A Productive and Prosperous 2019 to All

Another year is almost gone and a new one is about to start. Thank you to all the past presidents who braved the downtown core parking and came to Saltlik for a very nice dinner. See below Historian article for more. Our last meeting of the year in November was a very well attended lunch meeting back at the Danish Canadian Club. A big thank you to our speakers, Justin Pockar (City of Calgary) & Alexander Tansowny (Dialog), who were engaging and informative. Look for a lot more discussion and changes to come to the energy code very soon.

We have a lot planned for you in the new year. Our meeting in January will be a tour of the new Central Library, which has been getting a lot of attention since it opened on November 1st. We will also be doing a wine survivor fund raiser for ASHRAE research, so dust off those old bottles and bring a colleague. February and March meetings will both be handpicked ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturers and not to be missed. Trade show booths are going quickly for our April 23rd event, and you will soon be able to sign up for our first ever Women in ASHRAE wine tasting on April 4th. See the respective articles for more information.

As the year winds to a close and we think back on our successes and plan improvements for the future, I’d like to thank everyone who has been a part of making this chapter a vibrant and growing one. Here’s to a great 2019 for all!

Dana Heller

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Preparing for Past Presidents' night

Guided by the expertise and wit of Owen Zarazun, Regan Moffat and their teams, our first tour and meeting was a great success. We had over 70 people attend the tour of the SAIT library and Co-Gen facility and enjoy a cold brew at Wild Rose after.

We are busy planning for a lively Past Presidents’ night back at the Saltlik on October 16th. More details will be coming soon.

I have also seen e-mails already about the ASHRAE Winter conference in January. This year for the first time ever it will be in the city of ASHRAE’s headquarters; Atlanta, Georgia. I’m sure they will put on a great event, so if you haven’t made it to one yet, this is the year to do it. Maybe I will run into you on the floor of the AHR!

Dana Heller

SAC-ASHRAE President

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Welcome to the 2018-2019 ASHRAE year

Hello everyone, 

As this year's president, I would like to invite you all to our first meeting and tour of the year. We will be learning about the new MRU library and CHP plant with our guides Owen Zarazun, Director, Facility Operations at MRU and Regan Moffatt, P.Eng., Principal at Smith + Andersen.

Dinner, drinks and an introduction to your new board will follow at the Wild Rose Brewery. There is no cap on attendees for this tour, but please register by September 14th so we can plan appropriately. Please join us and find out what exciting things your fellow ASHRAE members have been doing all summer. 

The amazing volunteers in our chapter have planned a packed year, which will include a trade show and technical conference, local and guest lecturers, fun events and at least one more tour. Please contact us if you have ideas on how to make your chapter more valuable to you.

Dana Heller, 2018-2019 SAC ASHRAE President

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Thanks for a great year, everyone!

Our final ASHRAE meeting has occurred and we are left with only the Lobsterfest and Golf Tournament left this year! Meeting attendance has increased significantly from last year with an average of 75 purchased tickets per event, which is a strong figure when compared to area assigned members and is a good indication that we are doing something right as a board. I would urge people to contact us should they have any suggestions or requests for future meetings themes, venues, speakers, tours, etc.

Your incoming President for next year, Dana Heller, has already recruited a board that will continue the success of the Chapter; a few of the board will be attending the upcoming CRC in Victoria to receive training for the coming year and report on the successes of this year.

I would like to thank you all for continued support of the Chapter and ASHRAE Society and I look forward to mingling as your outgoing President in the Fall.

Many thanks,

Matt Parkes

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Happy 2018!

Happy New Year! 2018 is looking to be a solid ASHRAE year; we have our sold out BIM panel discussion being held on January 16 at The Winston’s and will follow this with DL talks in February and March before closing out the year with a New Central Library tour, Lobsterfest and the Golf Tournament. We will be sending notifications for the events through our new website, which seems to be working out nicely. If you have any comments or suggestions for future meetings then please don’t hesitate to contact me or one of your other board members. I look forward to seeing you all at our events this year, all the best, Matt Parkes.

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October President's Message

We kicked off the year with a great tour of the new CHP plant at the north expansion of Chinook Mall and used the restaurant below as a hub for the evening. Initial comments were that the tour and venue were well received by all and the sound of conversation throughout the night would certainly back that up. We sold 76 tickets for the event, which is one of our largest turnouts in recent years, so thank you to those who came out to show support for your local Chapter.

We hope to continue the trend for the remainder of the year with our 60th anniversary being celebrated at Telus Spark on October 19th, followed by a visit from one of Society’s Distinguished Lecturers in November before we break for the year.

Our 60th Anniversary wouldn’t have happened without the sponsorship we have received, so although there will be displays on the night and announcements, I would also like to extend the thanks here for those that have sponsored this event. I would also like to thank in advance Society Past President, Tim Wentz for making the trip out here to meet with the Chapter, its sponsors and our YEA group and also Russell Lavitt, our Region XI Members Council Representative.

If you have any comments or suggestions regarding our meetings or events, then please get in touch and your board will listen.

I’m looking forward to seeing you all throughout the year and am confident it will be a strong year given the board we have running this year.

Many thanks,

Matt Parkes

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September President's Message


On behalf of your SAC ASHRAE Board of Governors, we welcome you back to another ASHRAE year, one that promises to be full of incredible tours, inspiring lecturers and technical talks, tournaments, and once again, we'll introduce some fantastic new meeting venues.  Our year has only just begun and we have already lined up tours of a CHP plant and the New Central Library, released a new website and event signup system as well as organizing our 60th-anniversary party; your new board is excited to make this 60th year as a chapter really quite special.

We will introduce the new board at Septembers dinner meeting, but to get the ball rolling, here's our lineup for 2017-2018:

  • President - Matt Parkes
  • President Elect - Dana Heller
  • Vice President - Kyle Shummoogum
  • Secretary Treasurer - David Lamarre
  • Membership Promotion - Josh Johnson
  • Membership Promotion Co Chair - John Sabou
  • Research Promotion - David Pyle
  • Research Promotion Co Chair - Rick Westover
  • Sustainable Communities - Saron Zerai
  • CTTC - Kyle Troskot
  • CTTC Co Chair - Rhiannon Evison
  • YEA - Brian Roper
  • YEA Co Chair - Lauren Neves
  • Student Activities - Alexander Tansowny
  • Student Activities Co Chair - Jack Sreekumar
  • Historian  - Wayne Keenan
  • Chapter Administrator - Kathy Habke

I'm looking forward to seeing you all out at our monthly meetings, and as always, we are open to feedback and suggestions on how we could improve things, what you would like to hear for a tech talk or even just venue suggestions; see you all in September.

Matt Parkes

2017-2018 SAC ASHRAE President

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