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.
As the calendar dates flip towards spring, and we head into what we hope to be warmer weather we also enter the home stretch of our ASHRAE year. We wrapped up February, and hopefully the last of the cold weather, with a very successful ASHRAE Curling Bonspiel. A special thanks to Chris Healey, his team of volunteers, and all participants for another successful ASHRAE social event.
This month’s theme is Student Activities, and to that end we have two really exciting events planned. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our student activities co-chair Peter Shaw-Wood, on March 2nd a number of students will be participating in a Job Site Tour at Carleton University with representatives from Carleton and Modern Niagara. Our other student activities co-chair Adrianne Mitani has been busily working to ensure the success of our upcoming Career Fair scheduled for March 3rd, also hosted at Carleton University. We encourage many facets of our industry to participate in the Career Fair, and on the same token we will be encouraging student participants to attend the March Program meeting. Please take the time to speak with a student and chat about their studies and a possible future in our industry. As usual, we will also be looking for student meal sponsors. When you register for the next meeting I encourage you to consider sponsoring a student meal.
Our next program meeting will be held on March 21st, and we are back at Algonquin College in the typical venue location, Restaurant International. Please refer to the program article for location and program details. The upcoming program will provide insight on the latest revisions to CAN/CSA B52 - Mechanical Refrigeration Code. All members are encouraged to attend early again this month, as prior to the program meeting will be hosting a technical session on Electrical Basics for the HVAC Industry. To register for the upcoming March meeting please click on the link above right.
March brings with it our deadline for CTTC Technology Award submissions. Our CTTC chair Jeff Watson spoke at the February meeting about how easy it is to submit a project for consideration. I encourage anyone with projects fitting, or questions about the application process to contact Jeff. It would be great to see another strong turnout from our local designers with Technology Award submissions.
Our Research Promotion Campaign is in full swing now with a calling campaign about to be initiated. If you have not received a call from our RP committee members yet, please expect one in the near future. Feel free to be proactive and contact Adam Graham directly, or visit the website to donate. Our membership and their personal donations are what make our RP campaign so successful, and I encourage all individuals and organizations to continue with your generous donations to help us achieve our goal.
Every year at this time, we officially open the floor for nomination of chapter members to positions as next year’s officers and executive members. Our Nominations and Awards Committee, led by Bob Kilpatrick will take recommendations from members, past-presidents, officers, and others into account when reviewing the future leadership of our chapter. If you have been contemplating increasing your participation in our local ASHRAE chapter, please see myself or Bob. Additionally, if you would like to suggest a colleague or friend that you feel would be an asset to the chapter, please contact us to discuss leadership roles within the chapter and what those roles provide for the chapter. Encouraging members to take action in shaping our chapter is one of our primary objectives. The next couple months are the chance for members to have the biggest impact on the leadership of the chapter for the years to come. There are many roles to fill, and I can assure you that participation in ASHRAE is a rewarding experience. We are also reviewing our membership for various awards at the Chapter and Regional level, so I remind everyone to please update your ASHRAE Society Bio so you may be considered for awards you may be eligible for.
As I mentioned in the last issue of the communique we will be hosting our second technical seminar on March 22, Canadian Refrigeration Safety Code & VRF Technology in our Canadian Climate. Check out this month’s communique for additional details, or visit the website to register at the link below.
Lastly, with spring just around the corner I know everyone is eager to attend our March meeting. Please take the time to register, and I look forward to seeing you all at the next meeting.