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ASHRAE Toronto Dinner Meeting - UofT Centre for Engineering, Innovation and Entrepreneurship - March 5th, 2018

  • 05 Mar 2018
  • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Faculty Club, University of Toronto, 41 Willcocks Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1C7
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  • *Please note - Valid student ID from your respective school must be shown when signing in at the door.

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Centre for Engineering, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

 Date: Monday March 5th 2018
 Venue:  Faculty Club, University of Toronto
41 Willcocks Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1C7

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Facility Tour:
(exclusive for chapter members)
Tour 1 - 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Tour 1 - 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM
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Networking & Registration: 
Dinner & Presentation:
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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ASHRAE Society President:

Bjarne Olesen

Every year the Toronto Chapter celebrates our history by dedicating one dinner meeting to our chapter past-presidents. We have had almost 100 years of being a chapter and have many outstanding members of the industry as chapter president.

This ASHRAE year marks an even greater occasion with a guest visit from none other than society president Bjarne Olesen. We hope that you are able to make it to our March dinner meeting to meet Bjarne!



UofT's Centre for Engineering, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

Rendering courtesy of Montgomery Sisam Architects in association with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

UofT's Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE) is set to be the flagship Engineering building of their downtown campus. It is set to be occupied later in 2018, and ASHRAE Toronto Chapter is proud to be offering this sneak peak facility tour and featured presentation. UofT will be starting the featured presentation by going through the design intentions behind the space. The facility will host multidisciplinary collaboration in which students, researchers, alumni, industry partners and staff will work together to foster and accelerate innovation. The goal will be to encourage engineers to bring their innovation ideas and products to the marketplace. We are excited to learn more on the intention behind CEIE as an institution and how the design of the spaces will contribute to this!

Finishing the evening, Smith+Andersen will be walking us through an overview of the mechanical design for the University of Toronto’s newest learning hub – the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE). Working with Montgomery Sisam Architects, Smith + Andersen consulted on the mechanical and electrical design for this new construction project. Targeting completion later this spring, the CEIE building was designed to achieve a minimum of 25% energy efficiency improvement over the current Ontario Building Code, and has an energy target of 100 kw/m2 per year. Some design features include an advanced air delivery system which aims to improve occupant comfort, unique service tailored to an expansive 460-seat auditorium, and strategically designed return air paths throughout the six upper floors. The building is also expected to meet or exceed several Tier 2 Toronto Green Standard performance measures. Once complete, the CEIE building will showcase some of the best sustainable design strategies aimed at maximizing energy efficiency - making it one of the most efficient buildings on the Downtown (St. George) Campus.



Ronald D. Venter.


University of Toronto

Ron was born in South Africa and educated at the University of the Witwatersrand (BSc cum laude Mechanical Engineering, 1966) and McMaster University (MEng (Design) and PhD, 1971). He has had a prosperous career in the mining industry in South Africa before holding various prestigious academic positions at the University of Toronto over 30 years. Ron is an active researcher and educator in the area of manufacturing, hydrogen energy systems and design innovation. He served on various research and innovation boards including the Ontario Centres of Excellence; the Industrial Research & Development Institute; the Canadian Hydrogen Association; the Innovations Foundation; and MaRS. In 2009 Ron received the University’s Vivek Goel Citizenship Award in recognition of his exemplary service of more than three decades.

Since his formal retirement from the University of Toronto in 2006, Ron Venter established his own company Element One and has worked with various Universities to plan and develop new academic buildings over the past 10 years. He is presently working with Dean Cristina Amon to build the much anticipated Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the CEIE.

Saeed Akbari

Mechanical Project Manager

Smith + Andersen

Following more than 15 years of proven mechanical design experience, Saeed has earned an impeccable reputation as a trusted project manager. Before joining the Smith + Andersen team in 2009, Saeed’s experience already included a wide range of projects, including work in the post-secondary, transportation, and health care sectors.

Since then, he has provided critical input and guidance on several Design Build Finance and Maintain (DBFM) projects, such as Niagara Health System Health Care Complex and Walker Family Cancer Centre, Humber River Hospital, and Peel Memorial Centre. The new Humber River Hospital received the 2017 ASHRAE Technology Award First Place for Category III Health Care Facilities, and is regarded as the first fully-digital hospital in North America.

Currently, Saeed is leading the mechanical design for the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE) building at the University of Toronto

Kevin Farbridge


Smith + Andersen

In 1987, Kevin began his mechanical design career at Smith + Andersen and has dedicated his entire career to the firm - managing some of the most complex and technical projects in the country and becoming a partner in 1995. Kevin is trusted and respected by clients and colleagues alike, playing a critical strategic role while still addressing and resolving the competing interests which typically emerge amongst team members throughout the course of a project. His unparalleled technical work includes some of Ontario’s most impressive post-secondary and laboratory projects of the last decade, including award-winning designs such as the Environmental Science and Chemistry Building on the University of Toronto’s Scarborough Campus. A former Board Director for the Consulting Engineers of Ontario, Kevin is a respected engineer, an impactful mentor, and a trusted industry leader.

No Walk-In Registrations will be Permitted

Need Assistance?

Feel free to contact the following:

Badri Patel
ASHRAE Toronto Programs Committee Member

Emma Wildeman
ASHRAE Toronto Programs Chair 


Beatriz Salazar
ASHRAE Toronto Programs Committee Member

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