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The Debate: Decentralized DX or Centralized Hydronics? (in-person)

  • 16 May 2022
  • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Novotel Toronto North York, 3 Park Home Avenue, North York M2N 6L3
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The Debate: Decentralized DX or Centralized Hydronics? (in-person)

Agenda and Venue

Monday, May 16, 2022

5:30 PM to 6:30 PM - Networking (includes a drink ticket and hors d'oeuvres)

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM - Dinner and The Debate

Novotel Toronto North York - 3 Park Home Ave, North York M2N 6L3

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Event Summary

Professionals in the industry are often challenged with multiple solutions whether it is a new construction or retrofit opportunity with ever growing buildings stock, to meet climate goals. Our experienced and diverse group of panelists will debate on what are the most desired solutions considering decarbonization, pre-design to post-occupancy and health and safety in commercial, institutional, industrial and residential applications. Should it be Decentralized DX or Centralized Hydronics?

Panelists for Centralized Hydronics 

Michael Genin, P.Eng.

Founder, Advance Industrial Refrigeration

Michael Genin is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from Queen's University. He has spent his career in the industry with many different manufacturers of chillers, heat pumps, other HVAC equipment. Today he focuses on specialized zero carbon "active" heat-recovery systems for commercial and industrial buildings. Michael is a past-President of the ASHRAE Toronto Chapter and is currently the Regional Vice Chair of Government Affairs for Region II (Eastern Canada).

Will Rea, P.Eng.

Engineering Sales at HTS

Will Rea provides support and guidance to consultants surrounding new technology. In the past 11 years working with HTS, he has helped with design, support, and on-site commissioning of many top tier projects in Ontario - from office towers to hospitals and everything in between - including large-scale geothermal and net-zero energy projects. He co-leads the HTS customer training group, most recently leading the development of the 12-series Get Off the Gas, focused exclusively on reducing GHG emissions through old, current, and new HVAC technology.

Glenn Kilmer

Partner, Kilmer Environmental Inc.

Glenn Kilmer is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from Western University. He is a Partner at Kilmer Environmental which represents industry-leading HVAC product lines. He is a past-President of ASHRAE Toronto Chapter.

Panelists for Decentralized DX

James Kelly, B.Eng.

Engineering Sales, DXS

James Kelly is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from the University of Guelph who specialized in Mechatronics. He began his journey with DXS as a co-op student back in 2015 and has been passionate about de-carbonizing our built environment with the use of DX split and VRF systems ever since. He works primarily with engineering consultants and building owners to design and apply these technologies as a means for electrifying our past, present, and future buildings. Outside of work, James enjoys staying active with sports such as hockey, soccer, and volleyball, and looks forward to travelling as the world begins to open back up.

Syed Abid, M.Eng., MASHRAE

Director of Commercial Business, Mitsubishi Electric Sales Canada Inc.

With over 20 years of HVAC and Fluid Flow industry experience across South Asia, the Middle East, and Canada in diverse role of Sales, Marketing, Business Management and Planning. In depth knowledge of Applied and DX systems. Thorough understanding of Codes and Standards. Currently responsible for the development and implementation of the Commercial Business sales and marketing strategies for the Commercial, Applied and Ventilation segments of HVAC-Division at Mitsubishi Electric Sales Canada Inc. Syed loves to volunteer and profoundly involved in organizing food drives and blood donation drives. His contributions were acknowledged by Mississauga Food Bank and Red Cross Canada.


Commercial Market Account Executive, Johnson Controls 

Badri is Commercial Market Account Executive at Johnson Controls Canada LP focusing on mid-market for HVAC solutions within Greater Toronto Area. His HVAC industry experience has exposure to various roles - encompassing design, construction, project management, commissioning and business development. 

Badri is an ASHRAE member, actively engaged at ASHRAE Toronto Chapter operations. He is a voting member on Certification Committee at ASHRAE Society and serves on ASHRAE Technical Committee 8.7 VRF (Variable Refrigerant Flow). For his contributions to the industry and ASHRAE, he received YEA Inspirational Leader Award in 2022. He has been named to the 2021 Top 40 under 40 HVAC Professionals by the NEWS. 


Kurt Monteiro, B.A.Sc., P.Eng., LEED AP, HFDP, HBDP

Principal, Smith + Andersen

Kurt Monteiro, B.A.Sc., P.Eng.,LEEP AP, HFDP,HBDP Principal, Smith + Andersen. Over a career that spans more than 20 years, Kurt Monteiro has established a reputation that carefully balances innovation with client satisfaction. Kurt has spent the majority of his career with Smith + Andersen and, over the last decade, has focused on healthcare and laboratory projects- particularly large P3 projects and renovations to existing healthcare facilities. Kurt has been an active member of the ASHRAE Toronto Chapter for many years, serving on the board of governors and currently acting as President-Elect of the Chapter's Executive Committee. He is a voting member of the ASHRAE Certification Committee, as well as a provisional corresponding member for several healthcare and laboratory technical committees. Kurt is also an active member of the CSA Medical Gas technical sub-committee that published CSA-Z7396.1 Medical Gas Pipeline Systems. His leadership and design acumen frequently leads to award-winning work, including first place in the New Healthcare Facilities category at the 2017 ASHRAE Society Technology Awards for the $1.2-billion Humber River Hospital project in Toronto. Most recently, Kurt led the Smith + Andersen team that won first place in the New Healthcare Facilities category at the 2020 ASHRAE Society Technology Awards for their work on Peel Memorial Integrated Health Centre in Brampton- the greenest ambulatory care center in the province. 

Walk-in registrations will not be permitted.

Please feel free to reach out if you need assistance:

Amira Musa

ASHRAE Toronto CTTC Co Chair


Adewumi Adepoju
ASHRAE Toronto Refrigeration Subcommittee Chair

Elias Barker
ASHRAE Toronto CTTC Member


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