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
The ASHRAE year is now well under way, and I’d like to start my message by thanking everyone who helped make our first meeting such a success. There was a lot of extra effort put in to hosting our September meeting at Nortec’s manufacturing facility. I’d like to particularly thank our Director, Sandy Taylor, and our Program Chair, Brian Tohana for their work in making sure the event went smoothly. The feedback we have from our membership is that they appreciated the opportunity to tour the facility, and enjoyed the meeting. I’d also like to thank our Membership for such a strong turnout for the tours and the event.
We will continue the year this month at our regular facility, the Restaurant International at Algonquin College. We look forward to the exceptional food we receive there and another informative session.
Our theme this month is Students. We are fortunate in our chapter to have many local institutes of higher learning, and we are even more fortunate to have a very strong Student Committee chair in Adrianne Mitani. She is working hard to strengthen our student chapter at Carleton, and re-establish chapters at Algonquin and University of Ottawa. We rely on graduating students to be the “fresh blood” of the ASHRAE OVC chapter, and it is important that we prioritize our student chapters to ensure they see value in becoming members of our chapter. This meshes nicely with the overall yearly theme of mentorship. We will be encouraging attendance from our local student chapters, and I’d ask all of you to try to take some time in the social portion of our evening to speak with a student and tell them a bit about your place in the industry, and encourage them to participate in ASHRAE. Please also try to sit with them at dinner, and involve them in your conversations. It can be intimidating for students at our meetings to approach the regular members, so please invite them to sit with you at your table.
This month also sees the re-introduction of our pre-meeting technical sessions. We had offered these with great success some years ago, and will be incorporating several of these into our monthly meetings this year. These will concentrate on some of the basics of thermodynamics, psychrometrics, and engineering design. While they are geared towards students and junior engineers, everyone is welcome to attend.
To conclude, I wanted to share how excited I am at this time of year. I find that the industry works at its most efficient from September through early December. People are back from their vacations, the weather (typically) is still good for a number of weeks, and I find we are able to really get traction on moving our projects forward. The same holds true for ASHRAE, in that we are now really digging in to providing the service that our membership deserves. Enjoy your autumn, and I look forward to seeing you at our October meeting.
2014-2015 OVC President