VICTORIA, British Columbia - Mike Latreille, chair of the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors of Canada (HRAC), presented two inaugural recognition awards for outstanding leadership within the HRAC community during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort & Spa in Victoria, British Columbia.
Neil Smith, Arvin Air Systems, Stoney Creek, Ontario, past chair
of HRAC, was the recipient of the Craig McCarty Memorial Award. This award is
given to HRAC members who have shown outstanding leadership and dedication to
the HVACR contracting industry in Canada by volunteering to serve in leadership
roles with HRAC. The award is named in memory of Craig McCarty, who was the
first chair of HRAC and a founding member of the HRAC Essex/Kent/Lambton
Chapter. McCarty’s vision for and dedication to the formation of HRAC as a
distinct entity within HRAI helped to make the contractor association what it is
According to HRAC, Smith was honored for being instrumental in
developing HRAC into a pre-eminent contractor association and he continues to
provide ongoing support to members within the HVACR community.
John Murphy, of J.E. Murphy Heating, LaSalle, Ontario, is the
first recipient of the Gearld Inch Award for Chapter Leadership. This award is
given out to recognize the special efforts of those volunteers who have been
instrumental in keeping chapters and local/regional groups viable and
meaningful to members. Gearld Inch is a founding member of the London Region
HRAC Association and has been a member for over 25 years. His longstanding
contribution to the chapter and the membership at large included his commitment
to and support for education programs at the chapter level. He has been honored
with the HRAI Merit Award and a Lifetime Membership for his contributions to
the development of HRAI and the Canadian HVACR industry. Murphy has been a
longstanding executive member of the Essex/Kent/Lambton Chapter of Ontario.
When McCarty passed away, Murphy devoted his time to carrying on the function
of the chapter including developing innovative networking opportunities for the
members in southwestern Ontario.
For more information, contact Glenda Mulligan at
HRAC Presents Awards at Annual Meeting
October 22, 2007