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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. 

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In 2020, the Ottawa Centre will host the annual CMOS Congress.  Our local arrangements chair is putting together volunteer groups to help with this large project.  If you can help in any way please contact Bruce Angle .

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 - Wednesday 20 November 2019

SPEAKER:  Raymond Desjardins, Research Scientist with the Agrienvironment Division of the Ottawa Research and Development Centre of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa

TITLEAgricultural Meteorology Then and Now: Paradigm Shift to Sustainable Science

ABSTRACT: The development and evolution of Agricultural Meteorology in Canada in the 50s, 60s and 70s will be briefly reviewed and examples of some of the research done by some of the pioneers will be presented. Like in many areas of research, in the 80s and 90s, the research approach by small groups of agricultural meteorologists was eventually replaced by a multidisciplinary research approach. Examples from some of the large scale research projects that ensued, as well as some of the important findings, will be presented. These studies gave rise to a better understanding of the role of the major terrestrial ecosystems in the world on climate as well as the role of climate on these ecosystems.

The 2000s and 2010s brought a further shift away from Agricultural Meteorology to research on Climate Change with emphasis on Environmental Sustainability. I will present the findings by our research team of the estimates of the carbon footprint of agricultural products in Canada. Hopefully, this information will help producers and consumers make decisions that minimize the impact of the agriculture sector on climate change.


Raymond Desjardins, C. M., FRSC, PhD., is a graduate from the Universities of Ottawa, Toronto and Cornell. He has been Canada's representative on the Commission of Agricultural Meteorology of WMO for the last 30 years. As micrometeorologist he has developed numerous techniques to measure mass and energy exchange using tower and aircraft-based systems as well as techniques to estimate greenhouse gas emissions for a wide range of ecosystems. Dr. Desjardins' most recent research, which is focused on quantifying the carbon footprint of agricultural products, is helping Canadian farmers compete on the international markets. He co-authored books such as: "Health of our Air" and "Better Farming Better Air" which shed light on how efficient farming practices improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

PLACE 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

TIME12:00 noon, Wednesday November 20, 2019

PARKING:  On street parking in the vicinity, or at Ottawa City Hall

RSVP:  Please confirm your attendance no later than Friday 15 November by using this Doodle link.  New registration and pre-payment systems are in effect.  Payment for your lunch should now be done by Interac e-Transfer using the following email address:
cmosottawa@gmail.com . If you are unable to use e-Transfer you are asked to contact our Treasurer, Yvon Bernier at ycbernier@videotron.ca to make alternate arrangements.

Alternatively, please contact any of the following to register if you have problems with Doodle or Interac:

Dawn Conway 613-724-2954; email:  DMConway1@gmail.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
Hoy Chow 819-938-4429; email:   hoy.chow@canada.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:  Wednesday 18 December, speaker Nancy Hamzawi, Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Technology, Environment and Climate Change Canada


(collaborator with CMOS Ottawa)

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

Greetings Laurentian SETAC,

Join us for an engaging talk, good eats and fine brew as we welcome Dr. Yamini Gopalapillai to Ottawa. Dr. Gopalapillai will discuss her research on the risk of metals to the environment, drawing on her 15 years of experience in academia, industry and government. Socializing, food and drink orders begin at 5:00 pm, the talk begins at 6:00 pm.

Title: Metals in the Environment: Towards Improved Monitoring and Risk Assessment

Speaker: Dr. Yamini Gopalapillai, Environment and Climate Change Canada

When: Wednesday October 30 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Where: Clock Tower Brew Pub, 575 Bank Street, Ottawa

Cost: $1 members, $3 non-members

For more details please see attached poster.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Laurentian SETAC Pub Night Committee


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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