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Winter 2014

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!)
Enbridg
e (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 tracey@hvacrcareer.ca.
 
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
 alison.chen@orac.ca. 

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.


 INDUSTRY BRIEFS: 
  • CMPX Show | March 19 -21 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre
     
  • 47th Annual ORAC AGM 2014 | May 1-4 at Queen’s Landing Resort, Niagara-on-the-Lake
 
2013 - 2014 ORAC BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President                                  Dino Russo
                                                    ReadAir Mechanical Services
 
Vice President                           David Sinclair
                                                     Cimco Refrigeration
 
Treasurer                                   Gregg Little
                                                     Springbank Mechanical Systems
 
Immediate Past President     Grant Sheahan
                                                     Honeywell Ltd.
 
Directors                                    Ron Abernethy
                                                     Geo A. Kelson Company
                                                     Bob Burton
                                                     E.A. Group
                                                     Raymond Carmichael
                                                     Carmichael Engineering Ltd.
                                                     David Irwin
                                                     Xtra Mechanical Ltd.
                                                     Tony Mammoliti
                                                     Ambient Mechanical Ltd.
                                                     Jim McAughey
                                                     Standard Mechanical Systems Inc.
                                                     David Steel
                                                     Wintech Air Systems Inc.
                                                     Phil Taggart
                                                     Black & McDonald Ltd.
                                                     Kevin Whitten
                                                     Rosetown Central Refrigeration
                                                     Ex-officio MCAT Scott Munro
                                                     Adelt Mechanical Works Ltd.
 
Managing Director                    Mike Verge
                                                      ORAC


 
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.
 
GOVERNMENT LIAISON
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).

 

Doreen with her husband Ed at her retirement on December 20, 2013.  Recognized for being such a huge part of ORAC for nine years, we congratulated Doreen on her new adventures in "retirement". Thanks so much Doreen!


Below are the wankers; Winners of the races game...lucky?  $178.62 richer for sure!


Past president Doug Saunders was presented with a photo of the Board of Directors from last year's AGM in Phoenix in thanks for standing in as ORAC's Interim Managing Director.  Thanks again Doug!






NEW ORAC ASSOCIATE MEMBERS COMMITTEE

As of October 2013, on behalf of the ORAC Board of Directors, we have formed a new Associate Members Committee who will meet as a group each quarter at the ORAC offices.  We are grateful to Dolores Hickey of WWG Totaline - Carrier Sales and Distribution, who has accepted the nomination as Chair of the committee.  The main goal of the new group is to bring contractors and associate members closer together and to raise the profile and reputation of our industry across the province.

Our next meeting is on February 4. Please contact Tracey at ORAC if you are interested in becoming involved.






1st YEAR APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS UNTIL FEBRUARY 28


Since intake opened on December 1, applications for the first year Apprenticeship Program have been coming in steadily and so far the quality of applicants is even better than last year!  The Apprentice Intake Committee will accept applications for the program at HVACR.CA from December 1 to February 28 each year.  In order to pass pre-qualification and proceed to the full application, applicants must upload official high school transcripts to their applications to show proof they have successfully completed the following;
Minimum Grade 12 Secondary School Graduation Diploma as established by the Ontario Ministry of Education (or equivalent), including;
 
  • Grade 12 Math,
  • Grade 12 English,
  • Grade 11 or 12 Physics OR
  • Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry.

Please go to HVACR.CA/Start your application, to see a full list of pre-qualification requirements. Applicants must have successfully completed all requirements before applying. PLEASE NOTE: Most Ontario college HVACR Program Co-ordinators will now provide equivalency letters to their graduates for the above requirements upon request.

Potential candidates with first year apprenticeship job offers from UA Local 787 signatory contractors must include this information where indicated on their applications and must upload an offer of employment from the contractor to their applications prior to the February 28 annual deadline.  If a job offer is indicated on the application, there must be a corresponding letter of employment uploaded to the application to support the job offer.  Applications will not be considered if there is no letter indicating the apprenticeship offer with approximate start date uploaded.

Those with confirmed job offers may apply and be tested/interviewed for the program during the standard intake period only; December 1 to February 28.




 

UA BEGINS RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN

The United Association of Journeyman and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA) recently launched a national campaign aimed at recruiting 25,000 skilled piping trade professionals over the next five years. The initiative was largely fuelled by an increase in large-scale infrastructure projects in the Western provinces. The UA also anticipates increased work in the Maritimes, Ontario and Quebec. UA Canada represents 51,000 members nationally in 37 local union offices.  
 

See
joinUACanada.ca




CMPX 2014 SHOW FLOOR SELLS OUT - VISIT THE ORAC BOOTH!


Learning Forum sessions finalized, plan your CMPX visit now and make sure to drop by the ORAC booth when you're there!
 
With over two months to go before the show opens on March 19, CMPX 2014, the Canadian Mechanical & Plumbing Exposition exhibit space is sold out with more than 800 booths confirmed. Over 15,000 delegates are expected over the three-day show starting Wednesday, March 19 through to Friday, March 21, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building. Manufacturers may enter products for the CMPX New Product Showcase on the CMPX website at:
http://cmpxshow.com/new-products.cfm. Details on the 20 sessions scheduled for the Learning Forum are now available and online registration is open.



  WHERE’S DINO?

Congratulations to Chris Burns of Tri-Air Systems who was the first reader to “Find Dino” at our Fall Forum. Chris took home a gas card worth $100!
 
Send us an email at tracey@hvacrcareer.ca letting us know how many times ORAC President Dino Russo's picture appears in this issue of Cool News and you will enter to win a fantastic prize!

 


WELCOME NEW ORAC MEMBERS
 
Provincial Membership  
Complete Comfort Niagara
 
 
Associate Membership
Sloan Partners LLP
 








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