ASHRAE president

Darryl Boyce launches term as ASHRAE president

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Darryl Boyce has been inducted as ASHRAE president for 2019-20. A mechanical engineer with an extensive background in the planning, management, operations and energy performance of post-secondary education facilities, he is one of approximately 6,000 Canadians among the Society’s worldwide membership of more than 56,000 building professionals.

In keeping with ASHRAE tradition, Boyce has a chosen a theme for his leadership tenure: Building for people and performance. Achieving operational excellence.

“Let’s talk about what we can do to ensure that people succeed within the buildings we create,” he urged the gathering at yesterday’s president’s luncheon address, held in conjunction with the 2019 ASHRAE annual conference in Kansas City, Missouri. “The design should reflect the capabilities of the people who will be operating the building. It is crucial to work with building owner-operator organizations to develop strategies that will prepare the operators to effectively operate the building through training, the effective use of the building automation system, as well as analytical and other operational tools.”

Boyce is a special advisor to the vice president of finance and administration at Carleton University, and was previously assistant vice president of facilities management and planning at the Ottawa-based campus. He has also been a consultant on a range of projects, including the unique SNOLAB scientific research facility in Sudbury, Ontario, which is largely located two kilometres below the earth’s surface in a section of the Creighton mine.

He began his career as an engineering technologist after graduating from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 1973 then, at age 27, enrolled at the University of Alberta where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. He has filled numerous roles on ASHRAE’s board and committees and is a Fellow and life member. As president-elect, Boyce joined 2018-19 president Sheila Hayter to address the Canadian government’s standing committee on natural resources last November.

“Darryl Boyce knows buildings well. Very well. He knows how to operate them, how to fix them, and how to ensure optimal performance,” Hayter told the assembled Members of Parliament. “As head of facilities at Carleton University, Darryl was responsible for over 50 buildings, encompassing 450,000 square metres of building space, including labs, residential space, and administrative operations.”

Charles Gulledge, senior mechanical engineer with Environmental Air Systems LLC in High Point, North Carolina, now steps into the ASHRAE president-elect position. William (Bill) Dean, a P.Eng and regional site operations manager with the National Research Council based in Saskatoon, has also been elected as a vice president for 2019-20.

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