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At a Glance

Burgers, bacon and bacteria

Well the summer is almost over, and hopefully many of you in the HVAC business have had a profitable one and are already gearing up for fall. If you were in the Toronto area and hit the annual fair out here, The CNE, hopefully you avoided the infamous Cronut Burger from Epic Burgers and Waffles that was responsible for more than 200 cases of food poisoning. A little bit of a bacteria can go a long way, just ask host of Daily Planet and Monsters Inside Me Dan Riskin, who graced the cover of our July/August issue. If you have yet to check out our latest issue, you can do so online at our website. In addition to Dan, there are articles on well water, harmonics, the future of the hydronics industry, the compressor operating envelope, and much more. So grab your copy of the magazine, find a nice patio, and dive into our latest issue while the weather permits.

Happy reading!

Andrew Snook
Associate Editor/Web Editor
Mechanical Business


Pro-Par joins Granby

Pro-Par, a manufacturer of storage tanks, dispensers and transport units for the Canadian propane industry, was recently acquired by Granby Industries. The company will continue to operate as Pro-Par with the current management structure, people, existing facilities and support programs remaining the same.

IAQ conference coming to B.C.

Registration is open for ASHRAE IAQ2013, Environmental Health in Low-Energy Buildings, taking place at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside from Oct. 15 to 18. The event will feature 80 conference papers and extended abstracts covering nine tracks of discussion.

The conference is the 17th in the ASHRAE IAQ conference series, and is co-organized by ASHRAE and the ISIAQ.

Ontario College of Trades appoints new CEO

David Tsubouchi has been appointed to the position of registrar and CEO of the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT). Tsubouchi served as the Progressive Conservative MPP for Markham for two terms and held various provincial cabinet posts. He will replace outgoing registrar and CEO Bob Guthrie, who recently announced his retirement. Tsubouchi took over the position on Sept. 9, 2013.

Danfoss hits major milestone

Danfoss celebrated its 80th anniversary on Sept. 1. The company was originally founded by Mads Calusen in his parents’ farmhouse in Nordberg, Denmark, and now employs 23,000 staff in more than 100 countries.

CuPro enters piping market

Piping industry veteran and former owner and founder of KamCo Products, Brad Sigouin, is coming back to the marketplace with his new company, CuPro Solutions. In 1996, Sigouin introduced factory-coated copper tube for gas, oil and water, and also created inner-grooved factory-coated oil tubing to provide leak detection for that market segment. CuPro Solutions is introducing two products for the gas industry, yellow factory-painted copper tubing and inner-grooved poly-coated yellow copper tubing. Additional products will also be forthcoming from the company in the near future.

Flushometer specs in the works

The EPA recently announced its intention to develop a draft specification for flushometer-valve toilets under its Watersense program, the voluntary water conservation program which is often cited on plumbing products sold here in Canada. Comments on the NOI can be sent to


Cruisin’ the harbourfront

Guests mingled on the yacht The Yankee Lady while enjoying the weather and scenery offered by Toronto’s harbourfront during an event on the water hosted by Gordon R. Williams on Aug. 21. Before the trip on Lake Ontario, guests were treated to the company’s Product Discovery sessions.

HRAI hits Vancouver

Dalton Hooker of M&G DuraVent discusses plastic venting options for HVAC equipment during the 2013 HRAI annual conference, held last month at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver. The event attracted more than 200 attendees to its training sessions, product section meetings, and the divisional and national annual general meetings for the organization. Be sure to check out the September/October 2013 edition of Mechanical Business for more photos and details from the event.


HVAC Buddy app

The HVAC Buddy app is a refrigerant charging and diagnostic HVAC app. It offers users a variety of features including the ability to calculate targeted versus actual subcooling, airflow/Delta-T, and 73 refrigerants, including R-22, R-410A, R-404A, R-134A, and more.

New website for NSF

NSF International recently launched a new website, located at the same address ( The site offers the ability to find services, programs, NSF contact information, industry-specific training courses, webinars and other industry resources.


Recognizing code contributions

Plumbing Industry Advisory Council chair Kevin Ernst of OS&B presents the 12th Joseph K. Seidner Award to Shabbir Rawalpindiwala (left), manager of codes and standards, engineering and plumbing at Kohler Ltd. during the Canadian Advisory Council on Plumbing meeting in Edmonton on Aug. 20. The award was presented to Rawalpindiwala in recognition of his contributions to Canadian plumbing codes and standards.


App coming for bathroom lines… fans everywhere rejoice!

The days of having to hold off grabbing a beverage or simply “holding it” to avoid missing an important play may soon be behind the fans of the San Francisco 49ers. The club has announced that its new home, Levi’s Stadium, will have an app that is designed to advise fans of the shortest food and bathroom lines in the stadium. Read all about this wonderful tool here.

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Events Calendar

  • MCAC National Conference
  • September 25-28, 2013
  • Winnipeg, Man.
  • NADCA Fall Technical Conference
  • September 26-28, 2013
  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • IAQ 2013
  • October 15-18, 2013
  • Vancouver, B.C.
  • CIPH Ontario Business Meeting
  • October 24, 2013
  • Mississauga, Ont.
  • 2013 World Plumbing Conference
  • November 13-15, 2013
  • New Delhi, India
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  • Solar Canada 2013
  • December 9-10, 2013
  • Toronto, Ont.
  • CIPH Ontario Business Meeting
  • January 16, 2014
  • Mississauga, Ont.
  • NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS)
  • February 4-6, 2014
  • Las Vegas, Nev.
  • CIPH Ontario Business Meeting
  • April 10, 2014
  • Grimsby, Ont.
  • CIPH Ontario Business Meeting
  • May 29, 2014
  • Mississauga, Ont.
  • HRAI AGM 2014
  • August 20-23, 2014
  • Montreal, Que.

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