In This Issue:

ORAC Annual Charity Golf

The annual ORAC Charity Golf Classic benefiting the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation and the Lions Foundation of Canada - Canine Division, at Glen Eagle Golf Club, raised $12,000.00.

A special thanks to Catia and her very playful guide Gru who came by to greet all the players as they arrived and to Laura Jotham who spoke about her personal life before and after Watson.  Many people were touched by her story.  They received a standing ovation!  You truly understand the positive effects the funds raised have on our Canadians with disabilities.


The Charity Golf Classic would not have been successful without the generosity and support of our sponsors:




BBQ - Dave Ward, Ward Crane
Northern Air (transporting the BBQ)
$100 Keg gift card - Martin Johannsen, SIG Mechanical
Swag bags - Gerry Cellucci, Yorkland Controls
Tumblers - Dolores Hickey, WWG Totaline
Barberian gift cards - Stan Swartz, Sloan Partners
A special thanks to Dave Irwin and Kerry McNeil from Xtra Mechanical for planning our event to make it another success!  Also, a huge thank you to Xtra Mechanical volunteers, Jovita and Jess, our ladies in pink were all over the course and clubhouse helping out wherever they could!

The Committee sends its sincerest appreciation to Dave Ward of Ward Crane Rentals who once again generously donated a barbeque to hightlight the raffle draw and to Vern Barney for delivering it and for saying grace at our dinner.

WINNERS!  Congratulations to the tournament winners Larry Infantini & Aldo Presotti (Margell Mechanical) and Glenn Lindsey & Butch McDowell (Manco Distribution).

Crazy Golf Gallery


Air Conditioning repair tricks of the trade: 

  1. Ensure you have all the necessary tools

  2. Remove cover

  3. Check your electrical lines

  4. Then Run!!!

Picture submitted by Dave Irwin! (Thanks Dave?)

Registration for Fall Forum will be emailed today (October 9, 2015) 




ORAC Annual Women's Day! 

On a beautiful and hot day in September, the ORAC Annual Women's Club enjoyed learning to drive and putt from two golf pros at the Richmond Hill Golf Club.  Are we experts ladies? 

A huge thank you to our guest speakers, Catherine Catania, Samantha Garment, Brandi Ferenc (JCI) and Tracey Washbrook (Neelands), who took us through their own personal experiences from the past and how they see the industry going into the future.  Everyone left inspired and a definite feeling of camaraderie was present throughout the day.
Veterans and Skilled Trades
Against the backdrop of a Conference Board of Canada prediction that there will be a shortage of more than 360,000 skilled tradespeople by 2025 and more than half a million by 2030, the Ontario College of Trades (the College) is developing ways to promote and enhance the skilled trades as a career.

In cooperation with the veterans group Helmets to Hardhats, the College is making it easier for current or former members of the Canadian Forces with experience, to transition to the civilian trades.  Recognizing the skills they've worked so hard to acquire, the College's Trade Equivalency Assessment (TEA) is a system designed to assess the qualifications and experience of trained individuals. 

See the video below to learn about veterans in the skilled trades and the TEA program:

Oakville engineer heads global group

Hamilton Spectator

David Underwood of Oakville has been installed as president of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Underwood is founder of Mississauga-based Isotherm Engineering Ltd., a heating-air conditioning design-build operation. He holds a bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of Manitoba and has also served as a volunteer board member of the Ontario Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association and on the committee that assisted the provincial government is developing new refrigeration regulations for Ontario.

He coauthored a trade refrigeration safety manual and served on a trade advisory committee for the refrigeration trade in Ontario. As a member of a Canadian federal committee, he participated in writing the Building Science and Plumbing section of the 2015 edition of the Model National Building Code.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, describes itself as "a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment." Its more than 50,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability.



Team Canada Wins 5 Medals at WorldSkills
Team Canada won five medals and 10 medallions of excellence—including two awards in the mechanical trades—at the WorldSkills competition held in São Paolo, Brazil, last month.
Marc-Antoine Bettez of Hebertville, Que., took home a bronze medal in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning competition. Kendrick Howe received a medallion of excellence for his participation in the Plumbing and Heating competition.

"We are very proud of Team Canada’s performance at WorldSkills 2015, especially in light of the growing number of member countries," said Skills Canada CEO Shaun Thorson. "The dedication, training and skills that these talented young individuals have demonstrated is truly remarkable and will help propel them forward as they pursue careers in Canada’s skilled trade and technology workforce."
Skills Canada fielded a team of 29 competitors at WorldSkills, with each contestant earning a place on the team by winning local, regional, provincial and national events. The next WorldSkills takes place in Abu Dhabi in 2017.
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Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit

The apprenticeship training tax credit is a refundable tax credit. It is available to employers who hire and train apprentices in certain skilled trades during the first 36 months of an apprenticeship program that commenced on or after April 24, 2015.

For apprenticeship programs that commenced after March 26, 2009 and before April 24, 2015, the first 48 months of the apprenticeship program qualify for purposes of the tax credit.

How much money could I receive?

The tax credit is based on salaries and wages paid to an apprentice. Qualifying businesses can claim 25 per cent of eligible expenditures (30 per cent for small businesses) made during the first 36 months of an apprenticeship program that commenced on or after April 24, 2015. The maximum credit for each apprenticeship is $5,000 per year. The maximum credit over the first 36-month period of the apprenticeship is $15,000.
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