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,
2015-2016 OVC President
Last month’s meeting produced a large turnout, was a huge success and our chapter is off to a very good start for the year. Finding interesting topics in the HVAC field is not always the easiest task. Our goal is to interest a cross section of our membership, and somehow, through our resources and scratching our heads, we manage to find current and informative topics to attract a good crowd to our meetings. People attend these monthly meetings not only for the interesting topics but also to engage in some networking during the social hour by meeting others in the industry. This is rewarding not only for the individual, but for the industry’s future as well.
I have noticed that the Ottawa Valley Chapter is a breeding ground for talented HVAC people who yearn to learn more as well as share their knowledge with their peers. So the bottom line of my message is to come to our meetings, get involved with chapter operations and volunteer your time on a chosen committee. We have several committees to choose from that could use your help so please don’t be shy!
Our theme for the October meeting is student activities. Students are the future of our industry and our committee is continuously working to facilitate the integration of students to our industry, even before they complete their studies. By attending meetings, students have the chance to possibly meet their future employer, socialize with future peers, and learn about HVAC related topics. We hope that our members will continue to encourage students to attend meetings by sponsoring a meal.
Our next program meeting will be held on October 20th at the Restaurant International at Algonquin College. Our speaker will be Mr. Andrew Nader, from the Master Group who will be hosting a presentation on high induction diffusers. To register please click here. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to purchase your meal plan for the year and we hope to see a large number of you at this meeting.
Georges Maamari P.Eng.
2015-2016 OVC President