Call for Presenters

The OPCUG is always interested in obtaining guest speakers for our monthly meetings. If you are able to give a talk on a particular subject, or if you know someone who is, please contact our Meeting Coordinator. In addition, if there is a topic you are interested in, please provide your idea to our Meeting Coordinator. Our club has a proud history of delivering informative and provocative speakers for over 40 years! Check out our list of past presentations below (and in our archives) with links to presentation decks. Please consult the OPCUG’s speakers’ information page if you require additional information about our venue. (NOTE: Until further notice, our meetings are currently via video conference using the ZOOM platform.)
You can help fulfill our motto Users helping users. Thank you.

OPCUG Meeting Coordinator

The following companies, groups or individuals have given presentations at OPCUG meetings. We appreciate their efforts and support.
There are no presentations in July and August.

APR 10: Perchance AI Image Generator (Bob Herres, OPCUG)  PDF / Audio / Chat
MAR 13: Tips and techniques for better photos (Lynda Buske, OPCUG)  PDF / Audio / Chat
FEB 14:
Using ChatGPT to program in Python (Tom Trottier, OPCUG)  PDF / Audio / Chat
JAN 10: Fraud 101: Beware of Scammers (Cst. Sébastien Lemay, Ottawa Police Service)  PDF / Audio / Chat 

DEC 13: Efficient YouTube Viewing: Tips & Shortcuts (Bob Herres, OPCUG)  PDF / Audio / Chat   YouTube Shortcuts: PDF
NOV 8: Celestial Shadows – Eclipses of the Sun and Moon (Howard J. Simkover, P. Eng.)  PDF* / Audio / Chat  (*The speaker provided a partial presentation deck without videos and personal photos.)
OCT 11: Self-driving cars: an update (Bob Walker, OPCUG)  PDF / Audio / Chat
SEP 13: Directory Opus: the Ultimate Windows Explorer Replacement (Serge-Érik Thériault, OPCUG)  PDF / Audio / Chat
JUN 14:
Annual Pizza Night, this year at Britannia Park (no presentation). See the pictures at
MAY 10: Members’ Favourites Night  Audio / Chat   Individual presentation decks (PDFs): (Tom Trottier); Google Wallet (Stewart Bruce); Computer Programming Using Artificial Intelligence (Alan German); Microsoft Quick Assist (Chris Taylor)
APR 12: Computers – it’s all about the bits, Stéphane Richard (OPCUG)  PDF / Audio / Chat
MAR 8: Tales from the workbench (Maria & Paul Middleveen, The Trailing Edge)  PDF / Audio / Chat
FEB 8:
How to get paid software daily for free… totally legally! (Serge-Érik Thériault, OPCUG)  PDF / Audio / Chat  (Serge-Érik’s presentation starts at the 15 minute mark after the AGM and after a few false starts due to technical difficulties)
JAN 11:  How to buy a PC (Alan German and Chris Taylor, OPCUG)  PDF / Audio / Chat

DEC 14:  TCP/IP Overview (Stéphane Richard, OPCUG)  PDF / Audio / Chat
NOV 9:  Windows 11: It’s here to stay (Lawrence Patterson, OPCUG)  PDF / Audio / Chat (audio for presentation starts at 15 minute mark)

OCT 12: General Computer Hardware (Paul and Maria Middleveen, The Trailing Edge computer store)  PDF / Audio / Chat
SEP 14: Members’ Favourites Night  Audio / Chat
  Individual presentation decks (PDFs): Using Foobar2000 for locally stored music and audiobooks (Tom Trottier); Spiders, Scrapers, Crawlers, and Bots (focusing more on web-scraping technologies) (Alan German); Bitmoji for Windows (Bob Herres)Genealogy (Tim Hillock)Photo restoration using a free website (using GFP-GAN) (Chris Taylor) 
JUN 8: Return of Annual Pizza Night after easing of 2020-2021 COVID-19 pandemic restrictions (held at Vincent Massey Park – no presentation afterwards). See the pictures at
May 11: Me & My Mac (Gillian Villeneuve, Macintosh User Group Of Ottawa)   PDF / Audio / Chat
APR 13: Office Smackdown (Chris Taylor, Alan German, OPCUG)   PDF / Audio / Chat 
MAR 9: Microsoft Teams – how practical for non-corporate users? (Lawrence Patterson, OPCUG)  PDF / Audio / Chat
: Getting Started in Genealogical Research (Heather Oakley and Mike More, Ottawa branch of the Ontario Genealogical SocietyPDF / Audio / Chat    Genealogy Resources: PDF
JAN 12: Cryptography 101 (Stephane Richard, OPCUG)  PDF / Audio / Chat 

DEC 8: Security Layers (Tom Trottier, OPCUG)  PDF / Audio / Chat    Security Layers Protection Matrix  PDF
NOV 10: Astronomy (Tim Cole and Andrea Girones, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada)  PDF  / Audio / Chat
OCT 13: History of the Digital Revolution (Bob Walker, OPCUG)  PDF / Audio  / Chat  Related presentations: The History of Computing, Part 1 (Feb 2015, no audio)  Where are Self-Flying Planes and Self-Driving Cars Taking Us? (Dec 2017, no audio)
SEP 8: Results of the 2021 member survey on meeting venue: PDF ;  Chat and audio files of entire meeting: Chat / Audio
Members’ Favourites:  Building a Database (Stephane Richard)
 PDF / Audio / Expense ACCDB File ;  Making of a Logo (Chris Taylor) PDF ;  Windows Firewall Control (Tom Trottier) PDF
JUN 9: Origins of EdTech (Mariana Ludmila Cortés, CEO, One Laptop Per Child)  PDF (without videos) / Audio / Chat File
Extracted Video Files: Video 1 / Video 2 / Video 3   PowerPoint file with videos (67 MB)

MAY 12
: Typography (Chris Taylor, OPCUG President)   PDF / Audio / Chat File
APR 14: Sharing Photos (Lynda Buske, OPCUG)  PDF / Audio / Chat File
MAR 10: Keeping Passwords Safe (Chris Taylor, OPCUG President)  PDF / Audio / Chat File
FEB 10: 2021 AGM PDF / AudioChat File (audio and chat files include full guest presentation);  Microcontrollers and the Internet of Things (Deid Reimer, Victoria Pi Makers) PDF / Audio (audio starts at 13:24 minutes, after the AGM) / Chat File / Deid’s presentation as web page
JAN 13: Create Your Own Blog or Website Using WordPress and Elementor (Alan German, Brigitte Lord, OPCUG) 
WordPress Blog (Alan): PDF / 
Elementor Website (Brigitte): PDF / Audio and Chat File of both presentations

DEC 9: Wi-Fi: Making sense of it all (Lawrence Patterson, OPCUG)  PDF / Audio / Chat File (txt)
NOV 11: Computers at War (Bob Walker, OPCUG)  PDF / Audio / Chat File (txt)   (NOTE: due to an unknown issue, the audio recording starts at the bottom of slide # 14 titled WAR MOBILIZES SCIENCE). Related past presentations: The History of Computers, Part 1 (Feb 2015, no audio); Where are Self-Flying Planes and Self-Driving Cars Taking Us? (Dec 2017, no audio)
OCT 14: Managing Your Android Phone (Alan German, OPCUG)  PDF / Audio
SEP 9: An Introduction to the Raspberry Pi (Deid Reimer, Victoria Pi Makers, via video from Victoria, BC)  PDFAudio
                            ***Audio recordings of presentations before September 2020 are not available.***
JUN 10: Web services provided by and the ways in which Agile methodology can facilitate the empowerment and success of non-technical teams (Rob Villeneuve, CEO of
MAY 13: Chromebook: What’s all the fuss about? (Lawrence Patterson, OPCUG)
APR 8: Members’ Presentations: Duplication and Verification (Alan German); Scams: What has changed? (Lawrence Patterson); Online Shopping During COVID-19 (Bob Walker)
MAR 11: Scripting and automation for mere mortals (Chris Taylor, OPCUG)
FEB 12:
Computer Programming: Then and Now (Alan German, OPCUG)
JAN 8: Imagine Space and Labs at the Ottawa Public Library (Vanessa Menor, OPL Librarian, Nepean Centrepointe Branch)