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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 22 May 2019

SPEAKER: Laxmi Sushama, CMOS Eastern Tour Speaker 

TITLE: Climate-Engineering Dialogue in the Context of Arctic Engineering Systems

ABSTRACT: The Canadian Network for Regional Climate and Weather Processes focused on quantifying and reducing uncertainties in climate projections and weather predictions for Canada's northern regions. A number of land-related modules were improved and/or implemented in the Canadian regional climate models as part of this Network, which has led to better simulations for the region and improved understanding of processes and feedbacks.

However, the climate model simulations available are still too coarse to provide information at the spatial resolution required for many engineering applications. Changing land dynamics and properties, particularly related to permafrost degradation, and extreme events can have significant impacts on both surface and subsurface infrastructure. Adapting to permafrost degradation will require remedial measures to be applied to existing infrastructure and new approaches in designing and building new infrastructure.

This talk will look at some of the engineering-relevant aspects of weather and climate, including extremes, for the Arctic and will discuss impacts and adaptation strategies and framework for selected engineering operations and infrastructure systems. Due to the rapid warming projected in Arctic regions, it is very likely that several tipping points will be crossed, some of which might pose important risks to infrastructure. Specialized analyses of climate model outputs from this perspective to estimate important thresholds for selected engineering systems will also be presented.


Laxmi Sushama is Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Trottier Chair in Sustainability in Engineering and Design at McGill University. She has held a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Regional Climate Modeling, leveraging her research expertise in engineering hydrology, water resources engineering, climate science and regional earth system modelling. By integrating high-latitude land-atmosphere processes, feedbacks and interactions into climate models, her research strongly influenced regional climate modelling and its applications for cold regions. Her current research also focuses on climate-sustainability nexus with a special emphasis on urban environments, climate resilience of infrastructure and sustainability in engineering design. She has also led major Networks, including the most recent NSERC-funded Canadian Network for Regional Climate and Weather Processes.

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

TIME:  12:00 noon, Wednesday 22 May 2019

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

RSVP:  Please confirm your attendance no later than Friday 17 May by using this Doodle link.  Non members are asked to click the above Subscribe link so that we may record their email addresses for this meeting only.

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

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 September 2019, details to be announced

                                            (collaborator with CMOS Ottawa)

CACOR cordially invites you to a Luncheon

Title: The Rise & Foreseeable Future of Artificial Intelligence - Part 2: Where is AI Heading?

Date: Wednesday May 1st 2019

Speaker: Peter MacKinnon

Time: 12-2pm

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

Cost: $25 general admission; $20 for members, their spouses and $10 for student guests. The upstairs 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 Sunday April 28th. 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 Sunday April 28th. 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 gluten free, vegetarian or vegan meals.

About the presentation:

Artificial Intelligence is one of the latest technical buzz terms one tends to encounter in the news and in every day conversation these days. This address will go behind the news and explore some new frontiers created by AI.

In the January address to CACOR as Part 1 on the Rise & Foreseeable Future of Artificial Intelligence,


we noted that AI technology, and AI-based products and services are outpacing advance in developing philosophical, ethical, and efficacy understandings and implications of AI to society. From other points of view the socio-economic implications (e. g., jobs) and general impact of AI on political economy are far from understood.

This address will focus on a number of these non-technical issues per se; yet they are highly dependent on technical advances in AI and the application of those advances. This dependency also will be considered as we look into the near-term future of AI.

The notion of an 'AI race' and its possible future scenarios will be considered in respect to rising competition between state and non-state actors. This will lead to a discussion about ethics issues regarding the development and use of aspects of AI as a dual-use technology.

We will then consider a number of socio-economic implications and the general impact of AI on political economy. Finally, we will review potential governance and policy issues and options to address the rapid unchecked development and application of AI within society at large.

About the speaker: The speaker was a pioneer in the commercialization of AI in the 1980s and today is actively involved in ethical and policy issues related to AI. Peter has an extensive background on the forefront of scientific and technological breakthroughs around disruptive technologies and their impacts on society. He was an early proponent in the development and promotion of Big Data analytics using High Performance Computers, and was a major contributor in creating the Internet in Canada, among other accomplishments.

Peter has a background as a scientist, business manager, entrepreneur, domestic and international bureaucrat, executive, diplomat, management advisor, and academic; including most recently affiliation with both Telfer School of Management and the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Ottawa and the Faculty of Engineering at Carleton University.

Note, you may find the following timely news article called Artificial intelligence: The good and the bad, which appeared in the Ottawa Citizen on April 12th:


                                  View Ottawa CACOR Web Site


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 at the last Ottawa Pub Night until September. Dr. Carole Yauk will discuss her research on the development of genomic approaches for chemical risk assessment and improving regulatory assessment of heritable effects. Socializing, food and drink orders begin at 5:00 pm, the talk begins at 6:00 pm.

Title: The legacy of parental exposures to toxicants: characterizing chemically induced heritable genetic effects

Speaker: Dr. Carole Yauk, Health Canada

When: Wednesday, April 24 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

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

Cost: $1 members, $3 non-members

Please see abstract and speaker biography for more information.

We look forward to seeing you there!

L-SETAC Ottawa Pub Night Committee
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