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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.


Upcoming Luncheon Meeting - Thursday 26 January 2017

SPEAKER:  Dr. David Scott, President & CEO of Polar Knowledge Canada

TITLE:  Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR) - Arctic science sustainability - Enhancing cooperation and advancing knowledge for a stronger future

ABSTRACT:  Since its establishment in June 2015, POLAR has made great strides to advance Canadian leadership in Arctic science and technology, and to mobilize knowledge of the polar regions, including Antarctica. Its engagement and partnerships with federal, territorial, Indigenous, national and international networks of interest promise to leverage collective resources to enhance Arctic and Antarctic research. The opening of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station in Cambridge Bay in 2018 will provide a northern-based world-class hub for science and technology research. Through advancing innovation in northern monitoring and modeling science and technology, as well as promoting collaborative integrative approaches, POLAR aims to improve economic opportunities, environmental stewardship and quality of life for Northerners and other Canadians. Dr. Dave Scott, President, Polar Knowledge Canada, will discuss the importance of POLAR's work to northerners and the polar regions, as well as discuss how collaboration and knowledge will ensure resilient northern communities.

Rideau  Canal Junior Ranks Mess, 4 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Ottawa.  Side entrance, Harmony Room, 4th floor (elevator available)

COST:  $25 non members; $20 members & their spouses; students $10

TIME 12:00 noon, Thursday 26 January 2017

MENU:  tba

PARKING:  On street parking in the vicinity

RSVP:  Please confirm your attendance by Monday 23 January by Doodle (click here)

Alternatively, please contact any of the following to be added to our list, or if you have problems with Doodle:

Martin Gauthier 613-730 7608 ext 2520; email: martin.gauthier@rwdi.com
Ann McMillan 613-831-5851; email: mcmillan@storm.ca
Paul Pestieau 613-990-6855; email:  Paul.Pestieau@canada.ca
Bob Jones 613-820-6336; email:  jonesb@ncf.ca
Daria Bradbury 613-949-9119; email:  Daria.Bradbury@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Tom Zagon: 613-992-8431; email:  tom.zagon@canada.ca

CANCELLATION:  If you need to cancel, please change your Doodle information as soon as
possible or let a contact person know so we can cancel your food order.

NEXT MEETING:  22 February 2017, speaker Mike Manore, MSC, topic Monitoring and Update on major new hardware acquisitions by MSC


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

CACOR cordially invites you to a Luncheon

Title: SAILIING TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY; Managing the Impacts of Cruise Tourism

Date: Wednesday January 18th 2017

Speaker: Ted Manning

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 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 January
16th. 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 January 16th. 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. The Mess can prepare alternative for either vegetarian or vegan meals.

About the presentation:

Tourism is now the largest employer on the planet according to UN statistics and
is the largest source of foreign exchange for a large percentage of the world’s
nations, particularly small island and coastal states. The fastest growing
component of this tourism is Cruise tourism, where millions of people travel by
ship to experience other ecosystems and cultures.  The impacts of this mass
migration are a growing element of the human footprint and one which is a
challenge to manage.

This presentation documents the nature and effects of the industry globally and
on destination communities and identifies some key ongoing challenges and
successes in making the industry manage and control its effects.

About the speaker:

Edward W. (Ted) Manning, BA, MA, PhD, is President Tourisk Inc., an
international consulting firm planning World Heritage Sites and tourist
destinations worldwide.  He is lead consultant to the UN World Tourism
Organization with respect to their programs on sustainable tourism and on the
establishment of indicators of sustainability for the sector. He spent 30 years
in the Canadian Government as Director Environmental Management and Sustainable
Development for Consulting and Audit Canada, Executive Manager Sustainable
Tourism for Tourism Canada, Associate Director Sustainable Development and Chief
Land Use Policy and Planning with Environment Canada and Senior Planner, with
the Caribbean Branch of CIDA.  He also serves as Adjunct Professor Geography at
Carleton University and is a Past President of the Canadian Association of
Geographers.  He has worked in more than 40 countries on six continents and is
currently involved in the establishment of Observatories of Sustainable Tourism
in several countries for the UN.   Ted has published twenty three books and more
than 100 articles on sustainable development, environmental planning, evaluation
methods and consultative procedures.  He has been a CACOR member since the 1980s
and is currently a member of the International Club of Rome.

Our next CACOR luncheon will be on Wednesday February15th 2017

View Ottawa CACOR Web Site


Ottawa Science Exchange and Partner Meeting Notices (notices closest to the current date are on top)

Ottawa Branch of the Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS)

On Monday 30th January, the Ottawa Branch of the Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS)
is pleased to host a presentation by Mr. Marcel De Vos, Senior Project Officer,
New Major Facilities Licensing Division at the Canadian Nuclear Safety

Update on Small Modular Reactors - Development, Deployment and Regulation - Mr.
Marcel De Vos, Senior Project Officer, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Date:          Monday 30th January 2017
Location:     The Royal Canadian Air Force Officers' Mess
                  158 Gloucester St., Ottawa (between Bank and O’Connor)

Time:        6:30 pm     Cash bar opens for mix & mingle
                7:00 pm     Talk starts

Over the past several years, many technology developers have expressed interest
in the construction and operation of SMRs in Canada. Consequently, the CNSC has
been looking into the nuclear regulatory and licensing implications challenges
for SMR-related activities.  In 2016, the CNSC invited comments on a discussion
paper DIS-16-04, “Small Modular Reactors: Regulatory Strategy, Approaches and
Challenges”. Mr. De Vos will provide an overview of the CNSC SMR discussion
paper, the Pre-Licensing Vendor Design Review projects at the CNSC, some key
international SMR activities, and paths forward and future follow-ups to the

Join us at this fine venue, greet former colleagues you have not seen for some
time, and join in what will undoubtedly be an interesting discussion period.

Both CNS members and members of the public are welcome.

For more information on this event please contact Wei Shen


Ottawa Centre Archives - Please follow this link for past meeting notices, slides from recent lunch presentations, executive members, previous speakers by topic and year, minutes of executive meetings and much more.

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