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 held at Restaurant International at Algonquin College Woodroffe Campus, with the exception of the September meeting, which is occasionally held at a different venue.
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.
As cold weather blankets the Ottawa Valley we are reminded of the ultimate sacrifice that so many Canadians have made in the past as part of the Canadian Armed Forces. On November 11, Remembrance Day, we honour and remember our Canadian Forces veterans who have served Canada during war-time, armed conflict and peace. I encourage everyone to attend the annual Remembrance Day National Ceremony and share in a moment of silence in remembrance.
Although November marks our last ASHRAE evening meeting before we break for Christmas, we have several other exciting ASHRAE events scheduled to look forward to. We are hosting our first Technical Session of the year prior to the program meeting. Our speaker Liam O’Brien will be presenting a technical session and I strongly encourage everyone, especially those new to our industry to attend. Our Bowling Social is scheduled to take place November 16 at Merivale Bowling Centre and is bound to be a blast. Please see Adam Moons’ article in the November newsletter for more details on how to register if you haven’t already. In addition to the November Technical Session and Bowling Social, on November 24 we will host our first Seminar of the year. A very large part of what we strive to achieve each year is offer evening program meetings and seminars that are of interest to our membership. I believe we’ve succeeded with our first seminar, CAN/CSA B139 presented by TSSA, and expect a strong turnout.
With the snow flying and the temperature plummeting, it is hard not to think Christmas is just around the corner. Many of us have holiday traditions of donating to charities and organizations to help support those in need. In addition to these charitable donations, several of our Ottawa Valley Chapter members and local businesses donate to our annual ASHRAE Research Promotion Campaign. To recognize these individuals and organizations who donated to the 2015-2016 ASHRAE Research Campaign, our RP Chair Adam Graham will be hosting a Donor Recognition event at the upcoming November meeting. ASHRAE Research is an organization that impacts all our careers, and we encourage everyone, new or returning donors, to invest in ASHRAE Research to support continued improvements for our industry.
Please note that our November meeting venue has changed. Our November meeting will be held at the Centurion Convention & Events Centre on Colonnade Road. Our speaker Mr. Liam O’Brien will present on Using Carleton as a Living Lab: Where Research and Operations Meet. Remember to pre-register early. I look forward to seeing many of you at our next meeting, and although this is considerably early, given it is my last message of 2016, I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season with family and friends.