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President's Welcome

 

Dear Members and Friends,

 

Welcome to the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) website! CMOS has a long and distinguished history of advancing meteorology and oceanography in Canada. Our scientific congresses attract attendees from academia, government and the private sector from cross Canada and around the world.   We have an ambitious year of growth and activity this year leading up to the Our 50th Anniversary Celebration in Toronto, Ontario June 2017.  We are also proud to recognize the accomplishments of our Canadian colleagues through the prestigious prizes and awards presented annually for scientific merit and meritorious service. Lists of winners and criteria for nomination can be found at Awards.

The Canadian landscape of atmospheric and oceanographic science is changing and changing fast and so should this society in order to meet these challenges.  As a Society we need to evolve and grow, or else we risk at becoming irrelevant to Canadians.  I also want to emphasize that CMOS is a volunteer organisation with incredible talent to forge our activities forward.  Membership seems to be growing again with a focus to continue to build towards strengthening the activities of our 14 Regional Centres, introduction of webinars on current topics of interest, stronger collaboration with American Meteorological Society (AMS), improving our web site and social media content, increasing our visibility with media and public, and recruiting larger users of meteorology and oceanography.  If these efforts, we aim to ensure we have an active and vibrant CMOS community with the funds to maintain and grow our activities.

We are looking at enhancing the Congress technologies where delegates will download an App to promote communication and ease of access to Congress information.  This will allow Congress participants to be active and an important component of the organisation infrastructure.  We may even move from the standard parallel science sessions every day to one that incorporates workshops, panels and plenaries all in parallel with the scientific talks.  This will add to the flavouring and variety of our Congresses like never before.  Furthermore, we are exploring at becoming paperless and using electronic media to its fullest extent – not only are we significantly reducing printing, postage and handling costs for publications like the CMOS Bulletin, but we are following our own commitment to inspire environmental stewardship. 

This year to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of CMOS, Student membership to CMOS will be FREE.  I hope the students will embrace this opportunity so that we can swell the ranks of the CMOS membership.  For our members, I encourage you to use the Member's Area of the CMOS web site.  It is intended to help you stay abreast of CMOS activities. You can renew your membership, explore the membership directory and society documents, download copies of Atmosphere-Ocean and the CMOS Bulletin, submit abstracts and register for the annual congress. Your suggestions for improvement of our electronic presence are most welcome and can be directed to our webmaster … at webmaster@cmos.ca.

To those who are not currently members, we urge you to become members of YOUR society and strengthen it by participating in its activities. This web site provides an overview and contact information.

I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible during my year as President, and I welcome your ideas and concerns at any time.  If you have enjoyed and benefited from the activities of CMOS in the past, please consider volunteering your time to assist in our local and national programs, for the betterment of our atmospheric and oceanographic sciences in Canada.

Martin L. Taillefer

President CMOS