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.
Another year has passed. I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday season with family and friends, and I would like to welcome you to a new year with the Ottawa Valley ASHRAE Chapter. To paraphrase Steve Moons from a few years ago, January always presents the possibility for new beginnings and opportunities, and I hope that everyone is able to take advantage of these opportunities in both your personal and professional lives.
November marked not only a very successful first seminar on CAN/CSA B139 hosted in the Master Group classroom, it also reintroduced us to the tech sessions. We plan to make tech sessions a more frequent occurrence for the remainder of the year. January’s tech session will be presented by Eli Howard, III. Refer to the tech session article for additional details.
Our January meeting will be something new and exciting for the chapter. We are hosting our first joint event with the MCA. The speaker, Mr. Eli Howard, will be presenting on IAQ Guidelines for Occupied Buildings Under Construction. As a reminder, the January meeting will be held at the Centurion Conference & Events Centre. Due to the fact this meeting is a joint event, and we anticipate attendance to be higher than normal, I strongly encourage everyone to use the online system and register early for the meeting, using the link at above right.
The theme for January is YEA and I am hoping to see many of our young members in attendance. Student participation and mentorship of YEA members in ASHRAE is important to facilitate new, bright minds to join and remain in our industry. I encourage you to sponsor a student meal and take the opportunity to chat with your future colleagues.
The ASHRAE Winter Conference & Expo is quickly approaching in Las Vegas from January 28 through February 1, 2017. While it is short notice to attend this year’s event, think ahead to next year and consider attending. Not only does the ASHRAE Winter Conference & Expo coincide with the largest trade show in our industry, ASHRAE also offers a number of courses and learning opportunities throughout the event.
Adam Graham and his Research Promotion Committee deserve thanks for their early efforts to get the 2016-2017 RP Campaign rolling. 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 directly if you have any questions.
Welcome to 2017, and I wish everyone a successful and enjoyable year!