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
I’d like to welcome you all to the new ASHRAE year. We will be starting things with our first evening meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 16th. Nortec has been good enough to let us hold the meeting at their manufacturing facility on 2740 Fenton Rd. This will give us the opportunity to offer tours of their plant before the meeting in lieu of a technical session. Please repay their kindness by making an effort to attend the tours and find out first hand how humidifiers are manufactured. We are lucky to have a manufacturer of this type in our community, so please take advantage of the opportunity.
Nortec’s facility will be set to accommodate our typical attendance, but I must ask that you all register as early as possible online. Our catering for this event will be more difficult than usual, and it will be problematic to manage additional attendees with little notice. Please register online by following the link in the first page of the Communique.
The natural extension to this is to
remind you of meal plans, both personal
and corporate. If you plan to
attend all the ASHRAE meetings
this year (and I encourage you do
to so, we have an excellent program
planned), it pays to have your meal
plan in place. Also, for businesses
who send multiple or different people
to the evening meetings, a corporate
meal plan can be very
We are very pleased to start the year with a Distinguished Lecturer, Max Sherman, from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Dr. Sherman has been involved with ASHRAE at all levels, and will speak on The Dark Side of ASHRAE. This should be a very informative discussion, and will provide insight into how ASHRAE operates at its higher levels.
I’m excited about the year to come,
and very confident that the program
we have developed will be enjoyable
and educational. I encourage you to
look ahead to the coming month’s
meetings on our website and be
sure to keep the dates open for sessions
that may be of particular interest.
We will be offering at least two seminars this year, technical sessions at every monthly meeting,
as well as our typical assortment of social events, the first of which is the Stroke Play Golf Tournament, coming up on Sept. 26th.
Our theme this month is Membership. We are fortunate to have our Membership Promotion committee chair, Adam Moons, returning for a 5th year. He will be working hard to ensure you all have the resources that Membership provides, and will help all new members become integrated into our chapter. Please speak with Adam if you have any questions about your membership.
To conclude, welcome back to ASHRAE OVC. I look forward to seeing you all on the 16th.
2014-2015 OVC President