Raven Company News

August 08, 2018

Procore Event

Procore hosted an excellent event at the Terminal City Club, where they focused on Technology in the Construction Industry. Following breakfast, there was a panel discussion lead by Helen Goodland of Brantwood consulting. Helen led a very intriguing conversation on how the construction industry is changing with the use of technology.

On the panel were Tooey Courtemanche CEO of Procore Technology, Tim Coldwell President of Chandos Construction, Brandon Drewlo President of Novacom Building Partners, Sunny Ghatautah President of AES Engineering, Mike Maierle Principal of Etro consulting, and Clint Undseth VP of Innovation at Stuart Olson.

As the discussions went on, Ashley was pleased to hear many of the insights shared by these industry leaders are very closely aligned with the beliefs of the Raven Team.

The panelists agreed to the many benefits of hiring recent grads as well as hiring talent from outside the construction industry. Raven has worked with the UBC Co-op program for many years hiring more than 10 co-op students. We gladly welcomed both Nic and Bennett back full time after graduation. We are always looking for the next addition to the Raven Team, at the local store or coffee shop.

Having trouble seeing how a project may look, or how you are going to get that equipment onto site? You may benefit from looking for your next hire in the gaming industry! They also shared their thoughts on how we can all benefit from sharing information with one another.

If you get the opportunity to attend an event with these brilliant folks, we would highly recommend attending! If you’re interested in checking out the footage from the event, please reach out to Sanjeev Dhillon with Procore at [email protected].


Tags: construction, procore, Raven Supply, technology
July 27, 2018

Linna and Bennett’s Trip to Maxi-Therm

Maxi-Therm joined the Raven product line only a few short months ago. They offer innovative solutions for steam applications, including steam to hot water, clean steam and many more. Linna and Bennett were the first of the Raven team to visit Maxi-Therm in Montreal!

Both Bennett and Linna were very impressed by Maxi-Therm’s innovative designs.  Bennett got the chance to take an up-close look at their approach to high pressure steam to hot water generation, which saves mechanical room footprint space and reduces energy consumption by 5-20% by eliminating all flash steam loss! They were also fascinated by the design of Maxi-Therm’s heaters. Not only are they compact, but they are also skid packaged that comes with required control valves and electronic controls for a simple plug and play install. Bennett and Linna got to see the various industries that have benefited from installing a Maxi-Therm package, including universities, hospitals, food processors, and many more.

The Maxi-Therm Facility has a state of the art research and development laboratory. This is where Bennett got a peak at Maxi-Therm’s most current energy-saving innovation – a micro steam powered motor that can both convert high pressure steam to low pressure steam and harvest lost superheat into electricity!

Aside from a great visit at Maxi-Therm, Bennett and Linna also enjoyed exploring Montreal. They visited Parc Maisonneuve, Mount Royal Park, and the Redpath Museum at McGill University. Even though the meals with the manufacturers were delicious, they couldn’t leave Montreal without trying a smoked meat sandwich and poutine.

Linna and Bennett also got the chance to head over to Security Chimney’s Facility in Laval. This was Linnas first time at Security, so she was happy to finally meet everyone and be able to put a face to everyone’s name. Linna expected most of the manufacturing to be automated but was surprised at the great deal of manual work and coordination required for each order. Now she has a much greater appreciation for all the custom pieces that Security manufactures for us!

Tags: Clean steam, Maxitherm, montreal, steam
July 18, 2018

Merinda Joins the Raven Team

Raven welcomes Merinda Widmer to the team! She graduated from the Chemical Engineering program at the University of Alberta in 2018.

Merindas previous work experience includes Office Administration at Water Canada in Kelowna, a residential reverse osmosis company. She also held a position as an Accountants Assistant at Sunset Accounting. Both of these companies gave her excellent background knowledge on small businesses, how they are run and the importance of customer service! All making her a great addition to the Raven Team.

Merinda moved to the lower mainland after accepting the position of Inside Sales Engineer at Raven, currently residing in Surrey. She brings a great energy to the office, always smiling and willing to take on any challenge that comes her way.

She will be taking over all venting estimating and project coordination from Isaac when he goes back to UBC in August, while working with the rest of the engineering team on boilers, heat exchangers and all parts. She has already been to the Fulton Boiler Manufacturing facilities in both Syracuse and Pulaski, NY for systems training as well as attended the BCFPA Food Pro West trade show and multiple site visits!

In her spare time, she loves playing volleyball, she has volunteered with the Central Okanagan School District officiating and score keeping for local games. When trying to relax you can find her  doing hot yoga or watching hockey. Merinda also looks forward to exploring the lower mainland and trying some new restaurants.

Please join us in welcoming Merinda to the team!

Tags: chemical engineering, engineer, Raven Team, sales engineer
July 12, 2018

Nic Visits Elementary Schools in the Tien Giang Province of Vietnam to see the $20,000 in Scholarships for Vietnamese School Girls at Work.

In May, Nic and his girlfriend Christina travelled to visit two rural elementary schools in the Tien Giang Province of Vietnam, both of which had recently begun working with Room To Read to embrace their proven-successful library program. In 2017, Raven Supply and its generous partners raised $20,000 to fund scholarships for Vietnamese schoolgirls who are often held back from obtaining secondary and post-secondary education due to socioeconomic hurdles.

Nic and Christina were guided by three of Room To Read’s Vietnamese regional representatives: Chau, Lin, and Trang. During the journey into the Mekong Delta, the three women shared how Room To Read’s efforts are tailored to help resolve the educational issues that are specific to the country of Vietnam. They learned that while the government usually provides adequate infrastructure and access to primary school for all children, many areas still lack important teaching resources such as books and librarian training.

Before the new Room To Read libraries were opened, the old libraries were mostly empty, decrepit, and locked shut to prevent students from freely accessing the books. Naturally, this left many students uninterested in exploring the world outside their doorstep, which has been correlated with a lack of interest in pursuing further education beyond primary school. By providing freely accessible libraries with an abundance of attractive books for students to borrow, Room To Read’s model has proven to be successful in encouraging students to continue their education and pursue careers in a diverse range of professions that are essential to the socioeconomic development of an independent nation that is still recovering from the devastation of war and impacts of foreign dominance throughout history.

Upon arrival at both the Phu Dong and Long Hoa primary schools, the group received a very warm welcome from the principals, librarians, government representatives, and administrative staff. With the help of Chau’s excellent translation skills, Nic was able to explain Raven Supply’s unique approach to successfully raising funds for Room To Read through its vendor partnerships and customer donations. Conversely, the staff shared glowing stories about how Room To Read’s library program is making such a positive impression on their students, after only 1-2 years since being introduced. The government representatives showed strong commitment to continuing their support for Room To Read, noting the organization’s strong leadership and accountability as being instrumental to their success.

Following the meetings with staff, Nic and Christina visited the libraries to observe and interact with the students during a reading period. Being from such a rural area, the children could not contain their excitement and curiosity at the sight of two foreigners. During a Q&A session, the children had a never-ending stream of questions about life in Canada, especially on the topic of polar bears. By the end of the visit, Nic and Christina were swarmed by hundreds of bright-eyed smiling children!

Eventually, the children reluctantly said goodbye. Nic and Christina then travelled to explore the natural and cultural wonders of Vietnam before returning home to Vancouver. Surely, it was a humbling experience that will never be forgotten!

June 30, 2018

Fulton Systems Training

View of Lake Ontario from Rainbow Shores Restaurant

Linna and Merinda were amongst the first Fulton reps to attend the first Systems Training course offered at Fulton’s Pulaski Facility.

They spent some time looking into improperly designed systems, what can go wrong and what would have prevented the problem. This was a great take away for Raven, our team of engineers spent a lot of time providing design assistance for design-build projects and helping to troubleshoot issues.

For Merinda, this was her first Fulton visit. While she has received product training here at Raven, she enjoyed getting to learn about the system as a whole.

The Fulton team arranged a delicious dinner at the Rainbow Shores Restaurant, with a beautiful view of Lake Ontario. Luckily the weather held up for their evening out, during the trip, the weather was sporadic with storms one second and beautiful sunny skies the next.

The hospitality offered by the Fulton team is always second to none; both Ladies had a great time getting to know the Team. On the last day of training, Merinda was lucky enough to drop by Fulton’s new facility in Syracuse while Linna set flight for a trip home to Edmonton.

April 19, 2018

New addition to the Raven Family!

The Raven Team is growing! You may have noticed a friendly new voice when calling into Raven. We proudly welcomed Megan Davies into a new Administrative roll! Megan joined the team in April, coming from a similar role at a tech start-up company. Her background is in education, teaching English in Japan and Thailand then returning to BC to teach locally.

Megan has attended at UVic and BCIT where she studied graphic design and visual arts, and earning her B.F.A.

Megan brings her excellent customer service skills, administrative and leadership experience. She has proven herself to be a very valuable part of the team in her short time at Raven.

Don’t worry – Bal isn’t going anywhere. The Office Administrator position was added to give Bal some much needed back up on all office activities!

Please join us in welcoming Megan!

March 28, 2018

Fulton Annual Sales Meeting

Earlier this month the Raven Team went down to Vegas for Fulton’s Sales Meeting at the Red Rock Resort. Bennett, Nic, Linna and Ashley thoroughly enjoyed the 4 day meeting, where we learned about the engineering and process changes the company has made, new and innovative product offerings and how we are going to grow with Fulton in the coming year.

It wasn’t all business on the trip, the team got to get out and see parts of Vegas they had never seen before. Bennett and Linna took a tour of the Hoover Dam which was a very cool experience, the guide was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. They enjoyed the view from above and down into the turbine room.

Nic and Ashley took a trip out to the Red Rock Canyon where they hiked a couple of miles up to the beautiful rock face of the Canyon. While hiking is a favorite activity for both Nic and Ashley, they enjoyed the difference in scenery and would love to go back and check out more of the Canyon. Although Ashley may not join the locals in free climbing the rock.

Fulton Did an excellent job bringing everyone together and making it a great experience for every rep who attended.

January 10, 2018

2018 Room to Read Initiative Update

Raven Hydronic Supply Ltd. is proud to announce its 2018 fundraising initiative in support of educating children in the developing world.

Raven is again partnering with Room to Read, this years project will be in Tanzania. Tanzania suffers from high levels of poverty, wide spread disease, and lack of development. Almost 90 percent of Tanzania lives on less than $2 a day.

With a goal of $20,000, Raven is excited to be funding a year of education for 50 girls. Girls who finish secondary school go on to earn more, have smaller and healthier families, and more likely to educate their own children – ending the cycle of poverty.

With your help we can make a difference in the lives of children and provide them with the lifelong gift of education.

Raven Supply has been a proud supporter of Room to Read since 2013. As always Raven will match each donation.

Since 2013 we have contributed over $144,000 to Room to Read.

Click here to learn more about this project.