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Issue: November 2008                                                        IEEE Canada News Central



News of Interest


      IEEE Canada Board of Directors

-     CCECE'08 was a Success
-     IEEE-Canada (R-7) was well presented in Singapore (R-10)
-     Call for Nominations for Director Elect
-     Nominations are sought for IEEE Canada Major Awards
-     25-Year Snapshot of IEEE Canada Achievements


      Your News

-     Vancouver Industry Applications Chapter Organizes a Tour of Powertech
-     IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting
-     Ottawa Section and Minneapolis MN Section Collaborate


      Students' Corner

-     UOIT wins fourth place in the IEEE Student Branch Website Competition


      Our Members in the Spotlight

-     Newly elevated IEEE Canada members to Senior Status
-     Marc A Rosen becomes President of Engineering Institute of Canada
-     Brian Avent PES Outstanding Engineer


      Call for Papers

-     2nd Climate Change Technology Conference (May 12-15, 2009)
-     IEEE Green Technology Conference



-     Upcoming IEEE Conferences in Canada
-     All IEEE Conferences in Canada
-     CCECE'09
-     Sensor Web Automation Network Workshop
-     Proceedings of Symposium on Alternate Energy and Global Synergy published


      Sad News



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     IEEE Canada Board of Directors

CCECE'08 was a Success

It was a pleasure for me to attend CCECE'08 wrap-up meeting that was scheduled on October 25, 2008 just before the Toronto IEEE Section/AGM and learn that they are in the process of closing the books with a surplus around 60K. This is an excellent out-come of such a successful conference.

On behalf of IEEE-Canada, I would like to take this opportunity and thank CCECE'08 organizing Committee Members who devoted their time to volunteer working which added to the success of this Conference. Thank you all for your team work


Dr. Ferial El-Hawary, P.Eng., F.IEEE, F.EIC, F.MTS
2008-2009 President IEEE-Canada
2008-2009 Director IEEE-Region 7

IEEE-Canada (R-7) was well presented in Singapore (R-10)

On October 14, 2008 Ferial El-Hawary (Director R-7) received an IEEE Service Award from SMC Society during its annual Conference SMC'2008 in Singapore. During Singapore's visit , IEEE /Singapore Section and its OES Chapter (R-10) invited Ferial to give a talk to the Students at National University Singapore (NUS). Also, to give the information on "IEEE Presidents' Change the World Competition" for Students.

On behalf of IEEE-Canada, I would like to take this opportunity and thank CCECE'08 organizing Committee Members who devoted their time to volunteer working which added to the success of this Conference. Thank you all for your team work

Ferial as well presented the IEEE Board at the dinner IES/IEEE Joint Medal of Excellence Award. This is a joint event every three years between the Institute of Engineers Singapore and IEEE.

Call for Nominations for Director Elect

Next year, 2009, IEEE Canada will elect a Director-Elect. The Director-Elect will serve for a six year term starting January 1, 2010; two years as Director-Elect, two years as Director and two years as Past Director. During two years as Director-Elect, the successful candidate may be asked to serve on one or more Member Geographic Area Board committees including attendance at IEEE Board meetings and participate in IEEE Canada activities as a member of all three governing boards (IEEE Canada, Executive and Steering Committees) During the two years as Director, in addition to the previous responsibilities, the successful candidate will serve on the IEEE Board of Directors; the Engineering Institute of Canada's Board and conduct all IEEE Canada business. As Past Director, the successful candidate will be IEEE Canada's representative and member of the IEEE Canada Foundation Board and may serve on one or more IEEE committees. In the IEEE world, IEEE Canada is Region 7.

As Past President and Past Region Director it is my duty to find suitable candidates and conduct the screening process for the Director-Elect position. According to the IEEE Canada by-laws, the next Director-Elect will come from the Canada Central Area. The purpose of this note is to inform you about the election and provide you with an overview of how the screening process works.

Typically potential candidates are nominated by their respective Section, however self-nominations are allowed. The candidates must hold IEEE Senior Member grade and ideally have served on one or more Region Committees. Potential candidates are required to submit an IEEE biography outlining their involvement in IEEE activities along with a position statement. Potential candidates are advised to familiarize themselves with IEEE Canada's Bylaws and Operations Manual ( and IEEE Member Geographic Area Bylaws and Operations Manual (

IEEE Canada's Steering Committee will conduct telephone interviews with all potential candidates who meet the requirements to run for Director-Elect in February 2009. The candidates will be allotted a 15-minute time slot. The first 5-minutes will allow the candidates to introduce themselves and state why they are running and how they can make a difference. The next 5-minutes the candidate will answer a common set of questions prepared by the Steering Committee. For the final 5-minutes the Steering Committee may ask additional and specific questions to the candidate on their experience and suitability. Strict time limits will apply to the call.

After all candidates have been interviewed, the Steering Committee will rank the candidates and pick a minimum of two, maximum of three candidates for Director-Elect. The names will be submitted to IEEE for final screening, i.e. eligibility to run for office. The Past President will notify the candidates of the outcome of the screening results. Finally, the selected candidates will be invited to IEEE Canada's Spring Meeting in St. John's (1-3 May) to address the Region Committee and take questions on their candidacy from IEEE Canada's Board. IEEE Canada will provide the candidates with an allowance to cover their travel expenses.

Should you be interested in nominating a potential candidate or self-nominating, please forward a statement of interest along with a biographical sketch outlining your IEEE activities stating your qualifications for office to with a copy to before January 16, 2009. IEEE Canada will notify the qualified candidates of the date and time of their telephone interview with the Steering Committee. .

Petition Candidate - IEEE allows for petition candidates. Candidates must get valid signatures from 2% of the IEEE Canada voting members as of December 31, 2008. The numbers will be confirmed based on December 31, 2008 membership statistics. To be eligible to run as a petition candidate, IEEE must receive the petition and signatures prior to June 15, 2009. IEEE will verify that the petition candidate has satisfied IEEE requirements to run as a petition candidate.

Robert A. Hanna
Past President IEEE Canada

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 profession


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 engineering


Computer Award for important contributions to the field of computer engineering and science


Computer Award for important contributions to the field of computer engineering and science


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

New This Year- nominations are sought for the Industry Leadership Award (nominee does not need to be an IEEE member)

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 4, 2009 at the Delta St. John's hotel in St. John's, NL 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.

Robert T.H. (Bob) Alden, Ph.D., P.Eng., LFIEEE, FEIC,
Professor Emeritus, McMaster University
IEEE Canada Awards & Recognition Chair
EIC Honours, Awards & Fellowships Committee

25-Year Snapshot of IEEE Canada Achievements

IEEE Canada marks its 25 anniversary this year! A snapshot of this 25-year period, has been captured in a living document. This brochure includes IEEE Canada's Section growth, organizational developments and remarkable records of administrative change. You can download the brochure here.

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     Your News

Vancouver Industry Applications Chapter Organizes a Tour of Powertech

November 14, 2008 1-3 PM
IEEE Vancouver Canada

Sponsored by Vancouver IAS/PES Joint Event , a tour of Hydrogen technology facility of Powertech has been organized. Powertech Labs Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of BC Hydro and is recognized internationally for its expertise in testing compressed hydrogen fuel storage systems used on-board vehicles, and for its design and operation of hydrogen fill stations and fuel delivery systems. Powertech Labs' Hydrogen & CNG group provides compressed natural gas and compressed hydrogen system design verification for the automotive industry as well as certification testing of hydrogen and CNG cylinders and components to all major standards.

IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting

July 26-30, 2009
Calgary, AB, Canada
IEEE Power & Energy Society Meeting

The IEEE Power & Energy Society is holding its 2009 General Meeting in Calgary. For more information on this event visit the web site provided above.

Ottawa Section and Minneapolis MN Section Collaborate

In the hope of building stronger organizations, the executive of the two sections agreed to communicate and share experiences, plus collaborate and cooperate in future events. The agreement took place at the 2008 IEEE Sections Congress held in Quebec City past month, where during informal discussions we found we were working on similar goals and activities such as engineering in medicine and biology, reliability, and industry and student outreach.


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     Students' Corner

UOIT wins fourth place in the IEEE Student Branch Website Competition

R7 Student Activity web site

R7's Student Activities Committee is pleased to announce that University of Ontario Institute of Technology's (UOIT) website has won fourth place in the Global Website Competition. UOIT will receive $250 for their Student Branch for placing fourth!


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     Our Members in the Spotlight

Newly elevated IEEE Canada members to Senior Status


The A&A meeting is in October. Elevations' data was not available at the time of this publication.

Marc A Rosen becomes President of Engineering Institute of Canada

Dr. Marc A. Rosen, who served as President of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME) from 2002-04, became President of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) at the Institute's National Council meeting on September 22, 2008. Dr. Rosen served as founding dean of UOIT's Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science from 2002-08, and is now a professor in that Faculty. He served as EIC President-elect from 2006-08, and was a member of EIC's Honours, Awards and Fellowships Committee for 2004-06 and a member of an EIC Ad Hoc Committee on Advocacy.

EIC is an umbrella organization for twelve Canadian engineering societies:

  • Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Canada
  • Canadian Society for Civil Engineering
  • Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering
  • Canadian Geotechnical Society
  • Canadian Nuclear Society
  • Canadian Society for Engineering Management
  • Canadian Maritime Section of the Marine Technology Society
  • Canadian Society for Senior Engineers
  • Canadian Dam Association
  • Canadian Society for Bioengineering
  • Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society

EIC's vision is "engineering for a prosperous, safe and sustainable Canada," and its mission is to develop and promote continuing education, initiate and facilitate interdisciplinary activities and services, lead member societies in defining and building the future of engineering and advocate the values and benefits of engineering. EIC's history stems back to 1887. Information on EIC is available on its web site

EIC is governed by a national council consisting of an elected executive, President, President-elect, Past President and Treasurer, as well as twelve board members (one each from the member societies). EIC provides Canadian engineers the possibility of intersociety cooperation in areas such as advocacy, interaction with other organizations and the mounting of multidisciplinary events. A noteworthy example is EIC's Second Canadian Conference on Climate Change Technology, which will occur May 12-15, 2009 in Hamilton.

"I look forward to helping the Engineering Institute of Canada advance the profession of engineering in Canada," stated Dr. Rosen. "EIC has some exciting initiatives planned for the near future that will bring Canada's engineering societies and organizations together. For instance, EIC is a key participant in the National Engineering Summit to be held in Montreal in May 2009. That event seeks to describe how engineers can lead Canada's future and to define the new engineer in society."

All our congratulations to Dr. Rosen!

Brian Avent PES Outstanding Engineer

Brian graduated from UBC in 1967 and has been working on various aspects of BC Hydro's substations for almost 41 years. He started in Protection Design, moved to Protection Planning within the System Planning function and then moved to work on various aspects of station equipment and station planning. Over that time he has worked on a range of projects from remote site diesels rates as small as 75 kW to major generating stations rated at 100's of MW and from 4 kV distribution circuits to major 500 kV system expansion. His work has covered the range of projects from AC to HVDC as well as modern power electronic system compensation equipment referred to as Flexible AC Transmission System (FACTS).

The Outstanding Engineer Award was established in 1994 by the PES Executive Board to recognize outstanding technical, professional and society contributions on behalf of power engineer profession.

All our congratulations to Brian!


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     Call for Papers

2nd Climate Change Technology Conference (May 12-15, 2009)

Deadline: September 18, 2008

Papers are sought on the topics of Impacts, Monitoring, Modeling, Mitigation, Adaptation, Bio-refining, Education, Standards, Policy and Regulation.

Interested authors/panellists are invited to submit a proposal in English or French for a paper, poster paper or presentation. Paper manuscripts will be subject to peer review. Proposals should include:

1. The title and an abstract (< 400 words) providing a synopsis of the central theme
2. The author's preferred topic category, see list above
3. A list of full names, affiliations and contact information for the authors or panelists
4. A designated primary contact with full contact information.

Proposals should be submitted, by September 15, 2008, via the Conference website at or sent by mail, Fax or e-mail to:

Mr. Eric Williams
Technical Subcommittee Chair,
care of Canoe-About Inc.,
16 Brookview Crescent,
RR#2 Tiverton, Ontario, N0G 2T0
fax: 519-396-6926
phone: 519-396-8844

IEEE Green Technology Conference

April 16-17, 2009 College of Engineering
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX

There has never been a better time for IEEE professionals to weigh in on environmentally acceptable alternatives and improvements to our traditional energy economy. Wind farms are springing up almost overnight in West Texas. The state of Texas is inversting $5B in grid infrastructure to connect areas with surplus generation to areas of unmet demand. Texas Tech has been identified as a leading provider of training for a workforce to service this growing industry at all levels. The Green Technology Conference will provide a forum for us to consider all aspects of alternative energy, from solar to nuclear to bio to wind, from generation to distribution to efficient use.

Paper Submission

31 December 2008

Acceptance Notification

31 Jan 2009

Camera-Ready Papers

01 March 2009

Tutorial Submission

31 Dec 2008

Workshop Proposals

31 Dec 2008

Panel Proposals

31 Dec 2008

The conference organizing committee is requesting submissions from across The state, region, and nation for this opportunity to share the thoughts and plans for meeting the challenge of a changing global energy calculus. Join us in this effort by sending your submissions to:

Dr. Richard Gale
Conference Chair



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Upcoming IEEE Conferences in Canada

IAS 2008
Oct 5-9, 2008
The Westin Edmonton
Edmonton, AB

EPEC 2008
October 6-7, 2008
Renaissance Harbourside Hotel
Vancouver, BC

2nd International Conference on Digital Game and Intelligent Toy Based Learning
Nov 17-19, 2008
Banff Park Lodge
Banff, AB

ESTMP 2008
Electrical Safety, Technical and Mega Projects Workshop
Nov 19-21, 2008
Mayfield Inn & Suites
Edmonton, AB

Invitation to CCECE 2009 in St. John's, Newfoundland

Deadline to receive proposals: December 5, 2008

The Newfoundland and Labrador Section is very proud to be hosting the 22nd Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE), which will be held at the Delta St. John's and the St. John's Convention Centre May 3-6, 2009. This annual flagship conference of IEEE Canada serves as an excellent opportunity for researchers and professionals in the IEEE fields to meet and present their work.

The theme for CCECE '09 is "From Electrons to Oceans: Innovation at Many Scales." St. John's is one of the oldest cities in North America with a rich history and distinctive culture. Only minutes from the most easterly point in North America, St. John's has the sophistication of a modern city and the "friendliness" of a small town.

A welcome reception for all delegates will be held Sunday evening at The Rooms. We will offer pre-conference tutorials. The Conference sessions themselves, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, will be conducted in the conference facilities at the Delta St. John's with plenary sessions and meals in the St. John's Convention Centre. In addition, an active and enticing social program will be offered to all attendees, partners, and guests.

The conference committee is co-chaired by Dr. Wally Read and Dr. John Quaicoe, and the technical committee is led by Dr. Eric Gill and Dr. Dennis Peters. Experienced, enthusiastic, and dedicated volunteers from the Section round out the organizing committee and will help to ensure that the conference is very successful.

Following the lead of CCECE '08, the conference will be structured into a seven mini-symposia in the areas of Circuits, Devices and Systems; Control and Robotics; Communications and Networking; Computers, Software and Applications; Ocean Engineering; Power Electronics and Energy Systems; and Signal and Multimedia Processing. A full paper review process will be used to ensure that the conference is of very high technical quality. The deadline to receive papers and tutorial proposals is Friday, December 5, 2008. For further details please refer to Call for Papers at

We predict that CCECE 2009 will be an unforgettable experience - an overwhelming technical and financial success that also offers a wealth of activities and networking opportunities for delegates. We hope to see you in May!

For further information and updates see the conference website at

Sensor Web Automation Network Workshop

November 3, 2008
Elgin Hotel
Ottawa, Ontario Canada

The theme for this workshop is Collaborative R&D in Distributed Sensor Webs: Perspectives and Priorities and will identify key challenges, priorities and opportunities to accelerate Canada's internationally competitive progress in R&D for distributed sensors, geosensor networks, and sensor webs.

The 'tink-tank' style workshop will develop a national R&D roadmap that identifies priorities, common directions, key challenges and collaborative research opportunities in Distributed Sensors. It will also help build our national research capacity by forging stronger relationships within the R&D community, both domestically and internationally, in order to launch new funded collaborative initiatives.

The workshop agenda includes: internationally recognized keynote speaker presentations and panel discussions to share experience and set context; themed, facilitated breakout sessions to develop recommendations; and a networking reception to build relationships and new initiatives. Result of the workshop will be developed into a report and distributed to participants, funding agencies, government officials, and professional societies.

Please visit our workshop web site for more details.

Dr. Phil Graniero
SWAN Director and Workshop Co-Chair

Proceedings of Symposium on Alternate Energy and Global Synergy published

On July 15, 2008, a highly successful one-day Symposium on Alternate Energy and Global Synergy was hosted by Ryerson University, co-sponsored the IEEE Toronto Section (represented by the WIE Affinity Group). The symposium proceedings and presentation slides have been made available here.

All IEEE Conferences in Canada

Find information about these and all IEEE Conferences in Canada here.



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     Sad News

We regret to inform you of the passing of one of our members David Vice. David George Vice was born July 10, 1933 in Kitchener, Ont. He died Sept. 2, 2008, in Toronto. He was 75. Cause was cancer, diagnosis of which had been made just three weeks earlier. He leaves his wife, Roberta, and his children, John, Cathy and Karen. Read about David's contributions to the profession in October 18 edition of Globe and Mail.


  Engineer was 'the best CEO Northern Telecom never had'

  Deeply loyal to the only company he had ever known, he helped develop
  technology that allowed it to become a world leader. He rose to become
  president, but lost a power struggle to an outsider

In 2000 David received Reginald A. Fessenden Award from Celia Desmond.

Our sincere condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace.





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