General Meetings
Presentations are given at the meetings on a variety of topics from speakers within the group as well as from outside sources. An open forum portion of the meeting allows members to find solutions to problems. Visitors are always welcome to attend the general meetings and meet our members.

Meeting Location
Meetings of the OPCUG are at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum (CASM), 11 Aviation Parkway, in the Bush Theatre [Museum floor plan (PDF)].

PARKING: Paid parking is available for flat fee of $3.00 after 5pm, paid in advance. Park in the
main lot and enter through the front entrance of the museum.
Payment methods include coins, VISA, and MasterCard, and the proof of payment must be left in the car and be visible in the front windshield.

There is no OC Transpo bus service to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in the evening.

Our thanks go out to the staff at both the Canada Science and Technology Museum and the Canada Aviation and Space Museum for their assistance in finding us this location for our meetings.

Meeting Schedule
General meetings are usually on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (no meetings in July and August).
Auditorium opens at 7:00 p.m.
Main presentation - 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Q&A Session - 9:00 to 10:00 p.m.

If you would like to make a presentation, please see the speakers' information page.

PARKING: Paid parking is available in the main lot for a flat fee of $3 after 5pm, paid in advance.
Payment methods include coins, VISA, and MasterCard, and the proof of payment must be left in the car and be visible in the front windshield.

2017 EVENT / TOPIC (Past Presentations) SPEAKER (Past Speakers) RAFFLE PRIZE
April 12 With the evolution of Apps, is the web dead? Terry Billingsley, CEO AppYourWay ON1 Photo 2017
May 10 Privacy in a Digital World Malcolm Townsend, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada TBA
June 14 5:30 - 7pm: eWaste event
6 - 7pm: Annual Pizza Night
followed by a presentation at 7pm:
Omeka: An Open-source web publishing platform
Dr. Beth Robertson, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, Carleton University TBA

Call for Presentations

The OPCUG is always interested in procuring guest speakers for our monthly meeting. If you’re able to give a talk on a particular subject or if you know someone who is, please contact our . The OPCUG has a proud history of delivering informative and provocative speakers for over 35 years! Please consult the OPCUG’s speakers' information page if you require additional information about our venue.

Nick Patterson / Jeff Dubois

Check out our list of past speakers with links to their websites.

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UPCOMING MEETINGS (details if available)

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Speaker: Terry Billingsley, CEO
Topic: With the evolution of Apps, is the web dead?

Terry Billingsley, AppYourWay CEO, will examine this intriguing question which is amongst one of the most relevant to businesses and developers alike. And while US and European businesses were quick to embrace the value of apps, Terry offers some interesting insights into accessing the Canadian marketplace. What then, is the potential impact to Canadians?

Terry will also discuss his own evolution towards app development, examine some global app development statistics and place them in context of his own experience both in Canada and the world. He will expand on his
iResident project, and the non-technical obstacles faced in helping those that otherwise cannot access these technologies.

Terry Billingsley has been an entrepreneur and innovator with more than 35 years experience.

April Raffle

Thanks to the generosity of ON1, we have a copy of ON1 Photo 2017 for the April raffle.

This powerhouse photo editor wowed the audience at the March meeting, when Chris Taylor demoed three of ON1 Photo’s extensive capabilities; replacing a drab sky with a bright blue sky and cumulous clouds; making localized changes to a photo to remove haze and give an illusion of a short depth of field; and using the content-aware eraser to quickly and easily remove distracting objects from your photos.

ON1 describes ON1 Photo 2017 as “Your all-in-one photo organizer, editor, raw processor, and effects app”.

As well, ON1 is including four extensive training courses from expert Matt Kloskowski.

The ON1 Photo 2017 license is valued at US$120 and allows installation on up to 5 Windows or Mac computers. Both stand-alone applications as well as plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom are included. Details at

Tickets are, as always, a good deal at $1 for one, a great deal at $2 for three, or the unbelievable bargain of $5 for ten!

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Speaker: Malcolm Townsend, Information Technology Research Analyst, Technology Analysis Branch, Office of the Privacy Commissioner
Topic: Privacy in a Digital World, in a world of big data, meta-data and social media

With the advent of IoT (Internet of Things) and Big Data, more and more personal information is being collected and shared online. But how can we be sure our personal information is kept safe? In this presentation, I will be discuss the current digital landscape and provide tips and advice on ways to better protect personal information.

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

5:30 - 7pm:
eWaste Event
Once again, the OPCUG will have its annual eWaste collection on June 14th. If you have electronic items that you no longer need, please bring them to the tent in front of the museum; they will be taken to a processing plant and properly disposed of safely and responsibly with respect to OES guidelines. The eWaste event will be from 5:30pm to 7pm near the tent beside the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, 11 Aviation Parkway.

6 - 7pm: Annual Pizza Night (free for members and their guest(s)

7 pm: Presentation
Speaker: Dr. Beth Robertson, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, Carleton University
Omeka: An Open-source web publishing platform

Created by Carleton University’s Disability Research Group, “EnvisioningTechnologies: Historical Insights into Educational Technologies for People who are Blind or Partially Sighted in Canada, 1820 – Present, is a virtual exhibit which endeavours to tell the stories of the people and technologies that have shaped, and been shaped by, social, cultural and historical understandings of disability, blindness and vision loss in Canada from the nineteenth century to the present.

Omeka is a free, flexible and open-source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives and scholarly collections and exhibitions. Its “five-minute setup” makes launching an online exhibit as easy as launching a blog. Aptly named, Omeka is a Swahili word meaning “to display or lay out wares; to speak out; to spread out or to unpack”. Designed with non-IT specialist in mind, Omeka allows users to focus on content and interpretation rather than programming. It brings Web 2.0 technologies and approaches to academic and cultural websites to foster user interaction and participation. It makes top-shelf design easy with a simple and flexible templating system. Its robust open-source developer and user communities underwrite Omeka’s stability and sustainability.

Dr. Beth Robertson will discuss the Envisioning Technologies project and the use of Omeka to facilitate the project’s objectives.

Questions and Answers (Q&A)

There is a Q&A Session at 9 pm after the regular meeting. Information is published on The Pub for members. There is also a public Q&A section on our website.

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