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The HVACR Heritage Centre Canada (HHCC) gratefully acknowledges the financial investment by the Department of Canadian Heritage in the creation of this online presentation for the Virtual Museum of Canada.

The Heating Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI), the Canadian Oil Heat Association (COHA), and the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) were essential supporters of the application in January 2009.

The team

These people were the project management team which developed this exhibit after it was approved in June 2009:

  • Ronald H. (Ron) Shuker, project manager (Ron is also executive director of the HVACR Heritage Centre Canada);
  • G. Leslie Oliver, content manager (Leslie, a past founding director, provides collections and curatorial services for the Centre)
  • Gary Burger, principal researcher/contributor (Gary is also a director and chair of the Centre);
  • Nigel Heseltine, Web manager, editor, researcher/contributor, graphic artist;
  • Josh Luksa, Kaitlin Parnigoni (design) and Chris Bishop (programming), GeekPower Web Design, Newmarket, Ontario.


The HVACR Heritage Centre Canada also wishes to acknowledge the contributions of the following individuals/families who donated vital archival materials to the Centre for this exhibit, “Warming Up: Automated Heating and Social Change”:

  • James Morrison Illustrated Catalogue, 1888, from Hugh Palser, Palser Enterprises, London, Ontario. The first contribution and key to our Timeline.
  • Michael Strong, Canadian Antique Stoves, Kaslo, BC, January 2010.
  • Amable Belanger Ltee., Montmagny, Quebec, 1867-1954, digital files from Emile Gagne, president, The Historical Society of Montmagny, Quebec, April 2010.
  • Lewin-Langsner Inc. Collection of eight early 20th century catalogues-archival materials, Gordon Langsner, president, Montreal, Quebec, February 2010.
  • Wood stove photos, H. Frechette, Montreal, Quebec.
  • Audel Oil Burner Guides, digital files, E. Bosse, Montreal, Quebec.
  • Industrial Training, Series C, Heating – Part I-III, 1938, Wayne D. Helsel Collection, Grand Rapids, Michigan, September 2007.

Also contributing time and research:

  • Art Irwin, researcher, Art Irwin Consulting, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • Eden Pelletier, researcher, Montreal, Quebec.
  • Victor Koby, former president, Hunter Enterprises, Orillia, Ontario, review.
  • Dave Tayler, business consultant, Simcoe, Ontario, topic contributor.
  • Ron Graham, teacher, Toronto, Ontario. -- lesson plans for the exhibit.
  • Jessi Rose Earle, graduate student, Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario — researcher/contributor (history of fashions).
  • Roland Gee, computer services consultant, Aurora, Ontario.
  • Mark Dorlandt, photographer, Aurora, Ontario — artefact images.
  • Translation to French was organized by Ness Lakdawala, Dectron Internationale, Montreal, Quebec, and coordinated by Barbara Dagenais, also with Dectron. Martin Bernard, Traduction MB, Lévis, did the French translation and the technical review of the translated text was performed by Adel Homsy, an engineer with Dectron.