Obituary: Former ARA President Tim Edwards

Tim Edwards, former president of the Australian Refrigeration Association, has passed away. He will be greatly missed in Australia and beyond.

Former ARA President Tim Edwards.

The team at shecco Media, publisher of this website, extends its condolences to family and loved ones on the passing on Friday (16 February) of Tim Edwards, former president of the Australian Refrigeration Association (ARA).

“I first met Tim during the Gustav Lorentzen conference in Sydney back in 2010. I last saw him in Melbourne in December. Over these seven years I have had constant exchanges with Tim about the future of our industry and the role that natural refrigerants play. These exchanges have been invaluable,” said shecco CEO Marc Chasserot.

During his tenure at ARA, he was well-known in the HVAC&R industry as a passionate advocate of the role that natural refrigerants can play in delivering a more sustainable future, in Australia and beyond.

I admire very much his honesty and intellect. Tim will be sorely missed. His influence went well beyond Australia.
– shecco CEO Marc Chasserot

Describing himself as Canadian by birth and Australian by choice, Mr Edwards worked for ARA for six years. He was also managing director of consulting group Strategic Initiatives, where he specialised in energy efficiency, refrigeration and environmental economics.

Edwards stepped down as ARA president in early 2017. His successor, Ian Tuena of CA Group Services, is another keen supporter of natural refrigerants in Australia.

Edwards’ background included 10 years in consumer products with General Foods and PepsiCo, 10 years in transport with DHL and Qantas. His environmental consulting experience included work with non-profit Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA), and periods as director of Ecoflex Australia and as sustainability manager at the Building Products Innovation Council.

By Andrew Williams

Feb 19, 2018, 17:35

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