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The Ottawa-Valley ASHRAE Chapter has been monitoring the progression of the virus and following the advice of Ottawa Public Health to increase our practice of social distancing to limit covid-19 transmission in our community. We are following their recommendations and have decided to cancel all events until April to ensure safety of our members, guest and volunteers. All payments for the March meeting will be refunded. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep the membership posted as more information becomes available. We look forward to resuming with our April meeting and continuing with the remainder of the chapter year. Our website will be updated with the immediate changes.

Please take care of yourself and your families during this time.

Aaron Dobson - Ainsworth
2019-2020 OVC President

Welcome Message

Welcome to the Ottawa Valley Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Founded in 1894, ASHRAE is an international organization of 55,000 persons. Its sole objective is to advance through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education, the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.

The Ottawa Valley Chapter was established in 1952, and supports roughly 500 local ASHRAE members, of which approximately 200 are Chapter members. Our membership is comprised of a diverse group of men and women from the various fields in the HVAC&R and construction industries; e.g. consulting engineers, contractors, developers, facility managers, federal, provincial & municipal government, manufacturers, researchers, sales organizations, students, university and college faculty.

Our Chapter meets the third Tuesday of the month from September to May (excluding December) and typically consists of a tour or technical session, followed by a social gathering starting at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm and the featured presentation to round out the evening. The meetings are typically held at the Centurion Center, with the occasional meeting held at alternate venues. Be sure to check the latest Communiqué issue for details on monthly meeting location.

The cost of a Chapter Membership is $70.00 and $30.00 for students. Chapter membership gets you a copy of the Ottawa Valley Chapter Roster which contains the contact information of the roughly 500 local ASHRAE members, monthly electronic access to chapter newsletter and discounts on Chapter meetings, seminars and events.

I hope you enjoy our web site and look forward to seeing you at our chapter meetings.

Yours very truly
Aaron Dobson - Ainsworth
2019-2020 OVC President

Upcoming Events
(confirmed when linked)

2020.03.24 MTG06


2020.04.21 MTG07
Humidity Control Done Right


2020.05.19 MTG08
Ottawa Public Library and Archive Project



Past Events

2019.09.17 MTG01
BACNet for Engineers

Mill St Brew PubMap_Pin

2019.10.11 ASHRAE Stroke Play Golf Tournament
Emeraldlinks Map_Pin

2019.10.15 MTG02
Hydronic System Heat Transfer


2019.10.16 Seminar
Fundamentals of Air System Design

Master Group Ottawa Map_Pin

2019.10.24 Women in ASHRAE - Out First Kick-off Event

2019.10.25 YEA Social Ottawa 67s vs Kitchener Rangers
Clocktower  Map_Pin

2019.11.19 MTG03
Transcritical CO2 Refrigeration Systems


2019.12.04 ASHRAE Bowling Social
Merivale BowlingMap_Pin

2020.01.23 MTG04
Presidential Address


2020.02.18 MTG05
Waste Water Energy Transfer


YEA Social Event - Learn to Curl


2020.03.04 Women in ASHRAE - Winter Social

ASHRAE Career Fair 2020

Career FairMap_Pin

ASHRAE Curling Bonspiel 2020





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Presidential Message July 2019

Welcome to the 2019-2020 Ottawa Valley Chapter ASHRAE year. I would like to thank all the volunteers on the Board of Governors (BOG), Executive and Committees for their dedication in making the 2018-2019 chapter year such a success and their continued dedication and contribution for the upcoming year. A special thank you to Dan Redmond for his leadership and dedication to the chapter as Chapter President for 2018-2019. Thank you Dan!

The 2019-2020 ASHRAE year will be another exciting year. All the regular activities will continue including the monthly program meetings, seminars, student activities, YEA events and social events. Our team of volunteers are working hard to ensure the coming year is a success. We are always looking for members to get involved. Volunteering with ASHRAE is a way to give back to our community, build technical skills and to develop strong networking skills. Please contact myself, or any member of the Executive or the BOG to get involved.

Our Chapter is well on our way working on the programs for the year which will be of interest and value to the membership. Our first meeting in September will be held at the Mill Street Brewery. The remainder of the program meetings will continue to take place at the Centurion Centre.

Our team of volunteers includes many returning members of the Executive, BOG and committee chairs. New positions include Ryan Dickinson who joined the Executive and Mike Swayne who has joined the BOG. New committee chairs and members include Trevor Thomson, Zarna Kakadiya, Josh Bourbonniere, Jayson Bursill and Alex Lapointe.

I would like to thank Chris Frauley for his years on the BOG. As a Past-President, Chris has provided a lot of support and dedication to help ensure success for our chapter and has been a valuable resource in our Chapter operations. Thank you Chris for everything you have done!

Dan Redmond was presented with the William J. Collins, Jr. RP Award, a Society level award in Kansas City during the Annual Conference. This award, named in honour of Presidential Member Collins, recognizes a chapter RP chair who excels in raising funds for ASHRAE’s RP campaign. This is the second year in a row the Ottawa Valley Chapter has received this award. Congratulations to Dan and the Research Promotion Committee who made this possible!

Congratulations to our Chapter Member Darryl Boyce who is now the Society President for 2019-2020. Darryl was installed as President during the 2019 ASHRAE Annual Conference in Kansas City in June. During Darryl’s presidential address he announced the new Society theme which is “Building for People & Performance. Achieving Operational Excellence”. Darryl will be delivering his presidential address during an upcoming program meeting.

The annual Chapter Regional Conference (CRC) will take place in Halifax from August 23rd through August 25th. Several members of the chapter will be in attendance to plan and prepare for the upcoming year. All the volunteers on the Board, Executive and committees continue to work hard to prepare for the year ahead. Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering and I hope that everyone has a safe, fun and enjoyable summer. I look forward to seeing you in September!

Aaron Dobson - Ainsworth
2019-2020 OVC President
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