Parliamentary Reception brought Government & Members Together to Network

HRAI members were in Ottawa from September 18th to 20th for the Annual General Meeting, with this year’s theme being HVACR Climate Change Story: Technology, Transition and Talent.

As part of the AGM, HRAI organized a reception on Parliament Hill on September 19th. The reception welcomed over 200 attendees from the industry and Parliament Hill to mingle and discuss the role that the HVACR industry can play in supporting the governments climate change objectives.

The reception took place in Room 100, Sir John A. MacDonald Building, which is a former Bank of Montreal branch location. The room has high vaulted ceilings and is used by Parliament to host special dignitaries and others.

Member of Parliament Francesco Sorbara, from Vaughan-Woodbridge, sponsored the reception which allowed HRAI members to access the room. Seven other Members of Parliament from across Canada also attended, including:

  • Marilyn Gladu, Sarnia – Lambton, Ontario
  • Arnold Viersen, Peace River – Westlock, Alberta
  • Jeremy Patzer, Cypress Hills – Grasslands, Saskatchewan
  • Glen Motz, Medicine Hat – Cardston – Warner, Alberta
  • Larry Maguire, Bradon – Souris, Manitoba
  • Garnett Genuis, Sherwood Park – Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
  • Ted Falk, Provencher, Manitoba
  • Office of Blake Richards, Banff – Airdrie, Alberta
  • Office of Raqual Dancho, Kildonan – St. Paul, Manitoba

Finally, the reception also served as an end to the promotion campaign for HRAI’s Climate Action Statement. The statement was first launched on Parliament Hill by Chair Scott McDonald on May 31st during a day of meetings with key government officials. The statement has put HRAI at the forefront of supporting the governments climate change objectives, especially as it relates to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the built environment. The message delivered to Parliament is that the HVACR industry stands ready to grow Canada’s economy and address climate change. The challenges of moving Canada towards a low carbon economy are not insurmountable if the HVACR industry and government partners at all levels work together towards implementing solutions. 

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