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 Restaurant International at Algonquin College Woodroffe Campus, 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 $60.00 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.
Spring is finally here, and although it tends to bring some rainy weather along, it also brings warmer temperatures which make our thoughts occasionally drift to participating in our favourite summer activities be it golfing, cycling, paddling or something else. It is hard to believe that we are only two meetings away from finishing off the ASHRAE year. I hope that you have enjoyed the year to date and have taken advantage of the many technical and social events the chapter has hosted.
March was a busy ASHRAE month and we successfully hosted several events including the Curling Bonspiel, Student Job Site Tour at Carleton University, the Career Fair, and the CAN/CSA B52 - Mechanical Refrigeration Code Seminar. I would like to say thank you on behalf of the chapter to all those who helped organize these events and ensure their success.
Our theme for April is Research. The Research Promotion (RP) Committee is very much into their calling campaign, so if you have not yet received a call, you can expect one soon. Our RP Chair Adam Graham and his committee are doing a fantastic job so far with the campaign, however we still have quite a long way to go to achieve our objective. Feel free to be proactive and contact Adam Graham directly, or visit the website to donate.
We are back again at the Centurion Centre for the upcoming April 18th program meeting. In-line with our theme of Research, the technical presentation will feature Dr. Paul Lebbin, a researcher from the Construction Portfolio of the National Research Council of Canada providing some insight into a new NRC Aircraft Ventilation and Cabin Comfort Facility. Please refer to the program article for more details. In addition to the program meeting a technical tour is scheduled prior to the meeting. Refer to the tech tour article in the communique for details. To register for the upcoming April meeting or technical tour please click on the links at above right.
CTTC Technology Award submissions are currently being evaluated at the chapter level, and winners will be announced at the April meeting.
Bob Kilpatrick will be closing the nominations for this year at our April meeting, so if you have any suggestions on individuals who would be suitable for leadership of the chapter, please do not hesitate to contact him, or anyone else on the Nominations Committee or BOG. Furthermore, if you have been considering volunteering with ASHRAE, please let any one of the Board of Governors know, as there are spots to be filled, and it need not be a large time commitment to get involved.
Please take the time to register for the upcoming meeting, and I look forward to seeing everyone on April 18th.