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
November is upon us, and as the leaves fall and the temperature drops, we are reminded of the ultimate sacrifice that so many Canadians have made in the past as part of Canada’s Armed Forces. I feel this day is a little more poignant this year given the recent events that shook the capital and drove home how often we take our safety for granted. We are rarely touched so locally by international conflicts, and it should serve as a reminder that there are places in the world where gunshots in the street are commonplace, and personal safety is an hour-by-hour concern. We are fortunate indeed to live our lives with rarely a thought to if our loved ones will return at night safely. While this Communiqué will reach you close to Remembrance Day, I encourage all of you to consider this throughout the year, and not only on November 11th.
November also marks our last ASHRAE evening meeting before we take our Christmas break. The year is off to a fine start, and we hope you will join us again at Restaurant International for our third meeting. It is certainly far too early, but given this is my last opportunity, let me be the first to wish all of you a Merry Christmas, and to have a safe and happy holiday.
After the success of last year’s panel discussion on construction methods, we are going to have another panel discussion, this time on seismic design and concerns in our local market. Seismic design and construction continues to be something that is of prime importance in the construction industry, and we feel that this panel discussion is an excellent opportunity to get to hear from many voices that are impacted by this. We’re fortunate to have two ASHRAE past president’s as part of the panel, and greatly appreciate the time and energy donated by all four of the panel members.
This month is also our first seminar of the year. A very large part of what we try to do each year is to offer evening meetings and seminars that are of interest to our membership. I believe we’ve succeeded with our first seminar. I expect a strong turnout, and the event will be accepting participants until a few days before the Nov. 12th event.
We are also continuing with our technical sessions this month. We had been approached by the membership to offer sessions on the current status of equipment and equipment components. Our first session of this type last month covered a variety of compressor technologies. This session will center on gas burner technology in air handling equipment, including direct and indirect fired burners, as well as high-efficiency condensing type burners. We’re fortunate to have Glenn MacLean, an ASHRAE past president to offer this technical session. I encourage all of you to attend, as it is in all of our best interests to be up to date on the most current technology available. I look forward to seeing all of you at our next meeting.
2014-2015 OVC President