The foundation that built the Hotel Engineering/ Facility Managers Association of Toronto (H.E.A.T) started in 1991, when several hotel engineers and maintenance managers, throughout different areas of the city, began to talk amongst themselves about the individual concerns they had in regards to maintaining and improving their respective hotel properties; and they also took the initiative to discuss these concerns with some of their suppliers and contractors. Soon after these discussions were underway, word of these gatherings spread throughout the expanding network. It followed that the idea of having an organized group of hotel engineers and maintenance managers, who could gather and share their experiences and problems, was recognized as the ideal method for improving their property management and maintenance.
By late 1992, the ad hoc committee met to discuss their individual recruiting initiatives, goals and objectives (etc.) to form an association. It was eventually agreed that they would move forward with its development. The Hotel Association of Metropolitan Toronto and Ontario Hydro sponsored the shaping of this new association, which ultimately become The Hotel Engineering/Facility Manager’s Association of Toronto, with the acronym “H.E.A.T.” and an original logo design (Our new logo was adopted in 2004, to reflect the changes in our association.)
To improve quality and efficiency of property operation of hotels and motels in metropolitan Toronto an interim Executive Committee was formed with the following slate of officers:
Leo Calderone, Director of Engineering, Sheraton Centre Hotel and Towers
VICE PRESIDENT - ADMINISTRATION
Maher Hanna, Chief Engineer, Royal York Hotel
VICE PRESIDENT – PROGRAMS
Peter Mellon, Director of Engineering, The Westin Harbour
VICE PRESIDENT – MEMBERSHIP
Luis Oliveira, Director of Engineering, The Howard Johnson Westbury
Donald Boucher, Program Specialist, Ontario Hydro
At that time, it was agreed that membership should consist of two categories, ACTIVE (engineers, maintenance, building operators, etc.), and ALLIED (suppliers, contractors, etc.); ALLIED Members having no voting rights on constitutional items, and a one to one ratio not to be exceeded among ACTIVE and ALLIED members. The prospective membership was 33 ACTIVE and 18 ALLIED. A brief was drawn up of possible rules and regulations, and plans were made for an inaugural meeting as well as for potential future meetings.
®BARRIER FREE ACCESS, by Terry Botten, Hotel Manager, Sheraton Centre Hotel Towers.
®ENERGY MANAGEMENT, by Garry Scott of Ontario Hydro
® LIFE SAFETY/EMPLOYEE SAFETY, by Neil Dalhouse of Tourism & Hospitality Industry Health & Safety Education Program
® WASTE MANAGEMENT AND BILL 143, by Geoff Rathbone, Laidlaw Waste Systems Ltd.
® TOTAL QUALITY PROGRAM FOR HOTELS, by Dera Neary, Westin Harbour Castle Hotel
As the association’s growth progressed, lawyers were acquired and an application was made for incorporation, which was granted under Mr. Calderone’s guidance on Sept. 2, 1994. Over time, a Chartered Accountant was engaged to perform the annual audit, and GST registration was obtained.
The development of the association proved to be both interesting and challenging. Several events beyond the control of any hotelier – such as “9/11” and “SARS” – resulted in major loss of business, impacting on all hotels and their maintenance staff. Only now in 2005 does there seem to be some sunlight on the horizon.
In 2006, we will begin our 14th year, having watched H.E.A.T grow and develop under the Presidential guidance of Leo Calderone’s 5 years, Bill Evans’ 4 years, the late Reg Brooks’ 1 year, and Paul Singh’s current 3 years. Though the time and many of the members have changed, several of the original engineers and maintenance managers, continue their H.E.A.T membership. As always we strive to promote our original Vision as well as harmony among our people.
With this in mind, the Annual golf tournament is our primary social event. The idea for the first Golf Tournament, held in Sleepy Hollow, is credited to the tireless work of Don Boucher of Ontario Hydro and Thomas Martin of Carlon Fire Equipment Limited, for encouraging togetherness among H.E.A.T engineers and managers. 2006 will mark our 14th consecutive Annual Golf Tournament.
The current Board of Directors, all of whom are volunteers, continues to search for new and interesting topics relevant to the hotel industry. Fresh ideas and volunteers are constantly needed, and we encourage our members to become personally involved. Our ALLIED members have proven to be invaluable supporters and providers for H.E.A.T, and will hopefully remain so in the future.
A drive to increase the participation of other hotels in the GTA is being assembled, and will be implemented in the new year. We encourage our ALLIED and ACTIVE members to speak and to encourage non-member hotel engineers to join H.E.A.T, to make it more representative of the GTA hotel industry.
OUR HONORARY MEMBERS
Leo Calderone - retired from the hotel engineering industry and now operates his own consulting business
Don Boucher - retired from Ontario Hydro.
Bill Sproule - retired from The City of Toronto Fire Department and now deceased.
Bill Evans - retired from the hotel engineering industry and now a hotel consultant representative.
H.E.A.T. was an active participant in the development of Section 9.9 of the Ontario Fire Code, in the development of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 and the repeal of the Hotel Fire Safety Act, thanks to our hard working and dedicated members John Rowe of Hotel Inter-Continental and Steve Tomlin of Hine, Reichard, Tomlin