Ottawa Valley SAGE

Providing a forum since 1998


Apr 2, 2023 - 2 minute read -

Welcome to Ottawa Valley SAGE!


ovSAGE was founded in 1998 in Ottawa, Ontario. Initially ovSAGE was a recognized local affiliate of the Usenix System Administrator’s Guild (SAGE) before SAGE was converted into a Usenix special interest group (SIG) and re-branded as LISA, as well as an affiliate of the League of Professional Systems Administrators (LOPSA) shortly after LOPSA was founded, until becoming a full LOPSA local chapter in 2013. (links in this paragraph may stop working)

We no longer are affiliated with any other group as LISA is now defunct and the LISA conference is now one of the SRE conferences. LOPSA still exists, but has not been terribly active.

Who we are

We are primarily a group of system administrators and enthusiasts from around the National Capital Region that meet once a month to be social, get a heads up on new ideas, talk about technology, and to have a little fun.

The object of the monthly meetings is demo/discuss technologies that we could use in our daily employment, perform training sessions, and bring in some of those nasty problems that we all run into and try to find an answer to them.


Anyone can join, anyone can participate. All you need is to have an interest and want to share knowledge. A sense of humour helps as well, as we want this to be a fun environment to participate in. Beginners are welcome.

Adding content to the website is not open. If you want to contribute, feel free to request having an article posted and it will be most likely be posted relatively quickly.

If you want to ask questions, we have a low activity mailing list and posts to the site are managed with disqus at present. First posts to the list are held for review to reduce spam.

Meeting Time and Location


Meetings tend to be held on the third Thursday of the month, running from roughly 6:45pm to 8:45pm. The start time is a little flexible, but we try to get started by 7:00pm.

Meeting announcements are typically posted to the list about 1 week before a meeting, but that doesn’t always happen. Keep checking the pages to make sure, as there have been months with no meeting.


Virtual. We are virtual for the near future. If this changes, we will post to the list and we will update this area.

Ottawa Valley SAGE Event Calendar

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