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This Issue's Content:
- IEEE Canada Board
- Your News
- News of Interest
- Our Members in the
- Call for Papers
- New Brunswick
(for non-IEEE Canada members)
- Last Call for IEEE MGA Awards Nominations
- Nominations for IEEE Canada Awards
- Renew Your Membership for 2011
- Membership Dues in Special Circumstances
- Kitchener Waterloo Section posts upcoming events online
- HamiltonSection posts upcoming events online
- Kingston Section posts upcoming events online
- London Section posts upcoming events online
- New Brunswick Section posts upcoming events online
- South Alberta Section posts upcoming events online
- Winnipeg Section posts upcoming events online
- Northern Canada Section posts upcoming events online
- Vancouver Section posts upcoming events online
- 2011 IEEE Ottawa Section's 67th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Banquet
- Humanitarian Student Design Competition ('11-'12)
- The Humanitarian Initiative Committee wants you!
- IEEE Canada on Facebook!
- Member Benefit - HP
- Free Communications Society membership to new members
- Free E-book Titles and Access to Archived Webinars to All IEEE Members
- IEEE Career services
- Auto Insurance Rates Update, from The Personal
- Your Life is On Your Computer. Back it Up
- IEEE MasterCard® credit card
- Professional Liability Insurance
- Oral-History: Dr. Wally Read
- 2011 IEEE Award winners
- Join IEEE Vancouver for its Centennial Celebration
- IEEE Electrical Power and Energy Conference
- IEEE International Conference on Communications
- Upcoming IEEE Conferences in Canada
- All IEEE Conferences in Canada
Last Call for IEEE MGA Awards Nominations
You can help recognize the efforts of outstanding volunteers by nominating individuals for one of the prestigious IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Awards. Each award has a unique mission and criteria and offers the opportunity to honor distinguished colleagues, inspiring teachers, and corporate leaders.
If you know someone who has made substantial regional contributions through innovative projects, exemplary leadership, service, or by fulfilling the goals of transnational activities, please consider nominating them for one of the following awards:
Earlier this year, the MGA Awards and Recognition Committee and the IEEE Region Awards Chairs worked to pilot the MGA Outstanding Section Award submission process through an online portal. Due to the success of this pilot, the portal is also being used for the submission of the above MGA awards. Nominators can submit nominations, endorsers can upload endorsement letters, and reviewers can review and rank nominations, all within the online system.
Nominations for IEEE Canada Awards
IEEE Canada Awards and Recognition Committee (ARC) seeks nominations for IEEE Canada awards and for other awards that are available to IEEE Canada members including those from the EIC and the IEEE Member & Geographic Activities Board. Nomination Forms and guide lines can be found at the web page http://www.ieee.ca/awards/nominate.htm . Please note that the deadline for IEEE Canada 11 Major Awards nominations is November 30th while the deadline for EIC Medals and Fellow nominations is November 15th.
Renew Your Membership for 2011
You can start renewing your membership for 2011. 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.
Kitchener Waterloo Section posts upcoming events online
Please refer to the following link for the latest activities hosted by the Kitchener Waterloo Section: http://www.ieeekw.com/activities.php
HamiltonSection posts upcoming events online
Please refer to the following link for the latest activities hosted by the Hamilton Section: http://ewh.ieee.org/r7/hamilton/currentevents.htm
Kingston Section posts upcoming events online
Please refer to the following link for the latest activities hosted by the Kingston Section: http://ewh.ieee.org/reg/7/www_kingston/
London Section posts upcoming events online
Please refer to the following link for the latest activities hosted by the London Section: http://london.ieee.ca/
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/
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
Winnipeg Section posts upcoming events online
Please refer to the following link for the latest activities hosted by the Winnipeg Section: http://ewh.ieee.org/mu/winnipeg/events/
Northern Canada Section posts upcoming events online
Please refer to the following link for the latest activities hosted by the Northern Canada Section: http://northerncanada.ieee.ca/
Vancouver Section posts upcoming events online
Please refer to the following link for the latest activities hosted by the Vancouver Section: http://www.ieeecontact.org
2011 IEEE Ottawa Section's 67th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Banquet
The 2011 IEEE Ottawa Section executives and officers cordially invites you to your IEEE Ottawa Section Annual General Meeting and Banquet to engage in your section's business, with a brilliant speaker, and other members and guests over a sit-down dinner. Business covered at the meeting will include the executive report, election of new officers, and awards presentation. Our theme is "Persistence to Dr-IEEE-M," supported by guest speaker Sir Terence H. Matthews, Chairman of Wesley Clover, Mitel and March Networks, in Ottawa, and Magician Eric Leclerc of Project 365.
Date & Time: 5:00PM on Friday, October 28, 2011 (5:00PM Reception, 5:30 AGM, 6:30PM Banquet)
For more information, please visit http://www.ieeeottawa.ca/agm2011 or contact Rami Abielmona at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Humanitarian Student Design Competition ('11-'12)
ABSTRACT: We are very happy to bring back the Humanitarian Student Design competition. The result from our first competition were significant, having created a set of Intellectual Property for an IEEE solar system for humanitarian projects.
These competitions are open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in college or university. An abstract of the winner's work will be published in the IEEE Canadian Review magazine. Prizes will be awarded as follows: first prize, CND $1000; second prize, CND $700; third prize, CND $300.
For this year's competition, we have decided to focus on improving or innovating on parts of a wireless communication system for humanitarian applications. We are planning to make available a high-speed WiFi link between the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College as a test-bed.
The competition will span the Fall'11 and Winter'12 semesters. Teams will be invited to CCECE and ICC2012 to present their projects and to select the winners.
The design proposal can be about any element of an ICT humanitarian application, but bonus points awarded to team designing for the high-speed WiFi link made available. Ideas for projects include: phone applications, throughput increase, antenna design, digital processing, wireless SW application, services based on the wireless link, etc.
All designs part of the competition will become part of an Open Source platform for humanitarian ICT projects. The following system may used as a starting point: http://www.inveneo.org/newsfeed/82km-wifi-haiti
The Humanitarian Initiative Committee wants you!
ABSTRACT: are looking for volunteers to help in the following HIC projects:
*) (2 volunteers) webmaster, to maintain HIC's wordpress-based webpages
We will give preference to volunteers recommended by their section, but all are welcome.
IEEE Canada on Facebook!
By request a new IEEE Canada Facebook page has been created. Please join the group and get involved with discussions taking place.
Member Benefit - HP
New! HP introduces web site for IEEE Members in Canada
Members in Canada can now shop at http://www.hp.ca/ieee and receive their IEEE member discounts on eligible HP desktops, notebooks and workstations. Members also have the option to call HP directly at 1-877-231-4351 to order. Please remember to mention HPIEEE to receive your discount. The program offers shoppers a low price guarantee, so members can be assured that their site offers them the best possible pricing. Members with questions can call HP at 1-877-231-4351. Thank you!
En exclusivité! HP introduit un site web pour les membres de l'IEEE au Canada.
Les membres IEEE au Canada peuvent maintenant magasiner au site web http://www.hp.ca/ieee-fr Utilisez vos liens avec HP à titre de membre de l'IEEE. Profitez d'offres spéciales sur les produits de TI que vous utilisez tous les jours, y compris des ordinateurs de bureau, blocs-notes, imprimantes, encres, serveurs, unités de stockage et autres. Des rabais sur les produits sont offerts exclusivement par l'entremise de ce site Web ou en appelant au 1-888-202-4465 (veuillez mentionner le mot de passe HPIEEE pour obtenir le rabais).
Free Communications Society membership to new members
IEEE membership dues are at half price now through 15 August 2011. And we are offering Free Communications Society membership to new members. It is a great value --- "IEEE Membership at Half Price +Free ComSoc" together.
"Join IEEE at half price between now and 15 August, get Free membership to IEEE Communications Society" is in effect now, and the 2011 membership benefits start immediately through 31 December. The sooner we can promote, the earlier the new members can enjoy member benefits.
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/
IEEE Career services
Looking for a new job? Check out the following site! The http://careers.ieee.org/
Auto Insurance Rates Update, from The Personal
When it comes to home and auto insurance, it pays to shop and compare prices. Did you know that The Personal reviews their home and auto insurance rates for IEEE members to make sure you're always getting a competitive price?
If you have not yet received a quote from The Personal, there's never been a better time to take advantage of this IEEE member benefit. If you have received a quote in the past, we encourage you to get a new quote to see how much you could save today. For a home or auto insurance quote, call 1-888-476-8737 or visit http://www.thepersonal.com/ieee
Certain conditions apply.
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
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To learn more about this exciting opportunity simply call 1-877-428-6060 and reference priority code CIGI.
Professional Liability Insurance
Thanks to recent insurance carrier negotiations, IEEE members residing in Canada (except Quebec) now have access to a comprehensive and competitive alternative for their professional liability coverage. The new plan provides coverage for technology-related services and is ideal for Canadian members who are self-employed, moonlight, or work for a firm. For more information, visit: www.ieeeinsurance.com/canadapl or call Erin Flett at 1-416-865-3353.
This coverage is available to residents of Canada through R&Q Risk Services Canada Limited. Scott Saddington, Chief Executive Officer of R&Q Risk Services Canada Limited, acts as an agent with respect to residents of Canada.
IEEE has selected Certain Lloyd’s Underwriters for this insurance program. Alternative insurance products may be available in the insurance market place. R&Q Risk Services Canada Limited is providing this single insurer option on behalf of IEEE.
Oral-History: Dr. Wally Read
Wallace Stanley ("Wally") Read served the members of IEEE locally, nationally and internationally for over 30 years. He was Chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Section of IEEE, Director of IEEE Region 7 (Canada), Vice-President of IEEE Standards Association, Secretary, Treasurer and then President of IEEE in 1996. He was the second of only three elected Presidents of IEEE outside the United States. He was also President of the Canadian Electrical Association for many years before becoming its President in 1985. He promoted the role of electricity to the Canadian Government, and was a strong promoter of the necessity to develop appropriate standards for applications of electricity, not only within Canada, but internationally. Wally Read's accomplishments have been recognized through numerous awards and honors including the CCPE Gold Medal, EIC's Julian C. Smith Award, the Charles Proteus Steinmetz Award from IEEE, and Member of the Order of Canada.
Selected Tributes from the Membership
Wally Read, former IEEE president, and IEEE Canada guru passed away yesterday in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland. A large portion of the Hamilton exec has met him over the years. He spoke at the annual winter dinner a few years ago where he explained Newfoundlanders to the crowd, he unveiled the Alexander Graham Bell plaque in Paris, and he was a key part of pretty much everything IEEE Canada did over the many decades of his involvement.
Wally will be greatly missed.
Wally put Newfoundland on the IEEE map, and we'll always be grateful for that. He was one of our best ambassadors.
Some visitors from IEEE Japan Council were in town this past fall. Despite having some health problems at this time, he made the trek from Corner Brook to St. John's to meet them. Wally enlisted some help from the Section to make sure that the visitors got to see two of the three IEEE History Milestones we have in NL - the one for Marconi on Signal Hill, and the underwater cable station at Heart's Content. He and Helen personally escorted the visitors to these sights and more, picking them up at the airport and meeting them at their hotel each day. His sense of hospitality was impeccable, and the effort he put into making these visitors welcome would tire me.
Wally is an IEEE legend - everyone involved in IEEE in some way anywhere in the world likely knows his name. I feel very fortunate to say I knew the man, at least for a bit. He was certainly charming, but genuine. I've had a few friends accompany me to various IEEE functions and they all remember Wally for that. We'll miss him.
Wally has always been a model in my mind for the 25 years I have known him. He was a model of dedication, honesty and fairness we shall all seek to follow.
Bobbie and I are so sorry to hear about Wally's passing. We enjoyed talks with him about many things, including the famous Wally Read Report. He was a great volunteer and leader in IEEE. His work was invaluable to the Institute, and he was also a very warm and friendly person. IEEE became a much better organization for all that he did.
Lesson Well Learned
As a young engineer, I was put in charge of the substations for a 138-kV transmission line running from Churchill Falls to Happy Valley Goose Bay, Labrador. We flew to St. John's NL to meet with a Wally Read. I was travelling with a line designer by the name of Art Hanna. Art was considered the pre-eminent line designer in Canada. The next morning we met with Wally and two of his staff. Art made his presentation and when he was finished, Wally asked, "How much?" Art gave Wally a number, to which Wally said, "Too much money!" Art scratched his head and said, "Wally, the only way to make it cheaper is to use live trees for the poles, broken beer bottles for insulators and wet string for conductor." Wally replied, "How much will that cost me?" then looked at me and said, "Next." I stood up and started my presentation only to be stopped by Wally on a particular point and asked, "Why are you doing that?" I couldn't answer as I had been given the initial design by another engineer. Nevertheless, I struggled on and got through my presentation.
Years later, at an IEEE function I was asked to give some introductory remarks. Wally was sitting in the audience. So, I related my Churchill Falls experience and told Wally what an impression it had made on me to be always prepared. Wally had forgotten the incident. After that, when I was at IEEE functions and Wally was in attendance, he would ask me to 'tell my story.' This was especially true if there were younger members, particularly students, in attendance. Sometimes one of the students would say, "Wally did you really do that?"
W.O. (Bill) Kennedy, P.Eng., FEIC
2011 IEEE Award winners
Congratulations to the award winners! Honor well deserved.
Join IEEE Vancouver for its Centennial Celebration
Please check out website for slide shows and gallery of photos from the Vancouver section's 100th birthday celebration event on August 23 at http://vancouver.ieee.ca/celebrationCeremony.
Another centennial event is being planned for October 21, 2011 - the Centennial Technical Symposium. Please join us and enjoy interesting and educational presentations by our invited speakers. In addition, for those of you interested in IEEE senior membership, this event will provide a networking opportunity to meet senior and fellow IEEE members. There will be an opportunity to learn about the requirements for senior membership from the Section's representatives at the information session during lunch hour.
The event is free of charge for IEEE members (all grades). Lunch and refreshments will be provided. This is the final centennial event of the year, celebrating our 100th anniversary.
IEEE Electrical Power and Energy Conference
Date: October 3-5, 2011
The annual Electrical Power and Energy Conference (EPEC 2011) will take place in Winnipeg, MB, Canada from October 3 to 5, 2011. Located in the center of Canada, Winnipeg is a culturally diverse, creative and cosmopolitan city with a warm, welcoming spirit that will make a unique and unforgettable meeting and convention destination. The objective of EPEC 2011 is to provide a forum for experts in Electrical Power and Energy to disseminate their recent research outcomes and exchange views on the future research directions of these fields. We will also invite renowned experts to give keynote speeches. Bring your family with your research findings to EPEC2011, enjoy our programs and appreciate the history of Winnipeg.
IEEE International Conference on Communications
Date: June 10-15, 2012
Since 1965 the IEEE International Conference on Communications has been one of the flagship conferences of the IEEE Communications Society. IEEE ICC brings together the world's leaders, scientists, policy makers from industry and academia. The IEEE Ottawa Section is proud to host IEEE ICC 2012 Conference and Exhibition from 10-15 June 2012 where recent advances in the field of communications will be presented.
The theme of the conference is "CONNECT o COMMUNICATE o COLLABORATE". For participants it promises to stimulate the scientific exchange of ideas, the identification of future trends in communications, and the illumination of business opportunities. The conference program will feature 12 technical symposia, 16 industrial forums, keynote presentations, several workshops, and tutorials.
For general conference information please visit:http://www.ieee-icc.org/2012
Accept. Notification: 9 January 2012
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