Chapters Regional Conference 2020

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Every year, one chapter in ASHRAE Regional XI hosts the Chapters Regional Conference. The CRC is a four day long event comprising of Caucus meetings, Business Sessions, Board of Governors Chair position training, and much, much more!

From April 30 to May 3, 2020, Edmonton will be host to Delegates, Alternates, board trainees, and special guests from eleven chapters in Region XI.

Kent Signorini is the CRC 2020 Committee Chair. As we near the date for CRC 2020, Kent will be looking for volunteers to help with planning and execution of the CRC weekend.

Helping organize and run a CRC is a great way to begin your involvement with ASHRAE. You will learn about the inner workings of the Chapter and Region, and be doing a great service for the attendees.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with CRC 2020, please contact Kent by using the Contact Us form.

You can learn more about ASHRAE CRCs by visiting: 

https://www.ashrae.org/conferences/chapters-regional-conferences-crcs

Thank you!

Handbooks needed!

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ASHRAE handbooks are still in hot demand amongst the students at the university.  

A fresh batch of recent editions was contributed thanks to the engineers at Stantec, but these are not expected to last for long.  A reminder to all the members that their old editions could be welcome in the hands of the students training to be part of our industry.

You don’t need to donate a whole box; even individual books count!

Please let Robert Prybysh at Arrow Engineering know if you have any books that you can donate. (Or use the Contact Us form to reach the Board of Governors and someone will get back to you.)

Thank you!

Hockey! with ASHRAE NAC

I am currently informally polling our ASHRAE members and entire HVAC industry to gauge interest about organizing a monthly pickup game.

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The tentative plan is to book ice once a month sandwiched between our monthly dinner/lunch meetings. We are currently looking at scheduling either a Wednesday or Thursday afternoon. The games would be open to all ages and skill levels, with an emphasis on camaraderie and the refreshments.

This would be a sponsored event so the cost would be reasonable per player, with all proceeds going towards the upcoming CRCs: 2019 in Alaska and 2020 in Edmonton.

If you are interested in being added to the list or have input on what day/time you would like to see please email me at lyle@exelsystems.ca

Ryan McLennan - Board Member at Large 2018-2019

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I am a professional chemical engineer with over 10 years of experience managing facility-based projects, with focus on operational optimization.

I also have an extensive chemistry/laboratory background and am passionate about critical air systems with regards to both design and emerging technology.

My wife and I welcomed our first son in January 2018. If spare time existed, I would watch more football and play more hockey.

Christina Herbers - Board Member at Large 2017-2018

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I am a professional mechanical engineer with over 16 years of experience managing projects primarily throughout Alberta and BC.  The projects I have managed range from HVAC fancoil research, natural gas pipeline designs, District Heating projects, and Water Treatment Plant designs.  

The past few years, I have specialized in Business Development. I am passionate about my family, my clients, several charities that I volunteer with, sports and the environment.

I look forward to being on the ASHRAE Northern Alberta Chapter Board!

Christina Herbers, P.Eng, LEED AP

We have a new website!

Just for fun, I looked back through my records to see when I first became involved with building the website for ASHRAE Northern Alberta Chapter. Yeah, I'm that nerdy.

My name is Kent Signorini and I've been maintaining the ASHRAE NAC website since 2005! Since then, we've gone through four major iterations of the site, with this "new for 2018-2019" version being the fifth major change since I started.

When I came on board, our website was a conglomeration of Microsoft Word-to-HTML files, Microsoft Frontpage, hand-coded files, and some Dreamweaver thrown in for fun. It needed an upgrade for sure.

In 2006 we commissioned a new website, completely hand-coded by a contractor. Although the base code was simple enough, maintenance was a headache. Within a year or so, I rebuilt the site in Wordpress and went through two iterations with Wordpress as a base. Some of it was customized and I re-coded some of the PHP and HTML by hand to give us the functionality we needed. I had a lot of help from Jennifer McKenzie (our ASHRAE NAC administrator at the time) who helped with initial design ideas and took care of the week-to-week maintenance and updating of the site.

In 2010 we went through another iteration, this time moving to Drupal. Drupal was amazingly powerful. Many features were built into the site that we, ultimately, just never used. That version has stayed in operation for nearly eight years. Eight years! Again, it was time for a change.

All of these self-hosted sites were stored at an online webhost that provided us storage space, database access, and FTP and SSH (secure shell) access. Much of the maintenance was done at the shell command line or by using web based UNIX tools like PHPMyAdmin. For a nerd like me, it was great fun, but it was also a ton of work. No need for that anymore...

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Today's websites are dynamic, clean and crisp, easy to maintain, and require little (if any) hand-coding.

The version of the website that you're reading right now is built on Squarespace; an amazing platform for website development and maintenance. I would recommend Squarespace to anyone looking for a web presence. It's easy to set up, easy to lay out, and easy to add content to.

Our new site has a simple but useful landing page with quick access to upcoming and past ASHRAE NAC events, links to a few "Featured" Nic-NACs e-Newsletter articles, lots of information on the Chapter, links to our ASHRAE Region and Society, and a simple menu system.

We've sorely missed our newsletter Nic-NACs over the past few years and now have an all-new "e" version to share with you. Visit the Nic-NACS e-Newsletter page to see both current and past articles on many subjects, written by volunteers within ASHRAE NAC. You'll find Board of Governor and Chair updates, technical articles, and more! Check back often!

I hope you enjoyed this very short history of the ASHRAE NAC websites. I look forward to seeing what can be done with this new site in the years to come.

Kent Signorini, Website/Newsletter, Past President 2009-2010