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:

Omer Majeed at 613-883-5045


Jeff Bird at 613-716-4483

Branch Demographic


Branch Executive

Branch Co-Chairs Omer Majeed

Jeff Bird

Specific Range Solutions Ltd.


Secretary/Treasurer Jim Thompson Davis Engineering
Chair Emeritus Paul Penna Retired – NRC Aerodynamics Lab
Branch Councillor Jeff Bird TECnos
Ryan Anderson Telesat
Pervez Canteenwalla NRC Gas Turbine
Bashir Ibrahim GasTOPS
Steve Hall Celeris
Prof. Jeremy Laliberté  Carleton University
Prof. Catherine Mavriplis Ottawa University
Michael Rossyan 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.

Branch Events

Event Date Time Location
Rocketry and Launch Viewing

Hosts: Ottawa Rocketry Group

June 3, 2018 Begins at 9:30AM Connaught Range – Rifle Road Parking lot P1. Off Carling, North of Moodie Drive Exit 417.
See link for more information.

RSVP to Jeff Bird

Overview of the Canadian CubeSAT Project

Presented by Mays Ahmad, Canadian Space Agency

March 27, 2018 Begins at 6:00PM University of Ottawa
Colonel By Bldg Room A707
161 Louis Pasteur, Ottawa ON*Take the small elevator (not the double ones) to the 7th floor

RSVP to Jeff Bird
People, Places and Planes – My 50 Years in Aerospace
by Peter W. MaddocksThe CASI Ottawa Branch March 2018 Meeting – Joint Meeting with CMAS

This meeting has been postponed due to University strike – New date TBA

Postponed 6:30 – 7:00PM: Meet and Greet – Pizza and drinks will be served.
7:00 – 8:00PM: Presentation
8:00 – 8:30PM: Question and Answer Session
Room 2104, Canal Building, 1125 Colonel By Dr., Carleton University, Ottawa, ON


Note: Guests and non-members are welcome but we will be beginning new initiatives to build CASI membership.

How Aeronautics will Impact the World Over the Next 30 Years with Dr. Ian Fejtek, CASI President

Please see below for more information.

January 17, 2018 6:30PM – Meet and Greet  with pizza
7:00PM – Presentation of Awards
7:15PM – Presentation and Discussion
Carleton University
Canal Building, Room 3101Jointly sponsored with the Carleton Mechanical and Aerospace Society. Bring a guest who would like to learn about CASI and the benefits of membership.RSVP to Jeff Bird
Save the Date: The Canadian Space Program at a Crossroads
The Canadian Space Program at a Crossroads
Speaker: Eric Choi, MBA, P. Eng.  Senior Business Development Manager, Magellan Aerospace
November 29, 2017 6:30PM – 7:00PM: Meet and Greet – Pizza and drinks will be served

7:00PM – 8:00PM: Presentation

8:00PM – 8:30PM – Question and Answer Session

Carleton University
Mackenzie Building, Room 3190
Ottawa, ON RSVP to Omer Majeed
Ottawa Branch Meeting
Development and Certification Flight Testing of Fire Fighting Aircraft in Canada
By Jim Martin, Strangford Aviation Consulting Services Inc.The presentation contains a general outline of the various developments over the years with emphasis on 3 aircraft that Jim has been involved with – Conair/Fokker F-27 Firefighter, Canadair (Bombardier) CL-215T/CL-415 and Conair/BAE RJ-85 Airtanker.
November 1, 2017 6:30PM – 8:30PM Carleton University
Canal Building, Room 3400
Ottawa, ONLimited spaces preferred for CASI members but guests invited
CASI Ottawa Branch and Carleton CMAS Event
Flying, Aeronautics and Aerobatics- Demonstrations and Paper Airplane Contest
By Paul Penna with Members of the Ottawa remote control clubs and the Carleton Mechanical and Aerospace Society
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September 28, 2017 Thursday September 28th 6 PM to 8 PM
Meet and Greet: 6 PM
Presentation begins at 6:10 PM
Flying Demonstrations begin around 715 PM
Paper Airplane Contest until 8 pm
Indoors at the Carleton University Field House
Field house is labelled “FH” on the map.

Dinner Meeting – Narrow Bodies Across the Atlantic
Speaker: Prof. Emeritus Herb Saravanamuttoo, Carleton University and GasTOPS Ltd., Fellow CASI, ASME, IMechE and Canadian Academy of Engineering

May 31, 2017 5:30 – 6:00PM: Meet and Greet
6:00 – 7:00PM: Delicious and Hot Buffet Dinner
7:00 – 8:00PM: Presentation
8:00 – 8:30PM: Question and Answer Session
Room 2228, Richcraft Hall (formerly River Building), Carleton University, Ottawa ON

Single ticket cost per attendee: $29.50 for Members, $34.50 for Non-Members.

Advance payment required via this link:

Contact: Omer Majeed


Yuri’s Night


  • Organized by the Canadian Space Society (CSS).
  • Opportunity to socialize with fellow space enthusiasts.
  • You will be joined by participants from the Space Apps Boot Camp held just prior.
  • There will be selected videos shown.
  • For more information, please contact Ryan Anderson:
April 13, 2017 8:15PM Mike’s Place Pub
University Centre (“Unicenter”)
Carleton UniversityLogoYurisNight

C Series Flight Testing – Behind the Scenes

Speakers: Jeff Kirdeikis, Chief, Flight Test Team Operations, C Series Program, Bombardier Flight Test Center

Mark Metivet, Flight Test Engineer, C Series Program, Bombardier Flight Test Center

March 28, 2017 6:00 – 630PM: Meet and Greet – Pizza, drinks and coffee will be served
6:30 – 8:15PM: Presentations
8:15 – 8:35PM: Question and Answer Session
Carleton Univesity
1125 Colonel By Dr.
Room 3269 Mackenzie Engineering BuildingRSVP Omer Majeed: omer.majeed@srs.areo
Canadian 2017 Aerospace Outlook – in collaboration with the Carleton Mechanical and Aerospace Society

Speakers: George Hajecek, MDS Aero Support Corp.; Reginald Best, StandardAero & Brennan Soutar, CASI

2017 Aerospace Outlook Powerpoint

March 8, 2017 6:00 – 630PM: Meet and Greet – Refreshments will be served
6:30 – 8:00PM: Presentations begin
8:00 – 8:30PM: Panel Forum (Q&A)
Carleton Univesity
1125 Colonel By Dr.
Room 3356, Mackenzie EngineeringRSVP

President’s Tour Meeting

It’s an exciting time to be entering the world of aeronautics with current developments and future plans in research and development promising challenging work for the next generation of aeronautics specialists.

Meet Dr. Fejtek when he presents an overview of recent and ongoing aeronautic research and development activities and projects being conducted around the world. He will touch on topics related to UAVs, eVTOL vehicles for urban transportation, electric aircraft, flying cars, green transport aircraft, supersonic business jets and hybrid airships. What progress has been made to-date? What are the challenges that need to be overcome? What ideas are companies and organizations like Amazon, Google, Uber, NASA, Boeing and Airbus pursuing?

Learn about the status of Lillium’s all electric 2-seater VTOL personal aircraft, Terrafugia’s flying car, Pipistrel’s electric aircraft for flight schools, Aerion’s supersonic business jet, the Airlander hybrid airship, and much more!

Please contact Jeff Bird for more information.