The winners of the 2021 HVACR Leadership Awards were formally announced on Friday at CCN Live.

Once again there was a highly competitive line-up of finalists for each category.

Proceedings began with the dual male and female Rising Star Award which was sponsored by ABB.

Woolworths Group technician, Katie Hammill-Lovett, won the Female Rising Star Award while the Male Rising Star Award went to Alpine Refrigeration technician, Alex Hawkins.

These two technicians love their trade and look forward to a promising future.

Glaciem Cooling managing director, Julian Hudson, won the Leader in Energy Savings & Sustainability Award which was sponsored by Alfa Laval. His nomination featured a project showing what refrigeration will look like in a net zero future.

Next up was the Contractor of the Year Award which was sponsored Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air Conditioners Australia (MHIAA). The winner was owner and director of Coles Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Mitchell Cousins.

The HVACR Woman of the Year Award, which was sponsored by BITZER, went to Pam Rogers, general manager of SP&R Air Conditioning. She began her career as a technician and is now working in management.

One of the most competitive award categories was Tradie of the Year which was sponsored by Temperzone. The award went to an outstanding technician, Elliot Rogan of Australian Refrigeration Services.

The final award, HVACR Leader of the Year which is sponsored by Refrigerant Reclaim Australila, went to two winners.

They are Kevin O’Shea AM, who is the managing director of Coldrae and president of the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (RACCA).

The second winner was Mark Padwick, the key account manager at Cooldrive Distribution and president of  the Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturers Association of Australia (AREMA).

Full page profiles of each award winner will be published in the December/January 2022 edition of CCN Magazine.

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