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Issue: May 2010                                                        IEEE Canada News Central

 

 

This Issue's Content:

 

ě      IEEE Canada Board of Directors

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

 

ě      IEEE Canadian Foundation

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

 

ě      Your News

-     Vancouver Section: IEEE Mini-Symposium: biomedical engineering
-     South Alberta Section posts upcoming events online
-     New Brunswick Section posts upcoming events online
-     Ottawa Section hosts Robotics Competition
-     London Section: "Plain Talk About the Electric Power Industry for the Non-Engineering Power Professional!"

 

ě      News of Interest

-     Free E-book Titles and Access to Archived Webinars to All IEEE Members
-     Concordia University presented with prestigious award
-     Wellness Survey Request
-     IEEE Career services
-     New Home and Auto Group Insurance Program
-     Your Life is On Your Computer. Back it Up
-     IEEE MasterCard« credit card

 

ě      Our Members in the Spotlight

-     Mentoring within IEEE: a success story
-     Concordia Graduate wins major award
-     Queen's Student awarded SPIE Scholarship

 

ě      Call for Papers

-     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)
-     ISOT 2010 International Symposium on Optomechatronic Technologies

 

ě      Conferences and Workshops

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

 

 







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ě     IEEE Canada Board of Directors

2010 Spring IEEE Canada Board of Directors Meeting

The IEEE Canada Spring Board Meeting was held in conjunction with the IEEE CCECE10 at the Calgary Marriott Hotel in Calgary, Alberta. The meetings ran from Friday 30 April to Sunday 2 May. Representatives from all Canadian IEEE Sections reviewed current activities and discussed 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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ě     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 was presented at the IEEE Canada Awards Banquet in Calgary, Alberta to Ibrahim Gedeon who is Chief Technology Officer for TELUS. Bob Tanner is being honored 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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ě     Your News

Vancouver Section: IEEE Mini-Symposium: engineering for biomedical Application

Friday, May 28, 2010, 13:00-16:30, McKesson Medical Imaging Group 130-10711 Cambie Road, Richmond, BC

This event is free-of-charge and open to all members of the engineering community. However, pre-registration is required.

Please send your name and affiliation to 2010biomed@gmail.com with the subject line "Registration - 28 May 2010" and indicate if you are an IEEE member.

This three-hour event will bring together academic researchers and industry experts to review recent progress and opportunities related to engineering for biomedical applications. A keynote presentation will be followed by several shorter presentations. The timing and location of the event is designed to facilitate participation by attendees from the BC Interior, Vancouver Island, Alberta and Washington State.

http://vancouver.ieee.ca/content/ieee-mini-symposium-engineering-biomedical-applications

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/

Ottawa Section hosts Robotics Competition

Saturday May 29, 2010, Ottawa, ON, CANADA

This is the 8th annual event of Robotics which will be held on May 29, 2010. This event brings engineering awareness to students in grades 5 to 8 by presenting a fun and instructive approach to problem solving. This year, over 50 teams are expected to test their robots in three events: Sumo Challenge, Sports Challenge (i.e., slalom, curling, hockey, and more). Media and spectators are welcome to Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School on May 29th to witness the talent of these students and feel the energy of the teams.

For more information: http://ottawa.ieee.ca/robotcomp/index.php?q=AboutORC

Volunteers are welcomed!

"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

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ě     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/

Concordia University presented with prestigious award

On April 22, IEEE Canada President Om Malik presented Concordia University's Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science with a "2010 Supporting Friend of the IEE Member and Geographic Activities Award."

The Faculty is a long-standing supporter of IEE Canada, having co-sponsored more than 85 IEEE-affiliated seminars since 2002, provided funds and space for conferences, and much more. For further details, please visit encs.concordia.ca.

For further reading, please refer to the link below: http://encs.concordia.ca/news-and-events/entry.php?a=2010/04/encs-presented-with-prestigious-ieee-award.php

Wellness Survey Request

IEEE Canada wishes to ascertain the interest level for a wellness program with GoodLife Fitness. We request your cooperation to complete a 20 second survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5X8S3ZS

Note: GoodLife Fitness offers presently only one other "affinity program", it is with CMA at http://www.cma.ca/index.php?ci_id=10043394&la_id=1 . Depending on the responses from the survey above we may be able to offer an attractive corporate program for IEEE Canada members.

Thank you for your cooperation!

John Grefford, P.Eng.
Grefford@ieee.org

IEEE Career services

Looking for a new job? Check out the following site! 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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* 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.
** Certain conditions apply.

A Distinct Advantage with The Personal

In partnership with IEEE, The Personal offers a proven home and auto group insurance program to its Canadian members to ensure they receive preferred service and rates, along with many other advantages that IEEE members are eligible for. They can rest assured that they are protected by the company that wrote the book on Home and auto group insurance in Canada and who have been serving Canadian Engineers since 1987, with engineers having the highest customer retention rate amongst the 560 leading Canadian organizations it serves.

A distinct advantage

Driving experience is recognized from anywhere in the world for IEEE members and their families who come to Canada with them. The Personal will ease them through the complex purchase of home and auto insurance and request acceptable proof which could be any of the following:.

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

  • an original letter in English from an employer (where the employer self-insures its fleet vehicles, or where the vehicles are commercial), along with the above information

  • 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.

IEEE MasterCard« credit card

Every time you use your card for a purchase, a financial contribution will be made to the IEEE on your behalf!

Plus you can enjoy the benefits of:

  • Around-the-clock fraud protection

  • Unparalleled 24-hour customer service

To learn more about this exciting opportunity simply call 1-877-428-6060 and reference priority code CIGI.

 

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ě     Our Members in the Spotlight

Mentoring within IEEE: a success story

Jennifer Ng, (BEng '94, McGill), has been an IEEE member for over 20 years and has been an active volunteer for over a decade within various levels of IEEE. She was paired up with her mentee, Yiming Xiao, (BEng'09, McGill), while he was in the third year of his engineering studies under the McGill Mentor Program. Under Jennifer's guidance, Yiming made some important academic and career decision, participated actively in IEEE events in Montreal and went on to win the IEEE Life Member Graduate Study Fellowship. Yiming was recognized in the IEEE Montreal AGM banquet, where he was joined by his mentor, Jennifer.

For further reading, please refer to the link below: http://www.alumnilive365.mcgill.ca/2010/05/12/a-mentoring-success-story-jennifer-ng-ain-kin-and-yiming-xiao/

Concordia Graduate wins major award

By Dr. Amir Aghdam

In February, it was announced that the master's thesis of Concordia graduate Javad Lavaei had won the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools Master's Thesis Award for 2009-2010. The competition for this award includes entries from the best universities in the world, including Cornell, Harvard, Yale, McGill, and the University of Toronto. Lavaei's research was funded by NSERC and supervised by Amir Aghdam (Associate Professor in Concordia's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering). This award is given to one candidate (selected from the 120 member institutions) every three years in the category Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering.

The award was officially presented in Montreal on April 16. During the ceremony, Lavaei (who is now pursuing his PhD at Cal Tech) was praised by many of those present, including Lynne Peppal, SGS Dean at Tufts and Chair of the Master's awards committee. To learn more about Lavaei's research, visit his website at http://www.cds.caltech.edu/~lavaei/.

Queen's Student awarded SPIE Scholarship

By Mohamed S. Hefny

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA - May 4, 2010 - SPIE has awarded an Educational Scholarship in Optical Science and Engineering to Mohamed S. Hefny, Queen's University (Kingston, ON Canada).

Hefny is a PhD student at Queen's University. His doctoral thesis examines the development of image-guided navigation systems for minimally invasive surgery. He is developing fundamental algorithms and core technologies to assist surgeons in the operating room by increasing the efficiency and the quality of surgeries.

Hefny is an IEEE student member.

 

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ě     Call for Papers

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

ISOT 2010 International Symposium on Optomechatronic Technologies

Date: October 25-27, 2010
Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada

Important Dates:
June 30, 2010 Paper Submission
July 31, 2010 Notification of acceptance
August 31, 2010 Camera Ready Papers
September 15, 2010 Early Bird Registration
September 15, 2010 Final day registration for accepted papers

Website: www.isot-2010.org

 

 

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ě     Conferences

The 24th Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering

Date: May 8- 11, 2011
Location: Sheraton Fallsview Hotel, Niagara Falls, ON, 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 2011 will feature 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.

Website: http://www.ieee.ca/ccece11/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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