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
May marks our last monthly meeting for the 2014-15 ASHRAE year, and I’m amazed at how quickly my presidential year has flown by. It seems very recent that I was finishing off my speech and taking over the May meeting, but here we are one year later. This month’s theme is History, as it fittingly has always been at our last meeting of the year. Our local chapter is very lucky to have had Rod Potter as our historian for many years, and through his efforts we have much of our history digitized and easily accessible. Aaron Dobson has ably taken the torch for the past few years, and we now have all our monthly meetings recorded and available on our website, something very few chapters can boast. We are fortunate to have many of our past presidents attending the May meeting. It is great to see so many familiar faces, and realize how many are still active in the industry and in ASHRAE.
To tie into our theme of History, the evening presentation is on Transforming Older Buildings into High-Performance Facilities. Our presenter is an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, Jim Newman. Jim has a long history with ASHRAE, including training ASHRAE members on Standard 90.1, and serving as a member for the committee that developed the bEQ program. His talk should enlighten us as to how to extend the life of our buildings to maximum effect.
I will take many things away with me from my presidential year, and there are some things specifically that I feel we as a chapter can be very proud of. I’ve said many times that I believe there are two things that are of utmost importance to our chapter. First is to put on a truly top quality program, offering a good mix of strong technical topics and other events that offer our membership a real benefit to attending the meetings. I think with our factory tour of the Nortec facility, our panel discussion on seismic considerations locally, and the other technical talks we had, we succeeded in this regard. The feedbacks we’ve received from our e-surveys have confirmed this. The second item of importance is to ensure strong support for our annual Research Promotion campaign. Due to the outstanding leadership of Georges Maamari, and a dedicated group of committee members, we are on track to significantly surpass our goal. This is purely a reflection on our chapter’s generosity, both from a personal and a business perspective, and it shows that the OVC cares about continuing ASHRAE’s industry leading development of the arts and science of our business.
We were able to encourage our membership to update their biographies, and as an extension, will have several of our membership qualify for Chapter and Regional Awards of Merit, which will be confirmed at this summer’s CRC and handed out early next chapter year. We were able to offer several technical sessions on Mentorship, which were well received, as well as having Chris Frauley and others in the industry provide guidance to the ASHRAE Student Design Competition, marking another successful submission. Lastly, we were able to plan and begin the funding for an ASHRAE OVC Scholarship, that once it is fully funded will provide an ongoing source of funds to worthy local recipients, helping more young people find a career in our industry.
Going forward, I cannot state strongly enough how much I feel this chapter is in very capable hands. Next year’s executive are a confident, competent group. We have a strong Board of Governors, and more volunteers for our many committees than we’ve had for some time. I want to say thanks to all who helped in this past year, and ask you to please give your full support to Georges Maamari in the coming year. I’m looking forward to the growth of the chapter, and great things to come. I’ll see you all at ASHRAE. Thank you.
2014-2015 OVC President