July 7, 2020

Kaufman named 73rd chair of CIPH

With its plans to hold its annual business conference in Mont Tremblant, Que., disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating turned to the web on June 16 to host its first ever virtual annual general meeting. The new chair of the organization, Gail Kaufman of Wolseley Canada, remarked that the organization usually expects about 300 attendees to its ABC and AGM, which is comparable to the 290 sites that registered for the virtual AGM. “To have almost as many attending today, in light of the circumstances, is impressive,” she said.

The theme for the planned conference was to be “Shift,” which seemed appropriate, given the changes that many businesses have had to figure out to continue to serve their customers, said Kaufman, the 73rd chair of the institute. “I think about how fortunate we are to work in businesses that have been deemed essential,” she said. “How we deliver our services has had to change, and that may have impact going forward… It is a time to shift; to shift past the current challenges.”

The 2021 annual business conference and AGM is scheduled for June 27-19 at The Algonquin Resort in St. Andrews, NB.


CIPHEX West Show Postponed

The Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) has announced that the CIPHEX West trade show, originally scheduled for November of this year, will be postponed until November of 2021.

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Wolseley Canada shifts its organizational structure

Wolseley Canada has announced they are aligning their Plumbing and HVAC, AMRE Supply and Industrial businesses, by shifting the organizational structure from three operating regions to two.

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Navien wins 2020 Energy Star award

Boiler and water heater manufacturer Navien was recently presented with the 2020 Energy Star Canada Award as Manufacturer of the Year in the HVAC segment.

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HRAI Annual Conference in August cancelled for 2020

HRAI has cancelled its 2020 annual conference, scheduled to take place in August, and will hold its annual general meeting in a virtual setting (date to be determined). Annual meetings for the divisions are expected to be held in September.

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Hughes recognized for hydronic commitment

Outgoing chair Dave Hughes was recognized with the CHC Award of Merit during the Canadian Hydronics Council’s virtual annual general meeting on June 23.

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ISH pushes forward with show in 2021

On June 16, 2020, the ISH Advisory Council met to discuss the plumbing and heating sector, and the future of the 2021 ISH show, opting to press forward for the upcoming 2021 event, set for March 22 to 26 in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Parting Shot: The Room Temperature Room

Call it a comebackWith the summer officially upon us, and June temperatures having already caused heat waves in several regions in Canada, there’s comfort in knowing that our air conditioners are there to keep us, well, comfortable. And who knew that it takes a secret society to keep customers from knowing more than they should about those mysterious boxes that sit outside their homes – okay, some of you knew, but you’re not supposed to say that you know, if you know what we mean… wink, wink. Of course, now that some of the secrets of refrigeration have been leaked, or dare we say, revealed (nobody wants to hear about a refrigerant leak, after all) we can let John Goodman fill you in about true comfort and, “The Room Temperature Room.” But let’s just keep this between us, okay?


November 18-19, 2020

Moncton, N.B.

November 3-4, 2021


Vancouver, B.C.

March 23-25, 2022

Toronto, Ont.


Cover Story:
Sebastian Clovis: A professional approach to renovations

A love and appreciation for the construction trades started early for former Canadian Football League defensive back Sebastian Clovis. Speaking to him in his hometown of Toronto, he fondly remembers building things with his dad’s tools, and wondering about the future buildings that were going up behind the construction hoarding around the city. ...

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