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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 - Tuesday 11 December 2018

We regret to advise that that David Grimes is no longer able to speak at the CMOS luncheon as he will be travelling to attend the funeral of a family member. However Mr. Michel Jean, Director General of the Canadian Centre for Meteorological and Environmental Prediction of the Meteorological Service of Canada, as well as the current President of the World Meteorological Organization's Commission for Basic Systems, will be pleased to give David's presentation.

SPEAKER:  Michel Jean, DG Canadian Centre for Meteorological and Environmental Prediction ECCC, MSC; President Commission for Basic Systems WMO

SPEAKER BIO:  Mr. Michel Jean graduated from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in Physics in 1982 and obtained his Masters degree in Meteorology from McGill University in 1987 after working within the Atmospheric Environment Service (AES) as an operational forecaster in various locations in Canada.

Mr Jean is currently the Director General of the Canadian Centre for Meteorological and Environmental Prediction, whose objective is to provide Canada with the best human, science and technology infrastructure to analyze and predict atmospheric, ocean and ice conditions for decision making. Over the years, he has led the development of 'man-machine' interaction systems, including automated translation systems. M. Jean is the senior executive responsible for the entire weather and environmental prediction system in Canada, the long term High Performance Computing strategy and the development and implementation of the next generation integrated forecaster workstation.

He has been coordinator to the WMO CBS Management Group on the Disaster Risk Reduction program and the chair of an inter-commission task team on Meteorological, Hydrological and Climate Services for Improved Humanitarian Planning and Response and co-chair of a CBS ad-hoc working group on the evolution of the Global Data Processing and Forecasting System (GDPFS). He has been elected President of the WMO Commission for Basic Systems in December 2016.

Mr. Jean is the recipient of several citations and awards within the Public Service of Canada. He is also the 2002 recipient of the Andrew Thomson prize in applied meteorology from the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.

:  The Role of the Global Meteorological and Hydrological Enterprise in Addressing Agenda 2030

ABSTRACT:  The Global Agenda 2030 is a plan for action that covers a wide range of international policy, and scientific and societal issues. It is a transformational agenda that encompasses multiple sectors, and requires unprecedented collaboration at a global scale to implement it. The agenda comprises the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The Hydro-Meteorological Enterprise has a major role to play in supporting this agenda. This session will present and discuss the role of the World Meteorological Organization, as a convening body, and all National Weather and Hydrological Services, their vision and strategic directions, and in particular, the requirements of seamless predictions systems, underpinned by sound research throughout the value chain. In addition, it will link it back to our national context by providing insights on the implications for the Canadian Weather, Water and Climate Enterprise.

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

MENU:  Traditional Christmas turkey lunch with trimmings

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

TIME:  12:00 noon, Tuesday 11 December

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

RSVP:  Please confirm your attendance no later than Friday 7 December by using this Doodle link.  Non members are asked to click the 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:  Tuesday 23 January 2019, details TBA

                                            (collaborator with CMOS Ottawa)

CACOR cordially invites you to a Luncheon

Title: Can tourism coexist with a fragile planet?

Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation of the World's largest industry

Date: Thursday December 6th 2018

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 $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 Monday December 3. 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 December 3. 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: Tourism is now the world's largest industry with more than 1.3 billion international arrivals in 2017. It employs more people than any other sector, constitutes the principal source of foreign exchange for more than 40 of the world's countries, and is the largest mass migration in human history - every year. It is growing at a rate reaching 10% per annum. The collective footprint is immense and focused on special places with natural and cultural assets. The industry is a massive consumer of resources including fossil fuels, and it targets specifically many of the world's most of fragile environments. Nearly 80% of its infrastructure is located in the coastal zone and is vulnerable to any changes in storms sea level and temperature and rainfall regimes. In this presentation the overall impact of the tourism sector and of efforts to defuse its worst impacts and enhance any positive contributions it can make to global ecological preservation are addressed. In many respects the tourism industry, while a contributor to global warming, is one of the sectors most vulnerable to climate change. As a result, the industry is often responsive to potential climate change. Most of its actions are focused on mitigation and on risk management for its own assets. In many instances the industry has also shown leadership in protection of key ecological assets and fragile cultural communities.

This presentation examines the state of the global tourism sector and how ideally it can be a positive contributor to solutions to global environmental economic and social issues.

About the speaker:  Dr. Manning is a geographer, a full member of the Club of Rome and a former Chair of CACOR. For over twenty years he has been principal consultant to the UN World Tourism Organization, UNEP and the World Wildlife Fund on sustainable tourism. He is lead author of the UN Guidebook, Indicators of Sustainable Development for Tourism Destinations as well as several books on articles on sustainable development and community planning. This year he completed a study on Carrying Capacity for Tourism for San Miguel de Allende Mexico, on risk reduction for overtourism for Zhangjiajie China and worked in October with Ecuador on the establishment of an Observatory for a Sustainable Tourism region in the coastal province of Manabi.

      View Ottawa CACOR Web Site


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Laurentian SETAC Ottawa Pub Night Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Join us for an engaging talk, good eats and fine brew at our next Ottawa pub night on Wednesday November 28.
Dr. Jesse Vermaire will discuss plastic pollution in Canadian freshwater ecosystems. Socializing, food and drink orders begin at 5:00 pm, the talk begins at 6:00 pm. Get there early for discounted appetizers (available until 6:00 pm)

Title: Microplastic pollution of freshwater ecosystems

Speaker: Dr. Jesse Vermaire, Carleton University

When: Wednesday November 28th 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 bio for more information.

We look forward to seeing you there!

L-SETAC Ottawa Pub Night Committee

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