HRAI plans 50th year celebration in Mexico


The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) will celebrate its 50th anniversary in style this year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

From Oct. 14-16, HRAI members will be able to listen to keynote speakers and industry sessions and participate in entertainment venues and many other networking activities during the group’s annual conference to be held at the beautiful Paradisus Playa del Carmen resort.

On the first day, attendees will attend a welcome reception at the Gabi Club bar, with outdoor entertainment.

On the second day keynote speaker Bruce Sellery, author of Moolala: Why Smart People do Dumb Things with their Money (and what you can do about it), will present in the morning, followed by an awards ceremony. Later in the day, Plumbing & HVAC’s own refrigeration columnist, Greg Scrivener (Cold Dynamics, Edmonton), will talk about the coming changes to refrigerants. Thomas Mueller, president and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council, Ottawa, will talk about green buildings in the next session.  The annual HRAI golf tournament, missing from the schedule at last year’s Quebec City conference, returns during the afternoon.

Retired RCMP undercover officer and internet crime expert Chris Mathers will kick off activities on the 16th with a talk on cyber security. His impression of a Russian gangster is not to be missed!

Corey Diamond, former COO and partner of global consulting firm, Realized Worth, Baltimore, Maryland will outline a vision for energy efficiency in Canada. Various meetings are scheduled for each of the three HRAI divisions, and then a final reception and banquet with entertainment will wrap up the conference.

In addition to organized activities, there are plenty of other activities and entertainment at the resort to keep people as busy as they want to be. The resort offers a variety of sports and fitness activities, workshops (including tequila sampling and wine tasting), Latin dance classes (salsa, merengue, and tango), live music and a spa.

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