February 8, 2021

ERA earmarks $55 million in emission reduction incentives

Emissions Reduction Alberta’s (ERA) new Energy Savings for Business program is awarding up to $55 million for cost-saving and emissions reducing projects. The program is focussed on providing funding opportunities to support small- and medium-scale industrial and commercial businesses. The goal is to help Alberta businesses reduce emissions, decrease operating costs, grow their operations and become more competitive, while creating skilled jobs and boosting economic recovery. 
Products eligible for incentives include: compressed air measures, process heating, geothermal, refrigeration, foodservice, HVAC, motors and drives, water heating, solar photovoltaic (PV), combined heat and power (CHP), lighting systems, and building envelope and windows.

The program is now open for application submissions and contractor registration. Up to $250,000 is available per project, and up to $500,000 per parent company.


Gryphon invests in Right Time Heating and Air Conditioning

Middle-market private equity firm Gryphon Investors has acquired Right Time Heating and Air Conditioning from Clairvest Group Inc., a Canadian private equity firm.

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MEET postponed to 2022

Organizers of the Mechanical Electrical Electronic Technology (MEET) Show have postponed the event to May 4-5, 2022 at the Moncton Coliseum Complex, returning it to its regular biennial cycle. The show was previously slated for May 6-7, 2020.

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Procurement Notice issued for green heat project

This project provides an opportunity for innovators to offer their developed solutions for retrofitting existing Canadian Armed Forces facilities with cleaner heating technology.

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Wilo breaks new ground in Wisconsin

Wilo USA LLC, a subsidiary of Wilo SE, held the official ground breaking for a 244,000 sq. ft. headquarters and production facility in Cedarburg, WI. The headquarters will house the combined operations of Wilo USA, Weil Pump, Scot Pump, and Wilo Machine Co.

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Virtual CIPH AGM to feature Chantal Hébert keynote

The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) board has voted to cancel the Annual Business Conference (ABC) slated for June 27-29, 2021 in St. Andrews, NB. The annual general meeting will now be held virtually on Tuesday, June 15 at 11:00 a.m. (EST) followed by a keynote session by Chantal Hébert, national affairs columnist with the Toronto Star .

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Anvil and Smith-Cooper International add ABZ and Quadrant
Valve brands

Anvil and Smith-Cooper International have acquired the ABZ and Quadrant Valve brands from parent company Forum Energy Technologies, Inc.

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Barclay Sales marks half century in business

Plumbing and HVAC specialist Barclay Sales in Port Coquitlam, BC is celebrating its 50th  year in business.

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King Marketing representing Saniflo Canada for Western Canada

SFA Saniflo Canada, has appointed King Marketing as its new plumbing wholesale-channel representative for British Columbia.

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Bartle & Gibson partners with Toto

Bartle & Gibson has entered a new regional partnership that will facilitate customer procurement of Toto plumbing solutions across Western Canada.

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ASPE 2021 Tech Symposium calling for presentations

Organizers for the 2021 ASPE Tech Symposium, to be held September 22–26, 2021 in San Diego, are now accepting conference presentation proposals.

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Canadian Propane Association launching study on labour supply

In response to growing concerns around widespread labour shortages, the Canadian Propane Association (CAP) board is launching a study to determine labour supply and demand. The study will provide forecasts of three to five years for the specialized and new technology trades across Canada.

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Learn about Red Seal certification

On April 20, Efficiency Canada will be hosting a free webinar entitled Becoming an HVAC Technician . Guest speaker Matt Gustafson, co-owner, Harbourgreene HVAC Services in Vancouver, BC will speak on topics such as the steps necessary to achieve Red Seal certification, starting your own business in the trades, and the role of HVAC in energy efficiency consulting.

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IAPMO seeking technical subcommittee members

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) is seeking volunteers to assist technical subcommittees (TSC) on the development of IAPMO Z132 and IAPMO Z124 as new standards in Canada and the U.S.

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Canadian Aqualine Sales reaches 50 year milestone

Canadian Aqualine Sales Inc. in Delta, BC is celebrating 50 years in business. Founded in 1971 by Roy Pyper and Mary Buckerfield as a bid and specification company, it evolved into a plumbing, HVAC and heating company with an additional location in Calgary, AB, and
13 employees.

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The Perfect Couple: Brute FT® & PowerStor

The Brute FT® boiler is powerful enough to handle the coldest nights and is ENERGY STAR® rated up to 95% AFUE. The PowerStor Series® Indirect Water Heater delivers some of the best performance in the industry. It’s available in single wall, double wall and stainless steel.
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MAKO Digital Backflow Preventer Test Kit

Cameron Instruments Inc. is proud to introduce the MAKO, a revolutionary new tool for the backflow and cross connection control industry. It provides a tough water resistant digital solution with benefits and features unseen in a traditional mechanical gauge. The MAKO performs all standard Backflow Testing Procedures, plus more!
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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.
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Parting Shot: Slow dancing in the snow

Sometimes a video without words can speak volumes. Here’s an interesting dance video choreographed and shot by 14-year-old Julien Ares whose uncle owns construction firm Bertrand Ostiguy Inc. in Shefford, QC. The dancers may be heavy-footed to say the least, but the outcome is as elegant as any recital. Ares’ creative vision led to this wonderful masterpiece of backhoes “dancing” to the strains of Metallica’s ‘Nothing Else Matters.’ In a CTV interview, he said, “At the start I wanted to do something that was slow because excavators are really big and can't make really fast movements.” Who knew heavy metal could be so light on its feet?


March 11, 2021
World Plumbing Day


March 22-26
ISH Frankfurt

May 12-13

Retrofit Canada Conference


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Nav Bhatia on being better than good

Best known as the Raptors “Superfan” Nav Bhatia sees speedbumps where most would see roadblocks. From hoops to loos, Bhatia’s success in business has allowed him to pursue his passions.


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