Canadian Hydronics Conference fast approaching


The Canadian Hydronics Conference in Ottawa this fall is fast approaching, with only just over one month to go.

Visitors can expect two full days of total immersion in everything related to modern hydronic heating and cooling. Presented by the Canadian Hydronics Council (CHC), the event will take place Sept. 24-25 at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre.

The CHC has announced 20 industry-leading experts from across North America who will present technical and business sessions.

These include Toby Shannan, a former contractor and chief support officer for Shopify, will be the opening speaker, talking about how to identify opportunities in the contractor’s local market.

Dave Hughes, associate chair – (special projects) pipe trades for Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) will present “Increase your hydronic sales and profits.” John Barba, national training director for Taco Inc., will talk about variable speed circulators.

Steve Gibbs, product manager for Roth Industries, will explain ceiling and wall radiant systems, while Ronald Gagnon, CEO of Concept-R Inc., will look at energy efficiency in Taco commercial buildings.

Mike Miller, director of commercial sales for Taco Inc., Canada, will talk about air-to-water heat pumps.

There will be an industry panel discussion on the future of hydronics in Canada. Panelists include Murray Pound, proprietor of Generations Master Builder, Plumbing & HVAC’s own hydronics expert Roy Collver, president of OTBC Inc., and Gord Cooke, president of Building Knowledge Canada.

Other Day 1 presentations include Gary Fairhurst, product manager for UEi Test Instruments, on combustion analysis and Jean-Claude Remy, business development manager, Uponor Ltd., eastern region, on snowmelt systems. Gord Cooke will talk about managing homeowner expectations.

The second day will be just as busy. Business expert Greg Weatherdon will talk about “How to get more life out of your business.” Michael Breault, senior technical instructor/instructional designer for tekmar/Watts, will talk about smart and connected controls. Roy Collver will talk about modulating condensing gas boilers. Rob Waters of Solar Water Services Inc. will explain how to integrate solar and hydronic systems.

Bill Hooper, regional sales manager – Atlantic for Uponor Ltd., will talk about customizing mechanical rooms to optimize efficiency. Remy will explain how radiant cooling works.

There will be a panel discussion on water quality with Dave Nichol, trainer and technical service manager for NTI, Kirk Nagus, general manager for Axiom Industries, and Equipco’s Matthew Reid and Adam Hedden.

The closing speaker for the conference will be Calgary-based engineer and comfort guru, Robert Bean, who will talk about “Current risk and rewards for the industry and its business.”

Throughout the two-days, there will also be a hydronics-only trade show. For more information and to register, please visit


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