HPBAC’s four standing committees meet regularly and are comprised of members from each region whenever possible as well as staff. If you have any questions or comments or would like to become involved with an HPBAC committee please contact the HPBAC office at 1-800-792-5284 to speak with Laura Litchfield or Tony Gottschalk.

Communications Committee

Chair: Alan Murphy, Blaze King
Ingrid Schroeter, Napoleon Fireplaces & Grills
Diane Murray, Union Gas
David Lamky, HHT
Michael Richard, Nergiflex
Daniela Lucarino, Regency

Staff
Laura Litchfield, HPBA Canada
Michelle Murat, HPBA Canada
Chantal Demers, APC

The Communications Committee plans and develops HPBAC’s communication strategy. It’s function is to provide the following resources to media, homeowners and to members of the industry:

  • Access to leading-edge information on industry trends and statistics
  • Product resources and safety information
  • Relevant news updates both internally and externally

 For Members Only:

  • HPBA Canada newsletters, email bulletins, and news alerts on regional and national industry concerns
  • Annual Report
  • Annual Membership Kit

The committee meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 2pm EST.


Education Committee

Chair: Andrew Vickers, Powrmatic
Dana Moroz, Napoleon Fireplaces & Grills
Jesse Kemp, Country Stoves & Sunrooms
Kyle Quinn, ICC/RSF
Steve Haagmans, Valor/Miles Industries
Steve Rea, ICC/RSF
George Leblanc, Maritime Fireplaces
Steve Abrams, Jackson Fireplaces

Staff
Tony Gottschalk, HPBA Canada
Laura Litchfield, HPBA Canada
Chantal Demers, APC

The Education Committee is responsible for developing educational programming and facilitating education and training. They currently work to provide members and the public with:

  • Webinars covering relevant topics within the industry
  • Connections with government agencies, associations, and closely-linked industry members
  • Resources to help members stay informed on important topics

Government Affairs Committee

Chair: Alan Murphy, Blaze King
George Leblanc, Maritime Fireplaces
Gregg Achman, HHT
Dan Bonar, ICC
Dana Moroz, Napoleon
Martin Miles, Valor
Michael Richard, Nergiflex
Andrew Vickers, Powrmatic
Kim Davis, Compact Appliances

Attending Members

Jason Meyer, Hearth & Home Fireplace Specialities
Tony Lobraico, Napoleon
Daniela Lucarino, Regency

Staff
Tony Gottschalk, HPBA Canada
Laura Litchfield, HPBA Canada
Michelle Murat, HPBA Canada
John Crouch, HPBA
Rachel Feinstein, HPBA

The Government Affairs Committee is responsible for representing the industry on issues relating to policy and regulation. Currently, they focus on providing members with:

  • Proactive information about concerning focus areas
  • Creating relationships with government agencies for the association to benefit from
  • Establishing a presence on municipal, provincial, and federal levels of government on relevant topics

Member Services Committee

Acting Chair: Amber Percival, Urban Hearth
Rod Eide, Mr. Fireplace
Kim Davis, Compact Appliances
Vincent Boulay, Distribution Jade
Steve Keeling, Keeling Agencies
Dominique Page, United Buyers Group

Staff
Laura Litchfield, HPBA Canada
Anne Deslauriers, HPBA Canada
Chantal Demers, APC

The Membership Committee is charged with recruiting and engaging members and delivering value to members. Its Mission is to:

  • move members through the onboarding process of Affiliation, Engagement, Involvement and onto Ambassadors
  • Create networking opportunities at the National level and to help facilitate functions at the Chapter level
  • communicate with each regional chapter through a chapter liaison that resides on both the National Membership Committee and the Chapter Membership Committee.

The Committee meets on the last Monday of each month from January through August at 4pm EST.

 

Additional Committees

Executive Committee

Dominique Page
Eric Barnhill
Kimberley Davis
Martin Miles

 

 

Amalgamation Task Force

Dominique Page
Kathy Morningstar
Lisa Martin
Martin Miles
Steve Keeling

Staff
Tony Gottschalk
Laura Litchfield

Established to assist the process of amalgamating the National Organization and the regional chapters into a single legal entity.

Finance Committee

Eric Barnhill
Kimberley Davis
Martin Miles

Staff
Tony Gottschalk
Laura Litchfield

 

CSA P4 Taskforce

Cliff Lilley
Gregg Achman
Martin Miles
Mike Hollin
Mike Pennington
Rick Curkeet
Tom Stroud
Tony Gottschalk

Established to address a potential modification to the recently puplished 2015 version of the CSA P.4.1 Testing standard.