June 2, 2020

From paper drawing to hospital facility in two weeks!

Mechanical companies across Canada have needed to be extremely agile to adapt to the realities of operating in the current pandemic. Some companies have been called upon to go above and beyond to assist in supporting our vital hospital infrastructure. One example of this is the creation of Canada’s first modular Pandemic Response Unit at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington, Ont., which was created to manage the hospital’s current and future surges of COVID-19 patients. The 8,250-sq.-ft., 93-bed unit was built by construction firm BLT with HIDI Group and Modern Niagara overseeing the mechanical design and installation at the facility.

Read all about how this facility went from a hand-drawn design on paper to a fully functioning facility in only two weeks!

A huge thank you to HIDI Group, Modern Niagara and all the other mechanical contractors across the country that are braving the pandemic to ensure our well-being and that everyday lives remain as unchanged as possible.

Stay safe out there!


HRAI Annual Conference cancelled for 2020

Read the official notice from Sandy MacLeod, president and CEO of HRAI, here:

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Wolseley Canada announces partnership with GE Appliances

Wolseley Canada has announced a new partnership with GE Appliances, a Haier company. Wolseley now carries Haier ductless and heat pump products in Ontario ...

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RWC Canada names new Canadian director of business solutions

Reliance Worldwide Corporation Canada (RWC Canada) recently announced the addition of Martin Rego to the RWC family. Rego joined RWC as the Canadian director of business ...

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CIPH Young Executive Society names new Chair

Sandra Folleville of Viessmann Manufacturing Company has been named 2020-2022 Chair of the CIPH Young Executive Society. Folleville currently serves on the YES ...

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Canadian company wins PPI award

The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) announced the winners of its Projects and Members of the Year program during its annual meeting. A Project of the Year ...

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NRCan offering 25% subsidy

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has agreed to provide a subsidy to HRAI training course participants. This initiative enables HRAI to continue meeting the industry’s training needs ...

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Move Air Like a Bos

The FANBOS blankets a large area by constantly moving air to create an expansive comfort zone. Damp rated, this ceiling fan features six lightweight aluminum airfoils contoured for maximum air movement. During heating season, it can destratify uneven temperatures more than fifteen degrees from ceiling to floor, resulting in significant energy savings!

C-RHEX drivers offer speed and ease

Malco’s best-selling C-RHEX cleanable, reversible, magnetic hex drivers allow trade pros to quickly change between hex sizes and eliminate troublesome buildup of metal shavings in the hex tip with our unique and exclusive “Easy-Clean Magnet.” The tested torque of the reversible hex is equal to one-piece drivers.


High-efficiency commercial pump line

Combination boiler

Tankless Water Heater

Parting Shot: Call it a comeback

Call it a comebackAs the heat of the summer rolls in and people are itching to get outside, one old, mostly forgotten option for date night is popping back up across the country during the pandemic. The demand for drive-in movie theatres is making a comeback and they are starting to pop up across the country. In Vaudreuil, Que., one will be opening this summer at Campus de la Cité-des-Jeunes. With the cancellation of festivals and events this summer, a large parking lot with a beautiful waterfront view has become available. Where movie theatres were once a cheap way to escape the heat and enjoy some of the first publicly available air-conditioned comfort, it seems that the movies are once again stepping up to provide a much-needed escape during the pandemic. With limited options to get out of the house due to social distancing, places like drive-in movie theatres will likely be more appreciated than ever before.
Check out the news of the Vaudreuil drive-in theatre here.


September 11-16, 2020
2020 ASPE Convention
& Expo

New Orleans, La.

Revised Dates:

November 18-19, 2020

Moncton, N.B.

Revised Dates:

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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