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At a Glance
Henderson inspires at CMX/CIPHEX
Another CMX/CIPHEX show has come and gone, and one of the standout moments from this year’s event - aside from meeting and receiving positive feedback from so many Mechanical Business readers - was hearing Paul Henderson speak during breakfast on Saturday morning. It’s no coincidence that Paul graces our March/April cover, and it’s no surprise that a packed room of mechanical professionals from across Canada eagerly absorbed every word as Paul spoke about success in life, love, hockey and business. As adept at the podium as he was on the ice, Paul gave an animated play-by-play of the famous Canada vs. Russia Summit Series that culminated in his last-minute goal to win Game Eight, and he then turned the topic to developing the tools to build a successful life. For everyone in attendance, it was an inspiring talk, and the perfect cap on a fantastic weekend.
Sharing knowledge in T.O.
More than 14,000 industry professionals hit Toronto for last month’s CMX/CIPHEX show, taking in learning forums, seminars and roundtables and learning about the latest innovations from approximately 500 exhibitors. Check out full coverage of the biggest mechanicals show for the Canadian market in the next issue of Mechanical Business.
Watsco acquires Canadian distribution network
Watsco has announced that it will acquire 60 per cent of Carrier’s Canadian HVAC distribution network, WWG/Totaline, which includes 35 locations. The network was worth approximately $330 million in 2011. The joint venture will operate under the name Carrier Enterprises Canada and will retain its existing infrastructure and current management team.
CIPH and AHRI sign cooperation agreement
On March 22 at this year’s CMX/CIPHEX show, CIPH president Ralph Suppa and AHRI president and CEO Stephen Yurek signed a mutual cooperation agreement. “This agreement extends our cooperation with our Canadian counterparts on issues of mutual concern,” said Yurek. AHRI has a similar agreement with HRAI.
ON THE SCENE
Showroom opens in Kitchener
Stephanie Willan (left), showroom supervisor, and Melanie Peet-Winkfield, branch manager, welcomed guests to Desco’s newest The Water Closet showroom during the branch’s recent grand opening gala event. The showroom, located at 241 Shoemaker St. in Kitchener, Ont., offers sales support and services to contractors and their clients working on remodeling and new construction projects. The Water Closet can be reached at Tel. 519-743-6827.
Celebrating two decades in Canada
Grundfos Group executive vice-president Soren Sorensen explained the Grundfos philosophy of forward thinking and product development during celebrations marking the company’s 20th anniversary in Canada. “We need to think about the future,” he said during his speech at the event, which was held in Oakville, Ont., in late March. “We want to add value to your businesses.” To do this, the company has a concerted focus on research and product development. “I ask you to ask more of Grundfos. Challenge us. That’s what will move us forward,” he stated.
Installations a hot topic
Sat Virdi, the TSSA’s regional supervisor for Central Ontario, spoke at the most recent HRAI Toronto Chapter meeting on March 27. As expected, the evening’s discussion centred on the dangers of installations that don’t meet the latest codes and standards. To keep posted on codes and procedure updates, be sure to sign up for email notifications at the TSSA website.
Managing the mechanicals
Middle managers with mechanical companies from across Canada attended CMCEF’s 7th Middle Management Education Conference, held March 28 to 30 at the Marriott Eaton Centre Hotel in Toronto. Pictured is Gregg Schoppman, a consultant with FMI, speaking about the importance of proper change-order management. To learn about future education opportunities, visit the CMCEF website.
CODES AND STANDARDS
National Fire and Plumbing Code updates
The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes has released updated intent statements for the 2012 editions of the National Fire Code of Canada and National Plumbing Code of Canada. The updates are available for download at the Government of Canada’s National Codes website. Intent statements for the 2010 National Building Code of Canada should be available by July 2012.
Installation code for oil-burning equipment to be revised
A recent meeting of the CSA B139 Code for Oil Burning Equipment Technical Committee resulted in a unanimous vote to revise the scope of B139 to include fuel oil storage tanks of all types. The committee will seek approval of the scope revision from the CSA Strategic Steering Committee. The same meeting saw the unanimous passing of a second motion to divide the B139 code into as many as four parts that would distinguish between the requirements for residential installations, commercial installations and generators.
Danfoss introduces online training portal
Danfoss has introduced an online education and training portal dubbed Danfoss Learning. Designed in partnership with industry experts, the portal delivers self-study courses, which can be taken online at any time; traditional instructor-led classes at various locations; and real-time online courses. The program is available to installers, wholesalers, students, technicians and OEM developers. Visit the Danfoss Learning website for more details.
Emerson launches “Toolbox Technician” mobile site
Toolbox Technician, an app-like mobile site created by a division of Emerson Industrial Automation, provides HVAC/R technicians with an on-the-job product selector, tension guide, conversion tables and lubrication charts. According to Don Sullivan, senior product manager of Browning brand V-belt drives, “Toolbox Technician helps an HVAC technician select a symptom, choose from a list of possible causes, and then decide on a potential remedy, all while in the field.” The application can be loaded through your smartphone’s browser.
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