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,
2015-2016 OVC President
Fellow ASHRAE members,
Our last meeting of the year is just a few weeks ahead, and we have quite a busy day planned. To start, we are hosting our second technical tour of the year at the Shaw Centre, taking place on the same day as the program meeting and hosted by Past President Ross McIntyre. Please refer to the article in the communique for more information on the tour and how to register.
The meeting in May is designated as our Past Presidents’ night and companion night. So, all you Past Ottawa Valley Presidents, we need you to place us on your calendar and grace us with your presence. Lined up with the theme of the night, our history chair, Aaron Dobson, will have a table top prepared to showcase how our wonderful chapter has evolved over the last 60 plus years.
Our program topic for the evening will discuss the redevelopment of the former CFB Rockcliffe site, a fifteen-year development process that will transform the former air base into a highly anticipated new community of Ottawa.
As I write my last president’s message for the last official ASHRAE meeting of 2015-2016, I would like to take this moment to thank everyone involved in the Ottawa Valley Chapter. First and foremost, I want to think my Officers, Board of Governors, and all of the Committee members. The outstanding performance by this group made my year as President far less daunting than I had originally thought it would be. Needless to say that with such a motivated leadership group living up to its responsibilities, the Ottawa Valley Chapter is an incredibly efficient machine. The leaders of this chapter cannot be thanked enough for the countless hours they’ve sacrificed to volunteer and help make the Ottawa Chapter one of the most successful chapters in Society. I have been involved in the local chapter on the board or in committees for 10 years, and I have definitely gotten way more out of it as I have put in. It has been my honor to serve and I look forward to keep participating in the future.
Moving ahead, we should all be looking forward to Abbey Saunders’ upcoming year as President. Abbey is an energetic, creative thinker and she’s full of ideas that will really make for an exciting 2016/2017 year!
Thank you once again to everyone for helping to make my year as President a successful one. I hope to see all of you at the upcoming ASHRAE Golf tournament. Enjoy the ASHRAE ‘off-season’ and we’ll see you in the fall.
Georges Maamari P.Eng.
2015-2016 OVC President