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Aaron Dobson - Ainsworth
2018-2019 Research Promotion Chair

2018.11.09

Thank you very much for your continued support of ASHRAE Research Canada!

ASHRAE Research plays an important role to improve the quality of life and to answer tomorrow’s questions through research today. For every dollar raised towards Research Promotion in Canada, four dollars are invested towards research projects in Canada by ASHRAE Society.

The 2018-2019 RP Campaign Team includes: Rob Lefebvre, Frank Bann, Michael Swayne, Georges Maamari, Abbey Saunders, Adam Graham and Dan Redmond.

To date, the RP campaign has raised 21% of our $35,000 goal for 2018-2019. We are in a great position to hit our target of 30% by December 31st.

Thank you to Modern Niagara for donating Ottawa Senator hockey tickets which help raise $550 towards the RP campaign. Congratulations to Michael Swayne who was the lucky winner!

The following list of current 2018-2019 RP campaign donors will be provided in each monthly newsletter and updated on the website, so donate quickly to see your name appear!


ASHRAE Partner
$5,000-$9,999

ASHRAE Associate
$2,500-$4,999

Major Donor Silver
$1,000-$2,499

 

 

Ainsworth
Total HVAC

Major Donor Bronze
$500-$999

Major Donor Antique
$250-$499

Honour Roll
$150-$249 ($100-$249 for individuals)

Modern Niagara

Aaron Dobson
Daniel Redmond
Mastron Mechanical

Frank Bann
Chris Frauley
Adrianne Mitani
Michael Swayne
Steve Moons
Celine Baribeau
Jacob Hough


Special Thank-You to the following Donors for their contribution

Darryl Boyce, Belimo Aircontrols (CAN), David Michelin

Two of the easiest ways to make your donation to the 2018-2019 RP Campaign are by clicking either of the links below.

ASHRAE Society link: https://xp20.ashrae.org/secure/researchpromotion/rp.html
ASHRAE OVC link: https://ashraeottawa.simplesignup.ca/en/3652/index.php?m=eventSummary

Should you wish to make a donation by cheque, please make payable to ASHRAE Ottawa Valley Chapter. My contact details are below, and I will gladly make arrangements to pick-up any cheques if needed.

Aaron Dobson
Ainsworth Inc.
100-2935 Conroy Road
Ottawa ON
K1G 6C6
aaron.dobson@ainsworth.com
p: 613.203.1951

 


2018.09.20

Thank you very much for your continued support of ASHRAE Research Canada!

ASHRAE Research plays an important role to improve the quality of life and to answer tomorrow’s questions through research today. For every dollar raised towards Research Promotion in Canada, four dollars are invested towards research projects in Canada by ASHRAE Society.

What is the RP Campaign?

The RP Campaign is an annual fundraising campaign benefiting the funding of numerous ASHRAE Programs. These programs include:

  • ASHRAE Research
  • ASHRAE Scholarships for undergraduate students
  • ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) development of new courses & materials
  • Graduate Research Projects (Grants-in-Aid)
  • Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) Leadership Training
  • Permanently endowed support to all of the above programs

The RP Campaign is overseen by the RP Committee, a standing ASHRAE Committee. The Committee is made up of 14 Regional Vice Chairs (RVC), 1 Consultant (past RVC), 3 Vice Chairs (past Consultant), and Chair (past Vice Chair). Staff support includes a 3-member team based at ASHRAE Headquarters.

The RP Campaign raises over $2.2 million a year from over 6,000 donors. These donors are made up of ASHRAE Members, industry associations, and industry organizations.

Research Q & A:

Q: What is the ASHRAE Research Program?

A: The program that governors more than 80 investigative projects taking place around the world and funded by ASHRAE. It is supported by more than 100 member-led Technical Committees (TCs), each with their own specialty and sub-specialty.

Q: How are the projects selected?

A: TC identifies a need – such as missing information, new ideas or processes to be examined, out-dated information – sets a goal, and outlines a project to meet that need and goal. the Research Administration Committee (RAC) approves the proposed project. It then goes out to ‘bid’, ensuring that ASHRAE’s financial resources are spent wisely and the final product will meet all stated goals.

Q: How much is spent on Research?

A: With more than 80 projects taking place at any one time, the average Research Budget typically exceeds $17 million, each project costing an average of $250,000 each. In reality, there is a wide range of costs for projects. Grants-in-Aid – projects being conducted by Graduate level students – have a cost of $10,000. There are also multiple research projects that – over the 3-5 year life of the project – cost over $1 million.

Q: Where can I find specific information about a project?

A: Check out http://www.ashrae.org/research. You can also ask the RP Staff, they’ll be happy to help answer your questions or direct you to another staff member who specializes in that area.

 

Thank you to all who contributed to the 2017-2018 campaign led by Dan Redmond. The campaign was a success and the Ottawa Valley Chapter has once again been recognized at the Region 2 CRC in Windsor as the top contributor to the RP campaign for 2017-2018 for Region 2. The Ottawa Valley Chapter contribution to the 2017-2018 RP campaign was $66,517.44. Funds have been assigned to ASHRAE Research and the Ottawa Valley Chapter Society Scholarship. Our donor recognition night is planned for the October program meeting to be held on October 16, 2018. We are looking for to recognize the individuals and companies who made our campaign a success.

The list of current 2018-2019 RP campaign donors will be provided in each monthly newsletter and updated on the website, so donate quickly to see your name appear!

Two of the easiest ways to make your donation to the 2018-2019 RP Campaign are by clicking either of the links below.

ASHRAE Society link: https://xp20.ashrae.org/secure/researchpromotion/rp.html
ASHRAE OVC link: https://ashraeottawa.simplesignup.ca/en/3652/index.php?m=eventSummary

Should you wish to make a donation by cheque, please make payable to ASHRAE Ottawa Valley Chapter. My contact details are below, and I will gladly make arrangements to pick-up any cheques if needed.

Aaron Dobson
Ainsworth Inc.
100-2935 Conroy Road
Ottawa ON
K1G 6C6
aaron.dobson@ainsworth.com
p: 613.203.1951

 


Background from 20121019 Manual for Chapter Operations:

The Research Promotion Committee is appointed by the president-elect in conformance with chapter bylaws. The chair in turn appoints a vice chair and a committee. The number of committee members will depend upon the expected work load. The more individuals, the lighter the load on any single volunteer. Willingness to do the work, however, is most important. Assignments should be made so that no one has more than eight (8) contacts to make. Refer to the Research Promotion Training Manual, Timeline Section for suggestions in structuring the committee (06-06-26-30). The duties of this committee are as follows:

  1. Communicate effectively about the objectives, accomplishments and benefits of ASHRAE research and its value to every ASHRAE member and the industry.
  2. Increase the annual income for Societysponsored research through chapter solicitation of members and businesses which directly or indirectly benefit from ASHRAE research. Contribution goals for businesses are shown in the Research Promotion Training Manual, Timeline Section under the index tab marked “Overview” (06-06-26-31). Contributions from one hundred percent of the membership should be solicited in amounts not less than those used in the formula for Research Promotion for the Presidential Award of Excellence (PAOE).
  3. Develop a plan and set a total goal for funds to be collected. This goal shall be set with the input and commitment of chapter officers.
  4. Develop a prospect list of businesses in the area, especially those represented in the Society membership and those in an ASHRAE-related field.
  5. Assign minimum goals for these prospects as outlined in B above. Discuss each goal and how it was set with each committee member.
  6. Assign each prospect to a committee member and prepare a detailed program with targeted dates for activities and reports. If it appears the schedule will not be met, assign another solicitor to the prospect. Do not hesitate to tactfully remove anyone who is not doing the job.
  7. Follow current administrative procedures for collecting and reporting contributions.
  8. Complete Research Promotion Donor Form and submit with all checks sent to Research Promotion. (See Appendices TT1 and TT2) (03-10-18-59)
  9. Keep good records. A chronological log of events will be useful to committee members in following years. Maintain a written record of each activity.
  10. Cooperate and coordinate efforts with Regional Vice-Chairs for Research Promotion. (For chapters assigned to a region.)
  11. The Research Promotion Committee shall determine the locations in which the Research Promotion training of Research Promotion chapter chairs shall be held. These trainings shall take place between July 15th and September 30th. (520-164-006)(06-01-25/26-10B)
  12. Work with the president-elect to select the Research Promotion Chair one year prior to appointment and involve this person in the current Research Promotion campaign.
  13. Coordinate with chapter officers one meeting per year with “Research” as a theme.