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The Ottawa Centre is comprised of about 90 CMOS members. The Centre holds monthly meetings downtown from September through May.  Our meetings are open to members and the public.  Meetings start with lunch followed by a presentation by an invited speaker and discussion. Occasionally our meetings are joint with partner groups or societies.  About every ten years, the Ottawa Centre hosts the annual CMOS Congress.

Outreach activities aimed at high school, university and post graduate students are a priority for the Ottawa Centre. We judge and provide prizes at regional science fairs in Ottawa and Gatineau.


Next Luncheon Meeting - September 2016

Details tba.


The Canadian Association for the Club of Rome (CACOR) (collaborator with CMOS Ottawa)


CACOR cordially invites you to a Luncheon 


Title How recent technical advances could help small islands develop sustainably 


and cope with climate change


Date: Wednesday June 15th 2016


Speaker: Peter Meincke


Time: 12-2pm


Place: Army Officers' Mess, 149 Somerset Street West, Ottawa


Cost:  $25 general admission; $20 for members, their spouses and student guests. The downstairs ante-room and dining area will be open at 11:30 a.m. for those who wish to meet and greet friends and colleagues prior to lunch. 

Please confirm attendance by replying to this e-mail on or before Monday June 13th. Please remember that CACOR is responsible for payment of guests who have registered. If you register and need to change your commitment, please inform us as well before Monday June 13th. Thank you for your assistance in this matter. We unfortunately will follow up with an invoice for those who were not able to honour their commitment.

In order to accommodate all members, associates and guests please indicate your presence to this event as soon as possible. Please indicate as well your dietary needs: vegetarian, vegan or other.

About the presentation:

In order to develop sustainably and cope with climate change, small islands need to do the following: 

  • eliminate or drastically reduce CO2 emissions. 
  • reduce their reliance on linear economies in which resources are converted into products which are then thrown away. 
  • increase the use of circular economies in which materials are recycled.
  • Increase the use of local resources to meet local needs
  • recognize that waste is resource in the wrong place
  • shift from trading in materials, goods and services to trade in information and know-how over the internet.
  • adapt to climate change impacts such as sea level rise, increased severity of storms and fluctuations in weather.
This presentation will explore how many recent developments in technology could help small islands and remote communities achieve many if not all of these goals. These developments include:
  • dramatic reduction in cost of traditional photovoltaic cells as well as innovations.
  • greatly improved storage technologies.
  • use of wind, water including wave tidal and geothermal energy sources, 
  • 3D printing, 
  • food production, 
  • transportation such as electric vehicles, drones, solar planes, 
  • Low Energy Nuclear Reactions


He has also served on the board of a number of national and international organizations including the Ministers Advisory Board on the Canadian Military Colleges, Chair of the National Library Advisory board and the Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. He is a founding member and chair of The Group of 78 and is a past member of the Canadian Pugwash Board of Directors. He chaired the National Council of the Royal Commonwealth Society in Canada for five years.


He was a Consultant to the UN on the establishment of the Small Island Developing States Network.


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