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Jonathan Bushman

posted May 6, 2015, 11:08 AM by ASHRAE Saskatoon History

Hello ASHRAE Saskatoon!

May is an exciting month for history for ASHRAE Saskatoon's 2014-2015 year.  The Chapters Regional Conference (or CRC) was held in Calgary from April 30 to May 2, 2015.  Saskatoon is hosting the next CRC in 2016, coinciding with our chapter being 50 years old.  I am excited about that.  We finally have the ASHRAE Saskatoon History Binder scanned to PDF and uploaded to our website.

ASHRAE Saskatoon is part of Region XI (eleven), which includes chapters in the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Britsh Columbia (B.C.) and three states: Washington, Oregon, and Alaska.  Having recently scanned the ASHRAE History Binder (which spans from our chapter's start in 1966 to the late 1980s), I learned that ASHRAE Saskatoon had an important role to play in the Region 11 as we hosted the CRC from May 23 to 26, 1979, in the ASHRAE year when Region 11 was formed.  Before Region 11 was formed, we were part of ASHRAE Region 2.  For more information on this CRC and the forming of Region 11, I should attach the two pages from our 1978 - 1979 year from the ASHRAE History Binder.

Region 2's website has a PDF with more information on their region's history (http://region2.ashraeregions.org/History/Reg2Timeline.pdf).  Since ASHRAE Saskatoon used to be a part of Region 2, I thought I would look into it.  Before I get into the predecessor society acronyms, I should probably spell out that when I started with ASHRAE, it was the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers, but now they are just going by ASHRAE.  The first Canadian chapter of ASHVE (ASHRAE's predecessor, with V standing for Ventilating) was the Ontario chapter (in Toronto) and was chartered on May 9, 1922.  June 26 to 28, 1929, saw the first Canadian location of ASHVE's semi-annual meeting, held in the Muskoka area of Ontario.  Manitoba was the second Canadian chapter, joining in 1935.  The Montreal chapter joined in 1936.  In 1952, ASHVE changed its name to ASHAE to emphasize air-conditioning.  ASHRAE was created in 1958 when ASHAE and ASHRE merged.  When the Saskatchewan chapter (now the Regina chapter) was formed in 1963, Region 2 included all the Canadian chapters except the B.C. chapter.  On Friday, March 25, 1966, Saskatoon become Region 2's eleventh ASHRAE chapter.  ASHRAE Research Canada (ARC) was formed on March 17, 1972, and incorporated under the Canada Corporations Act.  This was to allow Canadian contributions to ASHRAE research to be tax-deductible for businesses in Canada.  From May 23 to 26, 1979, the Saskatoon chapter held the last Canada-wide Region 2 CRC.  This brings us back to the information in the ASHRAE Saskatoon History Binder.

The May 2015 meeting is on the building envelope, which is of particular interest to me now as I am heling my father put new siding on my parents' house.  Knowledge of the building envelope is an important part of ASHRAE, with the 2013 ASHRAE Fundamentals Handbook having a multiple-chapter section on the building envelope.

Jonathan Bushman
ASHRAE Saskatoon Chapter
2014-2015 History Chair

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