HILARIOUS FALL FORUM
A very successful and funny Fall Forum took place on November 28, once again hosted at Woodbine Racetrack. ORAC members, associates and guests had fun times and good laughs featuring Comedy Network and MTV comedian Graham Chittenden, who had everyone in stitches. A big thank you goes to our very generous associate member sponsors for making this event possible;
Kilmer (Cocktail sponsor for the second year!)
Enbridge (Presenting sponsor)
Direct Energy (Event sponsor)
Engineered air (Event sponsor)
Comedian Graham Chittenden had us all on the floor laughing at the Fall Forum!
Tons of information was also shared this year; Commercial Conservation was presented by Enbridge Gas with speakers Rocky Mancini and Robert Dysiewicz. How do we help contractors ADD $$$ to their bottom line?, was presented featuring Tom Boutette and Rob Kearns. Jesse Dupuis of Emerson Browning presented, Eliminating call backs through proper installation techniques and component selection, among other topics and Dan Rooney of Rheem Commercial Products presented, New commitment to the Canadian market. All supported by B&B Trade Distribution.
Also on the bill was surprise guest speaker, internationally-renowned jockey Sandy Hawley, who’s inspirational career spanned 31 years from 1968 to his retirement on July 1, 1998.
Make sure to mark your calendars for next year’s event! See for yourself what it’s all about.
ORAC President, Dino Russo was our master of ceremonies for the Fall Forum. Here he is with our guest speakers from B&B Trade Distribution, Emerson Browning and Enbridge.
EARLY-BIRD DEADLINE IS MARCH 1 FOR THE 47th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING | May 1 - 4, 2014 IN NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE
Register now to take advantage of the early-bird deadline on March 1, 2014 and you will be eligible to win 50% off your registration fee.
The 2014 Annual General Meeting is once again a LOCAL event in Niagara-on-the-Lake and we hope you can join us at the Queen’s Landing Resort for internationally awarded winery tours and celebrated shows at the renowned Shaw Festival!
Queen’s Landing is a magnificent Georgian style mansion set among the Niagara region, an area that has again been revitalized as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and so close to home. Begin the festivities early on the Thursday evening, as this year’s registration fee includes dinner at the spectacular four diamond Tiara Restaurant, overlooking the scenic Niagara River. The Shaw presents the award winning production of Cabaret on the following day.
We have exciting new AGM sponsorship opportunities with expanded corporate benefits. Email Tracey at ORAC for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is your chance to take a stand at the AGM and make a difference, take part in the decision-making process; decisions that will affect the future direction of the industry as a whole and the future of your company.
Take advantage of this early registration opportunity to save $$$, mark your calendars and register today!
BILL 146 PROPOSES CRACK DOWN ON TEMPORARY AGENCIES AND LIMITS FREEDOM OF CHOICE FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS
The Ontario Government has proposed legislation which would dramatically alter the legal landscape with respect to the obligations of employers when they use temporary agency workers. Bill 146 also broadens the definition of “worker” under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, broadens the notification requirements for employers who hire foreign workers and makes it more difficult for unionized construction workers exercise their freedom of choice to decide whether they still wish to be represented by a trade union.
Proposed Reforms Limit Associational Rights of Construction Workers
Bill 146 is proposing to make it harder for construction workers to exercise their legal right to decide they no longer wish to be represented by a union. As a matter of law, employees have the right to decide whether or not to be represented by a trade union or by a different trade union than the one they currently have.
Bill 146 proposes to amend the Labour Relations Act, 1995 to shrink the window for the expression of that choice from 90 days to 60 days before the end of an applicable collective agreement. The Government has suggested in a public comment on the Bill that this amendment would, “…allow our skilled workers to spend more time building the roads, bridges, schools and hospitals to grow our economy and ensure a prosperous Ontario for generations to come.”
It is our view that there is little merit in this argument and we believe that the main practical effect of this amendment is to reduce the window of opportunity for employees to express their wishes and engage in their constitutionally protected freedom of association.
Ryan Conlin & Jeremy Schwartz, Stringer LLP
COHA ONTARIO REMINDS MEMBERS TO COMPLY WITH TSSA ACT
The Canadian Oil Heat Association’s (COHA) Ontario chapter has asked all its contractor and distributor members to have copies of their customers’ comprehensive inspections on file to ensure they are in compliance with Ontario Regulation TSSA Act, 2000 O.Reg. 213/01. The association advised that TSSA inspectors will be enforcing the regulation during all inspections, and that failure to comply may result in charges.
Anyone in need of forms can download the order forms at coha-ontario.ca.
BRAZING IS BLAZING!
Our 2014 Brazing program has been launched and has proven to be a big success! In January, we graduated 12 brazers and our February class is already full. Make sure you sign up early so you get a spot in the course. March is almost full already.
Contact Alison Chen for our schedule and availability at email@example.com.
FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF GAS TECHS
CSA Group’s Gas Exam Practice Tool is intended for gas technician students looking for additional practice prior to taking the certification examination. The tool offers students wrong answer reports, the right solutions to questions, highlights of relevant code requirements, and directs them to additional learning resources. It also has a four hour timer, a report summary that gives feedback on test results, and is available with audio narration. The tool is offered as downloadable software or on a USB stick.
For more information go to csa.ca.
2013 - 2014 ORAC BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President Dino Russo
ReadAir Mechanical Services
Vice President David Sinclair
Treasurer Gregg Little
Springbank Mechanical Systems
Immediate Past President Grant Sheahan
Directors Ron Abernethy
Geo A. Kelson Company
Carmichael Engineering Ltd.
Xtra Mechanical Ltd.
Ambient Mechanical Ltd.
Standard Mechanical Systems Inc.
Wintech Air Systems Inc.
Black & McDonald Ltd.
Rosetown Central Refrigeration
Ex-officio MCAT Scott Munro
Adelt Mechanical Works Ltd.
Managing Director Mike Verge
ORAC MISSION STATEMENT
The purpose of the association is to represent and serve HVACR contractors in Ontario with programs and services that promote responsible solutions.
Legislators and government policy advisors often fail to properly consult key players within an industry to which the legislation could and may have adverse and damaging effects.
ORAC recognizes the importance of actively representing the HVACR industry in Ontario on matters of direct impact, and participates with other industries in making representation on common concerns. It is important that legislators understand the capabilities of our industry in adjusting to sometimes unrealistic laws and standards, and at the same time, act on legislation that allows less responsible parties to operate and weaken the industry’s position.
ORAC has formed a standing Technical Safety and Standards Committee (TSSC) to represent its members’ interests with the TSSA and the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA).