Schedule-at-a-Glance (subject to change)

Sunday, August 25, 2019

2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Registration Desk Open

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • HRAI 2018/2019 Year in Review - Chair of HRAI, Dave Weishuhn, brings the membership up to speed on HRAI's initiatives and future plans.
  • HRAI's Annual Report - a must see report for all members learn how how your membership dollars help the industry.
  • Huw Williams of Impact Public Affairs will take us through current the Canadian political climate & major issues that the government is currently facing that may affect the HVACR industry and your business.

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Networking Event #1 - Kick Off Welcome Reception 
This is where the entire HRAI member supply chain can reconnect or connect for the first time over food and drinks.

Monday, August 26, 2019

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Networking Event #2 - Opening Breakfast with VIP and Past Chair recognition.
After a night filled with food, drink and comradery, take Networking Event #2 as a cue to continue the conversation with colleagues and delegates.

8:30 am - 9:30 am

Keynote:  Dane Jensen - Staying Resilient Under Pressure

Concurrent Sessions

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Have you though about succession planning?  Is your business in a position to be lucrative when you decide to sell?  This is a must see session for Contractors looking Business Succession Planning with Wayne VanWyck.

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Are you looking to grow your business with your Contractor customers? What is the best way to captivate this audience and stay in thier space? You don't want want to miss this session with Shelley Middlebrook of Fifth Story, Connecting with Contractors to Grow Your Business on a Digital Marketing Scale.

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Scott Pustai of Total Transportation will have you in awe over what it takes to lift an A/C unit to fit on a 20 storey building.  His logistical success stories that will get you thinking about preparing youreselves and your clients when moving large equipment.  Have You Hugged Your Logistics Provider Lately? What you need to think about when it comes to large scale HVACR install logistics. 

10:45 am - 11:45 am

This session, Energizing the HVACR Commercial Market, will include a panel of speakers from ECCC, IESO and Enbridge. How can the commercial HVACR market be energized through energy efficiency and low-carbon solutions?  Bring your questions and comments and get engaged during this session.

10:45 am - 11:45 am

There are many scams out there targeting consumers, but do you have a system in place to protect your business from sales scams. How to Protect Yourself and Your Business from Sales Scams?  Lorne Lipkus will take the audience through a check list of how to protect HVACR company from these scrupulous sale tactics.  

10:45 am - 11:45 am

Refrigerant Management Canada Annual General Meeting with a special presentation on: Ready for the New Refrigerant Landscape? Learn what is on the horizon to enable the safe and reliable use of mildly flammable refrigerants, a concern that needs to be addressed by the entire supply chain.

11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Networking Event #3  - Lunch, Presentation from AHRI, Steve Yurek

Concurrent Sessions

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Telex to Text, from Rotary to Smart-Phone - Online Marketing Explained by a Millennial 
The best of both worlds is combined here in this session to learn how digital marketing is here to stay and how Contractors and their business can benefit from it. 

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Integrating hydronics with indoor environmental quality 
Max Rohr will explore the ways to address indoor environmental quality hydronic heating/cooling and forced-air hybrid systems. Plus, get a fix on the future of IoT control systems that can help orchestrate and manage healthy indoor environments.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Expressing the True Value of Energy Projects Using Your Customers' Own Yardsticks  
Mark Jewel will take session goers through a wealth of empirical evidence connecting the dots between intelligently specified building systems and highly desirable business outcomes that extend far beyond lower utility bills.

2:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Networking Event # 4 - Contractors Division AGM 
Learn what the HRAI Contractors division has been up to and take some time to discuss your membership needs and wants.

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Networking Event # 5 -  Manufacturers Division AGM 
Learn what the HRAI Manufacturer's division has been up to this year.  Learn how you can be more involved with HRAI.

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Networking event # 6 - Wholesalers Division AGM
Learn what the HRAI Wholesalers division has been up to and take some time to discuss your membership needs and wants. 

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Networking event # 7 - Chairs' Reception and Cocktail Hour
In this Business Attire (formal optional) setting - join HRAI Staff, Board, and your membership colleagues at this event while enjoying a few drinks on the house before the main event.

6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Networking event # 8  - Chairs' Banquet & Entertainment
With the passing of the gavel from the past chair to the incoming chair of HRAI, members will be at ease with colleauges over this 4 course plated meal. A lucky recipient will be awarded the Life Member Achievement award and the Warren Heeley Environmental Award and the night will be topped off with a Beach Boys tribute band. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Networking event # 9 - Breakfast & Sponsorship, President, RMC and Merit Award

9:00 am - 9:45 am

Keynote:  Malini Giridhar, Enbridge
New Direction/Leadership  - This session will address Enbridge’s strategies in the short and medium term to continue to provide customers with affordable energy and lower GHG emissions.

9:45 am - 10:45 am

The Argument for Geothermal Installations in Commercial Buildings
Even in the absence of financial supports from government, geothermal heat pump systems are gaining viability and acceptance in the commercial marketplace.  In addition to lowering energy bills and dramatically reducing carbon emissions, these systems are delivering attractive financial returns for forward-thinking developers.  This session will address how innovative forms of financing and progressive building standards are helping to drive demand for these low-carbon solutions.

9:45 am - 10:45 am

HRAI’s New Ventilation Course Heralds New Approach to Training 
Join Tom Cates, long time instructor at HRAI,  as he brings contractors up to speed on the newly designed, as well as more flexible, mechanical ventilation courses launching this fall.

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Networking event # 10  - Jackson Triggs Winery Tour & Lunch 
All conference delegates will have the opportunity to visit Jackson Triggs Niagara Estate Winery.  The custom tour will include behind the scenes access to the state-of-the-art production facility, including the refrigeration and chilling system, as well as seeing the humidity controlled environment in the underground barrel cellar. While at the winery, there will be an informal lunch featuring food stations, a glass of red or white wine and a sampling of Icewine and lots of time to network.