SUSTAINABILITY – What’s New in Urban & Community Design

The Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA-OVC) will be hosting a presentation and networking event on “Sustainability: What’s New in Urban & Community Design” on December 9, 2014.

The Presentation will showcase advancements in planning and the development of buildings and communities that reflect greater sustainability objectives.  Planning, design, operational practices, and technology advancements will be discussed through highlights on:

  • Community connectivity & transportation, district energy systems, food production
  • Operational practices for sustained high performance
  • Technologies that reduce building energy loads and optimize renewable energy systems

Speaker: Robin Hutcheson (P.Eng., LEED AP O+M, CxA) President & Chief Engineer, Arborus Consultants

NOTE:  The A&WMA-OVC Chapter will be holding their Annual General Meeting immediately following the Question / Answer period.   All A&WMA members are encouraged to attend. We also welcome any non-members who would like to learn more about the chapter and/or become involved in the work that we do.

 The AGM will include election of the 2015 Board of Directors at which all attending A&WMA members can vote.  The 2015 OVC Board still has a number of open positions for which nominations are being accepted and we strongly encourage A&WMA members to stand for positions on the Board. 

More information can be obtained by contacting Camille Taylor at cstaylor@golder.com.

Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm

7:00 – 7:45 pm A&WMA-OVC AGM*

Location: Rideau Canal Junior Rank Mess, 4 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Ottawa, ON (adjacent to City Hall)
Cost: $20 A&WMA / $30 non-members

$10 A&WMA / $20 student non-members

*No cost for A&WMA Members attending the A&WMA-OVC AGM only

Refreshments & Cash Bar

Student Volunteers Needed: Two student volunteers to work at the registration desk. In return, you get your registration reimbursed! If you are interested, contact Holly Dole at holly.dole@uottawa.ca.

Note – limited seating is available for this event!  RSVP your attendance to awma.ovc@gmail.com and pre-pay online at http://www.awma-ovc.ca to guarantee your seat.  Limited tickets also available at the door.

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Indoor Air Quality – What’s in the air we breathe at home and at work?

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The Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association (OVC A&WMA) and the Ottawa Centre of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) will be hosting a panel discussion and networking event on Indoor Air Quality on October 7, 2014.

Come hear first-hand from air experts on current indoor air issues including Legionella bacteria control, green construction, impact of climate changes on Indoor Air Quality, new VOC emissions product standards for building materials as well as current research projects including attached garages, IAQ emissions test protocols and IAQ prediction tools.

Expert Panelists:

  • Joan Wong, Health Canada, Indoor Air Contaminants Assessment Section
  • Lan Chi Nguyen Weekes, InAIR Environmental
  • Robert Magee, National Research Council, Institute for Research in Construction

Take advantage of this great opportunity to learn more about the air you breathe everyday as well as to network with fellow environmental professionals.

Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Location: Rideau Canal Junior Rank Mess
4 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Ottawa, ON (adjacent to City Hall)

Cost: $20 A&WMA and CMOS members / $30 non-members
$10 A&WMA and CMOS student members / $20 student non-members

Student Volunteers Needed: Two student volunteers to work at the registration desk. In return, you get your registration reimbursed! If you are interested, contact Holly Dole at holly.dole@uottawa.ca.

Payable online at http://www.awma-ovc.ca or at the door.

Refreshments & Cash Bar

Please RSVP your attendance to awma.ovc@gmail.com by Friday, October 3, 2014.

Thank-you to the following sponsors for helping make this event possible:

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Where is our Water Going?

Water Quantity and Quality in the Ottawa Valley – Are things changing?

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The Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association (OVC A&WMA) and the Ottawa Centre of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) will be hosting a panel discussion and networking event on Water Quantity and Quality in the Ottawa Valley on June 17, 2014.

This event will be an excellent opportunity to hear first-hand from experts on local water issues including:
What are the issues facing water quality and quantity in the Ottawa Valley today?
What role do government agencies play?
What risks do we expect with climate change? Can these risks be mitigated?
What role can the public play in conservation, improving awareness, improving preparedness?

Panelists:
Meredith Brown, Executive Director, Ottawa Riverkeeper
Jim Bruce, OC, FRSC, Former Director of Canadian Centre for Inland Waters (CCIW) and  Assistant Deputy Minister for Environment Canada
James Brennan, Director of Government Affairs, Ducks Unlimited Canada
Sarah McLeod, Water Resources Technician, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority

There will also be an opportunity to network with fellow environmental professionals.

Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: Palladium Room, Rideau Canal Junior Rank Mess, 3rd Floor
4 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Ottawa, ON (adjacent to City Hall)
Cost: $20 members / $30 non-members
$10 student members / $20 student non-members

Student Volunteers Needed: 2 student volunteers to work at the registration desk. In return, you get your registration reimbursed! If you are interested, contact holly.dole@uottawa.ca.

Payable online at www.awma-ovc.ca or at the door. Refreshments & Cash Bar

Please RSVP your attendance to awma.ovc@gmail.com by Friday June 13, 2014.

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ACE ECi 2014

The Environmental Challenge International (ECi) for 2014 has been announced!

SEEDS, in collaboration with the A&WMA Ottawa Valley Chapter want to send a group of students from Ottawa to represent us in this challenge.

What is the ECi?  ECi is a student competition that takes place during the annual A&WMA conference.  Students are challenged to propose a solution to a given problem, and present it in both a poster presentation and a public forum style presentation.  The competition is being hosted in Long Beach, California, USA this June!

Carleton University has competed three times in the past, and has always represented the university well.  This year we wish to bring more students from the University of Ottawa on board.  The ECi is an amazing opportunity for students to compete internationally, network internationally, and develop their poster and presentation skills. Plus, there are large cash prizes!  (which students from Carleton have won several times in the past.)

The competition this year will be to propose an environmental plan to perform a dredging operation.  The full problem statement can be found here.

In order to put together a team, we need you to email your interest to eci@seedsottawa.ca asap.  If we receive enough interest, we’ll host a mini-competition among those who want to go.  This format of the mini-competition will be to draft the proposal required for the actual ECi, so in that way it’s a great prep round.

Once a team is formed, SEEDS will offer any support and advice that we can, including organizing mock presentations to local professionals to get a real-world perspective on the proposal.

In order to qualify, you must be a student, and able to travel to the US this June.

Dates & Deadlines are all tentative but will be posted soon.  Roughly however,

  • April 1st – Deadline to email eci@seedsottawa.ca informing SEEDS of your interest in participating.
  • Late April – Mini-Competition to determine term to sponsor
  • Early May – Refine your proposal and have it reviewed by previous competition attendees and local experts.
  • Late May – Submit proposal to competition
  • First week of June – Present your poster to a panel of former competition attendees.
  • Second week of June – Present your idea (full mock presentation) to local industry professionals
  • Late June – Fly off to California and win!

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Sustainability: Just an Industry Buzzword?

 

 

March 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm

The Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA) will be holding a panel discussion and networking event on March 18, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. at the Metropolitain Brasserie, 700 Sussex at Rideau (presentation at 5:30 p.m.).

“We need to defend the interests of those whom we’ve never met and never will”  – Jeffrey D. Sachs
“There may be as many definitions as sustainability and sustainable development as there are groups trying to define it” – sustainablemeasures.com

This moderated, interactive discussion will feature speakers from major Canadian industries including chemistry, electricity, fertilizer and mining, who will explain what sustainability really means to them and then answer your most challenging questions in a pub setting.

About the Speakers:

  • Bob Masterson, Vice-President Responsible Care, Chemistry Industry Association of Canada
  • Channa Perera, Director, Sustainability, Canadian Electricity Association
  • Clyde Graham, Vice-President, Strategy and Alliances, Canadian Fertilizer Institute
  • Ben Chalmers, Vice-President, Sustainable Development, Mining Association of Canada 

Light snacks are included in the registration cost. Cash bar. Advanced registration (before March 11th) is $25 for A&WMA members and $30 for non-members and $15 for student members or $20 for student non-members.

ATTENTION STUDENTS: Two student volunteers are needed to work at the registration desk. In exchange, reimbursement of registration fee will be given. If you are interested, contact Holly at holly.dole@uottawa.ca

We encourage online registration (http://www.awma-ovc.ca/) (before March 11) as it helps us to arrange the venue and anticipate the number of attendees. Registration payment can be made online using PayPal,  Visa, or MasterCard or at the door by cash, cheque, Visa or MasterCard.

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Career Paths 2014: A career panel for the young environmental professional

People in academia always talk about industry and the “real world”, ever wonder what this is? Looking to be part of it?

Join us February 26th 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m for the SEEDS 2014 Career Paths!

Career Paths is a career panel made up of working professionals that have agreed to come and answer all and any of your questions. Career Path: A career panel for the young environmental professional takes place on Wednesday, February 26th 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the University Centre room 280 (UC280). You can reserve your spot by clicking here.

At the time of this writing, we have booked 3 panellists and are awaiting confirmation from a couple more. Each new panellist will be announced here upon confirmation.

The panellists, Camille Taylor, Justin Théoret, Mike Gerbis, will be speaking about their experiences in the job market since leaving University and will answer any questions you may have. Keep reading for a short bio of each of the panellists!

Camille Taylor is a project manager and senior air quality engineer at Golder Associates Ltd.  and the past chair of the Air & Waste Management Association. She is a licensed air quality engineer in Ontario and Quebec with over ten years of experience in atmospheric science, air dispersion modelling, emission inventories, and environmental compliance. She has also been very involved in greenhouse gas inventories, reporting, validation and verification, and has performed assessments of carbon revenue potential from biomass to energy projects, completed greenhouse gas reports. Camille has a Bachelors of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering with an Environmental Option from the University of Ottawa. Ms. Taylor has completed a variety of air emission estimates and advanced dispersion modelling projects in support of regulatory compliance and environmental assessment.

Justin Théoret is a 2008 graduate of the Environmental Engineering program at Carleton University. Since that time, he has worked as an environmental specialist, focusing on soil management, hydrogeology, and wastewater and groundwater remediation. Justin has worked on two major transit projects in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, overseeing soil remediation, water treatment, and laboratory analysis, in addition to supporting project planning. He has also designed an alternate wastewater disinfectant system for the City of Niagara.

Joe Rogers As a key part of Delphi’s Climate Change services team, Joe provides technical support including quantitative analysis and the development of emission reduction project documentation and reports. Through his experience as a doctorate-level researcher in environmental chemical engineering, he has developed an extensive understanding of baseline and project emissions, and estimating overall emission reductions and removals. Joe is an expert in greenhouse gas and criteria air contaminant (CAC) emissions generated from combustion and the behaviour of trace elements during high-temperature processes.

Prior to joining us, Joe worked for a wastewater treatment technology company where he liaised with site owners and designing engineers, providing technical and regulatory information for treatment plant design and installation.

Full bio available at delphi.ca/company/our_people

Colin Welburn: Since joining RWDI in 2000, Colin has been involved in a wide range of air quality and noise impact projects.  He has conducted over 100-assignments in air quality and acoustics, considering the full range of potential scales of potential impact, including indoor air quality, exhaust re-entrainment, fence-line evaluations, and regional airshed modelling.  His projects have used a full range of tools including on-site measurement, physical scale (i.e. wind tunnel) modelling, computational dispersion modelling and photo-chemical modelling.  Colin has extensive experience in projects related to risk communication and interaction with the public.

  • Guest Panellists: Camille Taylor, Justin Théoret, Joe Rogers, and Colin Welburn
  • Date: Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: University Centre, Room 280
  • Cost: FREE
  • RSVP: Please RSVP here (not required but helps us)

** Free food! **

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Next Gen Entrepreneur Award at the GLOBE Awards

February 28th is the deadline to apply for the Next Gen Entrepreneur Award at the GLOBE Awards.

This award will be presented to a post-secondary student (undergraduate, graduate, college student, trades) or a recent graduate who is within the first 5 years of their career (under 30 years of age), who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, dedication, commitment, innovation, and entrepreneurship with regards to the principles of sustainability (environmental stewardship, social responsibility, economic excellence). The award will recognize either a body of work that has been completed, the implementation of a program or initiative, a technical innovation, and/or the formation of a business/social enterprise that is effectively tackling an environmental challenge, while at the same time demonstrating improved environmental, social, and economic performance.

Follow this link to read more.

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