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Welcome Message

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 typically held at Restaurant International at Algonquin College Woodroffe Campus, with the occasional meeting held at alternate venues. Be sure to check the latest Communiqué issue for details on monthly meeting location.

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
Abbey Saunders - NRC
2016-2017 OVC President

Upcoming Events
(confirmed when linked)

ASHRAE OVC Golf Tournament

2017.05.16 MTG08
Principles of Leadership and Group Dynamics - Victor W. Goldschmidt, Ph.D.

2017.04.18 MTG07
Aircraft Ventilation System Operation - Dr. Paul Lebbin, NRC

2017.04.18 Tour
Dilfo Mechanical Shop

YEA Social Event -
BATL Axe Throwing

Seminar -
Canadian Refrigeration Safety Code [am]
VRF Technology [pm]

2017.03.21 MTG06
Refrigeration Energy Essentials - Greg Scrivener
Algonquin CollegeMap_Pin

Career Fair 2017

Curling Bonspiel 2017

Blucher Food Safety Webinar

2017.02.21 MTG05
Retro-Commissioning - Martin Sing & Trevor Freeman
Algonquin CollegeMap_Pin

IES Ottawa Lighting Trade Show

YEA Social Event -
Archery tag

2017.01.17 MTG04
IAQ Guidelines for Occupied Buildings Under Construction - Eli Howard

Seminar - CSA B139-15
Installation code for oil-burning equipment
Master Group Ottawa

Bowling Social
Merivale Bowling Centre

2016.11.15 MTG03
Carleton University as a Living Lab - Liam O'Brien, Carleton University
Centurion Conference Center

YEA Social - Bar & Billiards
Orange Monkey, 250 City Centre

2016.10.18 MTG02
You Can't Afford Discomfort - Daniel Int-Hout, Kreuger
Restaurant International

2016.10.18 TOUR
1071 Ages Drive, Ottawa

2016.09.20 MTG01
Canadiana Quiz 2016 - Rod Potter
The Prescott - Basement Room

ASHRAE OVC Stroke Play Golf Tournament 2016
Eagle Creek Golf Club
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Presidential Message May 2017

It seems so recently that I was very nervously delivering my speech and assuming the role of President at the May meeting, but here we are a year later with me writing my final President’s Message. I’m amazed at how quickly the year has flown by. May marks our final monthly program meeting of the 2016-2017 ASHRAE year. Our May meeting is designated as our Past President’s and Companion Evening, and fittingly so the theme is History. We are fortunate to have a number of our Past Presidents regularly in attendance at our May meeting, and it is great to see so many familiar faces year after year. Our History co-chairs Aaron Dobson and Jeremy Strong will have a table top history display to showcase the evolution of our chapter over the last 60+ years.

Again, we return to the Centurion Centre for the May meeting. Our program for the evening will be presented by ASHRAE DL Victor Goldschmidt and focus on Leadership. Refer to the program article for more details. To register for the upcoming May meeting please use the link at above right.

I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone involved in the Ottawa Valley Chapter. First and foremost, I’d like to thank the Executive, Board of Governors, committee members, and Sandy Taylor for all the support. It is the dedication of these individuals that makes the Ottawa Valley Chapter one of the most successful ASHRAE chapters. Thank you.

Although at first I must admit I was hesitant to join the executive, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and it has been an honour to serve. I look forward to continuing participation in the future. There are several things I will take away with me from my Presidential year. On a personal note, your patience and understanding has certainly helped me become more comfortable with public speaking. So much so that when I recently visited the University of Ottawa to speak with engineering students about my career and the importance of getting involved with industry specific organizations such as ASHRAE and the benefits that come along with participation I wasn’t even nervous. Some items we as a chapter can be particularly proud of include:

  • Our membership numbers are up from previous years.
  • We have two teams from local post-secondary institutes working towards submissions for the ASHRAE Student Design Competition.
  • We offered a good mix of strong technical topics and other events, like the technical sessions and tours, to benefit our membership.
  • We confirmed our commitment with ASHRAE Society to fund over the next 5-years an ASHRAE OVC Scholarship to annually provide a source of funds to a worthy local student recipient, encouraging more young people to find a career in our industry.

Moving forward, the chapter is in very capable hands. Although next year’s Board of Governors, Executive and many volunteers are a confident and extremely competent group of individuals, I ask everyone to please give your full support to incoming President Adam Graham next year and I look forward to the great things to come for the OVC. Enjoy your summer, and see you back at ASHRAE in the fall.

Thank you,
Abbey Saunders - NRC
2016-2017 OVC President

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