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Issue: March 2010                                                        IEEE Canada News Central



This Issue's Content:


      IEEE Canada Board of Directors

-     Renew Your Membership for 2010
-     Membership Dues in Special Circumstances


      IEEE Canadian Foundation

-     Call for Grant Applications and Nominations


      Your News

-     Vancouver Section hosts distinguished lecture on flexible structure control
-     South Alberta Section posts upcoming events online
-     New Brunswick Section posts upcoming events online
-     London Section hosts "Real life, Smart grid"
-     Ottawa Section hosts "Beyond Belief - Microelectronics Progress"
-     Toronto Section hosts Information Security Basics


      News of Interest

-     Free E-book Titles and Access to Archived Webinars to All IEEE Members
-     Montreal BTS Chapter hosted distinguished speaker
-     Roy Billinton Power System Reliability Award
-     IEEE Career services
-     New Home and Auto Group Insurance Program
-     Your Life is On Your Computer. Back it Up


      Our Members in the Spotlight

-     EIC's John B. Sterling Medal: Bob Alden
-     Winner for 2010 IEEE Canada Awards
-     Class of 2010 EIC Fellows from IEEE
-     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

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

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

Call for Grant Applications and Nominations

March 15 is the deadline for the following:

  • IEEE Canadian Foundation Scholarship Nominations

  • IEEE Canada Power Quality Scholarship Nominations

  • IEEE Canada Women In Engineering Prize Nominations

  • IEEE Canada Vehicular Technologies Travel Grant Applications

  • IEEE Canada Vehicular Technologies Research Grant Applications

  • IEEE Canadian Foundation Special Grant Applications *

Note 1: * indicates emphasis on "Technology for Humanity" projects

Note 2: All above "applications" require a formal report (using special web form) within one month of completion of the project.

Robert T.H. (Bob) Alden, Ph.D., P.Eng., LFIEEE, FEIC,
Professor Emeritus, McMaster University
IEEE Canadian Foundation President

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     Your News

Vancouver Section hosts distinguished lecture on flexible structure control

Friday, March 26, 2010, 14:00-15:00, BCIT SW3-1750, UBC, Vancouver, BC

Talk abstract: In the past, manipulators, machine tools, measurement and many other systems were designed with rigid structures and operated at relatively low speeds. With an increasing demand for fuel efficiency, smaller actuators, and speed, lighter weight materials are now often used in the construction of systems, making them more flexible. Flexible structures are also prevalent in space systems where lightweight materials are necessitated for fuel efficiency when carrying the structures into space. Achieving high-performance control of flexible structures is a difficult task, but one that is now critical to the success of many important applications, ranging from the shuttle remote manipulator system, satellites, megawatt wind turbines, robotic manipulators, gantry cranes, disk drives, tape systems, to atomic force microscopes. The unwanted vibration that results from maneuvering a flexible structure often dictates limiting factors in the performance of the system.

Speaker biography: Lucy Y. Pao received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and she is currently the Richard and Joy Dorf Professor of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University during 2001-2002 and a Visiting Miller Professor at the University of California at Berkeley in Fall 2008, and she has recently completed a term as a Visiting Scholar at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory during January to August 2009. She has interests in the areas of control systems (with applications to flexible structures, atomic force microscopes, disk drives, tape systems, power converters, and wind turbines), multisensor data fusion (with applications to unmanned autonomous vehicles, satellites, and automotive active safety systems), and haptic and multimodal visual/haptic/audio interfaces (with applications to scientific visualization and spatial communication).

South Alberta Section posts upcoming events online

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New Brunswick Section posts upcoming events online

Please refer to the following link for the latest activities hosted by the New Brunswick Section:

London Section hosts "Real life, Smart grid"

Monday, March 8, 2010, 15:00 - 19:00, National Research Council, 800 Collip Circle, London, ON

"There is a lot of discussion and activity around the world on many topics relating to Smart Grid" . The popular press has certainly picked up on the topic, raising awareness of the topic, though sometimes overstating the work and sometimes completely missing the point - thus generating interest but also potentially misconceptions in the public in and about Smart Grid.

The speaker: Doug Houseman has extensive experience in the energy and utility industry and has been involved in projects in more than 30 countries. He is routinely invited to speak at international events in the industry and has been widely quoted in a number of international publications. Doug was named part of the World Generation Class of 2007, one of 30 people in the global utility and energy industry so named. Doug was the lead investigator on one of the largest studies on the future of distribution companies over the last 5 years working with more than 100 utilities and 20 governments.

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Ottawa Section hosts "Beyond Belief - Microelectronics Progress"

Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 7:30pm, Courtyard A Room, RA Centre, Riverside Drive, near Billings Bridge Shopping Centre

ORGANIZED BY: IEEE OTTAWA SECTION Life Members Affinity Group CONTACT: Dave Coll LF at 613-225-4229 or

ABSTRACT: The talk will present an insider's view of the progress in microelectronics, truly one of the marvels of our time

Toronto Section hosts Information Security Basics

Saturday, March 27, 2010, 9am - 5pm, Seneca College

Abstract: The main topics to be covered in this general introductory Information Security Basics course1 are within the domains of the Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) currently defined by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc., (ISC)2. These are:

  • Access Control

  • Application Development Security

  • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning

  • Cryptography

  • Information Security Governance and Risk Management

  • Legal, Regulations, Investigations and Compliance

  • Operations Security

  • Physical (Environmental) Security

  • Security Architecture and Design

  • Telecommunications and Network Security

THE SPEARKER: Dave MacDonald, P. Eng., an Electrical Engineering graduate of the University of Waterloo, teaches information security and computer studies courses at Georgian College in Barrie. As an Associate Director, Security Systems at Bell Canada/Bell Mobility's Wireless Technology division for over 10 years he was responsible for introducing new network security and fraud-fighting technologies for Bell's national network.

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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:

Roy Billinton Power System Reliability Award

The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) initiated an annual award to honour Professor Emeritus Roy Billinton. The award includes a $3,000 honorarium and will recognize outstanding individuals for contributions to electric power system reliability. The creation and naming of this award underscores his valuable work and the gratitude of many people including his 120 PhD and Masters students.

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Montreal BTS Chapter hosted distinguished speaker

By Manijeh Khataie, Montreal BTS Chapter Chair

Following suit to our chain of training in DTV, the IEEE BTS Montreal Chapter invited the distinguished lecturer Mr. Matthew Goldman to lead a presentation on MPEG-4 AVC and advanced video compression techniques for contribution and distribution. In spite of his very tight schedule, Mr. Goldman graciously accepted to travel to Montreal. Keep in mind, if you're not an avid skier, Montreal isn't typically your destination of choice at the end of January! Nevertheless, to the delight of the Montreal chapter, the half day presentation was a success and played host to fifty five engineers from various industry and academic institutions, including: Concordia University, McGill university, cole Technologie Superieur, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Astral Media, and cable companies Videotron and Cogeco, National Research Council and Government Industry Canada from Government of Canada PSQ Technologies Inc., Sette postproduction and TeleSat

This latest edition of DTV training was held on Wednesday January 20th 2010, beginning at 1:30 and lasting for roughly 4 hours. Through the continued support of Concordia University the meeting was held in Concordia's facilities in convenient downtown Montreal.

In the spirit of the occasion, Mr. Goldman was sporting a tie from the 100th anniversary of the IEEE organization. I was surprised to learn that he had kept it for the past 25 years and had brought it back with full force for the 125th IEEE anniversary. Although we attempted to get a picture of this historic piece of memorabilia, the photo unfortunately did not come out. We will have to leave it up to your Google skills to research this one!

Mr. Goldman is the Vice President of Technology for TANDBERG Television, part of the Ericsson Group. He has been actively involved in the development of DTV systems since 1992. He was a prominent participant in the Moving Picture Experts Group where he helped create the MPEG-2 Systems standard, the baseline transport technology used in direct broadcast satellite, digital cable, terrestrial broadcasting, and DVD-video. He served as project editor for the MPEG-2 DSM-CC standard, specifically the control signalling used in video-on-demand systems, switched digital video, and for DTV data downloads and carousels.

Mr. Goldman was a co-developer of the Advanced Television Systems Committee's Program and System Information Protocol (PSIP) standard, which is used by DTV receivers to navigate and tune broadcast DTV services. He also has been influential in the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers. Until 1996, Mr. Goldman was a Consulting Engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation, where he was the systems architect for a first-generation digital video server system.

Matthew's presentation was very informative and mixed with the perfect blend of humor to keep the group well entertained and motivated. During the presentation the group realized that there were a significant amount of photos included in the presentation to compare the differences in compression between MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC with different bitrates, and at first this difference was difficult to make out. But, by the end the examples clearly depicted the visible differences between the different techniques.

The actual presentation itself was split into two parts and separated by a break to allow for the audience and host to mingle and discuss the relevant topics. The afternoon was brought to a close with the presentation of a certificate of appreciation to Mr. Goldman. This appreciation was also echoed by the group itself with attendees providing great feedback at and after the presentation.

On behalf of the IEEE Montreal BTS Montreal chapter I would like to thank Mr. Goldman for accepting our invitation, traveling to Montreal, and providing such a wonderful presentation. I would also like to extend my appreciation to IEEE BTS for initiating the Distinguished Lecturer Program which has supported chapters and select powerful distinguished lecturers such as Rich Chernock and Matthew Goldman. I can easily say that the experience of receiving both in Montreal has been incredibly beneficial to all parties involved.

Lastly, I would also like to acknowledge my appreciation and thanks for the support of IEEE Montreal, for Concordia University which so kindly provided us with the room and facility, Gerard Terreault and the graduate students Bijan Soleymani, Hesam Khoshneviss and Mohamad Jabbari Hagh for their help during the seminar.

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     Our Members in the Spotlight

EIC's John B. Sterling Medal: Bob Alden

Bob Alden, LFIEEE, FEIC, President of the IEEE Canadian Foundation, was awarded the EIC's John B. Sterling Medal in recognition of leadership and distinguished service at the national level within the Institute and/or its Member Societies. The presentation occurred at the annual EIC Awards Gala in Ottawa on February 27, 2010.


Winners for 2010 IEEE Canada Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the following awards!!

Achievement Awards     


Leon-Garcia, Alberto - Toronto, Ontario


Kamel, Mohamed - Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario


Beaulieu, Norman - Edmonton, Alberta

Power Engineering

Densley, John - Mississauga, Ontario

Outstanding Engineer     

Davison, Edward - Toronto, Ontario

Outstanding Eng. Educator     

Barghava, Vijay - Vancouver, British Columbia

Industry Leadership

Gedeon, Ibrahim - Edmonton, Alberta

Service Awards

Read Outstanding Service

El-Hawary, Mo - Halifax, Nova Scotia

Glass Western

Selak, Meliha - Vancouver, British Columbia

Broughton Central

Dunne, Sean - Peterborough, Ontario

Archambault Eastern

Peters, Dennis - St.-John's, Newfoundland

Features on individual award winners will follow in later issues.

Class of 2010 EIC Fellows from IEEE

Congratulations to the achievement of our members from IEEE Canada!

G.S. Peter Castle , IEEE London, ON

Francois M Corbett , IEEE Montral, QC

Andrew Goldenberg , IEEE Toronto, ON

Abdulmotaleb El Saddick , IEEE Ottawa, ON

Liping Fang , IEEE Montral, QC

Wenyuan Li , IEEE Burnaby, BC

Konstantinos Plataniotis , IEEE Toronto, ON

Newly elevated senior members

Congratulations to all!

Ahmadvand, Nima     

Ottawa Section

Franks, R

Ottawa Section

Lee, Joseph R

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

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

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 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


For more information contact:
Dr. Mo El-Hawary, or Dr. Jason J. Gu

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


For more information contact:
Dr. Mo El-Hawary



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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:

IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society International Workshop on Medical Measurements and Applications (MeMeA 2010)

April 30 - May 1, 2010, Ottawa, ON, CANADA

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 (

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