Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO) Facility and John A. Galt (26m) Telescope

November 27 - 29, 2019: DRAO, Kaleden BC


The third annual NTCO AGM was held at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, just outside Penticton BC.

Photos from the meeting are now online

More information about accomodations, submitting posters and talks, and scheduled activities can be found in the menus below.


A block of rooms has been set aside at the Days Inn Penticton at a rate of $85/night plus tax.  To book these rooms, call the Front Desk Reservations (open 24 hours) at 250-493-6616 – menu option 1, and ask to book a room in the NRC November Group.  Have your address and credit card info handy.  The deadline to reserve rooms in this block has been extended, but please call as soon as possible.

All rooms have 2 queen beds and include a fridge and Keurig coffee maker. Also included is Wi-Fi, parking, and a continental breakfast each morning.  Hotel amenities include an indoor heated pool and hot-tub, outdoor pool and lovely private grassed/landscaped courtyard, and a modest fitness room.

Bus transportation to and from DRAO will be provided daily from the Days Inn. 

Students: If you would like us to book you a room at the Days Inn, please indicate that when registering.  If you would prefer to book your own accommodations, you can do so and include them on your travel claim later.


All NTCO graduate students must present a poster about the work they did on their NTCO internship (or, if they haven't yet done their internship, on an older project).

NTCO undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to present a poster.

Other attendees are invited to present a poster - please indicate if you are interested in doing so on the registration form.

Posters can be up to 42" wide by 72" long.  Tape or pins will be provided on site for hanging posters, but no printing facilities are available; please print your posters before arriving.

Posters will be available for viewing throughout the AGM.  A dedicated poster session with refreshments will happen on the afternoon of November 28th; poster presenters should be prepared to discuss their poster with attendees during this time.



All attendees are invited to present a 15-20 minute talk during the AGM.  If you are interested in doing so, please indicate this on the registration form.

Professional Skills Development Workshop

Wednesday, November 27th will be a Professional Skills Development Workshop on Goal Setting and Time Management from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Okangan College Penticton Campus, Room PE C08, Sunoka Building (building "2" on this map)

The workshop is approximately 2 km from the hotel, around a 25 minute walk - click here for a map with directions.

Attendance is mandatory for all NTCO graduate students.  Other attendees are welcome to join as well, space permitting. If you wish to do so, please email ntco@uvic.ca.

Gain a methodology to tie all of your objectives and aspirations into a planned approach and match your resources and timelines with your goals. Learn how to use your time effectively to keep you feeling motivated and prevent you from feeling overwhelmed. The planning and goal setting strategies provided in this course ensure the time you invest results in solid and measurable results.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Identify issues preventing effective time management
2. Identify ways to enhance time management
3. Understand the effects of stress on productivity
4. Develop more effective planning and goal setting strategies


Wednesday, Nov 27
Okanagan College, Penticton Campus

10:00 - 4:00
Goal Setting and Time Management

Social event:
8:30 - 10:30
Curling at the Penticton Curling Club


Thursday, Nov 28
Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory

Bus will depart the Days Inn for DRAO at 8:45 am

9:15 - 10:15: Welcoming remarks and NTCO overview

  • 09:15 – 09:55   Welcome to DRAO (Michael Rupen and Tom Baker, DRAO)                  
  • 09:55 – 10:15   NTCO Overview (Kim Venn, UVic)

10:15 - 10:30: Coffee Break

10:30 - 12:30: Talks

  • 10:30 – 10:55   ALMA Science (Brenda Matthews, HIA)    
  • 10:55 - 11:15   Incoherent Clocking (Brent Carlson, DRAO) 
  • 11:15 - 11:30   Schneider Electric internship (Jared Keown, UVic, Ericsson/Sweden                     
  • 11:30 – 11:50   Research at INO (Denis Dufour, INO)
  • 11:50 - 12:15   Composite Radio Reflectors (Gordon Lacy, DRAO)
  • 12:15 - 12:30   Miovision Internship (Nathan Brunetti, McMaster)

12:30 - 1:30: Catered Lunch

1:30 - 3:45: Talks

  • 1:30 - 1:55    GIRMOS (Suresh Sivanadam, UToronto)
  • 1:55 – 2:10   Gemini Observatory internship (Viraja Chandrashekhar Khatu, UWO)
  • 2:10 - 2:30   SKA project updates (Sonja Vrcic, DRAO)
  • 2:30 – 2:50   MDA involvement in SKA (Nicolas Loubser, MDA)
  • 2:50 – 3:10   Zeeman effect in 21-cm radio emission (Tim Robishaw, DRAO)
  • 3:10 – 3:25   FLIR internship (Tarun Kumar, UVic)
  • 3:25 - 3:45   Astronomy Research at COPL (Simon Thibault, LavalU)

3:45 - 5:00: Student Poster Session
Refreshments provided

Bus will depart DRAO for the Days Inn at 5:00 pm

Social event:
6:45 - 9:00
Sponsored dinner at the Hooded Merganser


Friday, Nov 29

Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory

Bus will depart the Days Inn for DRAO at 8:30 am

9:00 - 10:15: Business Meeting (closed) and tours (dress warmly!)

  • 09:00 – 09:30   CART tour (Richard Hellyer / Gordon Lacy, DRAO)
  • 09:30 – 10:00   DVA3 tour (Richard Hellyer / Gordon Lacy, DRAO)                           

10:15 - 10:30: Coffee Break

10:30 - 12:30: Talks

  • 10:30 – 10:55   Science with the ALMA archive and ARCADE (Chris Wilson, McMaster)
  • 10:55 – 11:15   Stars to Satcom: DRAO & SED (Justin Gerein, SED)
  • 11:15 – 11:35   Astronomy instrumentation at ABB (Frederic Grandmont, ABB)
  • 11:35 – 11:55   Radio Frequency Interference (Stephen Harrison, DRAO)
  • 11:55 – 12:15   Detector Technologies at NuVu (Olivier Daigle, NuVu)
  • 12:15 – 12: 35   Canada's Stethoscope on the Sun: Space Weather (Ken Tapping, DRAO)

12:30 - 1:30: Catered Lunch

1:30 - 3:30: Tours (dress warmly!)

  • 1:45 – 2:00    Synthesis telescope tour (Andrew Gray / Trey Wenger, DRAO)
  • 2:00 – 2:15   CHIME tour (TBD, DRAO)
  • 2:15 - 2:30    Anechoic Chamber Screened Room and Hot/Cold Test Facility tour (Bruce Veidt, DRAO)               
  • 2:30 – 2:45   Digital lab tour (Brent Carlson / Mike Pleasance, DRAO)
  • 2:45 – 3:00   RFI Demo lab tour (Rob Messing / Benoit Robert, DRAO)
  • 3:00 – 3:30   Self-guided tours, visitor's centre                        

3:30 - 4:30: Open discussion and networking
Refreshments provided

Bus will depart DRAO for the Days Inn at 4:30 pm

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