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Issue: November 2007                                                       IEEE Canada News Central


News of Interest

Ø      Nominations are sought for IEEE Canada Major Awards


Ø      IEEE Canada Board of Directors

-     2007 Fall IEEE Canada Board of Directors Meeting
-     IEEE Canada Webinar - Project Management: The Human aspects and Project Progress Control
-     Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Fall 2007
-     2008 Membership Renewal is Underway


Ø      Conferences

-     The 21st Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering -  CCECE08
-     6th Annual Communication Networks and Services Research (CNSR) 2008 Conference
-     2008 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS)
-     Upcoming IEEE Conferences in Canada


Ø      Awards & Recognition

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

o    Alain Houle

o    Zeljko Zilic

o    Ian Bruce

o    Ivan Lee


Ø      IEEE Members in the Spotlight

-     Dr. Dave Peelo


Ø      IEEE News

- Launches Updated Search Portal
-     IEEE Launches Internet Television
-     IEEE Communications Society Offers Free Educational Seminar
-     Two IEEE Authors Win Nobel Prize in Physics
-     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

-     IEEE Canada Newsletter is available in both English and French



News of Interest


Ø     Nominations are sought for IEEE Canada Major Awards


Please consider nominating or endorsing a Canadian IEEE member for one of the following awards in either of the following two categories.



- A.G.L. McNaughton Award for exemplary contributions to the engineering 


- R.A. Fessenden Award for important contributions to the field of

  telecommunications engineering

- Power Engineering Award for important contributions to the field of electric power


- Computer Award for important contributions to the field of computer engineering

  and science

- Outstanding Engineer Award for important contributions to Electrical and

  Electronics Engineering

- Outstanding Engineering Educator Award for outstanding contributions to

  engineering education



- W.S. Read Outstanding Service Award for outstanding and sustained service to

  IEEE Canada and the Institute

- J.J. Archambault Eastern Canada Merit Award for meriterious service in eastern

  Canada at the local IEEE Section and Area level

- M.B. Broughton Central Canada Merit Award for meriterious service in central

  Canada at the local IEEE Section and Area level

- E.F. Glass Western Canada Merit Award for meriterious service in western

  Canada at the local IEEE Section and Area level


To Nominate 

For any nomination, one nominator and two endorsers are needed, so think of a deserving candidate you know and two additional people who also know the candidate - then go to the IEEE Canada web site home page, click on "nominations" on the left side, read the information on that page and on the linked pages for any related details you need. Then fill out the web forms (also linked from that page) - there is also an option to use Word if needed but the web form is really easy to use.



The deadline for the forms to be received is November 30 - so please get started now!


Presenting The Awards

Each award consists of a silver or gold medal, a hardwood plaque, and two tickets to the IEEE Canada awards banquet to be held on Monday evening May 5, 2008 at the Sheraton Fallsview hotel in Niagara Falls during the annual Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering. Plan to come along and see your sucessful nominee honoured on the stage in a room full of many of Canada finest engineers (present and future) - it is always a superb event.



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.

In the picture from the meeting: President Bob Hanna standing, with President-Elect Ferial El-Hawary and Director-Emeritus Ray Findlay on his left, and Treasurer Rob Anderson and Administrator Cathie Lowell on his right.


IEEE Canada Webinar - Project Management: The Human aspects and Project Progress Control




 Project Management: The Human aspects and Project Progress Conrol







Join us for a Webinar on November 12


IEEE Canada Education activity committee is holding a series of webinars on Project Management. The plan is have one webinar per month starting October 2007. This is the second webinar in the series that provides in depth discussion on Project Management.

Based on the Project Management Institute's Project Management Body of Knowledge, this webinar provides detailed discussion on Controlling the Progress of a Project, Procurement, and Human Aspects of Project Management.

Subsequent webinars will focus on quality and Management tools.




Project Management: The Human aspects and Project Progress Control






Monday, November 12, 2007






4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST



System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista


Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.3.9 (Panther®) or newer


Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:









Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Fall 2007

Fall 2007 issue (vol. 32:4) of the Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering has been published. Please click here for the abstracts in English and French.



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. 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     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



6th Annual Communication Networks and Services Research (CNSR) 2008 Conference

Halifax , Nova Scotia

May 5-8, 2008


You are invited to submit a research paper to the sixth annual Communication Networks and Services Research (CNSR) conference being held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in May 2008. In keeping with previous CNSR conferences, the 2008 conference has the technical co-sponsorship of the IEEE Communications Society, and papers accepted for the conference will be archived in the IEEE Explorer Digital Library.


At this year's conference, we're having parallel sessions in Communication Technologies (broadband networks, mobility, protocol design), Internet Architectures (VOIP, IPTV, web services, data mining, traffic engineering), and Transceiver Design (software and cognitive radios, and space-time coding).


The Lord Nelson, the conference hotel, across from the world famous Victorian Public Gardens, is conveniently located in the center of Halifax's vibrant downtown with its well-known reputation for friendliness, good restaurants, pubs, and theatres. And for those wanting to experience the beauty of Nova Scotia's South Shore, there's a trip to the picturesque lighthouse at Peggy's Cove.


For further information about the conference, accommodations, and Halifax please visit the conference website:


We look forward to receiving your submission before December 14, 2007, and seeing you in Halifax next May.


Jacek Ilow
CNSR 2008 Conference Chair

Associate Professor
Dalhousie University
Dept. of Elect. & Comp. Eng.
Halifax, Canada



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

 All IEEE Conferences in Canada - please use this link.




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Ø     Awards & Recognition


Senior Member Upgrades

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


Hamilton Section



Hamilton Section



Kitchener-Waterloo Section



Montreal Section



Montreal Section



Montreal Section



Montreal Section



Montreal Section



Montreal Section



Montreal Section



Montreal Section



Montreal Section



New Brunswick Section



New Brunswick Section



Saint Maurice Section



Toronto Section



Toronto Section



Toronto Section



Victoria Section



Newly Elected IEEE Senior Member Featured in this Issue


Alain Houle

Montreal Section

Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering, Université de Sherbrooke

Possessing a B.Ing. diploma from Université de Sherbrooke, M.Sc.A. and Ph.D. diplomas from École Polytechnique de Montréal (all in electrical engineering), Alain Houle was active in industrial research for twelve years before joining Université de Sherbrooke in 2003.  Since January 2005, he holds the Industrial Research Chair on Communication Infrastructures and Tools at Université de Sherbrooke.  He supervises a team of graduate students that are active in a wide range of research activities linked to communication infrastructures.  He published multiple articles and has three issued patents.  In addition to his academic activities, Alain Houle serves on the Board of Directors of Lyrtech and acts as Chief Technology Officer of dō networks.  He is a founding member of the IEEE student branch at Université de Sherbrooke in 1988 and is now active with this branch as consellor.



Zeljko Zilic

Montreal Section

Zilic received his Ph. D. and M. Sc. from the University of Toronto, and his B. Eng. from University of Zagreb, all in Electrical and Computer Engineering. 

From 1996 till 1997 he worked for Lucent Microelectronics, where as Member of Technical Staff he was involved in the design, test and verification of Orca FPGAs. He joined McGill University in 1998, where he is now an Associate Professor. Prof. Zilic has used a sabbatical leave in 2004/2005 to work with ST Microelectronics in Ottawa on assertion-based verification of multiprocessors on chip, conducted in cooperation with the IBM research lab in Haifa

Professor Zilic conducts research on various aspects of the design and test of Microsystems, including programmable logic cores. He has published over 100 papers, for which he received several awards, including Myril B. Reed Best Paper award from Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems, and Best Paper Award from Design and Verification Conference and Exposition. He has also received Honorary Mention from IEEE Microelectronics Systems Education Conference.



Ian Bruce

Hamilton Section                                                

Assistant Professor, McMaster University, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. B.Eng., Ph.D. (Melbourne)


Ian’s research interests are in the areas of biomedical engineering and signal processing applied to the mammalian auditory system. Research in the AEL is primarily focused on using engineering methods to study and model the physiological mechanisms that contribute to hearing loss and to improve assistive devices for the hearing impaired such as hearing aids and cochlear implants.



Ivan Lee

Toronto Section


Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ryerson University.

Ivan Lee received BE(Hons), MCom, MER, and PhD degrees from the University of Sydney, Australia. From 1998 to 2001, he worked for Cisco Systems as a development engineer, responsible for the development of terminal service, dialup, security, voice+fax over IP, and routing technologies. From 2001 to 2003, he held a research and teaching position at Ryerson University. From 2003 to 2005, he worked for Remotek Corporation as a software engineer at the advanced technology group, responsible for the development of WLAN access point, wireless NAS, and wireless PVR. Since July 2005, he has been appointed as an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Ryerson University.

Research Projects:

  • Peer-to-Peer and Overlay Networks for Content Distribution and Streaming
  • Wireless Multimedia Sensor Networks
  • Content Retrieval and Semantic Engineering
  • Neural Network Signal Processing





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Ø     IEEE Members in the Spotlight

- Dr. Dave Peelo

Dr. Peelo is a senior member of the IEEE and is a recipient of the 2007 International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 1906 Award for exceptional contribution to Technical Committee 17 Switchgear and Control in the field of inductive load switching.  Inductive load switching includes the switching of shunt reactors, transformers and motors.  This award commemorates the founding of the IEC in 1906 by Lord Kelvin. Created in 2004 by the IEC Executive Committee the 1906 Award was established in commemoration of the IEC’s year of foundation and honours IEC technical experts around the world whose work is fundamental to the IEC. The award also recognizes exceptional and recent achievement ─ a project or other specific contribution ─ related to the activities of the IEC and which contributes in a significant way to advancing the work of the Commission.

Dave has been an active member of the IEEE Switchgear Committee for over 20 years which includes chairing the working group that prepared the IEEE Guide for Shunt Reactor Switching C37.015. 

Dr. Peelo was formerly with BC Hydro and is now a consultant with ZE Power Engineering in Richmond, BC.

Information provided by Bruce Sunga, P.Eng., Member, IEEE



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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


Two IEEE Authors Win Nobel Prize in Physics
Two hard-disk pioneers, Albert Fert ( France) and Peter Gruenberg ( Germany) won the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physics for a breakthrough in nanotechnology that allows huge amounts of data to be stored in small spaces. Fert and Gruenberg were presented with the prize for their work in discovering giant magnetoresistance (GMR), considered "one of the first real applications of the promising field of nanotechnology," according to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Laptop computers, MP3 players, and even YouTube, would not be possible without this discovery, which allows anything requiring a large amount of data to function properly when stored in tiny spaces. Gruenberg most recently published with the IEEE in 2000, Fert in 2007 - both in IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices. 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.


Newly Redesigned IEEE Job Site!

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The IEEE Job Site has been offering free job posts to employers for Internship and Co-op positions within their organizations.  We now have over 20 internships and co-op jobs live on the Job Site and more are being added daily.

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

Dear Colleagues,


I'm glad to inform you that starting from the October 2007 issue IEEE Canada

Newsletter is available in both English and French.


Please see French version at:


I’d like to thank Dr. Alain Houle, a new member of the IEEE Canada Newsletter editorial team , for his work which allowed us to better serve our francophone community.


Also, I’m thankful to Lena Jin, Newsletter Webmaster, for reviewing and updating a lot of pages of our website.



Alex Bot

Newsletter Editor






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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events – Edmonton


Upcoming Events – Montréal


Upcoming Events – Fredericton, New Brunswick


2008 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS 08)

June 26-28, 2008
Fredericton, Nouveau Brunswick



Upcoming Events – Ottawa


Upcoming Events – Toronto

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

May 4 - 7, 2008,
Niagara Falls, Ontario



Upcoming Events – Vancouver



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Many IEEE Canada sections maintain their own listings of upcoming events:

Canadian Atlantic




Newfoundland and Labrador

New Brunswick

Northern Canada


Southern Alberta





For more IEEE conferences, visit IEEE Conference Search at


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Submission Information

You can send any submissions by email to the editor:
Alex Bot at

Please ensure you send in your submission by the 20th of the month




Editorial Team


Alex Bot, Consultant, GS Research & Consulting

Associate Editor

Alain Houle, Professor, Sherbrooke University


Lena Jin, Sr. Applications Engineer, Silicon Optix Inc


 IEEE Canada Newsletter – November 2007                Bulletin de IEEE Canada – Novembre 2007

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