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News of Interest
- IEEE Canada Board
- Your News
- Students' Corner
- Our Members in the
- Call for Papers
- Features, Views and
- New Brunswick
(for non-IEEE Canada members)
- IEEE-Canada President New Year'09 Message
- Call for Nominations for Director Elect
- 2008 Canadian Conference on Electrical Power and Energy
- IEEE Canada announces its 2009 Major Award Winners
- Winnipeg Section Takes Hybrid Coach Tour
- New Home and Auto Group Insurance Program
- Northern Saskatchewan Section Holds Graduate Research Symposium
- Newly elevated IEEE Fellows
- IEEE Toronto International Conference - Science and Technology for Humanity
- IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence for Security and Defense ApplicationsIEEE Toronto International Conference
- Upcoming IEEE Conferences in Canada
- Invitation to CCECE 2009 in St. John's, Newfoundland
- All IEEE Conferences in Canada
- Integration of Wide-Scale Renewable Resources into the Power Delivery System
IEEE-Canada President New Year'09 Message
Dear IEEE-Canada Members,
Looking back at 2008, we should be proud of the many accomplishments.
2008 is a year of celebrations. We have celebrated a number of our sections anniversaries during the IEEE Section Congress'2008 (SC'08). We had an excellent event in Quebec City, with the largest number of attendees in the SC history (close to 1,500 participants). We have received overwhelming positive feedbacks and we are still receiving excellent comments.
We have shared the celebration with many of IEEE Award recipients: seventeen IEEE members were elevated to the distinguished Fellow Grade, eleven Medalists at the National level, and many more IEEE MGA Award Winners. Canadian Industry was recognized at the IEEE Honors Ceremony when the Waterloo, Ontario-based Research in Motion (RIM), received the Corporate Innovation Recognition, sponsored by IEEE, for developing and promoting the Blackberry, and helping to transform the mobile work environment. Congratulations to all awards recipients.
Also, I would like to acknowledge the supportive team of IEEE-Canada Board and acknowledge the fine work of committees and AdHoc committees. The devoted individuals who completed their terms. Visda has done a wonderful job as the editor for our electronic newsletter, as did many other devoted individuals who worked for IEEE-Canada Board as well as other IEEE Boards entities.
We are moving to accomplish our mission towards serving the membership and satisfying their needs. Insurance as a Member Benefit has been introduced, thanks to John Grefford.
We are very pleased with our Publications team who has done a wonderful job for both the Journal and the Canadian Review.
On conferences: both CCECE'08 and EPEC'08 were the highlight of the year, with record-high quality publications and large number of registrations. Thanks go to our dedicated teams of volunteers, whose work contributed to the success of these conferences.
Currently, work is in progress in integrating and recording IEEE Canada History to be completed and ready by Spring'09 for the 125th Anniversary of IEEE in 2009, thanks to our History team.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a happy, healthy holiday season and all the best in a prosperous 2009.
Call for Nominations for Director Elect
Next year, 2009, IEEE Canada will elect a Director-Elect. According to the IEEE Canada by-laws, the next Director-Elect will come from the Canada Central Area. 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 email@example.com with a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org 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
2008 Canadian Conference on Electrical Power and Energy
The 8th Annual IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical Power and Energy (EPEC) was held October 6-7, 2008 in the Renaissance Harbourside Hotel in Vancouver, BC, Canada. EPEC (formerly known as EPC-Energy and Power Conference) was originally held as a symposium. It then evolved to a full conference, in which leading contributors and authorities in the area of Electrical Power and Energy met to present the latest technological advancements and discoveries, to network, and exchange ideas, to strengthen existing partnerships and foster new collaborations.
EPEC 2008 with the theme of "Energy Innovation" featured:
Four panel sessions in the areas of "Transmission and Distribution", "Intelligent Grid Technologies", "Generation and Alternative Energy Resources", Conservation and Energy Efficiency" Two keynote speakers Two Technology Showcase Luncheons featuring a total of three speakers 28 technical paper sessions A banquet dinner event Three exhibition booths for each sponsoring organization
Four panel sessions in the areas of "Transmission and Distribution", "Intelligent Grid Technologies", "Generation and Alternative Energy Resources", Conservation and Energy Efficiency"
Two keynote speakers
Two Technology Showcase Luncheons featuring a total of three speakers
28 technical paper sessions
A banquet dinner event
Three exhibition booths for each sponsoring organization
EPEC 2008 drew close to 200 delegates at its peak, and resulted in 102 technical paper submissions from 11 different countries in the world, which were selected by the EPEC Technical Committee following the review of approximately 150 abstracts. The accepted papers were broken down into the following categories:
Transmission & Distribution:
IEEE Canada announces its 2009 Major Award Winners
There are eleven awards, seven for achievement and four for service, which will be presented at the IEEE Canada Awards Banquet on the evening of May 4, 2009 in St. John's during the 22nd annual IEEE Canada 22nd Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE09). Nominations for these awards closed on Nov. 30, your awards committee then ranked the nominations and proposed the recipients who were then approved by IEEE Canada.
Wolfgang Hoefer, a Fellow of IEEE residing in the Victoria Section, is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Victoria. He is receiving the A.G.L. McNaughton Gold Medal (IEEE Canada's highest award - for exemplary contributions to the engineering profession) for pioneering research in microwave engineering, computational electromagnetics, and working with industry to develop practical time domain simulators.
David Falconer, a Fellow of IEEE residing in the Ottawa Section, is a Professor of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University in Ottawa. He is receiving the R.A. Fessenden Award (Telecommunications) for outstanding technical contributions to the area of data transmission in both wireline and wireless environments.
William McDermid, a Fellow of IEEE residing in the Winnipeg Section, is the former Director of the High Voltage Test Facility at Manitoba Hydro. He is receiving the Electric Power Engineering Award for outstanding contributions to the development of rotating machine insulation testing.
Ken (KC) Smith, a Fellow of IEEE residing in the Toronto Section, is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Toronto. He is receiving the Computer Engineering and Science Award for lasting technical and educational contributions to electronics for computing.
Rajnikant Patel, a Fellow of IEEE and EIC residing in the London Section, is a Distinguished University Professor & Tier-1 Canada Research Chair at the University of Western Ontario. He is receiving the Outstanding Engineer Award for continuous outstanding contributions to the field of robotically enhanced surgery. Note: Commencing this year, this award is available to recognize technical excellence in fields other than telecommunications engineering, electric power engineering, or computer engineering or science.
John Cartledge, a newly elected Fellow of IEEE residing in the Kingston Section, is a Professor at Queen's University. He is receiving the Outstanding Engineering Educator Award for outstanding contributions in inspiring postgraduates in fiber optics research
Lorry Wilson, a member of IEEE residing in the Southern Alberta Section, is President and CEO of Lorry Wilson & Associates. He is receiving the Industry Leadership Award for pioneering leadership in restructuring the electric utility industry in Alberta as the first CEO of the Alberta Power Pool. Note: this is the first year this award is being presented.
Dave Kemp, a Senior Member of IEEE and a Fellow of EIC residing in the Winnipeg Section, is a consultant in project and risk management following a 35 year career with Manitoba Telecom Services. He is receiving the W.S. Read Gold Medal (for outstanding and sustained service to IEEE Canada and the Institute) in recognition of 45 years of dedicated leadership and service to IEEE at the local, national, and international levels.
John Grefford, a Senior Member of IEEE and a Fellow of EIC residing in the Ottawa Section, is Program Support Officer with Defence Construction Canada. He is receiving the J.J. Archambault Eastern Canada Merit Award for dedicated and outstanding service to the IEEE Ottawa Section, IEEE Canada and EIC.
David Whyte, a Senior Member of IEEE residing in the Toronto Section, is the Managing Principal of CDI Datacom Inc. He is receiving the M.B. Broughton Central Canada Merit Award for outstanding contributions to the IEEE Toronto Section and the IEEE Canadian Foundation over the past 25 years.
Dave Michelson, a Senior Member of IEEE residing in the Vancouver Section, is an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia. He is receiving the E.F. Glass Western Canada Merit Award for outstanding contributions to the IEEE Vancouver Section and the IEEE Communications Society.
We invite you to join us at the awards banquet in May to meet and celebrate with these accomplished individuals - for more details and information on purchasing tickets, please visit the conference website at "www.ccece09.org".
Winnipeg Section Takes Hybrid Coach Tour
IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) and The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) are jointly taking a hybrid coach tour in January 2009, with presentation to follow. The response has been overwhelming! So grab your sit while it's still there, and get introduced to hybrid electric buses!
Ø News of Interest
New Home and Auto Group Insurance Program
The IEEE Financial Advantage Program is pleased to announce that The Personal Insurance Company is now a provider of home and auto group insurance to IEEE Canada members. One of Canada's largest group insurers, The Personal insures members and employees of over 550 organizations and has over 650,000 policies in force across the country. The advantages of this voluntary benefit include preferred rates not available to the general public, exceptional service, and personalized protection.
IEEE Canada members*, their spouses and dependants** are eligible for this new program.
To find out how much you can save, get a quote from The Personal by phone or on their Web site.
Take advantage of your home and auto group insurance plan.
Get a quote from The Personal
* One must be a member in good standing of the IEEE at the time of application and continue active membership in order to be eligible for the group rates.
Northern Saskatchewan Section Holds Graduate Research Symposium
Newly elevated IEEE Felows
The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.
Congratulations to IEEE R7 Class of 2008 Fellows!
IEEE Toronto International Conference - Science and Technology for Humanity
The TIC-STH conference is an international forum for state-of-the-art research across a broad spectrum of the IEEE science and technology fields of interest.
The format of the conference is several parallel Symposia focusing on the advanced scientific and technological problems, especially of the interdisciplinary nature.
The Second IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence for Security and Defense Applications (IEEE CISDA 2009)
Sponsored by The IEEE Computational Intelligence Society
Upcoming IEEE Conferences in Canada
ANTEM/URSI 2009 - 13th International Symposium on Antenna Technology and Applied Electromagnetics and the Canadian Radio Sciences Meeting
2009 3rd Annual IEEE Systems Conference
2009 IEEE International Reliability Physics Symposium (IRPS)
2009 IEEE Commercial Power Systems (I&CPS) Annual Technical Conference
2nd Climate Change Technology Conference 2009
The 2009 Canadian Workshop on Information Theory
2009 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting
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 www.ieee.ca/ccece09/pdfs/cfp_e_09.pdf
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 www.ieee.ca/ccece09/.
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Integration of Wide-Scale Renewable Resources into the Power Delivery System
The following article is based on conversation with Puica Nitu with the disclaimer that the ideas presented in this article strictly represent a personal view on the topic. It is of interest to continue expanding on the topic of this Symposium with future editorials.
The Ontario's energy outlook presented by the Ontario Power Authority estimates 9,673 MW of renewable resources by 2010 and additional 6,027 MW by 2025. And this is Ontario alone.
Canada strongly supports the development of renewable energy technologies. NSERC, CanREN, provincial governments and agencies promote and support renewable solutions. Throughout North America, renewable energy is expected to rise by 40% by year 2025.
The entire world is energized through private investments, intensive R&D and research grants in the quest for efficient and sustainable solutions. Germany is become world leader in solar energy. Denmark and Ireland have massively invested in wind power. In the United States, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) of DOE focuses on a wide range of renewable energy sources, partnering with other government entities and the private sector to better leverage the Federal investment in research, development and deployment of new technologies. Apart from investing in technologies, stakeholders form new business partnerships to influence this global dynamic movement.
The emerging technologies have great impact on the planning and the operation of the power system. Each technology presents opportunities but also brings a new set of challenges, both technical and business in nature as the entire system is been affected. The impact is also felt on the side of the large power producers. The generators' operating profiles change as the generation mix evolves. The penetration of renewable resources impacts power system reliability requirements and displaces generation dispatch schedules. It has impacts on an ever evolving grid (transmission and distribution) and on the stability of the power system. Most interestingly, the integration of new renewable resources, distributed generation, energy storage and smart demand responses has its own set of complexities. This integration is aimed towards managing peak loads, offering new value-added services and enhancing asset use.
Climate change concerns, energy security and relatively high energy prices will continue to support the deployment and advancement of new technologies. In the same time attention is given to make the existing networks smarter. The smart grid brings information and digital technology to the power network to facilitate new communication and monitoring which leads to improved reliability, security, and power management.
Canada's objective is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% from the 2006 level by year 2020. There are various mechanisms to ensure these targets ranging from conservation, renewable generation and carbon emissions caps and trading.
Ontario accounts for half of Canada's emissions. There is a consultative process with respect to the Carbon legislation, with an expectation that the current cap and trade will evolve and a national cap will soon be put in place.
According to Environment Canada there is a decrease in the Green House Gas emissions since 2003 which is primarily due to the change in the generation mix and lower emissions from fossil fuel production. Renewable energy is changing the generation mix and has a major role in a country's carbon footprint.
CIGRE and IEEE PES in cooperation with US and Canada's National Committees are organizing the Symposium Integration of Wide-Scale Renewable Resources into the Power Delivery System to be held in Calgary July 29-31, 2009.
CIGRE (International Council on Large Electric Systems) is one of the leading worldwide Organizations on Electric Power Systems, covering their technical, economic, environmental, organizational and regulatory aspects. With members in over 80 countries, CIGRÉ is the largest worldwide forum that unites large producers, manufacturers, system operators and regulatory bodies, bringing together technical innovation, requirements and operating experience. CIGRE fosters sharing experience on key developments of energy supply. It is the point where strategy (vision roadmap, energy security and commercial leverage) meets tactics (operations, maintenance and extended life cycle).
The main theme of the joint Symposium is the Integration of Wide-Scale Renewable Resources into the Power Delivery System. The topic of this symposium is very timely. Renewable resources along with conservation are the fastest growing supply mechanisms in the province of Ontario.
Puica is Program Manager with Ontario Power Generation Inc, member of the Strategic Energy Panel for the Natural Research Council of Canada, national representative in Cigre and IEEE Senior Member. She has an extensive experience in the North American utility industry.
I look forward to receiving news/article(s) from your sections and/or yours or other IEEE colleagues' achievements for the newsletter. Please forward any such correspondence by the 20th of the month to the Editor at
IEEE Canada Newsletter – January 2009 Bulletin de IEEE Canada – Janvier 2009
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