IEEE Canada Newsletter / Nouvelles de IEEE Canada
Issue: December 2000

News of Interest
Upcoming Events
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News of Interest

IEEE Annual Election Results Announced

Listed below are the results of the 2000 IEEE annual election, as certified by the IEEE Tellers Committee on 9 Nov. The results of this election are unofficial until the IEEE Board of Directors accepts the Report of the IEEE Tellers Committee at its meeting of 3 Dec. The number of ballots mailed was 248,196. The number of valid ballots returned was 49,688. The rate of return was 20.02 percent.

OFFICE OF PRESIDENT-ELECT, 2001: Raymond D. Findlay



Congratulations !

Region 7 Life Member Chapter forming, volunteers needed !

A Life Member Chapter is being formed for Region 7 and the IEEE needs volunteers. Ron Potts (  has been appointed LM Chapter Coordinator There are now 8 Regions that have LM Chapter Coordinators .It is hoped that former Section Chairs who are now Life Members will act as section LM reps for life members in their local sections, as a first step in developing activities involving Life Members which support and enhance Section activities. For more information please contact Ron.

IEEE announces awards to Acadia first-year Electrical Engineering and Computer Science students

The Canadian Atlantic Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) today announced an award of $100 each to the students with the highest final grade in two first-year Engineering and Computer Science courses at Acadia. Students of COMP 1213 (Digital Systems) and APSC 2213 (Electric Circuits) will compete for the two awards.

A presentation will be made to the winners during Engineering Week activities in March 2001 at which time the winning students will each also receive a free one-year student membership in the IEEE. Presented in collaboration with the Acadia University student branch of the IEEE, this award is designed to increase awareness among Engineering and Computer Science students of the IEEE and its activities.

CCECE 2001 Conference News

Some local sections have annouced a student subsidy programs for the CCECE 2001 conference. The IEEE Canada Foundation has also announced a travel subsidy for students. Details can be found at 



(December 16, 1938 - November 16, 2000)

Following a courageous battle with melanoma, Clarence Victor Thio passed away peacefully at the St. Boniface Palliative Care Unit on November 16, 2000, with his family by his side. Clarence was born in Boissevain, MB on December 16, 1938. Following his schooling there he received a BSc in Electrical Engineering and a MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1961 and 1964 respectively. Since graduation, Clarence was employed by Manitoba Hydro for the past 36 years, most recently as Manager of System Planning for the Corporation. Clarence loved his work at Manitoba Hydro. He always talked of being proud and fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with what he often referred to as a "phenomenal" engineering team at Manitoba Hydro. This team was instrumental in developing Hydro Electric Power Transmission systems in Manitoba and became well known throughout the world for its engineering works. Clarence and his team of colleagues are authors / co-authors of more than 60 published technical papers on power transmission. Clarence also served on numerous international committees on power transmission. In 1995, Clarence received the Engineering Merit Award from the Association of Professional Engineers of Manitoba for outstanding contributions to the engineering profession, the community, and to the Province of Manitoba. In 1996, at an awards ceremony in Baltimore, MD, Clarence received a prestigious Fellow Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE ) "for outstanding contributions in engineering which have caused an improvement in the quality of life for society". Clarence received the Fellow grade "for his technical leadership and contributions to the planning, applications and analysis of high-voltage direct-current power transmission systems". Clarence was very active in sports all his life. He continued to play hockey and baseball right up to the time of his illness. Clarence was a national certified coach in hockey and ringette. He coached and managed minor hockey teams in his community including the Fort Garry / Fort Rouge Twins organization. He also worked on a number of sports administration positions in the community. In 1989 Clarence coached a senior Manitoba ringette team to a national silver medal at the Canadian championships. He also received the Order of Sports Excellence Awards from the City of Winnipeg and the Province of Manitoba. Clarence maintained a life-long interest in the outdoors, sports, farming, and the environment. He had been a long-time president of the Winnipeg Game and Fish Association and assisted with many wildlife and conservation projects in Manitoba. Clarence is survived by his wife Laraine, his children Geoff (Carla), Andrea (Brent), his sister Lorette Pringle (Wayne), brother Roger (Harriet), brother-in-law Gordon Dunn, his nieces and nephews, cousins, and many relatives in Belgium. Clarence was predeceased by his parents Leon and Adrienne. As with his other accomplishments, Clarence had great pride in his family and took great pleasure in a "Thio" family reunion this summer. Clarence was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend whose love for his family showed in everything he did. He will be sadly missed by his family, friends, and colleagues. Special thanks to Dr. Ralph Wong and the caring staff in the Oncology and Palliative Care Units at St. Boniface Hospital. Cremation will take place and a Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, November 21, at 1:00 p.m. at St. Peters Anglican Church, 755 Elm, with The Ven. Phil Barnett presiding. Donations can be made in Clarence's memory to CancerCare Manitoba at 675 McDermot Ave., R3E 0V9, or a charity of your choice. We love you and we miss you.
(Source: Winnipeg Free Press newspaper 11/19/00)

Upcoming Events

  • IEEE international Conference on Electronics Circuits and Systems (ICECS)
17-20 December 2000
Beirut, Lebanon
For further information, please contact:
Prof. M. Sawan
Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept.
Ecole Polytechnic de Montreal
P. O. Box 6079, Station Centre-Ville
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3C 3A7
Fax: (514)-340-4147
  • IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP 2001)
7-11 May 2001
Salt Lake City, Utah
Visit for more details
  • Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE 2001)
13-16 May 2001
Delta Chelsea Hotel
Downtown Toronto, Ontario 
  • 2001 IEEE 14th Computer Society Foundations Workshop
11-12 June 2001
Nova Scotia
For more information please contact IEEE Conference Services at 1-732-562-3878 or via Fax at 1-202-728-0884
  • 2001 IEEE Nuclear & Space Radiation Effects Conference (NSREC 2001)
16-20 July 2001
Vancouver, British Columbia
For further information, please contact:
Professor Marty Shaneyfelt,
Sandia National Labs,
MS 1083 P. O. Box 5800
Albuquerque, NM  87185-1083
Tel: (505)-844-6137
Fax: (505)-844-2991
or Conference Services Department, IEEE Operations Center at (732)-562-3878
  • Tenth Canadian Semiconductor Technology Conference
13-17 August 2001
The Chateau Laurier Hotel
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IEEE Commerical Releases

IEEE announces educational partnerships 

The IEEE has announced partnerships with two major universities this month. For more details on them please visit the following URL

United States Open University -
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