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Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute

Institut aéronautique et spatial du Canada

Ottawa Branch

The mission of the Ottawa Branch is to support local CASI members in their professional career development through monthly events, resources and educational tools. The Branch contributes to national activities like inter-branch initiatives, section development, mentoring and professional development. Close associations are maintained with academic institutions in Ottawa and the Branch likes to organize site visits at various facilities in the NCR. We give priority access to CASI members for these tours where we get to meet interesting people but still provide a good talk to the general public who are welcome to join us – but encouraged to join CASI!

Any members of the Canadian aerospace community willing to participate can contact the branch co-chairs listed below.

The Ottawa Branch Workspace is open to any Member of CASI.

Branch Executive

Position Incumbent Organisation
Branch Chairs

Jeff Bird

Omer Majeed


MDS Aero Support

Secretary/Treasurer Jim Thompson Davis Engineering
Chair Emeritus Paul Penna Retired – NRC Aerodynamics Lab
Branch Councillor Jeff Bird TECnos
Branch Executive Members Prof. Catherine Mavriplis Ottawa University
  Prof. Jeremy Laliberté

Carleton University



  Steve Hall Celeris
  Pervez Canteenwalla

NRC Gas Turbine

  Prof. Catherine Mavriplis

Ottawa University

 TBA Carleton University CMAS

Each year an executive member of the Carleton Mechanical and Aeronautical Society (CMAS) is invited to serve on the executive.

Thanks to recent members who have served with distinction and moved on: Shaun Horning, Nezih Mrad and David Zimcik.

CASI Ottawa 2019 Annual Report

Upcoming events

    • May 11, 2021
    • 12:00 - 13:00 (EDT)
    • A CASI Zoom Event
    • 234

    CASI Ottawa Branch

    Creating a Resilient Sustainability Strategy: The Pratt & Whitney Story
    Lunch and Learn

    May 11, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    A CASI Zoom Event


    Avrum Goldman, B. Eng, M. Eng
    Pratt & Whitney Canada

    Jeff Bird, CASI Ottawa

    We have always addressed environmental issues in Aerospace, but the challenges facing us today demand a comprehensive “Sustainability Strategy”. Resource depletion, use of water and energy, creation of greenhouse gases, and our social license all threaten the aerospace industry’s ability to stay in business. The good news is that this challenge, like those faced in the past, can spur innovation and creative solutions that ensure we not only survive, but thrive!

    Join us to hear the Pratt & Whitney journey, and how we developed our goal to become “The best Aerospace company FOR the world”.

    A special section will be addressed to students and technical people starting on their careers, with ideas on how to make Sustainability part of your thinking and your career path.

    Speaker: Avrum Goldman, B. Eng, M. Eng

    Avrum’s career at Pratt & Whitney spans 36 years in the fields of engineering, airworthiness, quality and sustainability. He has worked on nearly all of the 14 product families designed and manufactured by P&W’s Canadian division, from design, development and certification through production, service and overhaul. He has also worked on cost engineering, process certification and technology development.

    Avrum Goldman has both bachelor and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal, with certificates for Six Sigma Green Belt, Certified Quality Engineer and Sustainable Development.

    Avrum is passionate about mentoring and sharing knowledge, delivering over 30 hours of seminars to employees and students every year. As both of his parents were teachers, the passion for learning and sharing comes naturally.

    Special Note

    The Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute has for many years enjoyed the support of a Royal Patron – Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. With his passing and recognizing his devotion and initiatives in sustainability, the Ottawa Branch with the support of the CASI Council will present annually an event to advance sustainability for Canada.


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