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Chapter President's Message

  • December 2017
    Hello All,

    As the calendar year comes to a close, I hope you have all had a wonderful and prosperous 2017.  Our Holiday/Past Presidents' party will be taking place Tuesday, December 12th, and it sounds like Arron has planned a very fun evening.  He will be posting all of the details (or I suppose you could axe him), but I know I am looking forward to it.  For those of you that are unable to attend, we all wish you a very Happy Holidays and all the best for the New Year!.

    Best Regards,

    Christine Rogers
    Ashrae Saskatoon President
    Posted Dec 4, 2017, 12:39 PM by ASHRAE Saskatoon President
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Chapter Programs

Upcoming Speakers and Tours

  • January Meeting

    Hello Everyone,


    On Tuesday, Jan 9th 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 Greg Reeves on Gas Detection Basics. 


    Greg Reeves is President of Arjay Engineering Ltd,  a Canadian manufacturer of process and environmental controls.  Arjay’s gas detection division has been involved with designing and applying gas detection systems to HVAC applications for over 35 years.


    This presentation will review the basics of gas detection as it applies to HVAC applications.  A quick review the various gas sensing technologies will provide an understanding to the pros and cons of various sensor styles and where they are best suited.   This will lead to a review of what gases should be targeted in specific applications and what regulations may apply.    A look at monitoring hardware and building interface will then complete the overall cycle from sensing the gas to alarm and ventilating it.


    Please RSVP by Friday Jan 5th.



    Arron Andrusiak

    ASHRAE Saskatoon Vice President

    Posted Jan 2, 2018, 6:50 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

  • January 2018 update

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


    Happy New Year!  Our next meeting is tonight, January 9th, 2018. Hope you can come!


    Our December meeting was our Past-President’s night, which was social time at TimberJaxe Throwing Sports.  The following people were there:  Matt Wingerak (Daniels Wingerak Enginereing Ltd), Devan Kincart (Daniels Wingerak Engineering Ltd.), Merv Buhl, Jordan Hittel (Spirax Sarco), Christine Rogers (Cypress Sales), Scott Coulson (BPL Sales), Trevor Bemis (Victaulic), Corey Dandurand (Victaulic), Steve Adams (Victaulic), Ryan MacGillivray (Daniels Wingerak Engineering Ltd.), Chris Kehrig (Nu-Trend Industries), Jayden Roharchuk (Nu-Trend Industries), Blake Erb (HVAC Sales), Jonathan Bushman (Valerin Technologies), Bill Dean (NRC), Reg Hofmann (Air-Tech Management), Odhner Ong (Arrow Engineering).


    I would also like to thank the people who attended our November, which had a past ASHRAE Society president Terry Townsend, from Tennessee, speaking on The ASHRAE Promise: A Sustainable Future, and the Regional Vice Chair for Membership Promotion, Greg Fluter, from Regina.  In addition, we had a great local turn-out, including: Matthew Wingerak (Daniels-Wingerak Engineering Ltd.), Md Shamim Ahamed (U of S), Obi Ugo-Okeke (U of S), Stefan Belev (HVAC Sales), Geraldine Sadia (City of Saskatoon / U of S), Dylan Markwart (Sask Polytech), Scott Fraser (JCI), Spencer Ollenberger (Vortec Mechanical Sales), Gabriel Benoit (JCI), Bradley Gifford (AECOM), Evan Corrigal (AECOM), Jesse Kostyniuk (AECOM), Brent Wolfater (AECOM), Matt Rohachuk (NuTrend Industries), Nolan Nernberg (Sask Polytech), Odhner Ong (Arrow Engineering), Blaine Knoblauch (City of Saskatoon), Jeremy Gaudet (Stantec), Ted Gaudet (Stantec), Dean Buchholz (City of Saskatoon), Reg Hofman (Air-Tech Management), Jonathan Bushman (Valerin Technologies), Pooya Narid (U of S), Scott Coulson (BPL Sales), Jordan Hittel (Spirax Sarco), George Tannous (Jump.ca), Kelly Winder (Integrated Designs Inc.), Ahmed Abdel-Salam (Nortek Air Solutions), Ian Slinger (Axiom Industries), Bob Cowan (Key West Engineering), Ryan MacGillivray (Daniels-Wingerak Engineering Ltd.), Brennan Savoie (Vortec Mechanical Sales), Bill Dean (NRC), Arron Andrusiak (HVAC Sales).


    Copies of the ASHRAE Saskatoon are still available for pick-up at our meeting.  Thanks go to Air-Tech Management, Cypress Sales Partnership, Daniels-Wingerak Engineering Ltd., and Engineered Air for supporting the roster this year.


    I would like to offer congratulations to the following people who have been upgraded to ASHRAE Member:  Rod Fehr (Engineered Air), Kevin Thurston (Thurston Engineering Services), Kelly Winder (Integrated Designs), Jonathan Bushman (Valerin Technologies), Colin Hilderman (HVAC Sales), Micheal Nemeth (Bright Buildings), Odhner Ong (Arrow Engineering), Melanie Fauchaoux (U of S), Brent Wolfater (AECOM), and Jesse Friggstad (Key West Engineering).  To qualify for the grade of Member, you need the equivalent of 12 years of ASHRAE related experience, including schooling and jobs.  If you think you qualify, let me know and we can look into it. 


    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 Sarc

    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.

    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 Jan 9, 2018, 1:21 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.