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 our ASHRAE season continues, it is hard to believe we are past the mid-point of this ASHRAE year. I hope you have enjoyed what our chapter has offered to date, and are looking forward to the upcoming events to keep us busy through to summer. We are continuing our series of top quality presentations at our monthly program meetings, and will have more technical sessions and social events in the coming months.
Our next program meeting will be held on February 21st, and we are back at Algonquin College, but not the typical venue location. Please refer to the program communique article for location details, or watch for the ASHRAE meeting signs on the day of the event. The upcoming program will provide information on Hydro Ottawa’s latest incentive programs and focus on retrocommissioning. You are encouraged to attend early again this month, as prior to the program meeting Rod Lancefield will be hosting a technical session on control strategies. To register for the upcoming February meeting please see the link at above right.
This month’s theme is Chapter Technology Transfer Committee (CTTC). One of the many annual objectives of the CTTC is participation in the Technology Awards. The OVC has been very successful in past years with a variety of projects winning Technology Awards at the Regional Level for new and innovative designs. Jeff Watson is our current CTTC chair, and 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 Awards submissions.
The Research Promotion campaign is off to a tremendous start this year. Research Promotion is one of the most important yearly goals set down from Society, and I encourage all individuals and organizations to continue with your generous donations to help us achieve our goal. Please speak with Adam Graham directly if you have any questions.
A couple weeks ago, several of our chapter members were fortunate enough to attend the ASHRAE Winter Conference & Expo in Las Vegas from January 28 through February 1, 2017. I’m sure a great time was had by all in attendance, and we will likely be hearing some tales of ASHRAE camaraderie for years to come.
Although I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, March is shaping up to be busy month. On deck, we have our Career Fair, Curling Bonspiel, second Technical Seminar of the season, and we will be hosting our Region II DRC Doug Cochrane at the monthly program meeting. Watch this month and next month’s communique for additional details.
In closing, despite the noncooperative weather of late, I hope everybody gets a chance to get outdoors and enjoy the upcoming Winterlude activities in whatever capacity suits you! I look forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting.