Jonathan Bushman

posted Sep 7, 2010, 12:52 PM by ASHRAE Saskatoon   [ updated Sep 8, 2010, 3:54 PM by ASHRAE Saskatoon President ]
Hello everyone and welcome back!

I am excited to be back in another year of ASHRAE Saskatoon.  It looks like we have a good line-up of speakers.  Our first speaker is Professor David Torvi of the U of S.  (Okay, technically he is an assistant professor, but he is a good one.)  I had the joy of being in his Introduction to Fire Protection Engineering class and I remember one abbreviation from around the first class: HFOG, for House Full Of Gas.  David Torvi’s career has included experimental research that must have been a blast (think HFOG) and he is an excellent speaker.  I am honoured that we are kicking off our year with David Torvi’s presentation on innovative fire protection.

(I apologize to Rob Dumont for not giving him a similar glowing written introduction last year, but I did not know he would be speaking.  We had a speaker cancel and Rob valiantly stepped in to fill the gap.  Rob has done a lot of excellent work and I cheer for him as a hero of building energy efficiency.  We have a lot of good people, right here in Saskatoon, and we do not often get to hear about them.  If you know of another hero of heating, ventilation, and the like, then please let me know.)

We have a website!  Not only do we have a website, but I reckon it is pretty good and being updated fairly regularly.  Thanks goes to Mike Nemeth for getting it off the ground and current.  Check it out at

There might be some of you that are getting this email because you are taking mechanical classes at the University of Saskatchewan or at SIAST’s Kelsey campus and maybe you do not know much about ASHRAE Saskatoon.  We exist to share HVAC&R (Heating, Ventilating, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigerating) knowledge.  This is something you might want to get involved with as we usually have supper meetings on the second Tuesday of every month during the school year with a technical presentation on an HVAC&R topic, good food that is cheap for students, and a chance to meet potential employers and make contacts.  ASHRAE is the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers, with chapters all over the world, in Saskatoon, San Diego, Spain, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore, just to name a few.  This is a big organization, with a great deal of expertise to draw on.  ASHRAE has annual conferences to share that knowledge (and show off the latest HVAC&R products) and I have had the honour of attending two of our region’s conferences.  ASHRAE also has scholarships and research grants.  The Saskatoon chapter of ASHRAE gives two scholarships every year, one to the U of S and one to SIAST.  A grad student at the U of S just won a $10,000 grant-in-aid from ASHRAE this year.  I hope this tells you a little more about who we are, but if you have any questions, then please feel free to ask me.  It’s looking like a great year ahead.  Welcome aboard.

Jonathan Bushman
2010-11 ASHRAE Saskatoon Chapter President
(306) 651-6372 (work)
Correction: I was mistaken when I said David Torvi was only an assistant professor.  I have since been informed that he is a full professor, so I apologize for that mistake.