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Issue: December 2007                                                       IEEE Canada News Central

                                                       A Happy Holiday Season and Merry Christmas!







News of Interest


Ø      IEEE Canada Board of Directors

-     2007 Fall IEEE Canada Board of Directors Meeting
-     IEEE Canada Educational Webinars
-     2008 Membership Renewal is Underway


Ø      Section Events

-     IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Toronto
-     Inauguration of Ottawa Life Member Affinity Group
-     IEEE Toronto Section 2007 Annual General Meeting and Awards Dinner


Ø      Conferences

-     The 21st Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering -  CCECE08
-     The Sixth Annual Conference on Communication Networks and Services Research (CNSR2008)
-     2008 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS)
-     Upcoming IEEE Conferences in Canada


Ø      Awards & Recognition

-     Fellows
      IEEE Canada Members Elected to the Grade of IEEE Fellows - Class of 2008

o    Kenneth Cadien, IEEE-F, Edmonton, Alberta

o    Timothy Driscoll, IEEE-F, Calgary, Alberta

o    Ling Guan, IEEE-F, Toronto, Ontario

o    Vincent Hayward, IEEE-F, Montreal, Quebec

o    Shesha Jayaram, IEEE-F, Waterloo, Ontario

o    Bogdan Kasztenny, IEEE-F, Markham, Ontario

o    Jorg Liebeherr, IEEE-F, Toronto, Ontario

o    Yvon Savaria, IEEE-F, Montreal, Quebec

o    Ivan Stojmenovic, IEEE-F, Ottawa, Ontario

o    Bin Wu, IEEE-F, Toronto, Ontario

o    En-hui Yang, IEEE-F, Waterloo, Ontario

o    Weihua Zhuang, IEEE-F, Waterloo, Ontario

-     Senior Member Upgrades
-     Newly Elected IEEE Senior Member Featured in this Issue

o    Gladimir Baranoski

o    Ramesh Abhari

o    Owen Kaser

o    Kui Wu

-     2007 RAB GOLD Achievement Award
-     Engineering Professor Inducted Fellow of The Canadian Academy of Engineering


Ø      IEEE News

- Launches Updated Search Portal
-     IEEE Launches Internet Television
-     IEEE Communications Society Offers Free Educational Seminar
-     Register for IEEE Online Training Seminars
-     Free Microsoft Development Software for Student Members
-     IEEE Expert Now Pilot Program Enables Members To Earn Free Continuing Education Units
-     Nominations Sought for IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award
-     Call for IEEE Fellow Nominations
-     Newly Redesigned IEEE Job Site!
-     Special Offer for Canadian Employers. Post Your Open Position on the IEEE Job Site Free of Charge*!
-     Post Your Internship and Co-op Jobs on the IEEE Job Site at No Charge


Ø      Non-IEEE News

-     Engineers Canada - New Name, Same Services
-     Internationally Educated Engineers: Licensed, Mobile, Employable


Ø      Message from the Editor

-     Farewell, but Not Goodbye



News of Interest




Ø     IEEE Canada Board of Directors

2007 Fall IEEE Canada Board of Directors Meeting

IEEE Canada Fall 2007 Board of Directors meeting was held at the Delta St. John's Hotel and Conference Centre in St. John's, Newfoundland, on October 19 - 21. Representatives from all Canadian IEEE Sections reviewed current activities and discussed strategic plans to enhance organization's performance.

Report from the hosting section - IEEE Newfoundland and Labrador Section.

From October 19-21, St. John's was the host city for the IEEE Canada Board

(Region 7) fall meeting. Under the leadership of Dr. Robert Hanna, the voting members of the Board are composed of Section Chairs or representatives from each Section in Canada, Member Services Chair, Publications and Communications Chair, External Relations Chair, and Treasurer. There were others in attendance observing the meeting and contributing to discussions including representatives from Sections and Groups as well as from other Regions and the IEEE International headquarters in Piscataway, NJ. The Board meets twice a year, once in the spring immediately before the Canadian Conference for Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE) and again in the fall.

Kathleen Chafe represented the Section as the voting member from Newfoundland and Labrador. Others

from the Section who participated in the meetings and events over the weekend

were Lori Hogan, Gerard Dunphy, Octavia Dobre, Brian Kidney, and

Dennis Peters. We wanted to give the attendees a taste of Newfoundland hospitality and the unique nightlife just steps away from the Delta host hotel. We hosted a very entertaining screech-in ceremony for over 40 attendees and partners at Christian's Pub. We were also very pleased to have the opportunity to screech-in our Awards and Scholarships Chair, Octavia Dobre! After the kissing of the codfish we went to Bridie Molloy's where all enjoyed the excellent music by the local band The Navigators.


Our caucus meeting on Saturday consisted of Officer, Section, Group, and

visitor reports. Highlights included a presentation on concentrated banking

advantages by the IEEE Investment Group from Piscataway, an overview of

Region 5 activities from the Region 5 Director, as well as discussions regarding

financial support and participation for Sections Congress 2008 in Quebec City.

We reviewed our healthy financial status for 2007 and proposed plans for 2008. A banquet was held Saturday night.


Our business meeting was held on the final day, Sunday. The Board approved a new annual IEEE Canada conference - the Electrical Power Conference, which

was originally started in Ottawa Section and then moved to Montreal in 2007, and

the host city for 2008 will be Vancouver. We also approved our 2008 budget as well as regional funding support formulas for Section delegates to travel to Sections Congress 2008.


The next Regional meeting will be held in Niagara Falls May 2-4, 2008.


IEEE Canada Educational Webinars

IEEE Canada Education Activity Committee started a new initiative in 2007 to provide IEEE members with Educational services at minimum cost to the members.

The focus is on providing Seminars on Soft Skills that every engineer needs. To be cost effective the Education Activity Committee organized a pilot project to provide Leadership training Seminar delivered through a web based interface (Webinar). The webinar was run in April 2007 with high success. There were more than 150 attendees. Everyone enjoyed the presentation provided by Celia Desmond (President of World Class Telecommunication).

The success of the first webinar led to the development and organization of a series of webinars on Project Management.

The first in that series was organized and run in October 2007 and provided an Introduction to Project Management. The second in the same series was organized and run in November 2007 on Advanced Topics on Project Management (Project Control and The Human Aspects). Both webinar were highly attended (more than 120 attendees). Slides from both webinars can be found at

If you have any suggestion on specific topic that should be considered please forward your suggestions to the IEEE Canada Education Activity Chair, Dr. Saman Adham (Email:

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Dr. Saman Adham
IEEE Canada Education Activity Chair



2008 Membership Renewal is Underway


Don't let your membership lapse. To renew and take advantage of 2008 member benefits and services, renew online at or call +1 800 678 4333 (USA and Canada) or +1 732 981 0600 (worldwide) between 8 AM and 6 PM ET, Monday through Friday.

Membership fees for the year 2008 are considerably lower then for the previous years because of the strong Canadian dollar.

If we have not heard from you as of 31 December, your member benefits and services will be suspended, so please take a moment to renew now.



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Ø     Section Events



IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Toronto

Here is the formula for learning and networking, brought to you by the

IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Toronto:


4 exceptional speakers

100 attendees from academia and industry

150+ glasses of wine

10+ platters of cheese and appetizers = one great wine and cheese event


Click photos to enlarge


On October 30, 2007, the IEEE EMBS Toronto hosted its 2nd annual wine

and cheese event.  We welcomed the following exceptional speakers:


Dr. Alistair Glass, Ontario Deputy Minister of Research and Innovation

Neil Fraser, President of Medtronic of Canada

Kris Shah, Vice-President of Baylis Medical Company

Klaus Stitz, Head of Regulatory Affairs, MEDEC


The attendees learned much about the direction of innovation and the  

biomedical industry in Toronto.


Benjamin Mak

IEEE EMBS Toronto, Chair

Inauguration of Ottawa Life Member Affinity Group

The Ottawa Section Life Member Affinity Group was officially inaugurated on Oct. 4, 2007 at a very successful founding meeting at the NRC sponsored by the IEEE Ottawa Section.

A big thanks goes to Ron Potts, Dr. Hussein Mouftah, Dr. Branislav Djokic and all who participated in the meeting. The meeting was opened by Dr. Husein Mouftah and welcomed by the Section Chair Dr. Wahab Almuhtadi and followed by election then concluded by Ron Potts with his very interesting presentation on Ontario Hydro Tunnel Project. David Coll was elected Chair and John Wilson Vice Chair for the Ottawa Section Life Member Affinity Group . There were 18 Ottawa life members as well as the Section Chair and Past Chair attending. Dr. Hussein Mouftah was the Organizing Chair.

IEEE Toronto Section 2007 Annual General Meeting and Awards Dinner

IEEE Toronto Section AGM was held on October 27. This annual event is an opportunity for IEEE Toronto Section members to meet each other as well as the dedicated group of IEEE volunteers who give of their time to plan, organize and execute the wide range of programs offered within the Section and elsewhere in Canada.


Guest Speaker this year was Dr. Ron Dembo - Founder and CEO of ZeroFootprint, a Toronto, Ontario-based organization created to fight global warming by mitigating the environmental impacts of businesses and individuals as well as build a marketplace for people worldwide to engage in sustainable commerce.

Dr. Alagan Anpalagan, Section Chair reported on the past year's activities and presented a variety of awards and recognitions.


A Photographic Record of the evening (click photos to enlarge)

Keynote Speech by Ron Dembo

B. Hanna (IEEE Canada President), A. Anpalagan (Section Chair),
R. Dembo (Keynote Speaker)

  Alagan Anpalagan provides yearly

Bob Hanna addressing the audience

Bob Hanna recognized for his exemplary service, with Past IEEE President Ray Findlay

Bob Hanna with Benjamin Mak  (Chair, EMBS Chapter)


Section Officers for 2008-09 (Wai Tung Ng, Alex Bot, Marcelo Mota, Pelle Westlind)




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Ø     Conferences


The 21st Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering – CCECE08

Niagara Falls, Ontario

May 4 - 7, 2008


You are invited to participate in the 21st Annual Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE) to be held in Sheraton Fallsview in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. The venue, the city of Niagara Falls with more than 15 million visitors annually is abundant of activities that are bound to entertain people of all ages and walks of life. Niagara Falls is located 125 km southeast of Toronto City and 27 km north of Buffalo City, New York. Niagara Falls often said to be the honeymoon capital of the world, features most popular falls that are spectacular wonders of the world and provide breathtaking views.

Dr. Sri Krishnan, Conference Chair

CCECE ( is a flagship conference for researchers, students, and practicing engineers in the area of Electrical and Computer Engineering from Canada and around the world to meet annually for 3 to 4 days in a Canadian city to present the latest technological advancements and discoveries, to network and exchange ideas, to strengthen existing partnerships and foster new collaborations.


Dr. Alagan Anpalagan, Technical Program

CCECE 2008 will feature 8 mini-symposia covering all areas of Electrical and Computer Engineering, tutorial sessions in leading topics, plenary talks from senior executives in industry and academia, around 90 technical sessions, special sessions in hot topics, social programs, IEEE Canada Awards and Banquet night, best student paper awards luncheon, and industrial exhibitions.

You can participate in CCECE 2008 in many ways: by submitting your original research results as a full length technical paper, by submitting tutorial proposals, by organizing a special session, and by attending the plenary talks, tutorials, panel discussions and nearly 90 technical sessions planned for May 4 to May 7, 2008. Information on submission of technical papers, tutorial proposals, special sessions proposals are in the weblinks of the main conference website

Dr. Bob Dony, Technical Program


The deadline to receive papers and tutorial proposals are December 7, 2007. We look forward for your enthusiastic participation in the conference.

Best wishes,
CCECE'08 Organizing Committee



The Sixth Annual Conference on Communication Networks and Services Research (CNSR2008)

May 5 - 8, 2008

Halifax, Nova Scotia

This annual conference is jointly sponsored by Dalhousie University, University of New Brunswick (UNB), Université de Moncton (UdeM) and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency's (ACOA) Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF).

The proceedings from CNSR2008 will be archived through the IEEE Digital Library.

Technical papers describing original research in the field of communication networks and services are invited. Topics and areas to be presented at the conference are listed below. However, papers outside these areas are also welcome with a requirement that they describe current original work in the fields described, either theoretical or applied and have not been published elsewhere. Both industrial and academic contributions are invited.

  • Ad Hoc Networks
  • Adaptive Web Systems
  • Antenna Systems
  • Architectures for Voice/Data Services
  • Broadband Wireless Networks
  • Communication Algorithms
  • Communication Systems
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Data Mining
  • Digital Broadcast Technologies
  • Emerging Communication Technologies
  • Emerging Web Technologies
  • Intelligent Transceiving Architectures
  • Intrusion Detection Systems
  • Mobility in Communication Systems
  • Network Management
  • Network Security
  • Optical Networks
  • Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing
  • Protocol Design
  • Quality of Service in Communication Systems
  • Radio Propagation
  • Sensor Networks
  • Signal Processing for Communications
  • Software Radio
  • Space-Time Coding and Decoding
  • Traffic Engineering and Modelling
  • Ultra-Wide Band
  • Voice Over IP
  • Web Information Management
  • Web Services
  • Wireless Security




2008 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS)

The 2008 International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS) will be held in Fredericton, New Brunswick, June 26 - 28, 2008.


ISTAS is the annual symposium of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (link).


The theme for ISTAS 08 is: Citizens, Groups, Communities and Information and Communication Technologies.

ISTAS 08 will be a multi-disciplinary event for researchers in engineering, computer science, social sciences, arts and humanities; as well as community-based researchers, policy makers and technology user communities. Papers and discussions will address both the social and technical aspects of the specific topics.
For the call for papers and further information, visit


Upcoming IEEE Conferences in Canada

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Ø     Awards & Recognition



IEEE Canada Members Elected to the Grade of IEEE Fellows - Class of 2008.

The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. A brief citation is issued to new Fellows describing their accomplishments and the total number selected in any one year does not exceed one-tenth percent of the total voting Institute membership.


Congratulations on your technical achievements!


Kenneth Cadien, IEEE-F, Edmonton, Alberta
for contributions to chemical mechanical polishing

Timothy Driscoll, IEEE-F, Calgary, Alberta
for leadership in the development of codes and standards for electrical safety in industry

Ling Guan, IEEE-F, Toronto, Ontario
for contributions to image and multimedia signal processing

Vincent Hayward, IEEE-F, Montreal, Quebec
for contributions to robot manipulator programming and the development of haptics interface technology

Shesha Jayaram, IEEE-F, Waterloo, Ontario
for contributions to the use of high voltage in process technology

Bogdan Kasztenny, IEEE-F, Markham, Ontario
for contributions to protective relaying methods, designs, and applications

Jorg Liebeherr, IEEE-F, Toronto, Ontario
for contributions to the design and analysis of computer networks and their protocols

Yvon Savaria, IEEE-F, Montreal, Quebec
for contributions to the development of long interconnect VLSI signal processing architectures

Ivan Stojmenovic, IEEE-F, Ottawa, Ontario
for contributions to data communication algorithms and protocols for wireless sensor and ad hoc networks

Bin Wu, IEEE-F, Toronto, Ontario
for contributions to high-power converter technology and adjustable speed drives

En-hui Yang, IEEE-F, Waterloo, Ontario
for contributions to source coding

Weihua Zhuang, IEEE-F, Waterloo, Ontario
for contributions to mobile communications and networks


A complete list of all Canadian IEEE Fellows by year of elevation is available

on the IEEE Canada web site at


Senior Member Upgrades

TThe following members were upgraded to Senior Member status at the October 2007 IEEE Admission and Advancement Panel meeting.


Hamilton Section



Hamilton Section



London Section



Montreal Section



Montreal Section



Montreal Section



Montreal Section



Montreal Section



New Brunswick Section



Toronto Section



Toronto Section



Vancouver Section



Victoria Section



Newly Elected IEEE Senior Member Featured in this Issue


Gladimir Baranoski

Kitchener-Waterloo Section


Gladimir holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Calgary, Canada (1998). The main topic of his doctorate was the development of reflectance and scattering models for plants. As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Utah, he continued to work on the modeling and rendering of natural phenomena. He is currently a faculty member at the School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo, Canada.


His current research interests include predictive simulation of natural phenomena and biophysically-based rendering. The results of his research have been made available to the graphics community as well as related fields, such as remote sensing, engineering and biomedicine, through the publication of articles in journals and conference proceedings.


Ramesh  Abhari

Montreal Section


Ramesh received her Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada in 2002. Since June 2003, she has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Montreal, QC, Canada, as an Assistant Professor. She has served as the chairperson of IEEE Toronto Microwave Theory and Techniques (MTT), Antennas and Propagation (AP) and Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) joint chapter for five years and has received certificates of recognition and the IEEE Toronto Centennial Medal at this position. She is the founder and the current chair of IEEE Montreal Component Packaging and Manufacturing Technology (CPMT) Chapter and has been the technical chapter coordinator since summer 2003.


Dr. Abhari has published over 30 journal and conference papers. She pioneered the application of the electromagnetic bandgap structures in suppression of the power/ground noise and received the student paper award at the IEEE International Microwave Symposium in June 2002 for this work.


Owen Kaser

New Brunswick Section


Owen joined The University of New Brunswick (Saint John campus) as a faculty member in 1993, after completing a Ph.D. in CS at SUNY-Stony Brook. His dissertation title was Computational Aspects of Inlining. Prior to that, he worked for Telcor Systems Corp. in Natick, Mass., as a hardware engineer, when Telcor was producing modems and data compression/encryption units. Owen also holds a MS in CS from Stony Brook (1987), and a BCS (specialized in hardware systems) (1986) from Acadia University in Nova Scotia.



Kui Wu

Victoria Section


Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Victoria


Research Interests: 

  • Wireless mobile ad hoc networks: routing and MAC protocols, energy efficiency.
  • Wireless sensor networks: energy efficiency, protocols tailored for sensor networks, network management, applications. 
  • Network security: intrusion detection, cryptanalysis. 
  • Other topics: QoS, location management, network management architecture and software. 





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- To check how your Region, Section or Society is doing on Senior Member

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2007 RAB GOLD Achievement Award


Verona Wong has been selected as a 2007 recipient of the RAB GOLD Achievement Award. The selection was made by the IEEE RAB Awards & Recognition Committee and approved by the IEEE Regional Activities Board during today (17 November 2007) meeting. This award carries the following citation: For Outstanding contributions and dedication towards membership retention by establishing GOLD activities, and exemplary leadership in the GOLD 10th Anniversary. Project.


Bob Hanna, IEEE Canada President congratulated Verona:

My sincere congratulations on your achievements and recognition. I wish all the best in your post graduate work.


Verona Wong is a Product Verification Engineer at PMC-Sierra, Inc. based in Vancouver, BC.

Currently she has two IEEE volunteer positions: IEEE RAB GOLD Vice-Chair and EEE RAB GOLD Representative to EAB.

Describe shortly something that you did as a volunteer that you are proud of.  I am particularly proud to have inspired GOLD members and students to become more involved in professional development.


How has IEEE prepared you for your workplace? IEEE gave me leadership experience and opportunities to see how a large business organization implements changes.


What do you find unique about IEEE?  Dynamics and Energy of IEEE volunteers.


Why did you continue volunteering?  I acquire new skills, make new friends, and I know I am making a difference.


Engineering Professor Inducted Fellow of The Canadian Academy of Engineering


Guyanese-born Dr. M. Jamal Deen, professor of electrical and computer engineering and Senior Canada Research Chair in Information Technology at McMaster University, has been elected Fellow of The Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE). The CAE is one of the three member Academies of the Council of Canadian Academies, the other two being the Royal Society of Canada (to which he was elected a Fellow in 2006) and the Canadian Academies of Health Sciences. The Academy is an active member of the international Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS), which involves 24 other leading countries.


The Canadian Academy of Engineering citation states "Professor M. Jamal Deen of McMaster University is an international leader in microelectronics and optoelectronics and one of the world’s foremost engineering scientists. His eminence in research is based on the powerful models he has developed for the accurate analysis and design of high-performance semiconductor devices and circuits, and the experimental techniques he has innovated to study important device properties. A highly accomplished researcher, inventor and a prolific scholar, his device models and experimental innovations are used worldwide. He is also noted for his mentoring of engineers and scientists, his competency and proficiency as a teacher, and his effectiveness in technology transfer to industry."


This year’s Fellows were recently inducted at a ceremony held in Toronto on Friday 1 June 2007.


Dr. M. Jamal Deen is currently the Solid-State Editor of IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices and Editor for the IEEE Electron Device Society's Newsletter for Regions 7 and 4 ( Canada and Central USA). He is also an elected AdCom Member of the IEEE EDS, a Member of the Electron Device Society and a member of the following IEEE Electron Device Society Committees - Compact Modeling, Optoelectronics, Education and Education Awards. Previous to this, he served as Awards Chair of the IEEE Vancouver Section. He is an active reviewer of about 9 IEEE journals and numerous IEEE-sponsored conferences.


Dr. Jamal Deen is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society (ECS), a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). In addition, he was elected to Honorary Membership of the World Innovation Foundation (WIF), the Foundation's highest honor.


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Ø     IEEE News Launches Updated Search Portal, the free, federated search portal created by leading science and technology scholarly societies removed its beta label on 16 October, marking the launch of its official service. Beta was opened in June 2007, allowing users to test the site and provide feedback for improving the search portal. Since the initial beta release, has refined the cross-file searching that occurs with multiple content partners and modified the interface based on user feedback. The result is a simple and flexible interface, capable of providing reliable retrievals from over three million documents - primarily peer-reviewed journal content and conference proceedings -spanning more than 150 years of scholarship. is a product of the imagination and collaboration of 15 leading science and technology societies: Acoustical Society of America, American Geophysical Union; American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; American Institute of Physics; American Physical Society; American Society of Civil Engineers; American Society of Mechanical Engineers; AVS, ECS; IEEE; Institute of Physics Publishing; Optical Society of America; Society of Automotive Engineers; Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics; and SPIE. Learn more


IEEE Launches Internet Television
IEEE officially launched on 27 September 2007. is an Internet-based television network featuring targeted programming on technology and engineering produced by IEEE members. First launched as a beta site in August 2006, includes programs available to the general public, along with special programming that can only be viewed by IEEE members. Improved features include a "flash" video format, a list of "most viewed" and "recently added" videos, and different options for RSS feeds, enabling Internet syndication. Additional features, available only to IEEE members, include downloadable videos and personalization options.


To learn more about the programs available from, please visit the website.


IEEE is also on YouTube, with hundreds of videos from IEEE members about the evolution of IEEE, the history of engineering, recordings from IEEE conferences or competitions and much more. See videos


Additionally, you can keep up-to-date with the University Partnership Program's (UPP) recent events by checking out its Flickr photo page - updated regularly with pictures from UPP events around the country.


IEEE Communications Society Offers Free Educational Seminar
Each month, the IEEE Communications Society provides a selection of free tutorials to IEEE members - a valuable opportunity. Each tutorial reviews current topics in network management, computer and wireless communications. The tutorials, which are two and a half to five hours in length, contain the original visuals and a voice-over by the presenter. This month's featured tutorial is a presentation on "Software Radio Implementation for MIMO/OFDM High Speed Wireless LAN/MAN" by Weidong Xiang of the University of Michigan-Dearborn. The tutorial offers fundamental and helpful information for development engineers, system engineers, technical managers, and graduate students who are interested in the promising wireless parallel transmission technologies. Learn more



Register for IEEE Online Training Seminars
Don't forget to register for IEEE's online training seminar, "Searching with IEEE Xplore®", scheduled for 29 November 2007 at 10 A.M. (EST). The online tutorial provides existing and potential customers with free demonstrations, including tips on how to search in the IEEE Xplore digital library. Advance registration is required and space is limited, so please sign up early. Customized tutorials are also available. Please contact for more information on designing a training seminar to fit your needs.

Free Microsoft Development Software for Student Members

Computer Society student members will enjoy a terrific new member benefit. Starting in 2008, student members may access free development software from Microsoft—a $3000 value alone—as long as it is used for research or educational purposes. Software includes Vista Business, Visual Studio, Expression Web Designer, and much more. Visit for more details.


IEEE Expert Now courses are available for use by IEEE Regions, Sections, and Chapters IEEE Expert Now Section-Chapter Program. The program, which began as a pilot in 2006, helps local IEEE volunteers organize an event where attendees can view one or more IEEE Expert Now course(s) and discuss the materials with a local expert on that topic.

There is no charge for participating in this program in 2007, and IEEE Regions, Sections and Chapters who do participate this year will have the ability to award Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to event participants free of charge. IEEE Regions, Sections and Chapters interested in participating will work directly with IEEE Educational Activities (EA) Staff to organize the event. IEEE EA Staff provides access to the selected course(s), can make recommendations or provide “best practices” for organizing the event, can provide surveys for attendees’ feedback and CEUs to attendees who return completed surveys.

For more information visit the IEEE Expert Now Section-Chapter Program Web site at Web page or send a message to

Reprinted from: SOCIETY SENTINEL 12 September 2007 (2007-09-12) - Vol. 12, No. 16



Nominations Sought for IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award

The deadline to nominate someone for the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award is 31 January. The award is presented for outstanding early- to midcareer contributions to technologies holding the promise of innovative applications. The recipient is awarded a bronze medal, a certificate, and a cash honorarium. For nomination forms, visit the IEEE Awards Web Site at

Call for IEEE Fellow Nominations

Nominations are being accepted for the IEEE Fellows class of 2009.  The rank of IEEE Fellow is the Institute’s highest member grade, bestowed on IEEE senior members who have contributed “to the advancement or application of engineering, science and technology.”  The deadline for nominations is 1 March 2008.

Senior members can be nominated in one of four categories: application engineer/practitioner, research engineer/scientist, educator or technical leader.

The Fellows Web site contains additional information on the nomination process including access to the Fellows Nomination Kit, lists of Fellows who may be available as references as well as the history of the IEEE Fellows program. For more information visit the Fellows Web site.

So You Want to Nominate an IEEE Fellow...

Do you know an IEEE senior member you want to nominate for IEEE Fellow? To make the process a little bit easier, we've added a guide to help you understand how to complete this task. Read on at

IEEE Canada Formed a Fellow Nomination Assist Committee

Dr. Bob Hanna, President IEEE Canada has set up a committee to help IEEE Canada members with the Fellow Member grade nominations. The objectives of the Fellow Nomination Assist Committee are:


- Assist in Fellow Nomination Process

- Review nomination form and provide guidance

- Assist in finding Fellow Member references.


The members of the Fellow Nomination Assist Committee are:


- Dr. Mo El-Hawary, Area East,

- Dr. Ray Findlay, Area Centre,

- Dr. Om Malik, Area West,


A power point presentation giving a brief description of the Fellow Grade and the nomination process is being placed on the IEEE Canada website for the information of the members.


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For details please visit



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Ø     Non-IEEE News


Engineers Canada — New Name, Same Services


The engineering profession in Canada has begun a new chapter in its history; the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers (CCPE) will now be known as Engineers Canada.

Engineers Canada will continue to work in the same areas as CCPE has for the past 71 years: promoting Canada’s engineering profession; setting and assessing engineering education standards; facilitating the mobility of engineers within Canada and negotiating international agreements; as well as coordinating the development of practice standards in Canada.  The new business name, however, captures the energy of today’s engineer and better reflects the profession’s dynamic nature.

“Engineering has changed over the last twenty years,” says Tony Dawe, P.Eng., President of Engineers Canada.  “Technical skills are key but so too are team work, negotiation skills, problem solving and creativity.  It is important that our business name reflects who we are today.”

Through its members, the provincial and territorial engineering licensing bodies, Engineers Canada will continue to represent all engineers, from agricultural engineers to water resources engineers and all disciplines in between. 

“We respect the history of our previous name and so we wanted to be sure that we understood our members’ perspectives on changing it,” says Chief Executive Officer Marie Lemay, P.Eng., ing. “In the end, we were glad to find support for creating a new, memorable name that we know will help us promote engineering and thus help improve Canadians’ quality of life, health and economic prosperity.”



Internationally Educated Engineers: Licensed, Mobile, Employable

Of the thousands of immigrants arriving in Canada annually, many identify themselves as engineers. In 2001, of the 44 percent of skilled workers who identified an intended occupation at the time of immigration, 63 percent indicated engineering.  These international engineering graduates may be seasoned engineering professionals, recent engineering graduates or have worked in jobs that would be considered technologist, technician, architect or scientist positions in Canada. Regardless of which group they fall into, some arrive in Canada expecting to begin work as engineers but are unable to find engineering employment. 

The Canadian engineering profession has updated its licensing system to help the international engineering graduates integrate into the workforce and profession without compromising public safety or lowering professional standards.  At the provincial / territorial level, examples include a new way of assessing academic qualifications in Saskatchewan that eliminated their backlog of applicants and a new method of assessing experience in New Brunswick that reduced applicants’ waiting time. In Manitoba, applicants with more than 10 years of experience can do an interview as part of their academic assessment and thus not have to write exams, while in Ontario, new Canadian who apply for licensing within six months of their landing date, can do so at no cost.

At the national level, Engineers Canada (Engineers Canada is the business name of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers) is leading the establishment of an accurate, current database of recognized international degrees and institutions to be used consistently by the provincial and territorial licensing bodies. It is expected that the database will reduce duplication of effort, resulting in a reduced processing time for international engineering graduates’ applications.

Canadian companies make hiring decisions every day.  Each is looking for the best minds in the country to help build their businesses, expand knowledge and solve problems.  That person may be an engineer, licensed in Canada but trained internationally.  Licensed international engineering graduates are assessed to the same standards as each of Canada’s 160,000 professional engineers, and they are mobile, able to work in any part of the country.  Employers can hire these professionals with confidence, knowing that having a P.Eng. (or ing.) license means that the Canadian engineering system has validated their academic qualifications, experience and character.



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Ø     Message from the Editor - Farewell, but Not Goodbye

Dear Colleagues,


As my term of office comes to an end, December 2007 issue is the last one I'm sending to you. It has been a privilege to serve as Editor of the IEEE Canada Newsletter since 2006. It has also been a rewarding experience to interact on a regular basis with members of the IEEE Canada Board of Directors and a great number of enthusiastic Canadian IEEE volunteers. I thank you all for your interest in the newsletter, cooperation and assistance.


I enjoyed my work a great deal and I am happy to see that the Newsletter experienced improvements in many aspects. I do urge the membership to continue support the Newsletter by submitting materials of regional interest.


I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to Dr. Bob Hanna, IEEE Canada President, for his guidance and sustained support. My gratitude to Dr. Bob Alden and Dr. Vijay Sood. Their critique and comments have been incisive and always helpful. Special thanks go to Lena Jin, Newsletter Webmaster, for her remarkable efforts.


I am thrilled about my next volunteer opportunity, and look forward to serving engineering community in the role of Chair, IEEE Toronto Section.


Best Regards,

Alex Bot, Ph.D., PMP, CMSP, SMIEEE

Vice Chair, IEEE Toronto Section
Editor, IEEE Canada Newsletter

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