HRAI Rocks Parliament Hill

On April 25th and 26th, a team of a dozen HRAI volunteers joined CEO Sandy MacLeod and Vice President of Government and Stakeholder Relations Martin Luymes on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.  The group met with Members of Parliament to discuss key policy issues of interest to members.  This year, HRAI was joined by a delegation from ASHRAE that included 10 volunteers. 

Mostly intent on building awareness, the team engaged with 14 different MPs from three political parties to share a basic message: the HVACR industry must be given the freedom to lead the way on actions to reduce carbon emissions in homes and buildings across Canada, with appropriate supports from government.  That means support for workforce development to facilitate the transition to new technologies, but also insisting that industry has a seat at the table much earlier in the process of program and policy development. The group also discussed support for Indoor Air Quality, trades training and domestic manufacturing of low carbon HVACR technologies. 

In addition to MPs, the HRAI/ASHRAE team met with senior staff at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Environment and Climate Change Canada and the National Research Council (NRC) Canadian Council on Indoor Air Quality (CCIAQ) and building code development teams. 

HRAI thanks the following dedicated volunteers for their commitment to this initiative:  

  • Angela Becker, Wolseley Canada 

  • Jim Bolger, Waterloo Energy Products,  

  • Rachel Hilling, Carrier Enterprise, 

  • Victor Hyman, ClimateCare Cooperative, 

  • Sarah Margolius, Panasonic Canada 

  • Jim McAughey, Standard Mechanical 

  • Dermot McMorrow, Mitsubishi Electric Sales Canada  

  • Peter Messenger, A1 Air Conditioning & Heating 

  • Joanna Woo, EMCO HVAC 

For more information, contact Martin Luymes at 1-800-267-2231 ext. 235 or email   

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