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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