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Issue: April 2010                                                        IEEE Canada News Central

 

 

This Issue's Content:

 

      IEEE Canada Board of Directors

-     2010 Spring IEEE Canada Board of Directors Meeting
-     Renew Your Membership for 2010
-     Membership Dues in Special Circumstances

 

      IEEE Canadian Foundation

-     IEEE Canada's newest award: Robert H. Tanner Industry Leadership Award

 

      Your News

-     Vancouver Section hosts tour of BC Hydro
-     South Alberta Section posts upcoming events online
-     New Brunswick Section posts upcoming events online
-     Hamilton Section examines counterfeit electronic components
-     Ottawa Section hosts MeMeA 2010
-     Toronto Section on smart grid at Toronto Hydro

 

      News of Interest

-     Free E-book Titles and Access to Archived Webinars to All IEEE Members
-     Coming to London in June: "Plain Talk About the Electric Power Industry for the Non-Engineering Power Professional!"
-     Formation of Peterborough Section Life Member's Affinity Group
-     Formation of Toronto Section Magnetics Society Chapter
-     IEC Young Professionals 2010 Workshop Competition
-     IEEE Career services
-     New Home and Auto Group Insurance Program
-     Your Life is On Your Computer. Back it Up

 

      Our Members in the Spotlight

-     IEEE Canada Student Paper Contest 2009 Results
-     Newly elevated senior members

 

      Call for Papers

-     IEEE IAS Electrical Safety, Technical and Mega Projects Workshop
-     2010 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation
-     IEEE Electrical Power and Energy Conference 2010 (EPEC 2010)
-     Large Engineering Systems Conference on Power Engineering (LESCOPE 2010)

 

      Conferences and Workshops

-     Upcoming IEEE Conferences in Canada
-     All IEEE Conferences in Canada

 

 







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     IEEE Canada Board of Directors

2010 Spring IEEE Canada Board of Directors Meeting

The IEEE Canada Spring Board Meeting will be held in conjunction with the IEEE CCECE10 at the Calgary Marriott Hotel in Calgary, Alberta. The meetings run from Friday 30 April to Sunday 2 May. Representatives from all Canadian IEEE Sections will review current activities and discuss strategic plans to enhance organization's performance.

Renew Your Membership for 2010

If you have not renewed by the end of February 2010, please do so ASAP. Remember, IEEE membership can connect you with professionals who can open doors to many opportunities. There are also many online resources available to members (e.g. online books and publications). Use your IEEE Web Account and password to renew online at http://www.ieee.org/web/membership/renew/index.html

Membership Dues in Special Circumstances

IEEE realizes that economic circumstances may impact some members' ability to pay the full amount of IEEE membership dues. For this reason, the following special circumstance categories have been established. Special circumstances are not available to Student members. Only one category may be claimed in any year.

-  Minimum Income Provision

-  Retired Provision

-  Unemployed Provision

-  Permanently Disabled

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     IEEE Canadian Foundation

IEEE Canada's newest award: Robert H. Tanner Industry Leadership Award

The IEEE Foundation Board of Directors has approved a $20,000 grant to the IEEE Canadian Foundation to sponsor IEEE Canada's newest award - which will be known as the Robert H. Tanner Industry Leadership Award. The Industry Leadership Award was presented for the first time at the 2009 IEEE Canada Awards Banquet in St. John's, Newfoundland to Lorry Wilson - President of Rocky Mountain Power. The newly named and endowed award will be presented at the upcoming IEEE Canada Awards Banquet in Calgary, Alberta to Ibrahim Gedeon who is Chief Technology Officer for TELUS. Bob Tanner is being honoured and remembered for being an outstanding acoustical engineer/consultant, a skilled manager in both industry and government, and an IEEE volunteer leader. Among his extensive list of IEEE activities, he was Ottawa Section Chair, Region 7 Director, the first Canadian to be IEEE President and one of the founding directors of the IEEE Foundation. IEEE Canada and the IEEE Canadian Foundation wish to note their appreciation to the IEEE Foundation for their support of IEEE Canada's awards program.

Robert T.H. (Bob) Alden, Ph.D., P.Eng., LFIEEE, FEIC, r.alden@ieee.org
Professor Emeritus, McMaster University
IEEE Canadian Foundation President
http://ieeecanadianfoundation.org/EN

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     Your News

Vancouver Section hosts tour of BC Hydro

Thursday, April 15, 2010, 13:00-14:00, Burrad Thermal Plant, Vancouver, BC

The Burrard Generating Station is a 950 MW conventional natural gas-fired generating station. The largest thermal facility in BC Hydro's fleet, it is possibly the utility's most technically complex operation. It plays an important role to provide back-up for the hydroelectric system during low water years, and also to provide transmission support and electrical supply security for the Lower Mainland.

Burrard has been upgraded and modernized. Improvements have been made to reduce the emission of smog-forming pollutants, to eliminate chlorine from the cooling water, to use a modern Digital Control System, to improve thermal efficiency, to reduce greenhouse gases, to provide oil spill containment, and to reduce noise at the facility. In 2009, the Provincial Government instructed BC Hydro to remove Burrard Thermal from its baseline supply of power.

This tour is an opportunity for engineers to learn what this means operationally, and to view the many recent modernizations at the plant.

http://vancouver.ieee.ca/content/tour-bc-hydro%E2%80%99s-burrard-thermal-generating-station

South Alberta Section posts upcoming events online

Please refer to the following link for the latest activities hosted by the South Alberta Section: http://sas.ieee.ca/events.html

New Brunswick Section posts upcoming events online

Please refer to the following link for the latest activities hosted by the New Brunswick Section: http://nb.ieee.ca/

Hamilton Section examines counterfeit electronic components

Thursday, April 22, 2010, 6:30 pm, McMaster University, ITB-A113, Hamilton, ON

The proliferation of counterfeit goods is a plague. With consumer products such as clothing or handbags, there may be tell-tale signs that the authenticity of the product is questionable, but when it comes to electronic products the evidence is not always so obvious as such products contain hundreds of electronic components: resistors, capacitors, integrated circuits, to name a few, and identifying which is counterfeit is like finding a needle in a haystack.

Some are clones, masquerading as originals, and some are re-branded components, components from various lots and origins remarked as one date or lot code, thus implying a certain uniformity of manufacturing that is non-existent.

In this presentation we will provide examples of parts that are not what they claim to be and some critical advice on what to do to avoid falling into the counterfeit trap.

The speaker: Martine Simard-Normandin founded MuAnalysis Inc. in 2002 where she holds the position of President and CEO. Located in Ottawa, MuAnalysis is a laboratory facility offering Failure Analysis, Materials Analysis and Reliability Services to electronics manufacturers as well as the microelectronics and photonics markets.

For more information: http://ewh.ieee.org/r7/hamilton/y2010/2010events.htm

Ottawa Section hosts MeMeA 2010 - IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society International Workshop on Medical Measurements and Applications

April 30 - May 1, 2010, Ottawa, ON, CANADA
http://memea.ieee-ims.org

Medical instrumentation and measurement form the first link in the chain connecting engineering to medicine. At this stage, flaws may lead to a myriad of repercussions at all levels, starting with the safety and efficacy of care. The importance of measurement in medical applications is growing continuously as increasingly sophisticated techniques become available for general, unsupervised use.

The goal of this 5th edition of the MeMeA workshop is to present novel solutions to instrumentation and measurement problems encountered in modern health care.

Main topics include:

  • Sensors for medical systems

  • Sensor fusion and calibration

  • Embedded systems

  • Biosignal processing

  • Imaging and communication

  • Standards for medical applications

Authors are invited to submit extended abstracts (3 pages) or draft papers reporting original research of theoretical or applied nature. The extended abstract should explain the significance of the contribution and list the key references. It must be prepared in English, according to the preparation guidelines available at the MeMeA 2010 website (http://memea.ieee-ims.org)

Toronto Section on smart grid at Toronto Hydro

Thursday, April 29, 2010, 6:30pm - 8pm, Room BA 1190, Bahen Centre for Information Tech, U of Toronto

Abstract: This presentation will outline Toronto Hydro's response to the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, to enable the modernization of the electric power infrastructure, to accommodate the emerging needs of distributed energy resources and plug-in electric vehicles, and innovating the next wave of demand side management. Approaches to transition from policies to strategies and roadmaps to short and long term plans will be discussed. Strategic and technical opportunities and challenges will be explored. The latest activities in Toronto's Smart Community demonstration area will be shared, with best practices and lessons learned.

THE SPEARKER: Joshua Wong has been leading the Toronto Hydro strategy and roadmap development of Smart Grid and the deployment of the Toronto Smart Community, which brings the benefits of Smart Grid to over 25,000 customers. He has been actively driving Smart Grid in industry and government levels and is a working group member of the Ontario Smart Grid Forum, which laid foundation policy framework for the Ontario Green Energy and Green Economy Act of 2009. Joshua is a licensed professional engineer in the Province of Ontario.

http://toronto.ieee.ca/events/apr2910.htm

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     News of Interest

Free E-book Titles and Access to Archived Webinars to All IEEE Members

In response to Section Congress recommendation, the IEEE is offering e-books and webinars free to all IEEE members. Check out the free e-books and archived webinars at: http://www.ieeeusa.org/careers/gpa/

"Plain Talk About the Electric Power Industry for the Non-Engineering Power Professional!"

Come join the IEEE PES London Chapter for these IEEE Power & Energy Society courses - being held in London, Ontario from June 7-9!

If You Work in the Electric Power Industry, these Three Important Courses Will Provide the Knowledge You Need to Work Better and Smarter:

  • June 7: Power System Basics - Understanding the Electric Utility Operation Inside and Out

  • June 8: Distribution System - Delivering Power to the Customer

  • June 9: The Grid - The Interconnected Electric Bulk Power System

PES Plain Talk courses for the Non-Engineering Power Professional will help you to understand technical aspects of the Electric Power System, even if you do not have an engineering background. You will gain insights into the concerns of engineers, the demands of regulators and consumer groups, and the factors and trends that impact the operation of today's electric power systems. These courses are also appropriate for non-power engineers who are transitioning to the electric power industry.

PLAN TO ATTEND if you are a utility board member or manager, a business executive, a power broker, a power marketer, a government official, a regulatory or legislative staff member, a public affairs administrator, an attorney, a member of a consumer group, a member of the media, an economist, an accountant, or an engineer not in the power field, or anyone with an interest in learning about electric power systems upon which we all depend. These courses are also appropriate for engineers who are not currently in the power industry but are transitioning to the industry or would like to learn more about it.

Complete details and registration information will be posted soon at: http://www.ieee-pes.org/education/programs/plain-talk-courses

Formation of Peterborough Section Life Member's Affinity Group

Under the leadership of Simon Taylor, the IEEE Peterborough Section Life Member's Affinity Group has been formed as of 16 January 2010. Simon will be recorded as Affinity Group Chair unitl an election that will be held shortly.

Formation of Toronto Section Magnetics Society Chapter

This event marks a two-year Toronto Section's reorganization initiative during which two (2) new chapters were created and the structure of four (4) others was improved. As a result, Toronto Section has added affiliations with nine (9) IEEE Societies.

The strategic goal of establishing affiliations with all IEEE societies and gaining complete coverage of the IEEE technical areas has been achieved. Toronto Section has become the second one worldwide to have affiliations with all IEEE Societies (after Italy Section).

Good job!

IEC Young Professionals 2010 Workshop Competition

Go ahead and get ahead by becoming involved with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)'s 2010 workshop competition.

Who qualifies: Canadian young professionals (aged early 20's to mid 30's) who work for industry, government, academia, consumer organizations, or any entity within the Canadian standards and conformity assessment community that uses, benefits from, or contributes to the IEC's work in electrotechnical standardization and conformity assessment.

The Winners:

  • will be chosen to represent Canada at the IEC 2010 General Meeting, (October 6-15 in Seattle, WA

  • funded to travel to and from Seattle, receive up to three nights accommodation

  • invited to attend technical meetings where standards are developed

  • given the opportunity to observe a meeting of the IEC Standardization Management Board (SMB)

  • participate in a visit to local industry; and

  • be mentored by an experienced Canadian member of the IEC

  • as well as various other sponsored prizes

On behalf of the Canadian National Committee (CNC) of the IEC, the Standards Council of Canada will be accepting nominations to this competition from April 1st to April 30th.

Complete details: http://www.scc.ca/en_CA/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=0a5af9a7-ae73-41b5-9df7-efb21692f0c4&groupId=10817

IEEE Career services

Looking for a new job? Check out the following site!

The http://careers.ieee.org/

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
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A Distinct Advantage with The Personal

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A distinct advantage

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  • an original letter in English from an insurer that shows the number of years insured and the claims history of all drivers orl

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  • if the letter is not in English, a notarized translation must accompany the letter from the Insurer

The Personal is proud to serve IEEE members and look forward to seeing you in Calgary at the 23rd CCECE Conference!

Your Life is On Your Computer. Back it Up

Mozy is offering IEEE members its online backup services at an exclusive discounted rate. Protect your most important business documents, home movies, photos, music and other digital information stored on your computer. Mozy securely backs up all of your data off-site so in case of hard drive crash, lost laptop or virus so you can easily restore what's most important. Every photo, document, or song. Safe with Mozy. Visit http://mozy.com/ieee to get started.

 

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     Our Members in the Spotlight

IEEE Canada Student Paper Contest 2009 Results

Western Area:
1st Place ($500 Life Member Award)
"Neck Muscles EMG-Controlled Power Wheelchair", Saul Godkewitsch, Tom Tran, Ben Liu, Ephrem Takele Zewdie and Ali Hassan, University of Alberta.

Eastern Area:
1st Place ($500 Life Member Award)
"Integrated 60GHz Radio Transceiver for WPAN Communication", Kiril Kidisyuk and Stefan Shopov, Carleton University 2nd Place ($250 Palin Award) "Wireless Connectivity for Remote Objective Monitoring of Bio- Signals", Aswin Aristama, Algonquin College

Central Area:
1st Place ($500 Life Member Award)
"Monarch Project", Srdjan Damjanovic, Conestoga College

Congratulations!

Newly elevated senior members

Congratulations to all!

Ahmadvand, Nima     

Ottawa Section

Franks, R

Ottawa Section

Lee, Joseph R

Toronto Section

Moshovos, Andreas

Toronto Section

Singh,Brij N.

Montreal Section

Song, Liang

Toronto Section

Spitzer, Frank R.J.

Toronto Section

Zhang, Wenjun

North Sasdatchewan Section

Zolfaghari, Saeed

Toronto Section

 

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     Call for Papers

IEEE IAS Electrical Safety, Technical and Mega Projects Workshop

March 29-31, 2010
Telus Convention Center, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
www.ieee.org/estmp

The IEEE IAS ESTMP Workshop provides a forum for exchanging and advancing industry knowledge in the areas of electrical safety, engineering design, system reliability and the implementation and execution of Mega Projects. The Workshop focus will be to share innovative concepts, successes as well as lessons learned in the areas of: 1) advancing state of the art knowledge and best practices, 2) stimulating innovation in creating the next generation of technology and 3) design and implementation of Mega Projects.

2010 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation

July 11-17, 2010
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel in Toronto, ON, Canada
www.apsursi2010.org

The 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and CNC-USNC/URSI Radio Science meeting will be held jointly on July 11-17, 2010, at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel in Toronto, ON, Canada. The symposium and meeting are co-sponsored by the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S), the U.S. National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science (USNC/URSI) Commissions A, B, C, D, E, F, H and K and all Canadian National Commissions of the International Union of Radio Science (CNC/URSI). The technical sessions, workshops, and short courses will be coordinated between the two groups to provide a comprehensive and well-balanced program. This meeting is intended to provide an international forum for the exchange of information on state-of-the-art research in antennas, propagation, electromagnetic engineering and radio science. Please note that technical sessions are held over five days from July 12 to 16, with workshops and short courses on July 11 and July 17, 2010. Visit the meeting website at www.apsursi2010.org for more information.

IEEE Electrical Power and Energy Conference 2010 (EPEC 2010)

Date: August 25-27, 2010
Location: Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, Halifax, NS, Canada

Important Dates:
April 1, 2010 Submission of full papers in PDF and organized session proposals
May 1, 2010 Submission of tutorial and workshop proposals
May 15, 2010 Notification of paper and tutorial/workshop acceptance
June 10, 2010 Submission of final camera-ready papers

Website: http://www.ieee.ca/epec10/

For more information contact:
Dr. Mo El-Hawary elhawary@dal.ca, or Dr. Jason J. Gu jason.gu@dal.ca

Large Engineering Systems Conference o Power Engineering (LESCOPE 2010)

Date: August 23-24, 2010
Location: Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, Halifax, NS, Canada

Important Dates:
April 15, 2010 Submission of summary (500-1,000 word) and organized session proposals
May 1, 2010 Submission of tutorial and workshop proposals
May 2, 2010 Notification of paper and tutorial/workshop acceptance
June 10, 2010 Submission of final camera-ready papers

Website: http://www.lescope2010.org/

For more information contact:
Dr. Mo El-Hawary elhawary@dal.ca

 

 

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     Conferences

23rd Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering

Date: May 2- 5, 2010
Location: Telus Convention Centre & Marriot Hotel, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

CCECE provides researchers, students, and practicing professionals in the area of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a Canadian venue in which they can present the latest technological advancements and discoveries. It is also a valuable opportunity to network, exchange ideas, strengthen existing partnerships and foster new collaborations. CCECE 2010 will feature 7 mini-symposia with papers presented from a broad range of areas in Electrical and Computer Engineering. There will be tutorial sessions in leading topics, plenary talks from senior executives in industry and academia, special sessions in hot topics, social programs, the IEEE Canada Awards and Banquet night, best student paper awards luncheon, and industrial exhibitions.

For more information: http://www.ieee.ca/ccece10/index_en.php

IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop

The IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop will be holding its 18th Annual Workshop in Toronto, ON, January 24 - 28, 2011. The workshop which is held in Canada every 5 years, will be held at the Sheraton Centre Toronto. The Call for Papers, attached, is open until May 1, 2010. The workshop is IEEE conference number 17140.

The workshop website is www.ewh.ieee.org/cmte/ias-esw

The mission of the workshop is to provide an international forum for changing the electrical safety culture and serving to advance applications of technology, work practices, codes and regulations to prevent electrical incidents and injuries in the workplace.

All IEEE Conferences in Canada


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

Upcoming Events


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

Canadian Atlantic

Kingston

Kitchener-Waterloo

London

Montreal

Newfoundland and Labrador

New Brunswick

Northern Canada

Ottawa

Southern Alberta

Toronto

Vancouver

Winnipeg

 

 

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