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Georges Maamari plants a Past-Presidents Pin on Steve Moons
ASHRAE OVC Meeting 08 - 2015.05.26

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Steve Moons & speaker Darren Alexander
ASHRAE OVC Meeting 07 - 2015.04.21

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Thomas Burke & Brenda Cleary
ASHRAE OVC Meeting 06 - 2015.03.17

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Rod Potter & Steve Moons
ASHRAE OVC Meeting 05 - 2015.02.17

Welcome Message

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 held at Restaurant International at Algonquin College Woodroffe Campus, with the exception of the September meeting, which is occasionally held at a different venue.

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.

Yours very truly,

Georges Maamari
2015-2016 OVC President

Presidential Message September 2015

Dear members,

I would like to welcome all of you to a new season of ASHRAE, we hope you enjoyed your summer and that everyone feels refreshed and ready for the new season. It is with enthusiasm that I assume the presidency of the Chapter this year. I hope that with the executive, the board of governors, committee chairs, and with the dedication of our numerous volunteers, we will meet your expectations.

During our annual June planning meeting, the Chapter Officers and Board of Governors brought several interesting topics and ideas to the table for our 2015-2016 presentation line-up. The program committee, led by Mr. Jacob Hough, has done a splendid job of putting together a great series of program topics, technical tours, seminars, and social events. We are currently completing some final details, but please refer to Jacob’s article in this communique for a taste of what’s to come. The executive committee and all committee chairs invite you to participate in these various meetings, activities and conferences planned for the year. We hope that you will take time to enjoy the fantastic year that awaits.

The September meeting theme has always been dedicated to membership and focuses on the recruitment of new members. This is an opportunity for all of you to speak to your HVAC&R entourage and inform them of the advantages of being an ASHRAE member as well as a chapter member. The Ottawa Valley Chapter has consistently increased its membership through the last few years, and we are nearing the 500 members mark. Last year, many of you attended our monthly program meeting, 495 participants in total, with an average attendance of 62 people per meeting. We hope to exceed this number this year.

Our next program meeting will be held on September 15th at the Restaurant International at Algonquin College. Our speaker will be Mr. Shawn Carr, Energy Manager at Hydro Ottawa who will be presenting an update on Hydro Ottawa’s saveONenergy Retrofit Program which will run until the end of 2020 and incent up to 50% of the project costs. Many of you may not be aware, but Hydro Ottawa were a significant donor to our Research Campaign last year. We took this opportunity to work with Hydro Ottawa in putting together this program topic as it was deemed very beneficial to our membership. This presentation is an opportunity to learn about Hydro Ottawa incentive program and how their resources can help consulting engineers and building owners obtain these significant grants. To register please click on the September meeting program link at top right. Don’t forget to purchase your meal plan for the year and we hope to see a large number of you at this meeting.

Georges Maamari P.Eng.
2015-2016 OVC President

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