The January meeting was held Tuesday January 10th, 2012 at Kelsey’s Restaurant 875 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON at 5:30 pm – Social Hour / Cash Bar 6:00 pm – Table Top Demonstration & Buffet Dinner 7:15 – Feature Speakers cost was Chapter Members – $30.00 • Guests – $40.00 • Students – $15.00. The topic was an update on the proposed McMaster Net-Zero Energy Building. Several of the McMaster Mechanical Engineering Students have been sharing their ideas with our chapter members on designing their future engineering building on campus. Their intent is to create a Net Zero Energy Building that will encourage and inspire future engineer students while creating a green atmosphere to learn. They presented to our chapter as well as seeking out suggestions from industry experience on how to better improve their design. The first presentation on the proposed Engineering Centre for Experiential Learning (ExCEL) will discuss the goals of the project, the new design process that is used to achieve them and the host of technologies that will be integrated to make a netzero energy building. To expand on a key component that will be vital into the ExCEL project, the final year capstone team will present on the solar PV array that will be integrated into the roof and the ways to optimize electrical energy generation of the building foot print while meeting other goals such as safety, cost, sustainability and space utilization. The presenters were: Kelton Friedrich is a recent McMaster M.A.S. graduate, currently working as a Sustainability Energy Analyst, planning for a career in applying sustainability concepts. Robert Cuthbert is finishing his final year in the design stream of mechanical engineering and would like to work in the aviation industry. Kai Nieminen is also a 4th year mechanical engineering student who will be designing municipal, residential and industrial piping systems after graduation. Felix Pan will be finishing his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering in April 2012. Focusing in the design stream, he aspires to start a career in sustainable design and Innovative technologies.

The February 7th Meeting was again held at Kelsey’s Restaurant 875 Main Street West, cost was: Chapter Members – $30.00 • Guests – $40.00 • Students – $15.00. The topic for the February meeting was geothermal HVAC technology. The presentation covered an overview of geothermal technology and how it works,

proper design, installation and commissioning practices and critical aspects of CSA448, the Canadian geothermal code. The speaker was Matthew Irvine, P.Eng., Product Manager Eden Energy Equipment Limited. Matthew Irvine graduated from the University of Waterloo with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is active within the PEO Grand River Chapter. He received his Canadian GeoExchange Coalition (CGC) Accredited Installer and Accredited Residential Designer designations in 2007. Matthew is actively involved in two HRAI Chapters and is an HRAI Certificate Holder for Residential Heat Loss & Heat Gain Calculations as well as Residentail Hydronics Design. Matthew has spent the last 8 years in the geothermal industry in technical and sales roles for both ClimateMaster and WaterFurnace distributors. He has provided CGC recognized geothermal training since 2007 when the CGC Global Quality GeoExchange™ Program® was first rolled out. In order to ensure C448 compliance, Matthew has directed, overseen and signed off on the first five CGC accredited geothermal systems installed by dozens of new geothermal contractors. He has conducted seminar-format geothermal training sessions to educate mechanical contractors, building officials, homeowners as well as college and university students. He has also increased geothermal public awareness by hosting information nights, speaking at trade shows and appearing on radio talk shows.

The Newsletter contained an interesting article on A Collection of Facts of Interest Regarding the History of the Development of Photovoltaic Panels.

The March 2012 Chapter Meeting was held Wed March 14th, 2012, at the Kitchener Holiday Inn 30 Fairway Road, Kitchener, Ontario 7:30 to 8:00 am – Registration8:00 to 8:30 am – Breakfast8:30 to 8:40 am – Welcoming Remarks8:40 to 10:00 am – Presentations/QuestionsThe topic was “High Performance New Construction”. Background: The high performance new construction program rewards builders and their project decisions-makers with incentives for offsetting the cost of energy-efficientmeasures, achieving lower long-term operating costs, greatly improved marketabilityand enhanced occupant comfort. By designing and building new buildings withmore energy efficient equipment for lighting, space cooling and ventilation, yourbuilding will cost less to operate, have lower environmental impacts and be acomfortable place in which to live, work or play.The seminar was sponsored by:Cambridge North Dumfries Hydro; Kitchener Wilmot Hydro; Waterloo North Hydro in conjuction with: Hamilton ASHRAE Chapter; Union Gas; Enbridge Gas Distribution.

The April 2012 Meeting was a joint meeting with the Toronto ASHRAE Chapter. It was held Monday April 2nd, and was an update on ASHRAE Standard 62.1. ASHRAE 62.1 has fundamentally changed from the version of 62 that was the basisfor many building codes. As the new version works its way into the codes, there arealso many associated requirements in addition to the ventilation rates. ASHRAEStandard 62.1 is under continuous maintenance. That means that every 18 months,there are changes published to the standard. This presentation provides anoverview of the standard with emphasis on the most recent changes.

The speaker is an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, Mr.Hoy Bohanon, PE, LEED AP Director Carolinas, Working Buildings, LLC. WorkingBuildings is a professional services firm whose primary service offering is commissioning for high performance buildings. Mr. Bohanon began his engineering career as a research and design engineer, and then gained experience as a project engineer, facilities engineer, facilities manager, indoor air quality research engineer, environmental engineer, and business owner. He has a master’s degree in engineering from North Carolina State University, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

The May Chapter meeting was held May 8th, 2012 at the Grand Valley Golf Club, 1910 Roseville Road, Cambridge, Ontario at 5:30 pm – Social Hour / Cash Bar; 6:00 pm – Buffet Dinner – followed by the featured Speaker Cost was: Chapter Members – $30.00 • Guests – $40.00 • Students – $15.00

The topic was “Eliminating HVAC Operational Waste Using Proof in Modeling Ensure Savings, Safety and Satisfaction”. This presentation described some of the challenges that healthcare facilities face and showed why critical spaces are costly to operate. Covered were various applications and the many innovative technologies that are available to help provide proper airflow control. Examples of hospitals that have implemented innovative technology designs were presented, with emphasis on the HVAC system design and the calculated or measured system performance.It was stated that Healthcare Facilities consume 250% more energy than a typical commercial building and 60-70% of that energy comes from HVAC demand. As we look to the future we anticipate more and more spaces requiring pressurization, higher air change rates, or 100% outdoor exhaust. Constant volume systems can maintain constant airflow from functional aspect, but they unnecessarily consume large amounts of energy and add to operational costs. The presentation included an overview of the current CSA Z317.2-10 requirements, ASHRAE 170 and USP797 guidelines. The guidelines state that air change rates (ACH) may be reduced during unoccupied periods for energy savings. Engineers and facility managers have been reluctant to turndown critical care areas of a hospital due to life safety, infection control and health issues. Codes require pressurization to be maintained during any setback or turndown of airflow. The speaker introduced an “Optimizer” a HVAC airflow modeling software (free download) that will show owners, architects, facility managers and engineers how to calculate HVAC ventilation operational costs. Detailed payback and financial analysis showed the areas in which to improve energy efficiency reduce waste and improve Life Cycle Costing so that one may obtain buy-in from your design teams and hospital executives. This presentation described some of the challenges that healthcare facilities face and showed why critical spaces are costly to operate. Covered were the various applications and the innovative technologies that are available to help provide proper airflow control. Examples of hospitals that have implemented innovative technology designs were presented, with emphasis on the HVAC system design and the calculated or measured system performance. The speaker was Don Macdonald Canadian Regional Manager, Phoenix Controls. Don has more than 34 years experience in the HVAC industry. He is a graduate of Ryerson University in Toronto and specialized in control systems technology. He was with Johnson Controls for 16 years before joining Phoenix Controls Corporation where he has been Regional manager for Canada and parts of the USA since 1993. He is responsible for sales and marketing activities throughout Canada. Don has been involved with many different laboratory, vivarium, bio-containment, pharmaceutical and healthcare projects across North America and his experiences provides valuable insight into design standards, customer needs and the unique requirements necessary for these complex applications. Don is a member of ASHRAE, Canadian Hospital Engineering Society, Public Private Partnership Council, the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers and the Canadian Professional Sales Association.

Obit for Don Harper a Charter Member of Chapter was included in Airways.

HARPER, Donald Stuart (P.Eng.) Peacefully with his family by his side at Extendicare Hamilton on Friday,

April 13, 2012, in his 87th year. Beloved husband of the late Joan. Loved father of Doug (Sandra), James

(Mary), Keith (Mary-Anne). Predeceased by his daughter Donna (Kevin Hrozjak). Loved grandpa of

Shawn, Nicole, Steven, Danielle, Kendall, Jason, Rachel, Shane. Dear brother of Bernice Harper. Don

was a member of Club 60, a member of Stoney Creek United Church, an avid golfer, a retired Mechanical

Engineer with Trane Canada, who worked on many HVAC systems in Southern Ontario, and a founding

member of the ASHRAE chapter in Hamilton. Friends and Family will be received at the DONALD V.

BROWN FUNERAL HOME, 36 Lake Ave. Drive, Stoney Creek on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where

funeral service will be held in the chapel on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 1 p.m. Cremation to follow. In

Don’s memory, donations to the Canadian Mental Health Association would be appreciated by the family.

A heartfelt thank you to Dr. Potter, Marilyn, Tina, Bren and all the staff at Extendicare (Dundurn Wing) for

their care and support over the last five years. Know that we greatly appreciate all of your hard work and

for providing us with a peace of mind knowing that our Dad was cared for in a safe and loving


May 2012: Notice from ASHRAE Atlanta: Enermodal Engineering Receives ASHRAE Award for Innovative Office Design. Headquartered in Kitchener, Ontario, Enermodal aimedhigh during the design of their new, 2,150 m2 office. Thegoal was to create a healthy work environment for itsemployees in a building that uses less energy than anyother office in the country. Named A Grander View, thisheadquarters is a model of sustainability, and is the firsttriple LEED Canada Platinum office, with certifications.

May announcement: Hamilton Chapter winner –John Molnar: Region II Supports YEA Leadership Weekend in San Diego. Thanks to Region II, John was sponsored to attend theYoung Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) leadershipweekend. It was a 3-day conference bringing together30 young ASHRAE members from across Canada andthe USA to promote leadership in the next generation ofASHRAE members. During the first day, it was discussed how to develop, reach out, and increase YEA members(ASHRAE members 35 years old and under). Activitiesthat other chapters are holding ranged from dodgeballtournaments, mentorship programs, to after workmixers. With the average age of ASHRAE membersincreasing, we need to find ways to not only encourageyoung members to join, but also find ways to engagethese new young members to participate in Chapter andSociety level activities.The next two days involved a workshop led by a fellowCanadian named Ralph Kison, an entrepreneur andbusiness/life coach. His session focused onunderstanding who we are and what our individualpersonalities are, as well as to use that understandingto better market ourselves, our businesses, andASHRAE. John personally found the weekend quite enlightening andgave him some more tools to better support me in myown role in my business. It also helped John to understand why certain people are the way there are and how to better interact with them for overall success. YEA activities are something that the Hamilton chapter will be focusing on in the coming 2012-13 ASHRAE year. If you are reading this and you are a senior manager in your business, please encourage your young employees to join and PARTICIPATE in ASHRAE. ASHRAE is a volunteer driven organization and the Hamilton Chapter is looking for our next generation of leaders. The time that your young employees put into this volunteering will definitely pay back into their personal development and into your business as well.

In June, ASHRAE held its 2012 Annual Conference June 23–27, San Antonio, TX. Several Hamilton Chapter Members attended: John Molnar; Wilf Laman; George Menzies and Dr Cotton. The 2012 ASHRAE Annual Conference focused on everything from the basics of HVAC maintenance to integrated building design.

As members work together to shape tomorrow’s built environment, the influences of San Antonio’s past—Old Mexico, the Wild West and the Deep South—serve as a reminder of the Society’s significant role in the city’s hot and dusty past, as well as the Society’s position as part of a future of sustainability. It was hot every day with temps > 103 deg F with humidity levels around 50% [humidex > 45]

Also in June was our annual golf day. The Hamilton ASHRAE Chapter held its annual Hamilton Chapter Golf Tournament on Wednesday, June 20th at Legends on the Niagara – Ushers Creek Course. It was a shot-gun start at 1:00 p.m. This was Dave Rasmussen’s 23rd year organizing our annual golf day. Two records were set. First was a 121 person turn-out, the Second was for heat as it hit 34C and factoring in the humidex factor it was over 40C. Also very windy which helped a bit. Again NO rain at all making it 22/23 years with no rain. Again a Scramble format was used implementing a 3 Drive per person requirement to keep the game challenging (It was reduced to 3 drives due to the heat). The Toronto foursome consisting of David Benedetti, Larith Perera, Paul Lasagna and Kevin Crosgrey won with a score of 6 under Par. The Ladies Longest Drive was won by Christine Kemp who drove in from Ottawa. Christine was President of Ottawa Chapter last year. (Unfortunately Christine was the only lady entered in the tournament) and had to answer a skill testing question. We all laughed as the question was “What colour is an Orange?”, the Men’s Longest Drive was won by Guest Rob Wyatt (Guest of David Hills, Chapter Member and Chapter Past President) His drive was calculated at 326 yards. We had 56 guests that had never before played in our Tournament. Again gift cards were won by all. Before Supper a moment silence was held for Don Harper (Charter Member) Chapter President in 1962.

The results of the PAOE follow: One of our most successful years lead by President Mike Krewski.

2011-2012 Presidential Award of Excellence*Minimum and PAR points indicated are for 2011-2012.
Chapter #Chapter NameChapter MembersMembership Promotion Points
*Minimum = 500
PAR = 800
Student Activities Points
*Minimum = 300
PAR =500
Research Promotion Points
*Minimum = 800
PAR = 1050
Historical Points
*Minimum = 100
PAR = 300
Chapter Operations Points
*Minimum = 300
PAR = 600
Chapter Technology Transfer Points
*Minimum = 450
PAR = 850
Chapter PAOE Point Totals
15Ottawa Valley382177012252161350130522759086


July 10th, 2012: The year started off with a summer summit at Iain Hill’s residence in Burlington. Reaz Usmanali, Incoming Chapter President will be the Chapter Alternate at the Ottawa CRC Aug 24th to Aug 26th, 2012 with George Menzies filling in for Iain Hill as the Chapter Alternate. The location of the CRC was at Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive in Ottawa, ON, in the River Building. Darryl Boyce arranged for accommodations on campus with $100/nite for two including breakfast. The accommodations were extremely disappointing. However, the business sessions were in an upscale boardroom with all the latest AV equipment. The Toronto chapter promised better arrangements for Aug. 2013 with the CRC at the Royal York.

The Society Executive for 2012-13 was President Thomas “Tom” Watson, P.E., Fellow Life Member Daikin McQuay Staunton, Va.; President elect William “Bill” P. Bahnfleth, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow The Pennsylvania State University University Park, Pa. Treasurer Thomas “Tom” H. Phoenix, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, Vice President Constantinos A. Balaras, Ph.D., P.E. Institute for Environmental Research and Sustainable Development National Observatory of Athens Greece Vice President Daniel C. Pettway  Hobbs and Associates Norfolk, Va who would be at the 2013 CRC in Toronto; Vice President Thomas E. Werkema Arkema Inc. Knoxville, Our Hamilton Chapter Executive started out in Sept as President Reaz Usmanali, LEED AP; Research Chair Mike Krewski; Treasurer Iain Hill, LEED AP; Secretary Neil Rampersad, P.Eng.; C.T.T.C. /Programs Chair John Molnar, B.Eng., LEED AP; Student Activities Chair Mark Long; Historian George Menzies.

In our Newsletter, “Airways’ Business Card Advertising cost was $85.00 per card($170.00 for a double sized ad) and runs the balance of the year (until the June 2013 issue).

In our opening Newsletter, President’s Reaz summarized our latest chapter position. “As we come to the end of summer 2012 I would like to say thank you to everyone who has supported the Hamilton Chapter in the past years and ask that you continue to support the chapter in the upcoming years. As you know, ASHRAE is a grass roots organization and your continued support is vital to the survival of the local chapter and the society at large. One of the key ways you can show your support and also get a glimpse of new and upcoming technologies and standards is by attending the monthly chapter meetings – typically held in the evenings on the second Tuesday of every month starting in September and running until July. Within a week or so, a new Hamilton ASHRAE Chapter year of dinner meetings and tours will commence. The first meeting of the year is on September 11th and will be in conjunction with our vibrant Student Chapter at McMaster University. The cover page of this month’s Airways provides the details of the meeting. Please take this opportunity to come out and meet with the future designers in our HVAC industry. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our present board members who attended the Region II Chapter Regional Conference this year in Ottawa. I hope it was a good learning experience for everyone and I would like to invite all our membership to attend the upcoming CRC to be held in Toronto on the last weekend before the Labour Day long weekend in 2013.

Lastly I would like to make a special appeal to our membership to contact myself with regards to openings in our executive committee if you have some time to spend on Tuesday evenings once a month in support of our chapter. We are looking for new members to participate in the various committees within the chapter and also to bring new and refreshing ideas to the table. Feel free to contact me. Feel free to also speak with any of the existing committee members. As you know we are all volunteers on the executive and we do encourage everyone to consider volunteering their time to further the efforts of the industry we are all part of. I am looking forward to an increase in attendance and participation at all meetings in the upcoming year. Best Regards, Reaz Usmanali, LEED AP, President 12/13”

Sept 2012 The first technical meeting of the year was held at out Student Branch, McMaster University at the McMaster University Faculty Club. At 5:00 pm, there was interfacing with the students followed by dinner at 6:00 pm. Cost was Chapter Members – $30.00 • Guests – $40.00 • Students $15.00

The featured speaker was Darren A. Cooper, P.Eng. President, Renteknik Group. He is A licensed professional engineer in the province of Ontario with20years of structural and civil engineering, renewable technologies and constructionexperience. He is a founding Partner and President of Renteknik Group specializingin renewable technology development and energy and environmental consulting.Prior to that, Darren was a founder and former 34rcrPresident and CEO of GlenbarraEnergy Management Corp. (GEMCO) and its subsidiaries, specializing in solarthermal, solar cooling and solar photovoltaic design, installation, solar engineeringand renewable product distribution. His topic was Chiller/Refrigerated System Analysisand Equipment Replacement Incentive Initiative (ERII) Programs. He spoke of recommissioning of chiller and refrigerated systems which can result in energy savings of 15%–40% on the refrigeration systems. In the next Newsletter, Pres Reaz summarized the following: Our first meeting of the new ASHRAE year was onSeptember 11, 2012 at the Faculty Club at McMasterUniversity in Hamilton. This was our students’ night forthe Chapter to encourage participation in ASHRAE with the hope that many of the students will become Engineers within our industry. We would like to extend our thanks to McMaster’s Department of Mechanical Engineering for hosting us for the evening. We enjoyed two presentations that evening, the first was by Mr. Kelton Friedrich, Sustainable Energy Analyst for the proposed Engineering Center for Experimental Learning (ExCEL) at McMaster. ExCEL will support skill shaping experiential learning opportunities for engineering students, providing the competencies ASHRAE members look for in new graduates. The second speaker was as described above. The next meeting willbe on October 2, 2012 at the Royal Hamilton YachtClub regarding VAV boxes. I ask everyone to join us forthis meeting. Best Regards,

Reaz Usmanali, LEED AP, President 12/13

The second technical meeting of the year was held Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at our usual meeting place the RHYC. Topic was Selecting VAV for Acceptable IAQ. Background information was that with large numbers and types of VAV terminals available on the market, there are numerous questions regarding the proper selection and interpretation of VAV terminal specifications. This talk covered proper engineering specifications and designs for this broad product range, with updates on the latest rules and knowledge regarding VAV box type, linings, accessories and air flow limitations. The speaker was a DL – a distinguished lecturer sponsored by ASHRAE Headquarters. Dan Int-Hout, Chief Engineer, Krueger (Richardson, TX)

Dan is responsible for the presentation of technical data and advanced application engineering for the grilles, registers and diffusers, as well as the VAV air terminals produced by Krueger. He received the ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award in 1993 and the Exceptional Service Award in 2007.


It was held at the Royal Canadian Legion, 828 Legion Road, BURLINGTON, with: Registration: 11:30 AM

Lunch: 12:00 Noon Presentation: 12:45 PM It provided a networking opportunity for manufacturers and suppliers. Cost was $25.00 Per Person, payable at the door.

In the Nov 2012 Airways, Pres Reaz summarized the events in Oct. “On Tuesday, October 2nd, we held our second meeting at the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club. It was good to be back at our old location. My thanks to the staff and Wilf Laman for making the arrangements and ensuring the meeting went smoothly.

On behalf of chapter, I would like to extend a special thanks to our guest speaker, Mr. Dan Int-Hout,

ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer visiting us from Krueger in Richardson, TX. The next meeting will

be on the 13th of November, 2012 at the Grand Valley Golf Club in Cambridge. The topic – “Proving It’s Green, Keeping It Green” – will be presented by Bill McCartney. The holidays are less than two months away and we are planning a special event in honor of Past Presidents on December 2nd at the Flamboro Downs Race Track starting at 5 pm. Finally, I am looking for suggestions and insight into the preferences on our programs and meetings from our membership. Please feel free to contact me it you have any suggestions.

Best Regards, Reaz Usmanali, LEED AP, President 12/13”

The November 13th 2012 meeting featured none other than our own distinguished lecturer and chapter Board Member Bill McCartney, Director, Commissioning Services for Isotherm Engineering Ltd. William (Bill) McCartney has over forty-six years’ experience in the HVAC&R industry and holds a Trade Certificate as a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic. He started working in Toronto in 1966 for a design-build HVACR contractor in the construction department He returned in 1971 after two years with another contractor and was relocated in 1974 to London, Ontario as the branch manager. In 1978 Bill became a partner in a mechanical contracting and maintenance company in Sarnia, Ontario. In 1989, he formed HVAC Commissioners Inc., providing independent commissioning services in southwestern Ontario. Bill returned to Toronto in 1997 to a partnership in Isotherm Engineering Ltd. and his role as Director, Commissioning Services. He has been a member of ASHRAE since 1974 and served on many Society Technical committees including Operation & Maintenance Management and Building Commissioning. Bill is a lecturer for the ASHRAE Learning Course “The Commissioning Process for New and Existing Buildings. He is the recipient of the ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award 2007. He earned his ASHRAE certification as Commissioning Process Management Professional (CPMP) in 2009. He has served on and chaired industry associations such as Ontario Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Contractors, Canadian Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association and Heating, Refrigeration, Air Conditioning Institute of Canada. Bill is founding Board Member for the Eastern Canada Chapter of the Building Commissioning Association and serves on the International Board as a director at large. His topic was Proving It’s Green, Keeping It Green. The move towards a better built environment was started with the initial energycrisis in the 1973. Over the last four decades, this evolution was driven by improvedarchitectural, mechanical, and electrical design concepts. Starting in the early 80s,the commissioning process for HVAC systems was developed by ASHRAE and theguideline was published in 1989. Lately, with the added benefit of renewableenergy sources, the complexity of the building and its systems has risen to anextremely high level. Therefore, the confirmation that the total building is performingto the design intent, that the technology transfers from the two dimensional designto the three dimensional real world, and that the assurance that this will continueto operate as intended through-out the life cycle of the building, is imperative. His presentation demonstrated the necessary steps required to accomplish theseobjectives.

Pres Reaz follow-up in the Dec Airways was as follows:On Tuesday, November 13th, we held our third meetingout of town at the Grand Valley Golf Club in Cambridge, ON. in our efforts to reach out to the membership at large. As previously, we welcome many participants from the Cambridge area. My thanks to the staff, Frank and John for making the arrangements and ensuring the meeting went smoothly. On behalf of chapter, I would like to extend special thanks to our guest speaker, Mr Bill McCartney, Director, Commissioning Services, at IsothermEngineering Ltd. As mentioned in the Newsletter, our next meeting will be a social event in honor of the Past Presidents on Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 at Flamboro Downs in Hamilton starting at 5 pm. Dave Rasmussen has been working very hard to ensure the event can be as successful as has been in the past 8 years. The next formal event will be on January 8th,, 2012 and will involve a tour of the central utilities plant at the University of Guelph. Best Regards, Reaz Usmanali, LEED AP, President 12/13

The December meeting was held Sunday, December 2, 2012 at Flamboro Downs and featured Past Presidents & Ladies Night entitled “A Night at the Races” We only had 27 turn-out for the event but a great time was had by all. The food was excellent and the Casinolost a few bucks to many of us.Flamboro designated the 3rd Race for our ASHRAEGroup. I asked those who attended to place a minimum$2 bet on the horse of their choice with all winningsgoing to ASHRAE Research Canada. Numerous betswere placed on #5, “Dance Music”, which won theRace! With the first, second and third horses allcovered, we raised $150 in winnings for Research. Everyone enjoyed the buffet dinner in the dining room adjacent to the live action of the race track. Flamboro Downs did another great job of hosting us and even took a photo on the track of all who attended for the history books. It has been 8 years since we were last at this venue and hopefully we don’t have to wait as long to attend the event again in the coming years. Based on feedback from the group, every one enjoyed the event tremendously and it was nice to attend an event with our better halves and see a lot of familiar faces, as well as meet some new ones. My thanks to the staff and our social event chair, Dave Rasmussen, for making the arrangements and ensuring the event went smoothly. Great job Dave!

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