Chateau Laurier

Chateau Laurier












































The following is an edit from the Document entitled
Ottawa Valley ASHRAE Chapter "50 Years of History"
compiled by Frank Bann et al., June 2000

A dinner meeting was held in Ottawa for those interested in becoming members of the American Society of Heating & Ventilating Engineers (A.S.H. & V.E.) and interested in the formation of a local chapter in Ottawa. The meeting was held at the Chateau Laurier Hotel on the evening of Friday the 28th January 1949. Mr. Stotesbury was instrumental in organizing the event with the Montreal chapter members; however he was unavoidably called out of town and was unable to attend. Mr. W.B. Pennock was acting chairmen for the evening.

The purpose of the meeting was to evaluate the interest for a local chapter and to increase the number of members to at least 20 in order to even think of starting a local chapter. During this meeting the pros and cons of being a member were discussed along with the advantages of having a local chapter. The meeting was attended by 7 society members and 14 guests, all 14 guests were interested in becoming society members.

Mr. Watson read the correspondence that Mr. Stotesbury had organized with the help of the Montreal chapter and secretary of the ASHVE in New York City. This information outlined the procedures for forming a chapter, membership, fees and application forms. Mr. Stotesbury would organize the necessary new member applications, have them seconded by the council of the Montreal Chapter and sent to Society before any further actual application be made for a local Ottawa chapter.

A motion was passed to allow Mr. Stotesbury to organize his own committee and carry out the work required to apply for a local chapter.

Minutes of this dinner meeting can be read here.

This meeting would lay the frame work for the formation of the Ottawa Valley Chapter of ASHVE, and as we know it today the Ottawa Valley Chapter of ASHRAE.


Key Dollar Value in this period

prime minister
Prime Minister
Louis St. Laurent
dollar coin
1 dollar CDN
0.93 dollar U.S.
governor general
Governor General
Harold Alexander



Key Events in this period

Ottawa Senators hockey team win the Allan Cup
Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup
Nineteen Eighty Four - by George Orwell, is on the book stands
Approval given to transform Sparks Street into a pedestrian mall
The Annual Tulip Festival featuring Dutch tulip bulbs began
Greber Plan for the Federal District (now the NCC) approved