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Trane's Laval, QC, HVAC showroom has doubled in size, making it the company's largest in North America.
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Expansion of Trane in Laval

May 24, 2013

Trane recently marked the expansion of its HVAC Distribution Centre in Laval, QC, with an event that attracted more than 100 guests. The location is the company’s largest showroom in North America – the building has doubled in size, from 8000

Gordon Smith, CM, accepts the Mary Syer Memorial Award from 2013-2015 RSES Canada president Denis Hebert, CM. The award recognizes significant contributions as a chapter secretary to the successful operation of his/her chapter. Congratulations Gordon!
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Networking, training and kudos abound at RSES Canada conference

May 24, 2013

The Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (Canada) held its 2013 conference at the Hilton Hotel and Suites (Fallsview) in Niagara Falls, ON, on April 25-27. In addition to board activities, the event offered educational sessions, and a dinner and awards reception.

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Strength in numbers: geothermal association becomes HRAI affiliate

May 22, 2013

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) and Ontario Geothermal Association (OGA) signed an agreement in April, whereby OGA will become an affiliated association (chapter). The areas of service HRAI and OGA will provide for the geothermal sector include government advocacy, training

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Hydronics advocates join forces to develop long-term strategy

May 17, 2013

On May 7-9, the Canadian Hydronics Council (CHC), met to discuss the current state of the industry and to develop a strategy for moving forward. Forty members and industry guests with an interest in the advancement and sustainable growth of hydronics gathered

Mike Brown, HPAC account manager.
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Meet the New Members of the HPAC Team

May 14, 2013

HPAC account manager Mike Brown is a business development executive with over 15 years in media sales. His career has seen him work with publications such as The Financial Post, Montreal’s La Presse, Vancouver Magazine and The Hockey News. Mike

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UA launches national recruitment campaign to attract piping trade members

May 8, 2013

The United Association of Journeyman and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA) has launched a national marketing campaign in a bid to recruit 25,000 skilled piping trade professionals over the next five

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Conservatives say refocused NRC will benefit Canadian industries

May 7, 2013

The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), John R. McDougall, president of the National Research Council of Canada, and Deputy Leader of the Government at the Senate, the Honorable Senator Claude Carignan, have announced that The National Research

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Significant increases in construction intentions in Toronto and Edmonton

May 7, 2013

According to Statistics Canada, the total value of permits issued in March 2013 was up in 16 of the 34 census metropolitan areas. The largest increases were in Toronto and Edmonton, with Saskatoon a distant third. In Toronto, the advance was largely attributable to commercial and

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Proposed Systems Manual Guideline open for public review

May 7, 2013

A proposed guideline that will establish a uniform procedure for transmitting design, construction, testing and operational information to building owners and operators is open for public comment. Guideline 1.4P, The Systems Manual for Facilities, provides procedures for producing a systems manual

More than 1200 attendees had the opportunity to see the latest products and speak directly to suppliers at Desco's Parade of Products.
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Southern Ontario wholesaler event a success

May 6, 2013

Bingeman’s Park was jam-packed on May 2 as more than 1200 people stopped by Desco’s Parade of Products 2013 trade show in Kitchener, ON. Over 55 brands were represented at the event. Desco is one of Ontario’s larger wholesalers and is celebrating its 20th

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Sedona Lifestyles the first Holmes approved builder in Ontario

May 5, 2013

Contractor and  television personality, Mike Holmes has chosen Sedona Lifestyles as his first building partner in Ontario. The Heights at Marionville, a collection of 13 estate homes in south Mississauga, is their first collaboration and the first Holmes Approved Community in Ontario. Six

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Net Zero gets $4-million boost

May 4, 2013

Project addresses the challenges of NZE in a production housing context.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture), are given a tour of the CO2 Solutions Inc. facility by Glenn Kelly, president and CEO of CO2 Solutions Inc.
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Harper government announces energy innovation projects

May 3, 2013

Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently announced support for 55 projects aimed at producing and using energy in a cleaner, more efficient way. Support is being provided through the ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative, which was introduced in Budget 2011, and is being

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Flexible housing stands the test of time

May 3, 2013

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is offering the FlexHousing Pocket Planner, which describes an approach to designing homes that are versatile and flexible, and can be adapted to meet the varying and changing needs of a household. The goal is

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Nominations open for Red Seal award

May 2, 2013

The Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) has issued a call for nominations for the second biennial Red Seal Award of Excellence. Nominations must be received by June 12. This award honours the contributions of provincial/territorial/federal apprenticeship and trade

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CIPH sings praises of Canada Jobs Grant program

May 2, 2013

The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) has declared its support for the Canada Jobs Grant Program announced in the recent Federal budget. “Our 260 plus members are in constant need of specific skills sets in trades, engineering, supply chain

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New HVAC product lines enter Canadian market

May 1, 2013

Following a restructuring, Ingersoll Rand has announced it will be entering into the residential HVAC market in Canada. Trane HVAC Supply, recognized for supporting Trane commercial products, has announced its expansion into the residential HVAC market with the introduction of

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Take the business challenge

April 29, 2013

Telus and The Globe and Mail have launched The Challenge, the third annual contest inviting Canadian small- and medium-sized business owners to present their biggest business challenge for the opportunity to win a $100,000 grant. In 2012, TELUS received more

Jean-Sebastien Simard (l), member of WorldSkills Team Canada, together with his trainer Pierre Payette, were a star attraction at Wolseley's MCEE 2013 booth. Look for more on Jean-Sebastien in HPAC April, online now and coming soon to your mailbox.
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Record crowd for MCEE 2013 (revised numbers)

April 29, 2013

The aisles were busy for the 2013 edition of MCEE with attendance up five per cent, following the success of the 2011 show which recorded an 18 per cent increase. The two-day trade show took place in Montreal on April

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Work of Construction Sector Council to continue through BuildForce Canada

April 29, 2013

The Construction Sector Council (CSC) has transitioned into BuildForce Canada after its core funding disappeared as a result of federal cuts. CSC had a 10 year history of working with industry to provide labour market forecasting and other resources. “In the

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Robert Bean among keynote speakers at P2S Conference

April 26, 2013

Sustainability Resources Ltd. along with host sponsors Telus Spark and the City of Calgary, have released the program for the third Pathways 2 Sustainability (P2S) Conference. Slated for May 29-31, 2013, at Telus Spark in Calgary, AB, P2S is an

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Final rulings favour Elkay Domestic Operations

April 25, 2013

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled that unlawful pricing by Chinese producers of drawn stainless steel sinks caused material injury to ELKAY Manufacturing Company and other domestic producers of drawn stainless steel sinks. As a result of the

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Distech Controls pursues dynamic growth strategy

April 24, 2013

Distech Controls has announced total investments of $38-million (CAD) in the company, to be approved by regulatory authorities. The investment will expand Distech Controls’ capital base and the proceeds of this financing will be used to accelerate the company’s growth

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Reznor commemorates anniversary with HVAC lab upgrades

April 24, 2013

Reznor has invested $5 million to upgrade its 40-ton psychrometric lab in Mercer, PA. The ribbon cutting for the facility improvement was held at a recent sales meeting. The 1000 square foot testing lab is capable of attaining temperatures of -20F

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Start your engines

April 23, 2013

Fourth annual Ride For Habitat plans are firmed up.

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ASHRAE Publishes Second Edition of Hospital Design Manual

April 22, 2013

A recently published manual from ASHRAE provides guidance on addressing issues with health care HVAC systems for mechanical and consulting engineers, designers, architects, facility managers, infection control personal, maintenance staff, contractors, developers and code accreditation and licensure officials. HVAC Design Manual for

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Sale Rejuvenates Service Experts

April 16, 2013

Organic growth, acquisitions to fuel expansion.

From left, Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce president Ed Kearney; Uponor North America president Bill Gray; Apple Valley Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland and Manufacturers Alliance President Art Sneen.
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Uponor Named 2013 Manufacturer of the Year

April 15, 2013

Uponor has been named 2013 Manufacturer of the Year in the large-company category by the Manufacturers Alliance, a U.S. association providing peer-to-peer training, education and resources that allow Midwest manufacturing companies to continuously grow, improve and stay competitive. “We are honored to

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Comments invited on regulatory amendments to exempt consumer electrical products

April 10, 2013

The Ministry of Consumer Services is seeking comments on  Proposed Amendments to the Product Safety regulation (O. Reg. 438/07) under the Electricity Act, 1998 and has set a deadline of April 26, 2013. It is being proposed that consumer electrical products be exempted from

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Digital gap to overtake literacy gap

April 8, 2013

Technology is changing the nature of the skilled trades.