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Chapter President's Message

  • Welcome Back 2017-2018
    Hello All and Welcome Back!

    I hope everyone had a wonderful summer. Now we are getting back into the swing of things with a brand new board of governers and some exciting events scheduled.  I am very excited that we have some new volunteers on the board and hope that they can bring some great new ideas for the year.  I'd also like to take to opportuity to thank those that have volunteered for the board.  Their time and effort is always appreciated.  That being said, we still have one position on the board open (CTTC) for anyone else who may be interested in becoming a board member, and if anyone is interested in joining as a member at large to become more familiar with the processes, they are welcome to join at the board level.

    Our first meeting is on September 12th and will include a tour of Sasktel's new data centre.  I hope to see everyone there!


    Christine Rogers
    ASHRAE President
    Posted Aug 29, 2017, 3:59 PM by ASHRAE Saskatoon President
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Chapter Programs

Upcoming Speakers and Tours

  • October Meeting

    On Tuesday, Oct 10th, we will be having our ASHRAE Meeting at the Park Town Hotel.  Cocktails will begin at 5:30, dinner to follow at 6:00, and the meeting and presentation will begin at 7:00.  This month, we will be having a presentation from Erich Binder on the ASHRAE Cold-Climate Design Guide.  Please RSVP as soon as possible.




    Arron Andrusiak

    ASHRAE Saskatoon Vice President

    Posted Oct 10, 2017, 7:15 AM by ASHRAE Saskatoon Vice President
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Chapter Technology Transfer Committee (Training Courses)
  • October 14th, 2014

    ·        2014 HVAC Design Training

    o   Level 1 Training Dates: Nov. 3-5, 2014 (Atlanta, GA)

    o   Level II Training Dates: Nov 6-7, 2014 (Atlanta, GA)

    Fee Covers: Course admittance, course materials, publications, break refreshments, lunches, and reception.

    Company Discount Fee: Enroll 3 or more participants from the same company at the same time and save

    Sponsored Webinars

    o   Selecting the Right Air Handling Approach for Data Centers-Presented live October 22, 2014 at 2 p.m. EDT


    Society Conference:

    o   October 2-3, 2014, ASHRAE, International Conference on Efficient Building Design: Materials and HVAC Equipment Technologies, Beirut, Lebanon.

    o   January 24-28, 2015, ASHRAE Winter meeting / AHR Show, Chicago, IL.

    o   May 22-24, 2015, 2015 International Conference on Energy and Environment in Ships, Athens, Greece.

    o   June 27-July 1, 2015, ASHRAE Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

    o   January 23-27, 2016, ASHRAE Winter meeting / AHR Show, Orlando, FL.

    o   June 25-29, 2016, ASHRAE Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO.

    o   January 30 - Feb. 1, 2017 ASHRAE Winter meeting / AHR Show, Las Vegas, NV

    o   January 22-24, 2018, ASHRAE Winter meeting / AHR Show, Chicago, IL.

       Arun Ahir
       Ashrae Saskatoon

    Posted Nov 12, 2014, 8:58 AM by ASHRAE Saskatoon
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Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA)

  • YEA
    Hi Everyone,

    the registrations for the 2015 Spring Leadership Weekend are now open! This year's event will be held in San Diego from March 27 - 29, 2015. the ASHRAE Saskatoon Chapter will be providing funding for the flights, accomodations and registration fees for the event for one lucky individual. There will be a form sent out for those who are interested to attend. The chapter's YEA committee will then decide which applicant will be sent based upon the answers provided in the form. For more information about this event, see the link below.


    P.S. as the lucky recipient of this opportunity for the previous year, let me mention that it is definitely worth all the effort!

    Pierre-André Ranger
    ASHRAE Saskatoon YEA Chair
    Posted Dec 9, 2014, 2:33 PM by ASHRAE Saskatoon YEA
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Student Activities

  • Adam Van Rees - 2015 Scholarship Winner
    2015 ASHRAE Winter Conference

    First off, I would like to thank the ASHRAE Saskatoon Chapter for allowing me the opportunity to take part in this year’s Annual Winter Conference in Chicago, Illinois. It was a fantastic experience and I am grateful to have been able to partake in it. 

    The programming for the entire conference was great, from the opening keynote address by Aron Ralston, to the AHR Expo at the McCormick Center. I also enjoyed the programming they organized for the students attending the conference. They provided multiple opportunities to network with others as well as a list of sessions that would be best suited for our skill set. I attended as many seminars as possible but only found a few that were at my level of understanding based on my educational background and experience. My favorite seminar was about indoor air quality. The speaker addressed how to prevent IAQ issues during the design process and how to identify problems that exist in previously existing buildings. 

    I also had the chance to partake in two technical tours. First, was the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. We were told that it was one of the world’s greenest children’s hospitals so I appreciated being able to tour around and see the inner workings of the systems and mechanical rooms. The other tour I went on was of Walgreen’s Net-Zero store. This store is on track to produce more energy than it consumes by using efficient lighting, solar panels, and wind turbines out in the parking lot. The thing I found to be most valuable from these tours was how important communication is during the design stages. Most notably the communication involved with the architects; they and engineers need to come together in order to make buildings that are actually feasible. 

    I think my favorite thing was attending AHR Expo. I enjoyed walking around to the different exhibitors and talking with different presenters. I was able to network with several different companies. I was amazed with the mere number of presenters and how many companies are involved in the HVAC industry. 

    Overall, this was a wonderful experience. I learned a lot and met a lot of great people. I would advise anyone else interested in HVAC to attend in this conference in the future. 

    Posted May 26, 2015, 12:38 PM by ASHRAE Saskatoon
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Grassroots Advocacy

  • November update

    Grassroots Government Advocacy

    2016 - 2017 ASHRAE Saskatoon Grassroots Government Advocacy Chair - Ryan MacGillivray


    The role of the GGAC is to help with local advocacy efforts to promote ASHRAE to the government, including the adoption of ASHRAE standards.  Hopefully you are aware that we had a civic election recently.  Part of my goal is to be in touch with the city councillors to promote ASHRAE.  Let me know if you know any of the officials.


    On a national level, ASHRAE Montreal and ASHRAE Quebec are in the process of translating the ASHRAE BEQ into French.  This should help with getting BEQ more recognized across Canada.

    For Energy Efficiency, AHSRAE Standard 90.1-2016 was recently published.


    The 2015 National Construction Codes are now open for public review.  This is your chance to make comments on the proposed revisions for the next round of codes.  Current public review is for the National Plumbing Code, and the National Energy Code. http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/ci-ic/article/v20n2-1



    Thank you.  If you have any questions on the above, please let me know.  I hope to see you at the meeting.


    Ryan MacGillivray

    ASHRAE Saskatoon

    Grassroots Government Advocacy Chair

    Posted Nov 4, 2016, 2:00 PM by ASHRAE Saskatoon Membership
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Membership Promotion

  • October 2017 update
    2017-18 Membership Promotion Chair - Ryan MacGillivray, P. Eng., Member ASHRAE

    Hello, and welcome back to another ASHRAE Year!  Attendance at our September meeting included:
    Chris Kehrig (NuTrend), Scott Fraser (Johnson Controls), Arron Andrusiak (HVAC Sales), Ryan Johnson (MacPherson Engineering), Stefan Belev (HVAC Sales), Odhner Ong (Arrow Engineering), Scott Coulson (BPL Sales), Gabriel Benoit (Johnson Controls), Christine Rogers (Cypress Sales), Kirk Nagus (Axiom Industries), Conor Kerslake (Trane), Ryan MacGilivray (Daniels-Wingerak Engineering), Ahmed Abdel-Salam (Nortek Air Solutions), Jonathan Bushman (Valerin Technologies), Ian Slinger (Axiom Industries), Matt Wingerak (Daniels-Wingerak Engineering), Carey Simonson (University of Saskatchewan).

    I would like to welcome the following people who have joined ASHRAE since January:
    • Matt Dunlap - EH Price
    • Ryan Johnson - MacPherson Engineering
    • Jason Lopinski - ENGCOMP
    • Jeremy Gaudet - Stantec
    • Curtis Warren - Johnson Controls
    • Scott Fraser - Johnson Controls
    • Hui Quig Guo - University of Saskatchewan
    • Conor Kerslake - Trane
    • Jordan Hittel - Spirax Sarco

    If you know these new members, please invite them to come out to our meetings, and introduce them to everyone else.  If you meet them, please make them feel welcome at our meetings.

    We have a lot of Associate members who can be upgraded to Member.  If you are a P. Eng., or have 12 years of HVAC experience, you likely qualify for the member upgrade.  Please update your on-line bio with all of your education, professional designations, and work experience.  I will be contacting members who are eligible soon, or contact me if you think you qualify or need help.

    I will be preparing a printed ASHRAE Saskatoon roster again this year.  Please confirm if your on-line information is correct, or let me know what you do not want published as part of the roster.  We are looking for roster sponsors as well, see the meal plan invoice.

    Please let me know of additional benefits you may be looking for from ASHRAE or ASHRAE Saskatoon.  We are here to serve you, the member.  Thanks and I hope to see you soon.

    Ryan MacGillivray, P. Eng. Member ASHRAE
    Membership Promotion Chair
    Posted Oct 6, 2017, 2:40 PM by ASHRAE Saskatoon Membership
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Research Promotion

  • 2016-2017 RP Campaign
    Hello everyone!

    This years Research Promotion campaign is underway!  We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their past donations and invite them to continue their support this year.  We will be contacting all our past donors within the next few weeks and hope to reach our goal of $12,100.  

    Your donations will go towards funding research in the HVAC/R industry at various educational institutions and companies throughout the country or internationally. 

    When you donate to ASHRAE Research Canada, 100% of your contribution will go towards research within the country. Your contributions will not be used for payrolls, overhead or other miscellaneous cost that a research facility may incur.  All of your contributions go towards things like lab equipment and materials, testing, certifications etc... 

    There are many exciting research projects underway this year which someday may lead to revisions to,  or new ASHRAE standards and new technologies.  Please feel free to visit the ASHRAE RP website for more information.

    Thanks again, and don't forget to donate!

    Jesse Friggstad
    ASHRAE Saskatoon RP Chair

    Posted Mar 7, 2017, 8:29 AM by ASHRAE Saskatoon Research
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See Research Promotion for complete list of donors, YTD.


  • Jonathan Bushman
    For our May 9 regular meeting, our presentation will be by Dan Int-Hout, an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer.  I think the ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer program can be very useful because ASHRAE at a society (international) level pays for the Distinguished Lecturer's travel costs.  This means that remote ASHRAE chapters can still have a chance to have great speakers without having to deal with enormous travel costs.

    It has been fun serving the ASHRAE Saskatoon chapter as chapter historian.  I plan to bring some of our chapter's history materials along to the May 9 meeting.  See you there.

    - Jonathan Bushman
    Posted May 1, 2017, 12:17 PM by ASHRAE Saskatoon History
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2009 Photos

Energy Answers

Monthly Column on Energy Efficiency
  • Rob Dumont In a previous column I put down some Directives for a Decent, Energy Efficient Home. The Directives are meant for cold climate houses and other dwellings in Canada, the northern United States and other high latitude environments. Some of the directives would not be appropriate for warm or tropical climates.  The issue of designing appropriate housing is an age-old issue. Socrates , who lived from 470 to 399 B.C. at a time when there was a shortage of firewood in Greece, is quoted as follows by Xenophon,” … his dictum about houses… was a lesson in the art of building houses as they ought to be. Now in houses with a south aspect, the sun’s rays penetrate into the ...
    Posted Apr 14, 2014, 10:17 AM by ASHRAE Saskatoon
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Please reply no later than noon the Friday before the meeting if you plan to attend it.
Arron Andrusiak 

Meeting Info.
 5:30 - 6:00  Networking
 6:00 - 6:45  Supper
 6:45 - 7:00  Meeting
 7:00 - 8:30  Guest Speaker

The ASHRAE Saskatoon meetings are typically held at the Park Town Hotel on the second Tuesday of the month. Though meetings may be held elsewhere, be sure to check the current newsletter.

Please RSVP beforehand.

Meal costs are:
Student - $5 (always)
Member - $35/meal
Non-member - $40/meal
($10 on membership promotion nights)
Full Year - $230

The Park Town Hotel is located at 924 Spadina Crescent East, at the corner of Spadina and 25th Street, right by the University Bridge. 

Parking is available in the hotel main lot and the first 2 levels of the parkade. This lot is now a paid lot.

Park Town Hotel

Bulletin Board
To read the full post please click the post's title.
  • Building Enclosures for High Performance Buildings Course - Saskatoon Key to achieving Net-Zero Energy or Passive House: High Performance Building Envelopes course, Feb 18 in Saskatoon!Registration:http://passivehousecanada.silkstart.com/events/building-enclosures-for-high-performance-buildings ...
    Posted Jan 20, 2017, 5:10 PM by ASHRAE Saskatoon
  • Rob Dumont Energy Management Awards https://www.picatic.com/rdema2Recognizing the achievements of building pioneer Dr. Rob Dumont by celebrating superlative effort in progressing energy efficiency.Wednesday October 5 2016 5:30 PMWestern ...
    Posted Sep 6, 2016, 8:30 AM by ASHRAE Saskatoon
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Roster Sponsors
  • Air-Tech Mgt. Ltd.
  • Axiom Industries
  • BPL Sales Ltd.
  • Daniels Wingerak Engineering Ltd.
  • Graham Industrial
  • Johnson Controls
  • Key West Engineering Ltd.
  • March Consulting
  • Polar Refrigeration

Meeting Minutes
Please find all meeting minutes here.