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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.  About every ten years, the Ottawa Centre hosts the annual CMOS Congress.

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 - September 2017

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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,

PARKING:  On street parking in the vicinity

RSVP:  Please confirm your attendance by  by Doodle (click here)

Alternatively, please contact any of the following to be added to our list, or if you have problems with Doodle:

Martin Gauthier 613-730 7608 ext 2520; email: martin.gauthier@rwdi.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:  September 2017, details to be announced


The Canadian Association for the Club of Rome (CACOR) (collaborator with CMOS Ottawa)

CACOR cordially invites you to a Special Luncheon

Title: Adaptation to Global Warming

Date: Wednesday June 21st 2017 Speaker: Ian Burton, Ted Manning and David Greenall

Time: 10:30 am - 2:00 pm (new time)

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

Cost:  $30 general admission; $25 for members, their spouses and student guests. The downstairs ante-room and dining area will be open at 10:00 (coffee and muffins available), the panel discussion starts at 10:30 and lunch will be served at 12:30. Depending on interest and availability, panellists and attendees will be able to continue with formal or informal discussions until 14h00.

Please confirm attendance by replying to this e-mail address on or before Monday June19th. 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 June19th. 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 vegetarian or vegan meals.

About the presentation: The premise for this workshop, taken from CACOR's action plan, is to:

Explore the actions that Canada can take starting now to address the inevitable consequences of the existing commitment to global warming: Identify ways to counter the consequences, including topics touching the broad range of policy, population, economic approaches, and vested interests The specific topics to be addressed will be proposed by the three panelists: Dr. Ian Burton, Emeritus Professor, University of Toronto, Mr. David Greenall, PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers), and Dr. Edward Manning, Member, the Club of Rome. The panelists have been invited to make short (5-10 minute) introductions, to be followed by 90 minutes of debate, drawing in members of the audience at an early stage.  For the debate, the panelists and the members of the audience will be asked to make only one point at a time in no more than a couple of minutes, which should lead quickly to a lively discussion.  We shall know we have succeeded if everyone is still buzzing during lunch and beyond! (See Background below)

About the speakers:

Ian Burton is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Toronto, where he served as Director of the Institute for Environmental Studies (1979-84).

In the 1990's, Ian served in the Environment Canada Policy Group and then as the first Director for Adaptation in the Atmospheric Environment Service.

During an active "retirement", Ian has been a Lead Author in three IPCC Assessments and a Convening Lead Author for the IPCC Special Report on Extremes. He is working with the International Council for Science (ICSU) in the programme Integrated Research on Disaster Risk - forensic investigations of disaster.

He serves on Advisory Committees for:

the Auditor General of Canada (on climate change adaptation); the International Development Research Centre (on adaptation research in Africa and Asia); and Public Safety Canada, (Canadian National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, related to the Sendai Framework on DRR, 2015-2030).

Edward W. (Ted) Manning, President of Tourisk Inc., is an international consultant and lecturer in tourism and environmental topics.

From 1993 to 2002, he served as Director, Sustainable Development and Environmental Management for Consulting and Audit Canada, and from 1992 to 2005, he served as Associate Director of the Centre for a Sustainable Future for the Foundation for International Training. He has been the lead consultant on indicators for sustainable tourism development for the World Tourism Organization.

Ted has worked in more than 40 countries on sustainable development, tourism and integrated planning. He is the author of 21 books and over 100 articles.

Ted is a full member of the International Club of Rome and a Past Chair of the Canadian Association for the Club of Rome. Ted has served on the Boards of many other associations. He is a recipient of the Miguel Aleman Medal (Mexico) for services in the field of tourism.

David Greenall is a Sustainability & Climate Resilience Strategist at PricewaterhouseCoopers and teaches at the University of Ottawa.  He combines experience and analytical expertise to enable better business decision-making.

David's passion and professional focus is projecting, measuring and managing the risks of climate change. He uses the latest analytic tools, data and organizational strategies to assist companies and cities to overcome complex resilience challenges.

His specialties include:

Climate adaptation and resilience; policy and strategy; Disaster risk reduction; Economics of climate change; climate finance and green bonds; Water governance and stewardship; Social impact; Shared Value; Social Enterprise; Social innovation; Social Finance; First Nations and Aboriginal affairs and community engagement; Public-Private partnerships; Smart Cities


Since 1993, Canada has made international commitments to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases on four occasions.

The Government of Canada in 1999 had its heart in the right place, but it did not understand the issue - In its political decision in Kyoto, it simply wished to be compared favourably with its southern neighbour.  And this despite the fact that the Government of Canada had convened an ad hoc international conference in Toronto in 1988 that served to put global warming on the international environmental agenda.  The following year, the Energy Council of Canada put the issue on the international energy agenda at a World Energy Congress that it hosted in Montreal. By 1999, the scientific, technological, economic, and energy systems issues were already well understood in Canada.

Canada failed to meet the commitments that it made in 1993 and in 1997.

Environment Canada reports annually on the actual emissions and projects likely emissions in the future.  It appears that Canada is unlikely to meet the commitments it made in 2009 or in 2016.

If Canada, with its current political will, is unlikely to succeed, which nations will?

The intellectual case for effective mitigation remains strong, but it is not politically compelling in much of the world. The inevitable consequences of two centuries of industrial revolution require substantial and urgent attention in the interest - in the narrowest political terms - of generations of Canadians to come.

Of greater importance, widespread appreciation by Canadians of consequences and options for adaptation would make a powerful political case for more effective action on mitigation.

A view of the Paris Agreement

From an editorial in the Richmond Times-Dispatch (Virginia), 2017 June 1 From a strictly environmental perspective, the attention paid to the Paris climate agreement - from which President Trump has now withdrawn - has been out of all proportion. The accord is little more than the international version of virtue signaling.

The agreement is non-binding and unenforceable. It permits nations to set their own carbon-reduction targets, some of which are almost laughable: China promises to start reducing carbon emissions in 2030, and Pakistan vows only to reduce emissions "to the extent possible," which can mean not at all. The deal also allows countries to ignore their own pledges. India, for example, plans an expansion of coal-fired electricity generation.

Key Points

Adaptation will be not be a choice; it will be essential under all likely future climate scenarios; Adaptation is essentially risk reduction - at all scales; Many risks are known: identified in the late 1990's; Strategies are needed at: National, regional, local, corporate, and personal scales. Tactics: Most actions will be relatively local, whereas mitigation efforts will generally be at larger scale; Build inventories of what is at risk at each level; Model most probable range of scenarios; Develop response tactics. Adaptation action may be easier to secure than mitigation: The beneficiary is more likely to be the person or firm paying to adapt or for insurance; Many of the actions that reduce risk have other more immediate and visible benefits

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