainability has transformed from a “nice-to-have” aspect for businesses to a core component of operations for many organizations, both

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Wolseley opens consolidated branch in Oshawa, ON

August 28, 2017

Wolseley Canada, plumbing and HVAC/R, Ontario and Atlantic, has opened a consolidated plumbing and HVAC/R branch in Oshawa, ON. Now that the branch has been relocated and expanded to include its plumbing offerings, contractors can source the products they need

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CIPH president and general manager Ralph Suppa addresses harmonization

August 24, 2017

Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) president and general manager Ralph Suppa recently presented to the members of the Society for Standards Professionals in Chicago, IL. There is a need in North America for a more effective engagement of

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Change is in the air

August 20, 2017 by Michael Power

Strengthening regional representation and ensuring money earmarked for climate change projects is spent wisely are among top priorities for Bruce Passmore, who was appointed chair of the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) at the organization’s 49th-annual

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Who’s who program draws record numbers

August 15, 2017

The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating held its annual business conference June 25-27, 2017 in Ottawa, ON. More than 280 delegates and companions from across North America were in attendance, representing a high mark for the past decade. Remarkably,

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HVAC worker and dad becomes face and voice for SickKids Hospital

August 9, 2017

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE Sheet metal installer Frank Soares draws from experience to offer tips for HVAC workers dealing with a family medical crisis. By Michael Power A family crisis or health emergency can hit anyone; and for those in the HVAC

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Viega breaks ground on Colorado HQ

August 8, 2017

Viega LLC has begun construction on its new corporate headquarters and training facility in Broomfield, CO. Located on 11.8 acres, the new campus will house a 55,000-sq.-ft. North American headquarters and 24,000-sq.-ft. training facility. The headquarters will be a Class

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Three HVAC/R companies to receive BLOOM grants

July 31, 2017

BLOOM has announced that grant funding has been approved to support the completion of seven clean technology demonstration projects. The projects are diverse and represent key sectors of Ontario’s economy. The funding for the projects is being provided by the

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Webinar to feature details on water heater technical bulletins

July 26, 2017

On March 4, 2017, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) initiated the development of Amendment 15 to the Energy Efficiency Regulations. This Amendment would introduce or update energy efficiency standards and, where applicable, test methods and associated reporting and compliance requirements for