Peter Shaw-Wood - Applied Energy Systems
2017-2018 Student Activities Chair

Hello all

Finishing up the school year the ASHRAE OVC was very pleased to attend the Ottawa Regional Science Fair and award 3 prizes of $200 to winning HVAC applicable projects. I want to thank Jayson Bursill from Carleton University and Jacob Hough for the high level judging! Chris Frauley also came out on the early Saturday morning to give out the prizes. Fantastic stuff! See the picture below from the judge’s perspective.

We also had the opportunity to check out Applied Research Day at Algonquin College to see the students there with their entry into the ASHRAE Student Design Competition. The project looks great and I’m keen to see how they do! Best of luck team!


Hello all

Moving through this cold spring, the month of March certainly was hot with student activities! Earlier in the month our UOttawa President Elizabeth Primeau organized an ASHRAE OVC Table at the UOttawa Open House!

From left to right: Adrianne Mitani, Zhongjun Huang, Elizabeth Primeau and Peter Shaw-Wood.

We also had a very well attended presentation at Carleton University with Christopher Mathis. The material was very well received! Big thanks Chris!

The month of April will see some great representation for the OVC, starting at the Ottawa Regional Science Fair April 7th, handing out prize money to applicable projects.

On April 17th at Algonquin College, we will be checking out the 3rd year final year projects from the Mechanical Engineering Technology students including the submission from the team entered into the ASHRAE student design competition. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing what these bright young minds have come up with!

February started out cold and ended up hot for student activities!

At Algonquin our shiny new Student President Michel has been advocating the virtues of ASHRAE to other years and building the interest.

If anyone has time to stop by the Applied Research Day at Algonquin College (April 17th) you certainly wont regret it. All of the final year projects will be on display including the Algonquin Submission to the Student Design Competition, I’m sure the team would be happy to see you and get some feedback before final submission. That submission date is creeping up! Good luck teams!

Our chapters at Carleton, CEGEP and UOttawa are all also seeing a great influx! Well done everyone!

The ASHRAE Career Fair was this past Tuesday March 7th, at Carleton University. With some delays due to the CUPE 2424 strike, we had 15 industry employers with booths and 4 great sponsors. We got around a hundred students this year for a great turnout of students. Thanks to all of our attendees and sponsors who helped make a great event.



Good day everyone –

Coming off the short but sweet break, 2018 is going to be a great year for the ASHRAE OVC students at all levels.

Moving ahead we’re all focused on the Career Fair taking place at Carleton University on March 6th. For companies interested in having a booth please follow the link below to register.

I’d like to formally announce the addition to the joint student design competition entry from Carleton & Uottawa. Kevin Courneya, with a long and profound history in the local HVAC industry, will be working with the students as their mentor. I am very excited about the partnership and want to thank Kevin for taking on the job! Good luck team!

All the best!

Hi All

Following up from the October Communique, we’re happy to report that the UOttawa Team has officially signed up to the Student Design Competition. If you’re interested in being a mentor please get in contact with me!

The UOttawa chapter also had a welcome guest this month, our very own Joel Primeau was in town so he stopped by to attend the UOttawa ASHRAE Student Chapter monthly meeting. Big thanks to Joel for stopping by and Elizabeth for Organizing! Joel was also busy over at Carleton University that day where he spoke in a few of the first year engineering courses on the virtues of our industry and ASHRAE.

We also held a meeting at the CEGEP Student Chapter where Richard Lemelin spoke to the students about the role of service contractors and what challenges they face in the field. The meeting was well attended and we had some very good conversations going on, so big thanks to Richard for taking the time and Louis Laurier for organizing!

Moving forward, we are looking for companies interested in the ASHRAE Career Fair taking place in March. For any interested companies please contact Adrianne Mitani for more information.

Happy holidays to everyone and we’ll look forward to seeing you in 2018!

Hi All

October is a big month for students; it’s also the OVC’s Themed Month for Student Activities. Our chapter is hugely fortuitous to have the strong dedicated base of membership who value student outreach. The general testament we have is one of “what can I do for the students” and not “what do I have to do”.

I frequently get offers from our membership for help and outreach, it’s an amazing thing and I hope it continues. This month I had a very generous donation from Glenn Maclean in the form of ASHRAE handbooks. These will go to good use with our latest entry into to the Student Design Competition from UOttawa – look to the next month’s Student Activities section for the full announcement! If you’re interested in becoming a mentor please reach out!

We also sent one of our own to Queen’s to attend their Annual Alumni Panel and posted and article about ASHRAE in their professional development newsletter.

Steve Moons generously donated his Saturday to drive over to Kingston and attend this panel. I hope he enjoyed the experience along with their home coming festivals. Big thanks to Steve Moons for attending and Samantha Eby & Hannah Cameron of Queen’s for organizing! There is a lot more that we’ll be seeing from Queen’s in the next few months – if you’re a Queen’s Alumni please let me know so we can plan year-over-year attendance to this panel and general support of their soon to be ASHRAE Student Chapter.

We also had a nice meeting with the UOttawa chapter; thanks Elizabeth Primeau for organizing! Our meeting centered on creating lasting members in the UOttawa student chapter along with the new banner and some events coming in the new year.

Finally, Louis Laurier helped organise a meeting with CEGEP students and Richard Lemelin for Nov 6th. He and I will be speaking about the virtues of ASHRAE, our HVAC industry here in Ottawa and what kind of jobs are out there on the service/contracting side. Thanks Richard and Louis!

September, being the start of the school year brought a pile of activities from our chapter and student members! One of our local chapter members Matt Edmonds, took the time to speak with a JK class about the wonders of science and technology – who doesn’t enjoy the old Mentos in diet coke trick? Awesome!

We also had our UOttawa Student president, Elizabeth Primeau organize a kickoff meet & greet for the students – great to see everyone out!

Over at Carleton U – Adrianne Mitani met with Carleton Chapter President Max St Jacques to talk to Carleton students about ASHRAE.

Algonquin College saw their new Student Chapter president rise up and take the reign of the new position. This Gentleman, Michael Callaghan, will be the face of the OVC to his colleagues over at the college and I couldn’t imagine a better person for the job.

For the month of October, we’ll be making a good presence at Queen’s U in the form of an Info-Session on Oct 12th – details will be posted on the OVC website. For October 14th, during homecoming ASHRAE will have one of our own (Steve Moons) present on their alumni panel representing us and the HVAC industry. Thanks Samantha Eby and Hannah Cameron for organizing!

All the best!

Hi All,

Hope the rainy summer of 2017 was restful and pleasant! We had some unfortunate rainfall events that resulted in Pete’s Wicked ASHRAE Bike Rides being limited; which was unfortunate, but the ones that did dodge the downfall were a lot of fun! Thanks to everyone that was able to make it out!

For 2017/2018 we are going to continue our pattern of the year before, lots of tours and mixers ahead! Our ASHRAE Student Design competition team from Algonquin College has already gotten together and ready to take on the challenge. Michael Callaghan, Christopher Hardy, Devin Stoop and Gurbhindersi Sandhu are sure to rise up and show what they are capable of. Be sure to say hi and offer support to this ambitious team!

Looking forward to another great year!


Background from 20121019 Manual for Chapter Operations:

The Student Activities Committee is appointed by the president-elect in conformance with chapter bylaws and should be composed of a chair and at least three chapter members. It is recommended that the chair accept a term of at least two years so as to maintain continuity of the chapter educational activities. The chair of the committee is expected to attend the Student Activities Committee Workshop at the CRC. A minimum of three (3) hours should be allotted for all committee training workshops at CRCs (08-01-21-04). For those regions where the CRC is in the Spring, it is suggested that the Student Activities Chair for the next chapter year also attend the Student Activities Workshop and CRC. The committee should be responsible for performing the following functions as directed by the chapter:

  1. Act as liaison between the chapter and area educational institutions.
  2. Develop and coordinate awards, scholarships and other student incentives. (12-01-23-17)
  3. Encourage the formation and continuing operation of student engineering organizations such as ASHRAE Student Branches and recruit new students.
  4. Provide information on present and future industry manpower needs at both faculty and student levels, by means of counseling, programs, group discussion, etc.
  5. Promote credit courses in the fields of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigerating at universities, colleges, technical institutes and junior colleges.
  6. Provide speakers to college and high school groups. Provide individual counseling to promote HVAC&R fields of interest to college students.
  7. Plan use of visual aid presentations for junior and senior high schools and trade school groups. Materials are available through your Regional Vice-Chair for Student Activities.
  8. Cooperate with and seek advice from the Regional Vice-Chair for Student Activities (for chapters assigned to a region).
  9. Provide to the Regional Vice-Chair (where applicable), in a timely fashion and according to the rules, completed statistical report forms for the Presidential Award of Excellence. Chapters that are not assigned to a region should submit their PAOE forms directly to Society Headquarters.
  10. Chapter student branch presidents may be ex-officio members of chapter Student Activities Committee. (09-10-25-6B)