Back Row (L to R): Edmund Athaide, Martin Vandenberg, Hart Holmstrom
Front Row (L to R): G. Leslie Oliver, Norman Fraser

Origins of HVACR Heritage Centre Canada

The HVACR Heritage Centre Canada began as a private initiative by a group of enthusiastic volunteers.

The Centre’s nuclear collection is the T. H. Oliver Collection of early 20th Century HVACR artefacts and archival documents. The Centre was incorporated as a Canadian not-for-profit in 2002 and was granted charitable status in 2003.

The Centre’s three founding partner organizations are

Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada
Ontario Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association
Local 787, Refrigeration Workers of Ontario

History of the founding collection

As recounted by founding curator G. Leslie Oliver PEng., Ph.D.