It is hard to recall a time in recent history when the need to celebrate HVACR’s most talented technicians has ever been this great.

Speaking at the launch of the 2020 HVACR Leadership Awards yesterday, CCN publisher, Helen Davies, said that in these difficult times the awards program is a timely reminder of the importance of the climate control industry.

“Throughout this pandemic HVACR has been critical which is why there is no better time to shine and showcase Australia’s climate control champions,” she said.

“Every year we see such an abundance of talent and despite the current economic climate sponsorship support for this program remains strong. It is just further proof of the resilience of this industry.”

Once again there are eight categories available for nomination including the Woman of the Year in HVACR Award which is sponsored by Daikin Australia.

The company’s national marketing manager, Dan Tosh, said award programs are a great way to recognise the contributions made by individuals in the industry.

“Daikin has sponsored the Woman of the Year Award since its inception because we believe it has had a positive impact in recognizing and advancing the careers of women in the HVACR industry,” he said.

Tosh said it is also a reflection of the work Daikin has undertaken in the past five years to recruit more women to technical and skilled positions.

“As a result, we have seen women account for nearly 30% of all new employees and have reached a total of 20 female managers,” he said.

Tosh said winners in this category are particularly impressive because they are expected to demonstrate leadership while also inspiring other women in the workplace.

“They have encouraged other women to develop new skills and engage in continuous learning to realise their full potential,” he said.

“There is a very strong business case for gender diversity in the workplace. It certainly adds to the decision-making process contributing a greater mix of perspectives and ideas.”

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