Elizabeth Primeau - Total HVAC
2019-2020 Student Activities Chair

Hey students!

Next month’s chapter meeting will be a big one for students. We will provide rides to students, or we will pay your transit to come out to the monthly meeting from any campus in Ottawa, including from Queens in Kingston. Please contact me directly to take advantage of this offer.

In other news, the Ottawa Valley Chapter is happy to announce a new scholarship of $3,000 for a student from the Ottawa region. This has been years in the making for our chapter and we are very excited to be able to award it for the first time. The information can be found at the following link:

This scholarship is for students from a qualified undergraduate mechanical, architectural, sustainability, or building science engineering or engineering technology program. The student must be enrolled full-time to qualify. For any questions, please feel free to contact me at

Good luck to all applicants!

Liz Primeau

Happy fall!

This year is shaping up to be a very exciting one for Student Activities. We have a great team starting their design competition from Algonquin College. Jake Henderson, Joel Ferguson, Martin Adebayo and Abdillahi Daheeye will have the help of experienced mentor Chris Frauley at their finger tips. We are all looking forward to seeing what they can produce.

On September 18th, we had a great event at Carleton University with our guest speaker Erich Binder. Erich spoke to a group of over a dozen students about how to get involved with ASHRAE and industrial ventilation. Big thank you to Erich Binder, Dan Redmond, Jayson Bursill, Peter Shaw-Wood and all the students who came out! I was very happy to see many new faces.

Peter Shaw-Wood and I also met up with some very excited tech teachers over at Earl of March High School. The tech students will be getting a tour of the Modern Niagara Ottawa sheet metal shop in October. We are excited for the opportunity to show some young students the construction industry and everything it has to offer.

We are looking to help a budding Student Branch at Queens come to the Chapter meeting in November. If you would like to fund their transportation to Ottawa, please contact me and we can discuss arrangements. This is a great chance for the students to see what ASHRAE is all about and hopefully want to return time and time again.

Thank you,

Elizabeth Primeau


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)