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2018 November Meeting - Fernie Arena Ammonia Incident

  • Italian Cultural Centre 3075 Slocan St Vancouver, BC Cananda (map)

Location: Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan St, Vancouver, BC
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Schedule:      5:30pm Registration and Social Hour

6:30pm Dinner and Research Draw

7:25pm Speakers Presentation

8:15pm Adjournment

Pricing:       ASHRAE BC Chapter Member $50.00

ASHRAE Student $10.00

Non Chapter Member $60.00

IAQA Member $50.00

Research Draw Tickets 1 for $5.00; 3 for $10.00; 8 for $20.00

At the next ASHRAE BC Chapter meeting on November 21st, Tony Scholl from Technical Safety BC will provide an overview of the Fatal Incident at the Fernie Memorial Arena on October 17th, 2017.

Tony's presentation will provide us an overview of the Ammonia Incident and provide an update on the next steps regarding Refrigeration System Safety in our province.  Technical Safety BC released their report on the incident on July 25th, 2018.  Tony will go over the scope and key findings. 

Technical Safety BC made 18 recommendations to further improve safety in ice rink refrigeration systems, and made a number of regulatory actions to prevent similar incidents. The Fernie incident is believed to be the first of its kind in which ammonia leaked into a secondary coolant (brine) leading to pipe pressurization resulting in a rapid release of ammonia into an enclosed room.

Tony Scholl has a background in Marine Engineering and has over twenty years’ experience in the administration of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Regulations in two different Canadian Jurisdictions. Tony assumed the position of Provincial Safety Manager for Boilers and Pressure Vessels in the province of British Columbia in 2013.

Please register for the meeting using the ASHRAE BC Chapter’s web portal, which makes it simple  for you to register and prepay by credit card (Visa, MasterCard). 


If you experience any problems or have questions regarding the registration process please contact: Peter Sung, Programs Chair

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