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,
2014-2015 OVC President
As the calendar (if not the weather) turns towards spring, we reach the home stretch of our ASHRAE year. This month’s speaker, Jim Howard, will continue our year long program in which we strive to offer evening programs with a strong technical aspect. Given the wealth of research facilities, high tech business and schools we have in our area, we felt that this month’s topic of lab exhaust would be of particular interest to our membership. We hope that you will all endeavor to attend.
We take a one month break from our Mentorship technical sessions, and instead offer a session on cogeneration. This promises to be a strong technical talk, and can offer insight into a technology that is becoming more prevalent as we look for more ways to increase project efficiency.
This month’s theme is Students, and to that end we offered our annual Career Fair, held earlier this month at Carleton University. This event was well attended by many facets of our industry. We’ve encouraged these students to come to this month’s meeting, so please take some time to seek them out and chat with them about their studies and a future in our industry.
There are two items currently ongoing in our chapter year that I’d like to remind you of. First is the CTTC Awards that Dan Redmond is championing. He showed at last month’s meeting how easy it is to submit a project for consideration. If you were unable to attend last month, please review the February Communique, where Dan included a link to the forms. If you still have questions, Dan and his team are eager to help, so please try to get your projects in. Second is our Research Promotion campaign. We’re now hitting our full stride with our calling campaign, so if you have not yet received a call from our committee members, please expect one soon. Feel free to be proactive, and contact Georges Maamari directly to donate. We’re off to a strong start, and with Georges’ initiative, we have been able to secure more corporate donations. That said, the lifeblood of the campaign is our membership and their personal donations. We have the opportunity with our strong start to exceed our goal, which we have not been able to accomplish for some time.
Lastly, Bob Kilpatrick has stepped up again to chair our Nominations and Awards Committee. One of the roles of this committee is to seek out volunteers to fill the positions on the Board of Governors, determine who will step up into the executive positions, and assist in filling the chairs of our various committees. If you have been contemplating increasing your participation in our local ASHRAE chapter, please see Bob or myself. There are many roles to fill, and I can attest that it will be a very rewarding experience. Also, we are reviewing our membership for various awards at the Chapter and Regional level. I would remind you all to please update your biography on the ASHRAE Society page so you can be considered for awards you may be eligible for.
I look forward to seeing you all at our March meeting, and enjoy another evening while we (hopefully) watch the snow melt.
2014-2015 OVC President