Canadians continue to stand out as ASHRAE outstanding achievers. This year’s select group of honourees for distinguished service, exceptional service and distinguished long-term membership was announced at the Society’s annual conference, which is unfolding in a four-day virtual format. They will formally receive their awards at ASHRAE’s 2021 winter conference set for January 21-27 in Chicago.
Nicolas Lemire, president and chief executive officer of Pageau Morel et associés inc. in Montreal, is among 43 recipients of the distinguished service award, commending ASHRAE members of any grade for their commitment and professional accomplishments, and is also recognized in the select group of 10 exceptional service designees. That honour is limited to members who have been acknowledged for distinguished service and have continued to make exemplary contributions to ASHRAE and the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration industry.
Tim McGinn, a professional engineer and former Calgary-based principal with the architectural and engineering firm, Dialog, has also been recognized for exceptional service. McGinn, now retired, has just been elected an ASHRAE vice president for the 2020-21 term after previously serving as director at-large. He joins William Dean, an engineer based in Saskatoon with the National Research Council, and Darryl Boyce, immediate past president, as Canadians on the current slate of executive officers.
John Bisset of London, Ontario, and Frantisek Vaculik of Ottawa are two of 23 ASHRAE members named distinguished 50-year members. Only members of at least 50 years’ standing who are ASHRAE Fellows, distinguished service award recipients or a past ASHRAE president are eligible for the honour. Bisset, a professional engineer, is founder of the mechanical and consulting engineering firm, Chorley + Bisset Ltd. Vaculik, a professional engineer, is retired after serving as manager, building performance, with Public Works Canada.
Beatriz Salazar, an electrical designer with Smith and Andersen and secretary of the Toronto ASHRAE chapter, receives the Dan Mills Chapter Programs Award, which recognizes excellence in the development and implementation of chapter programs.