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2010 Year End Report

posted Feb 4, 2011, 12:59 PM by Air & Waste Management Association Ottawa Valley Chapter   [ updated Feb 4, 2011, 1:09 PM ]

The chapter's year-end report and financial statement for 2010 are now available. Please see the attached document below.  


As outgoing Chair, I would like to thank the 2010 Executive Board for their support and hard work this year.  I would also like to wish those who are not returning to the Board all the best in their future endeavours and thank them for their commitment to the A&WMA.



Monique Punt, Chair, AWMA-OVC, 2010
2010 Executive Board AWMA-OVC
Valerie Douglas - Dougals Environmental Solutions   
Louis Gaetan - Honda Canada   
Geneviève Thouin - Science Applications Internation Corporation (SAIC Canada)   
Chakrawortty Shanta - Consultant   
Stefan Reinecke - Stratos    
Dr. Amir Hakami - Carleton University   
Steve Hart - Advisor to the Board (Ex-officio)   
Jane Barton - Patterson Consulting   
Kathy Pritchard - Tryskele   
Dr. Smita Bhatia - Chemistry Industry Association of Canada   
Monique Punt - MPunt Environmental Consulting  Chair 
Bruce Dudley - Delphi  Past Chair 
Donna Jean Kilpatrick - Fisheries and Oceans  Secretary 
Tian Gou - Golder Associates  Treasurer 
Seton Stiebert - Environmental Consultant  Vice-Chair 
Jeff Gleeson - Environment Canada  Website Coordinator 

Dr. Jennifer Decker on Measurement, Standards and Nanotechnology (Breakfast Seminar followed by AGM)

posted Nov 17, 2010, 11:57 AM by Air & Waste Management Association Ottawa Valley Chapter   [ updated Nov 29, 2010, 9:38 AM ]

Presentation Overview:  
Dr Decker will discuss the importance of measurement science and metrology as essential for nanoscale manufacturing of new materials, devices and products.  An important precursor to trading nanotechnology products is the demonstration of product safety as regards human health and the environment.  Reliable detection and characterization of nanomaterials is imperative for our understanding in the study of their toxicological behaviours and to draw conclusions that attain global agreement.  Nanotechnology poses a unique challenge in this regard because many of the tools currently used in the lab are difficult to transfer to the shop floor.
Please note that our AGM will take place at approximately 9 am on Dec 14th, immediately following the breakfast seminar. Members are encouraged to attend the AGM. Interested non-members are also welcome. 
About the Speaker:
Jennifer E Decker received her PhD in Physics from Laval University, Québec in 1992 and subsequently joined the Institute for National Measurement Standards (INMS) of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).  She is Team Leader, Metrology for Nanotechnology with research interests in length measurement & calibration and uncertainty evaluation. She chairs the Canadian Mirror Committee to ISO/TC229: Nanotechnologies Working Group 2: Measurement and Characterization.
Tuesday December 14, 2010
7:30 am (7:45 full breakfast)
The Metropolitan Brasserie (Sussex and Rideau)
Valerie Douglas,, (613) 248-3333
AWMA Members $25 ($30 after Dec 12)
Non-Members $30 ($35 after Dec 12)
Student Members $10, Student Non-Members $15.
Online payment now available. Note: you do not need to RSVP separately if you are paying online.

Dr. Amir Hakami on Using Air Quality Models as Decision Support Tools

posted Oct 22, 2010, 6:08 AM by Air & Waste Management Association Ottawa Valley Chapter   [ updated Oct 22, 2010, 7:37 AM ]

Presentation Overview:

Air quality models have become an indispensable tool for air pollution decision-making and management. However, with increasing appreciation for air pollution as a multi-faceted problem, there is a strong need for novel analysis and support tools that are capable of integrating various disciplines involved in the policy making process. Some examples of applications for such tools will be discussed. How can pollution transport between Canada and US be quantified? How effective are cap-and-trade systems for NOx emissions from electricity generation? Can the environmental performance of the current cap-and-trade system be improved? Are morning, afternoon, or evening emissions more important? These are examples of questions that will be explored in this presentation.

About the Speaker:

Amir Hakami is an assistant professor of Environmental Engineering at Carleton University. He received his PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2003 and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech prior to joining Carleton. His expertise is in air quality modelling and the use of various analysis methods in addressing policy-relevant questions.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010
7:30 a.m. (Breakfast and talk start at 7:45)
The Courtyard Restaurant, 21 George St.
(inner courtyard between George St. and York St., Byward Market)
Take advantage of the $2 early parking in the parking garage on corner of Clarence and Parent.

A&WMA Members: $25 in advance ($30 after Nov 1)
Non-members: $30 in advance ($35 after Nov 1)
Students: $10 A&WMA members ($15 non-members)

Register Online or RSVP to Geneviève Thouin [  (613) 991-1119]

We encourage on-line registration before November 1, as it helps us to arrange the venue and anticipate the number of attendees.  Payment online by VISA or Master Card or at the door by cash, cheque, VISA or Master Card.

Open House at U of O

posted Sep 27, 2010, 7:00 AM by Air & Waste Management Association Ottawa Valley Chapter   [ updated Oct 1, 2010, 10:59 AM ]

The Ottawa Valley Executive and Student Chapters of the Air and Waste Management Association are Hosting an Open House


Thursday October 7th, 7pm

Room 317, Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa, 550 Cumberland St.


The Event will include:

¤  Information on the A&WMA and its new student chapter, and the benefits of becoming a member (Networking, Scholarships, Awards)

¤  The A&WMA student competition presentation

¤  A presentation and chance to network with local professionals on opportunities for recent grads in the environmental field


Open to students in the environmental field.

Reception and refreshments will follow the presentations.

Registration is free but space is limited. Please register at


Les Chapitres professionnel et étudiant de la Vallée de l’Outaouais de l’Air and Waste Management Association vous invitent à une soirée portes ouvertes


jeudi 7 octobre à 19 h

à la salle 317 du Pavillon Tabaret de l’Université d’Ottawa au 550, rue Cumberland


La soirée comprendra :

¤  une séance d’information sur l’A&WMA, son nouveau chapitre étudiant ainsi que sur les avantages réservés aux membres (réseautage, bourses, prix)

¤  la présentation donnée à la compétition étudiante de l’A&WMA

¤  une présentation sur les opportunités pour les jeunes diplômés dans le domaine de l’environnement ainsi que la chance de rencontrer des professionnels de la région


Ouvert aux étudiants dans le domaine de l’environnement

Les présentations seront suivies d’une réception et les  rafraîchissements.

Entrée libre mais les places sont limitées. Inscrivez-vous dès maintenant sans frais à

Cet événement est coparrainé par: Newalta et L'Association canadienne de l'industrie de la chimie

Ontario Section Annual Conference

posted Sep 7, 2010, 8:50 AM by Air & Waste Management Association Ottawa Valley Chapter   [ updated Sep 7, 2010, 8:54 AM ]

The Ontario Section of the Air & Waste Management Association is holding their annual conference in Toronto on October 6. Session topics will include Energy From Waste, Renewable Energy and the Environment, New Environmental Legislation and Air and Toxics Case Studies. See the poster below for more information.

Carleton University Students Place 4th at International Student Competition

posted Aug 9, 2010, 12:49 PM by Air & Waste Management Association Ottawa Valley Chapter   [ updated Aug 9, 2010, 12:57 PM ]

A team of students representing Carleton University placed 4th in a North American-wide student competition held in conjunction with the Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Calgary, Alberta during the week of June 21st. The team, who placed second among the Canadian competitors, received a $2000 prize for this result. Their challenge was to devise a strategy to minimize environmental impacts of the oil sands industry, and communicate this in a poster and oral presentation, competing against 9 other teams. The title of their poster and presentation was Waterless Bitumen Extraction Using Hexane.  
The team consisted of both graduate and undergraduate students from Carleton University, selected in a run-off competition by the local chapter of A&WMA.  The team members were Luz Puentes Jacome, Matthew Russell, Ravindren Krishnasamy, and Michelle Chiasson. Financial support was provided by the A&WMA Ottawa Valley Chapter, the offices of the Vice-Presidents Academic and Research at Carleton University and the local student organization, the Society of Environmental Engineering, Development, Management and Science (SEEDS).


OCIENE Student Seminar

posted Mar 25, 2010, 10:37 AM by Air & Waste Management Association Ottawa Valley Chapter   [ updated Mar 25, 2010, 10:43 AM ]

These presentations are held twice per year, and our Ottawa Valley Chapter presents a 'best paper' cash award at each event. Chapter members are encouraged to attend the presentations to learn about the interesting research taking place at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. See a listing of previous award winners.
The spring seminar presentations for OCIENE graduate students will be held at Carleton University on April 6, 2010.
Presentations will be made from 9:30 am to noon and from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in room 550 of the Minto Centre. Campus Map:

Honda's Perspective on Clean Automotive Technologies

posted Mar 23, 2010, 9:42 AM by Air & Waste Management Association Ottawa Valley Chapter   [ updated Mar 29, 2010, 10:46 AM ]

The Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA) would like to announce our next breakfast seminar which will take place at the Courtyard Restaurant, 21 George St. on Thursday, April 22, 2010 from 07:30  to 9:00. Our guest speaker will be Mr. Louis Gaetan of Honda Canada Inc. who will speak on Honda's Perspective on Clean Automotive Technologies. We will have a formal presentation followed by a Q&A period.  Please see attached invitation for further details.   

Please RSVP to Ms. Valerie Douglas at or by calling 613-248-3333. 

We look forward to seeing you on the 26th at the Courtyard Restaurant. 

Careers in the Environmental Field - A Panel Discussion for Students

posted Mar 23, 2010, 9:40 AM by Air & Waste Management Association Ottawa Valley Chapter   [ updated Mar 23, 2010, 9:42 AM ]

To be hosted by the Society of Environmental Engineering, Development, management and Science (SEEDS) group at Carleton University on April 7, 2010 from 7 to 9 pm.
Details to follow.

Can Corporate Social Responsibility Be Material To Your Business in 2010?

posted Jan 25, 2010, 6:50 AM by Air & Waste Management Association Ottawa Valley Chapter   [ updated Jan 25, 2010, 6:59 AM ]

A presentation by Bruce Dudley of The Delphi Group
Sustainability has been a part of the Canadian business practice landscape for well over a decade. Increasingly business and governments have been looking at the social dimensions of their business and have been incorporating these into their planning and implementation efforts. This presentation will explore a number of key trends in Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and make the case for why CSR needs to be on your organization’s radar in 2010.

Bruce Dudley is the Senior Vice President of the Delphi Group, an Ottawa-based consultancy that specializes in corporate sustainability and climate change. As the co-lead for sustainability Bruce has worked with private and government organizations on sustainability, CSR, and principles based leadership.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010
7:30 a.m. (7:45 full breakfast)
The Courtyard Restaurant, 21 George St.


The restaurant is located in the inner courtyard between George Street and York Street in the Byward Market. Public pay parking garages are located directly beside the courtyard, with access from George or York Street. Metered public parking is available throughout the Byward Market area.

RSVP     Suzanne Hopkins ( e-mail, phone 613-562-2005 x 100)
Cost        AWMA Members     $25 ($30 after January 25th) 
Non-members          $30 ($35 after January 25th)
Students                 $10


Please RSVP for the event before January 25, 2010 (5:00 p.m.), as we must order the exact number of meals! Registration can be Paid at the door by Cash, cheque, or VISA

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