Your Board Members


Kyle Shummoogum, President   I have the pleasure of being your President this incoming campaign year!  Born and raised Calgarian, I graduate with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the U of C. After school I got my feet wet in design and inside sales at a local custom air handling manufacturing company.  After gaining my P. Eng. designation I moved to Johnson controls where I have been ever since 2013, as a Sales Engineer/Rep.  We have an awesome group serving on your BOG and hope to have some interesting dinner meetings and tours planned. We may even have a Christmas Event for the first time in a while (or ever?) Looking forward to it and to seeing you at all the events this year!

Kyle Shummoogum, President

I have the pleasure of being your President this incoming campaign year!

Born and raised Calgarian, I graduate with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the U of C. After school I got my feet wet in design and inside sales at a local custom air handling manufacturing company.

After gaining my P. Eng. designation I moved to Johnson controls where I have been ever since 2013, as a Sales Engineer/Rep.

We have an awesome group serving on your BOG and hope to have some interesting dinner meetings and tours planned. We may even have a Christmas Event for the first time in a while (or ever?) Looking forward to it and to seeing you at all the events this year!

David Lamarre, President-Elect   I was born and raised in a small town in Southern Saskatchewan, and moved to the Metropolis that is Edmonton (BOOO) to attend the U of A. I received a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in 2006 and started working for Haakon Industries Ltd. in Richmond, BC shortly thereafter. After roughly 6.5 years of designing custom air handlers, I moved to Calgary, and started working as a manufacturer’s representative in the HVAC industry. I joined the SAC ASHRAE BOG in 2015, and plan to make 2017/2018 a successful year.  We have a great crew on the board of SAC ASHRAE this year (as always!), and have some new and exciting activities planned out. Our budget is in line to make this year as successful as ever, and it will be sent out for review shortly.

David Lamarre, President-Elect

I was born and raised in a small town in Southern Saskatchewan, and moved to the Metropolis that is Edmonton (BOOO) to attend the U of A. I received a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in 2006 and started working for Haakon Industries Ltd. in Richmond, BC shortly thereafter. After roughly 6.5 years of designing custom air handlers, I moved to Calgary, and started working as a manufacturer’s representative in the HVAC industry. I joined the SAC ASHRAE BOG in 2015, and plan to make 2017/2018 a successful year.

We have a great crew on the board of SAC ASHRAE this year (as always!), and have some new and exciting activities planned out. Our budget is in line to make this year as successful as ever, and it will be sent out for review shortly.

Saron Zerai, Vice President   I grew up in Montreal and made my way to Calgary in 2012 (and yes I speak French too).  After completing my Bachelor’s in Building Engineering at Concordia University, I worked for a few years with BPA as an HVAC Junior Engineer. I have been an active member with ASHRAE since 2007 first as a student when I was encouraged to join by a professor in Quebec. Naturally, when I made the move to Calgary in 2012 I soon began attending the SAC ASHRAE events, and not too long after that, I joined the BOG as the YEA chair.  I’m excited to serve this year again in hopes of bringing our professional community together!

Saron Zerai, Vice President

I grew up in Montreal and made my way to Calgary in 2012 (and yes I speak French too).

After completing my Bachelor’s in Building Engineering at Concordia University, I worked for a few years with BPA as an HVAC Junior Engineer. I have been an active member with ASHRAE since 2007 first as a student when I was encouraged to join by a professor in Quebec. Naturally, when I made the move to Calgary in 2012 I soon began attending the SAC ASHRAE events, and not too long after that, I joined the BOG as the YEA chair.

I’m excited to serve this year again in hopes of bringing our professional community together!

 
Alexander Tansowny, Secretary and Treasurer   Alexander is currently a Building Performance Analyst at DIALOG. He leads the energy modelling, daylight analysis and thermal comfort analysis in the Calgary Studio. Alexander also plays a strategic role at the national level as a member of the Green Practice Roundtable and the leader of the National Mechanical Energy Modelling Team.  With over 5 years of involvement in ASHRAE, Alexander has moved into the Secretary and Treasurer roles. This year he will be overseeing the financial management of the Chapter including establishing the Chapter budget.

Alexander Tansowny, Secretary and Treasurer

Alexander is currently a Building Performance Analyst at DIALOG. He leads the energy modelling, daylight analysis and thermal comfort analysis in the Calgary Studio. Alexander also plays a strategic role at the national level as a member of the Green Practice Roundtable and the leader of the National Mechanical Energy Modelling Team.

With over 5 years of involvement in ASHRAE, Alexander has moved into the Secretary and Treasurer roles. This year he will be overseeing the financial management of the Chapter including establishing the Chapter budget.

Dana Heller, Past President   When I started in the HVAC business 10 years ago, the first piece of advice I got was to join ASHRAE. I started volunteering with the SAC board shortly after and it has been the best business decision I have made in my career. Being on the board has taught me valuable lessons in leadership and planning and I intend to continue being active on the SAC board for many years to come.

Dana Heller, Past President

When I started in the HVAC business 10 years ago, the first piece of advice I got was to join ASHRAE. I started volunteering with the SAC board shortly after and it has been the best business decision I have made in my career. Being on the board has taught me valuable lessons in leadership and planning and I intend to continue being active on the SAC board for many years to come.

Rick Westover, CTTC Chair   Shortly after graduating from Mechanical Engineering at the U of A, I moved to Calgary. Instead of following the oil and gas trend, I decided to enter the HVAC industry. I have been in the industry for nearly 6 years now and wouldn’t have it any other way, as I enjoy the challenge of creating innovative and energy efficient systems. I look forward to seeing everyone and being involved with ASHRAE this year.

Rick Westover, CTTC Chair

Shortly after graduating from Mechanical Engineering at the U of A, I moved to Calgary. Instead of following the oil and gas trend, I decided to enter the HVAC industry. I have been in the industry for nearly 6 years now and wouldn’t have it any other way, as I enjoy the challenge of creating innovative and energy efficient systems. I look forward to seeing everyone and being involved with ASHRAE this year.

 
Jack Sreekumar, Student Activities Chair   I have been an ASHRAE member for over 3 years and been involved with SAC ASHRAE in some capacity. Stepping into the Student Activities Chair role is a natural fit for myself after being involved with the U of C Student Activities for a few years now. I got started and continue to be involved with ASHRAE because it provides me a platform to have a measurable impact in young engineer’s careers.  Student Activities attracts young professionals to the HVAC & R Industry while providing them an opportunity to build on their technical, leadership and social skills.  Student Activities at SAC ASHRAE wouldn’t be what it is without the continued support from all the members and leaders. It is this opportunity to work with various other industry professional is the reason that I am excited about the upcoming year.

Jack Sreekumar, Student Activities Chair

I have been an ASHRAE member for over 3 years and been involved with SAC ASHRAE in some capacity. Stepping into the Student Activities Chair role is a natural fit for myself after being involved with the U of C Student Activities for a few years now. I got started and continue to be involved with ASHRAE because it provides me a platform to have a measurable impact in young engineer’s careers.

Student Activities attracts young professionals to the HVAC & R Industry while providing them an opportunity to build on their technical, leadership and social skills.

Student Activities at SAC ASHRAE wouldn’t be what it is without the continued support from all the members and leaders. It is this opportunity to work with various other industry professional is the reason that I am excited about the upcoming year.

Mike Couttreau, Young Engineers in ASHRAE Chair   I grew up in PEI and I received my bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick in 2013. I worked on the east coast for 2 years for a small energy consulting firm performing various tasks such as energy audits, engineering studies, and refrigeration designs. I moved to Calgary in 2015 and joined ASHRAE that same year. It has been an excellent way to get introduced into the market and community.  This is my second year being involved with YEA and on the BOG. I look forward to having another successful year with YEA and SAC of ASHRAE.

Mike Couttreau, Young Engineers in ASHRAE Chair

I grew up in PEI and I received my bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick in 2013. I worked on the east coast for 2 years for a small energy consulting firm performing various tasks such as energy audits, engineering studies, and refrigeration designs. I moved to Calgary in 2015 and joined ASHRAE that same year. It has been an excellent way to get introduced into the market and community.

This is my second year being involved with YEA and on the BOG. I look forward to having another successful year with YEA and SAC of ASHRAE.

Matthew Theriault, YEA Co-Chair   Young professional born and raised in Calgary with proven leadership and technical skills, I studied at both SAIT and the UofC, I currently work at TLJ engineering consultants. This is my first year as a co-chair on the board and I look forward to applying my skillset to provide as much value as possible. 2019 should be a great year for the young engineers in ASHRAE we plan to get students and industry professionals out of the typical office setting and provide them with activities and networking opportunities. Looking forward to seeing all the new and recurring faces of ASHRAE.

Matthew Theriault, YEA Co-Chair

Young professional born and raised in Calgary with proven leadership and technical skills, I studied at both SAIT and the UofC, I currently work at TLJ engineering consultants. This is my first year as a co-chair on the board and I look forward to applying my skillset to provide as much value as possible. 2019 should be a great year for the young engineers in ASHRAE we plan to get students and industry professionals out of the typical office setting and provide them with activities and networking opportunities. Looking forward to seeing all the new and recurring faces of ASHRAE.

 
Aleksei Myroniuk, Membership Promotion Chair   Aleksei Myroniuk is a Technical Sales Representative for Tundra Process Solutions with over 10 years of experience in the HVAC industry. Specializing in Hydronic Heating and Steam Systems, Aleksei has been working with Engineers, Contractors and Owner’s to optimize there HVAC needs. Aleksei is a Certified Engineering Technologist and a SAIT graduate in Mechanical Engineering Technology. He has been an ASHRAE member since 2010 and participated on the local chapter board for over 4 years as well as a participant in ASHRAE Cold Climate Design Guide.

Aleksei Myroniuk, Membership Promotion Chair

Aleksei Myroniuk is a Technical Sales Representative for Tundra Process Solutions with over 10 years of experience in the HVAC industry. Specializing in Hydronic Heating and Steam Systems, Aleksei has been working with Engineers, Contractors and Owner’s to optimize there HVAC needs. Aleksei is a Certified Engineering Technologist and a SAIT graduate in Mechanical Engineering Technology. He has been an ASHRAE member since 2010 and participated on the local chapter board for over 4 years as well as a participant in ASHRAE Cold Climate Design Guide.

Peter Litwinow, Historian   Hello. I’m Peter Litwinow hand have been the SAC historian since 2018, and will be the historian until 2023, the year the Liberals will no longer be in power. I was raised in Biggar Saskatchewan(go riders) and received a diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology from SAIT, Kelsey campus. I have been in the Building Automation industry since graduation, working with various companies across Canada and Overseas.  I have been an ASHRAE Student member, an affiliate, and am a current member. I was the SAC President in 2008, and held many Chapter chairs during my BOG tenure.  My first exposure to ASHRAE was during college when as student members, we were given the ASHRAE Fundamentals handbook as one of our working text books. What struck me was that an independent organization would not only have its own technical publications, but that those publications would also be used as learning curriculum. We used that text book more than any other, as it covered all basic engineering principles relating to HVAC. At that time, I did not realize the equally important role the organization would play in building my future career relationships. I count it as a privilege to now serve as the local Chapter Historian.

Peter Litwinow, Historian

Hello. I’m Peter Litwinow hand have been the SAC historian since 2018, and will be the historian until 2023, the year the Liberals will no longer be in power. I was raised in Biggar Saskatchewan(go riders) and received a diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology from SAIT, Kelsey campus. I have been in the Building Automation industry since graduation, working with various companies across Canada and Overseas.

I have been an ASHRAE Student member, an affiliate, and am a current member. I was the SAC President in 2008, and held many Chapter chairs during my BOG tenure.

My first exposure to ASHRAE was during college when as student members, we were given the ASHRAE Fundamentals handbook as one of our working text books. What struck me was that an independent organization would not only have its own technical publications, but that those publications would also be used as learning curriculum. We used that text book more than any other, as it covered all basic engineering principles relating to HVAC. At that time, I did not realize the equally important role the organization would play in building my future career relationships. I count it as a privilege to now serve as the local Chapter Historian.

Raymond Nattress, Sustainable Communities Chair   Born in Ontario and studied at St. Francis Xavier in Nova Scotia, before moving to Alberta in 2008 (like everybody else from the East). After spending 3 years in the Oil & Gas industry, in 2011 I pursued a career in the HVAC industry with Southampton-Trane. Similar to Dana, being new to the industry at that time, I was encouraged to join ASHRAE. After attending the SAC monthly meetings, I joined the SAC ASHRAE BOG in 2017, as the Research & Promotion Co-Chair and haven’t looked back. As this years Sustainable Communities Chair, I look forward to working with local suppliers, contractors, and ASHRAE members to support the next SAC community project.    We are also planning to take part in the annual volunteer program for ASHRAE “Global Giveback” which takes place in April 2020 – details to follow in early 2020.

Raymond Nattress, Sustainable Communities Chair

Born in Ontario and studied at St. Francis Xavier in Nova Scotia, before moving to Alberta in 2008 (like everybody else from the East). After spending 3 years in the Oil & Gas industry, in 2011 I pursued a career in the HVAC industry with Southampton-Trane. Similar to Dana, being new to the industry at that time, I was encouraged to join ASHRAE. After attending the SAC monthly meetings, I joined the SAC ASHRAE BOG in 2017, as the Research & Promotion Co-Chair and haven’t looked back. As this years Sustainable Communities Chair, I look forward to working with local suppliers, contractors, and ASHRAE members to support the next SAC community project.

We are also planning to take part in the annual volunteer program for ASHRAE “Global Giveback” which takes place in April 2020 – details to follow in early 2020.