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The Ottawa Centre is comprised of about 90 CMOS members.  During COVID restrictions we are planning monthly virtual meetings from at least September to December 2020.

Our meetings are open to members and the public, but it is important to be on our email list to receive the Zoom co-ordinates for each meeting.  Meetings will be planned at lunch time - to sign in via Zoom - after 11:30 am followed by the presentation at 12:00 noon by an invited speaker, questions after and discussion.  Occasionally our meetings will be joint with partner groups or societies.

You can sign up to receive our Meeting Notices. Please click below and send the pop-up email, or manually send to jonesb@ncf.ca



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 Virtual Luncheon Meeting - Thursday September 24, 2020

SPEAKER:  Chris Derksen Research Scientist / Chercheur scientifique Climate Processes Section / Section des processus climatiques Climate Research Division / Division de la Recherche climatique Science and Technology Branch / Direction générale des sciences et de la technologie, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC).

TITLE:  Key Findings from Canada's Changing Climate Report

ABSTRACT:  Canada's Changing Climate Report was released on April 1st, 2019.  Led by Environment and Climate Change Canada, this is the first report to be released through the national assessment report series: Canada in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action.  The report provides comprehensive information on how and why Canada's climate has changed, and what changes are projected for the future.  This talk will present results from the report on changes across Canada in temperature, precipitation, snow, ice and permafrost, freshwater availability as well as in Canada's three ocean's.  Changes in Canada's climate will be considered within the broader context of global-scale changes, with a focus on recent results from the IPCC Special Report on The Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.


Chris Derksen is a research scientist with the Climate Research Division of Environment Canada, and holds an adjunct faculty position with the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at University of Waterloo. His research activities focus on the use of satellite derived datasets and climate models to identify interactions between the climate system and the cryosphere. Over the past 25 years, Chris has participated in numerous field campaigns across the Canadian Arctic, measuring snow and sea ice to validate satellite data and models. He is the science lead for a new satellite radar mission under development with the Canadian Space Agency, and was a lead author of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Oceans and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.

PLACE Virtual presentation via Zoom.


Thursday September 24th.  Sign in starts at 11:30 AM; chat with friends 11:30 to noon; presentation will start at 12:00 noon


RSVP:  If you plan to join the virtual meeting you must send a confirmation to  jonesb@ncf.ca in order to receive the Zoom credentials.


Public On-Line Forum/Panel Discussion

    8 October 2020, noon to 2PM

Coping with Extreme Weather

Marking the 2nd anniversary of the Ottawa/Gatineau Tornadoes


Extreme weather events, including tornadoes, floods, ice storms, hurricanes, droughts and blizzards, are a major risk to life, property and the economy in Canada.  The risks are changing as climate changes. The Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) is pleased to announce a free two-hour online forum for the public. Details of the program are on the next page. In the first hour, the moderator will introduce presentations from four leading Canadian experts. In the second hour, there will be a panel discussion on questions from the public.


The first talk will present an overview of natural disasters around the world and their costs to society, showing how extreme weather events are a major burden on countries, and how the costs to society have changed in recent decades. The second talk will be on lessons learned about disaster preparedness from the Ottawa/Gatineau tornadoes of September 2018. The third talk will offer a local perspective centred on how individuals in Dunrobin - one of the areas affected during the outbreak - experienced and recovered from this disastrous tornado.  The fourth talk will place the 2018 tornadoes into the larger picture of tornadoes across Canada, looking at how and where tornadoes happen, and whether tornadoes are likely to change as the climate changes.


Visit the CMOS website www.cmos.ca to register (free)  to have the Zoom link for the forum/discussion sent to you. The proceedings will be recorded live and available to the general public on the CMOS website at a later date.

Public On-Line Forum/Panel Discussion

8 October 2020, noon to 2 PM

Coping with Extreme Weather

Marking the 2nd anniversary of the Ottawa/Gatineau Tornadoes


Moderator: Jim Abraham, Vice-President CMOS, Broadcast Meteorologist

Speaker/ Panelist



Gordon McBean

A Global Perspective on Evolving Societal Risks from Severe Weather Events

Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction; first Chair, Integrated Research on Disaster Risk International Program; Assistant Deputy Minister (1994-2000), Meteorological Service of Canada, Environment Canada

Peter Kimbell

Preparedness & Response to Eastern Ontario Tornadoes: Lessons Learned from Ottawa/Gatineau, Sept. 2018

Warning Preparedness Meteorologist, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Jennifer Spinney

Understanding and Improving Societal Resilience and Response to Severe Weather Events such as Tornadoes, Floods and Ice Storms

Environmental Anthropologist, Assistant Professor, Disaster & Emergency Management, York University

David Sills

An Emerging Awareness of Tornado Risk in Canada: Past, Present and Future

Executive Director, Northern Tornadoes Project, Western University

Organized by: Leonard Barrie, Gordon McBean.

Co-Sponsors: CMOS Ottawa, Canadian Club of Rome-Ottawa, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction.

Format: The first hour will be the expert presentations; the second hour will be a panel discussion featuring selected and anonymous questions posed to the panelists by the public. The proceedings will be recorded live with Zoom, and will be available to the general public on the CMOS website at a later date.


Canadian Association for the Club of Rome

(collaborator with CMOS Ottawa)

Upcoming CACOR events

23-Sep Wednesday 1:30 p.m. Dr. Art Hunter    Vertical wall solar power and a virus disinfection chamber
30-Sep Wednesday 10:00 a.m. CACOR AGM
07-Oct Wednesday 2:30 p.m. Jeff Passmore     Industrial Bio Revolution 
14-Oct Wednesday 1:30 PM   Catherine Smith    Food Security for Humankind: Past, Present and Future
21-Oct Wednesday 1:30 PM   Gordon Kubanek   Living within nature.
28-Oct Wednesday 1:30 PM   Jennifer Manning   Supply chains during the Covid19 pandemic (guest talk)                        
04-Nov Wednesday 1:30 PM  Dr. John Purdie     Carbon Dioxide and the Biosphere
11-Nov Wednesday 1:30 PM  Jean Dougherty     A Travelogue Through Time
18-Nov Wednesday 1:30 PM  Arna Einarsdottir     Climate change and music, culture
25-Nov Wednesday 1:30 PM  Dr. Barry Bruce     Local Food Security
02-Dec Wednesday 1:30 PM  Dr. R. Walker     Nuclear Energy
09-Dec Wednesday 1:30 PM     Your name here      
16-Dec Wednesday 1:30 PM     Your name here      
30-Dec Wednesday 1:30 PM     Your name here     We may skip this date
06-Jan  Wednesday 1:30 PM     Your name here      
13-Jan  Wednesday 1:30 PM     Your name here      
20-Jan  Wednesday 1:30 PM  Huguette Labelle    Women's Issues and Perspectives
27-Jan  Wednesday 1:30 PM  Dave Dougherty    How a Novel Virus Up-ended the Modern World

For more information about these meetings please contact Art Hunter.

View Ottawa CACOR Web Site

Ottawa Science Exchange and Partner Meeting Notices (notices closest to the current date are on top)


Ottawa Centre Archives - Please follow this link for past meeting notices, slides from recent lunch presentations, executive members, previous speakers by topic and year, minutes of executive meetings and much more.

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