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ASHRAE Saskatoon History 1987-1992

posted Apr 28, 2016, 7:08 AM by ASHRAE Saskatoon History

Hello ASHRAE Saskatoon,

The ASHRAE Saskatoon History Binder (1966 to 1987) was uploaded a while ago, but here is the 1987 to 1992 addition.  Summaries of some more recent years are already uploaded to ASHRAE Saskatoon's website and I am working on filling in the gaps.
- Jonathan Bushman, ASHRAE Saskatoon 2015-2016 History Chair

Mike Osborn Memorial

posted Aug 31, 2015, 2:51 PM by ASHRAE Saskatoon

Mike Osborn Passing

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mike Osborn. Mike has recently passed away on January 2015. Originally from Swift Current, he worked for E.H. Price in Regina and Saskatoon, for Cypress Sales Partnership in Saskatoon and for Johnson Controls in Saskatoon.  Mike was a Past President of the Saskatoon ASHRAE Chapter and was involved in ASHRAE for over a decade. Mike maintained ASHRAE membership since 2001, and served Saskatoon Chapter as Secretary (2002-03), Vice-President (2003-04), and president in 2004-2005. Mike was also the Research Promotion Chair in 2005-06, and remained active since.  Mike participated in the John Ross Curling bonspiel in Edmonton in 2012, 2013, and 2014, and was part of the winning Saskatoon team in 2012. 

He will be remembered in the HVAC community as a kind and honest person.  The ASHRAE Saskatoon chapter wants to express their sympathies to Mike’s family and friends as they grieve. Mike had many friends within the HVAC community and he will be missed.

"In lieu of flowers, please consider the needs of the family via monetary contributions”. Any donations can be dropped off at the Johnson Controls offices in Regina or Saskatoon.

Saskatoon Office:

Johnson Controls Inc.

3603 Millar Ave 

Saskatoon, SK S7P 0B2

(306) 242-8886                       

Regina Office:

Johnson Controls Inc.

107 Hodsman Rd

Regina, SK S4N 5W5

(306) 721-2402                                            

- ASHRAE Saskatoon Chapter

ASHRAE Saskatoon History Binder

posted May 6, 2015, 11:02 AM by ASHRAE Saskatoon History

The ASHRAE Saskatoon History Binder (from our start in 1966 to the late 1980s) has been scanned and uploaded as an attachment to this post.  The PDF is less than 3 MB.

ASHRAE Saskatoon History Binder

posted May 5, 2015, 1:23 PM by ASHRAE Saskatoon History

The ASHRAE Saskatoon History Binder (covering from our start in 1966 to the late 1980s) has been scanned.  Unfortunately, the PDF is too large to upload right now, but I should be able to make a much smaller file and upload it shortly.  Please stand by.  - Jonathan Bushman

ASHRAE Saskatoon Chapter History

posted Jun 30, 2011, 11:23 AM by ASHRAE Saskatoon President

Please bear with us.  The photos for John Daniels article and the 2010-2011 year summary are missing due to technical difficulties.  We hope to correct this problem shortly.  - Jonathan, June 30

ASHRAE Saskatoon Chapter History

posted Jun 30, 2011, 11:19 AM by ASHRAE Saskatoon President

A History of the Saskatoon Chapter of ASHRAE


The 2009-2010 year was a significant year for the Saskatoon chapter of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers).  Andrew Thomson (our VP / Programs Chair) passed away in October 2010.  The ASHRAE President visited our chapter.  Our ASHRAE Saskatoon website got up and running again with regular updates.  There was a students-only tour of the Cameco Operations Centre.  We toured an energy-efficient house, which then won ASHRAE Technology Awards at the chapter and regional levels.

Andrew Thomson

Andrew Thomson, ASHRAE Saskatoon’s Vice President and Programs Chair, passed away on October 3, 2010.  Andrew was cheerful, kind, and selfless.  We will miss him.  Andrew’s obituary is below.

THOMSON, Andrew Dean Sunday, 03 Oct 2010

Red Deer Advocate Red Deer

Andrew Dean 
We are heartbroken to announce the passing of Andrew Dean on October 3, 2010 at the age of 34 years. Andrew was born July 30, 1976. He was a loving son, faithful brother, joyful uncle, and loyal friend. Andrew loved nature, walking with a backpack, energy efficient living, and being there for his family and friends. He had a quirky sense of humour, a brilliant mind and a deep and kind heart. He is survived by his mother, June; his brother Dave (Denise) and nieces Brooke and Paige; his sisters Lynn and Sandra; and by many relatives and friends who were like family. Andrew was predeceased by his father Allan and two uncles. Funeral services will be held for Andrew on Saturday, October 16th at 11:00 at Eventide Funeral Chapel Red Deer, 4820 - 45 Street, Red Deer, Alberta, with interment to follow in the Blackfalds Cemetery. If so desired, memorial donations can be made to the Trans Canada Trail at 43 Westminster Avenue North, Montreal Quebec, H4X 1Y8, or online at: tctrail.ca.

In Andrew’s absence, Jeff Frie stepped up to fill the role of ASHRAE Saskatoon Chapter VP and Programs Chair and Chris Watt took on extra Treasurer duties.  Thank you Jeff and Chris.

Presidential Visit:  On January 10, 2011, ASHRAE President Lynn Bellenger visited the Saskatoon chapter of ASHRAE and spoke on “Modeling a Sustainable World”.


Left: 2010-2011 ASHRAE President Lynne Bellenger speaking to the Saskatoon chapter of ASHRAE.

Right: ASHRAE President Lynne Bellenger met with YEA (Young Engineers in ASHRAE) members in Saskatoon.


Communications / Webpage

Thanks to the efforts of Mike Nemeth, the ASHRAE Saskatoon chapter now has a full-fledged website, updated on a roughly monthly basis.  Our electronic newsletter (POWUr, for Saskatoon’s Potash, Oil, Wheat and Uranium industries) is now available online, via www.ashraesaskatoon.ca.

Programs / Membership Promotion / Student Activities / CTTC

For our CTTC (Chapter Technology Transfer Committee) course, we had the “Fundamentals of Heating and Cooling Loads” course in December 2010. Once again, we had two Membership Promotion / Student Nights, one in November and one in February.  Mike Nemeth and Chris Conley led U of S students in a tour our Cameco’s new Operations Centre.  (This tour was for students only, so the regular chapter members did not get to go.)  In March, the Saskatoon chapter toured the VerEco Home.  The VerEco Home incorporates many energy saving features and is a showcase of sustainability innovation.  (This was literally a showcase of sustainability, as the VerEco Home was set up in the Western Development Museum parking lot, so the public could tour it and get ideas.)  The VerEco Home went on to win ASHRAE Technology Awards at the (Saskatoon) chapter and regional levels.

September 14, 2010

Parktown Hotel

U of S Prof. David Torvi

“Fire Protection Research and Education in Canada”

October 13, 2010 (Wednesday)

Parktown Hotel

Tom Watson, ASHRAE Fellow and Treasurer

ASHRAE and Its New Green Building Standard 189.1

1ST Membership Promotion Night, Student Night

November 9, 2010

Parktown Hotel

Rob Goetze (of IMAGINiT Technologies)

“Building Information Modeling BIM)”

December 14, 2010

Modern Billards

Past President’s Night

Social Function: Pool Tournament and Pizza

January 10, 2011 (Monday)

Parktown Hotel

ASHRAE President Lynn Bellenger

Modeling a Sustainable World

2nd Membership Promotion Night, Student Night

February 8, 2011

Parktown Hotel

Tim McGinn, ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, Cohos Evamy

“European Technologies and Their Application in North America”

March 8, 2011

Parktown Hotel / Western Development Museum

Ronn LePage, VerEco Homes

“VerEco Home: Canada’s First Net Zero Home Exhibit”

April 13, 2010

Parktown Hotel

Dan O’Brian, Halton Canada

“Kitchen Ventilation”

June 3, 2011

The Willows

Annual ASHRAE Saskatoon Golf Tournament


2010-2011 ASHRAE Saskatoon Chapter Board of Governors

President:  Jonathan Bushman

Vice-President / Programs Chair:  Andrew Thomson / Jeff Frie

Treasurer / CTTC Chair:  Chris Watt

Secretary:  Brent Wolfater

Research Promotion Chair:  Chris Conley

Membership Promotion Chair:  Ryan MacGillivray

Student Activities Chair:  Mike Nemeth

Refrigeration Chair:  Manfred Gerber

Historian:  Jack Scott

Webpage / Newsletter Editor:  Mike Nemeth

Member-At-Large:  Jeff Frie (until he was elected as VP / Programs)

ASHRAE Saskatoon Chapter History

posted Jun 30, 2011, 11:15 AM by ASHRAE Saskatoon President

ASHRAE Saskatoon Chapter History

Life Member - John Daniels (Daniels Engineering)

(This history article originally appeared in the February 4, 2008 issue of the ASHRAE Saskatoon chapter’s newsletter POWUr News and was written by Jack Scott, Saskatoon Chapter Historian.)


John was born and raised in Clavet, Saskatchewan and his elementary school years were spent in a one room schoolhouse in Clavet.

John got his high school education at Tech in Saskatoon and upon graduation from high school, John went straight into Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan here in Saskatoon, graduating in 1956. He and Donna were married during his third year in university and they have two sons Bob and Dan.

John’s first job after university was working for the Patent Office in Ottawa.  John realized after a short summer in Ottawa, amongst the beaurocratic multitude, that this job of patenting agricultural equipment he had seen used for the previous ten years on the farm was not for him.

Upon his move back to Saskatoon in the fall of 1956 he got into the consulting field with Douglas, Michelenko, Dupuis.  When Dupuis left the firm in 1962, John and Glen Pearson became partners creating the firm of Douglas, Michelenko, Pearson, Daniels.

In 1970 when Michelenko left the firm the name was again changed to Douglas, Pearson, Daniels, Fossey.

In 1972/73 they were approached to partner with Montreal Engineering hence the firm name of Saskmont Engineering.

John decided that more hands on design would be more to his liking than the administrative work he was doing and parted ways with Saskmont to become Daniels Engineering in 1980.

During his career some of John’s more memorable projects were the Sturdy Stone Centre because of the uniqueness of the building at the time, University Hospital, and the Engineering Building on campus because of the more intricate technical aspects of those jobs.

John retired in 1998 and now spends time with his family and grandchildren.  He spends time at Turtle Lake in the summer and looks after some pastureland he purchased (almost by accident) in the vicinity of their cabin.  John decided a few years back that his hockey career had run its course.  He intends to play golf forever, or until he figures it out, whichever comes first.

John has contributed much to the comfort of Saskatonians with his knowledge and fair practice of Mechanical Design during his long and varied career, and we wish him well in the many years of his retirement yet to come.

Welcome to the ASHRAE Saskatoon History Page

posted Jul 29, 2010, 7:14 AM by ASHRAE Saskatoon President

                When you think of history, what do you think of?  Do you think of lists of names, places, and dates?  Do you think of stories?  Do you think of history as being the background of where we came from and a place to gain insight into where we are going?  I hope to provide some answers for each of these views about the history of our Saskatoon chapter of ASHRAE.  Here are some of the things I hope to put on the history page.

1.       Summary of the History of the ASHRAE Saskatoon Chapter

2.       List of ASHRAE Saskatoon Chapter Presidents (may be modified to include chapter officers later)

3.       Spreadsheet of Meetings and Speakers

4.       Random Stories Collection

5.       Significant Events


So far, I only have the list of presidents and a few ideas for stories (e.g. the head shaving as an ASHRAE Research Promotion fundraising idea a few years back).  If you have ideas of what you want to see here for ASHRAE Saskatoon history, then please send me or Jack Scott (our lead historian) an email.  Hopefully, I can put lots of good history tidbits on this page and get it organized too.  Thanks for reading.


Jonathan Bushman
(2010-2011 ASHRAE Saskatoon Chapter President (and part of our History Committee)

ASHRAE Saskatoon Chapter Presidents

posted Jul 29, 2010, 6:58 AM by ASHRAE Saskatoon President

Year  President 
Charter Pres.  Bill Herr 
1966-67  Glen Pearson 
1967-68  John Peters 
1968-69  Lloyd Wilson 
1969-70  Boris Kischuk 
1970-71  Greg Eyolfson 
1971-72  Ed Zook 
1972-73  Bill Peters 
1973-74  Marc Gaudet 
1974-75  Bob Noble 
1975-76  Bob Kowalishin 
1976-77  Blaine Tollefson 
1977-78  Stan Nakrayko 
1978-79  Brian Crowhurst 
1979-80  Jerry Boulanger 
1980-81  Wendell Dent 
1981-82  Krishna Sareen 
1982-83  Grant Jones 
1983-84  Bob Cowan 
1984-85  Bill Dean 
1985-86  Ron Lefebvre 
1986-87  Dave Fisher 
1987-88  Mike Marsh 
1988-89  Mike Marsh / Ron Lefebvre 
1989-90  Dan Thompson 
1990-91  Bill Popiel 
1991-92  Mervyn Buhl 
1992-93  Darrell Solie 
1993-94  Ken Ingalls 
1994-95  Darren Wingerak 
1995-96  Ted Gaudet 
1996-97  Jonathan French 
1997-98  Jonathan French 
1998-99  Brad Chisan 
1999-2000  Bob Daniels 
2000-01  Steve Kuzma 
2001-02  Mark Van Beek 
2002-03  Bob Daniels 
2003-04  Travis Braid 
2004-05  Mike Osborn 
2005-06  Reg Hoffmann 
2006-07  Kirk Campbell 
2007-08  Bruce Waldbillig 
2008-09  Ryan MacGillivray 
2009-10 Chris Conley

A History of the Saskatoon Chapter of ASHRAE 2009-2010

posted Jul 21, 2010, 5:39 PM by ASHRAE Saskatoon   [ updated Jul 21, 2010, 5:49 PM ]

by Jonathan Bushman

The 2009-2010 year was a year of shaking things up a little for the Saskatoon chapter of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers).  The ASHRAE President visited our little chapter this year.  We had a few new things with programs, tried to get PAOE points, missed the curling tournaments, talked to mechanical classes, raised money, and had a fairly young board of governors

Presidential Visit:  On January 11, 2010, ASHRAE President Gordon Holness visited the Saskatoon chapter of ASHRAE and spoke on “Sustaining Our Future by Rebuilding Our Past”.

Pictured left to right are ASHRAE Region XI RVC (Regional Vice Chair) of Research Promotion Ray Sieber, Saskatoon Chapter President Chris Conley, ASHRAE President Gordon Holness, Former Region XI DRC (Director and Regional Chair) Bill Dean, and Region XI Treasurer Rob Craddock.

Programs / Membership Promotion / Student Activities / Communications
We had two Membership Promotion / Student Nights, one in November and one in February.  For the November Student Night, we had a panel discussion with representatives from sales, design engineering, construction, and operations.  The panelists were asked for advice and about how things had changed over the HVAC industry has changed over the years and students were encouraged to ask questions.  Before the November meeting, an ASHRAE Saskatoon board member spoke to mechanical classes at the University of Saskatchewan and Kelsey SIAST (Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology), inviting them to ASHRAE.  To have an industrial or mining theme to one of our programs, Travis Harbicht, a senior mine engineer with Cameco’s McArthur River uranium mine, spoke to us in February about the refrigeration process used to freeze ground around the ore and about the mine ventilation.  Our electronic newsletter (POWUr, for Saskatoon’s Potash, Oil, Wheat and Uranium industries) was switched back to PDF form and our member-at-large started working on reviving the website.

September 8, 2009

Parktown Hotel

Rob Dumont

“On the Road to Net-Zero Energy Housing”

October 13, 2009

Parktown Hotel

Stanley Mumma, ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer,

speaking on DOAS (Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems)

November 17, 2009 (Tuesday)

Parktown Hotel

Panel Discussion on HVAC

1ST Membership Promotion Night, Student Night

December 8, 2009

Modern Billards

Past President’s Night

Social Function: Pool Tournament and Pizza

January 11, 2010 (Monday)

Parktown Hotel

ASHRAE President Gordon Holness

Sustaining Our Future by Rebuilding Our Past

February 9, 2010

Parktown Hotel

Travis Harbicht, Cameco McArthur River Mine

“Artificial Ground Freezing and Ventilation at McArthur River Mine”

2nd Membership Promotion Night, Student Night

March 9, 2010

Parktown Hotel

Julian de Bullet, ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer

    “Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems”

April 13, 2010

Parktown Hotel

Dave Farion, Chief Engineer

Tour of the U of S Central Heating & Cooling Plant


Jun 11, 2010

Moon Lake

Annual ASHRAE Saskatoon Golf Tournament

Social Activities:  In December, the Saskatoon chapter had its annual Past Presidents’ Pool Tournament social event.  Some years, we had both a local curling bonspiel for fun and participated in the grand John Ross Curling Tournament, but this year we had neither.  (The John Ross is a curling tournament for the ASHRAE chapters in the prairies, namely Manitoba (Winnipeg), Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, and Edmonton.)  We have our annual golf tournament scheduled for June 11, 2010. 

Financials:  Unlike last year, our investments did not lose money and added a bit to the chapter’s funds.  We raised some money for ASHRAE Research Canada via 50/50 ticket draws and a golf club donation.

PAOE:  This year, the Saskatoon chapter actively pursued PAOE (President’s Award Of Excellence) Points.  So far, we have enough points to earn the PAOE designation for our chapter and have not quite made the STAR level.

Board of Governors:  We had a fairly young board of governors, with seven board members being YEA (Young Engineers in ASHRAE) members.  We switched our meeting times from a week or two before the meeting to the hour and a half before the regular meeting, gathering at the Park Town Hotel (which hosted our regular supper meetings / technical presentations).

2009-2010 ASHRAE Saskatoon Chapter Board of Governors
President:  Chris Conley
Vice-President / Programs Chair:  Jonathan Bushman
Treasurer / CTTC Chair:  Andrew Thomson
Secretary:  Chris Watt
Research Promotion Chair:  Ryan MacGillivray
Membership Promotion Chair:  Colin Hilderman
Student Activities Chair:  Jonathan French
Refrigeration Chair:  Manfred Gerber
Historian:  Jack Scott
Webpage / Newsletter Editor:  Jeff Frie
Member-At-Large:  Mike Nemeth

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