HRAI Wins Association Excellence Award


At last week’s Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE), the national association for associations, HRAI was awarded a CSAE Award of Merit for its government relations campaign named Supporting Government Climate Change Objectives through HVACR Innovation. The award honours outstanding achievement in association leadership, structure and governance; and/or the planning and execution of internal, external and integrated programs that serve association members and/or engage external stakeholders and volunteers.

This award recognized the efforts of HRAI over the past year and a half in advocating to the federal government to introduce support for Canadians looking to adopt energy efficient equipment. Through HRAI’s advocacy campaign, the Government of Canada introduced the Canada Greener Homes Initiative which offers homeowners between $125 and $5,000 for eligible home retrofits.  As with any new government program, however, Greener Homes had its challenges and HRAI has worked tirelessly with NRCan to make the program more workable for industry participants.

In light of the need for the government to better understand how the HVACR sector can support its climate change objectives, and work with the sector on creating programs, HRAI has brought together the entire industry to launch a Climate Change Statement. This statement was launched publicly on May 31st, 2022 through a press conference on Parliament Hill. Following this, HRAI actively promoted the statement through social media.

All of these efforts culminated in HRAI’s Annual General Meeting, which took place in September. On September 19th, HRAI organized a parliamentary reception where dozens of Members of Parliament attended to network with HVACR leaders and learn more about HRAI’s climate change pledge.

HRAI’s initial success with Greener Homes, and continued work on working with the government through the climate change statement is what earned the association a CSAE Award of Distinction.

There is much more to be done in this area and HRAI looks forward to continuing to work with government to secure even greater success for the HVACR sector.

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

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