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- IEEE Canada Board
- Your News
- News of Interest
- Our Members in the
- Call for Papers
- New Brunswick
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Privacy & Opting Out of Cookies
- IEEE President Election Results 2013
- IEEE Canada Awards and Recognition
- Renew Your Membership for 2012
- Membership Dues in Special Circumstances
- IEEE Canadian Foundation Report
- Donate by IEEE Membership Renewal
- McNaughton Learning Resource Centre Grant applications
- Important Dates and Grant Application Deadlines
- 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
- North Saskatchewan Section posts upcoming events online
- Vancouver Section posts upcoming events online
- Montreal Section posts upcoming events online
- Ottawa Section posts upcoming events online
- Toronto Section posts upcoming events online
- Montreal Section awarded Chapter of the Year by Communications Society
- IEEE Canada on Facebook!
- Electrical Engineer needed for textile manufacturing
- Opening: tenure-track position in Software Engineering: University of Regina
- Positions available from Engineering Careers!
- Dr. Ray Findlay receives honorary degree from Memorial University
- 2012 IEEE Canada J.J. Archambault Eastern Canada Service Medal: Elmer Bourque
- 2012 IEEE Canada M. B. Broughton Central Canada Service Medal: Patrick Finnigan
- Obituary for: Ossama Iskandar
- The Personal - Home and Auto Group Insurer for IEEE members
- Your Life is On Your Computer. Back it Up
- MBNA Credit card for Members of IEEE- Canada
- Canada Professional Liability Insurance
- IEEE Member Group Insurance Program-Celebrating 50 years!
- November is Life Insurance Awareness Month!
- 3rd Climate Change Technology Conference (CCTC 2013)
- Upcoming IEEE Conferences in Canada
- All IEEE Conferences in Canada
IEEE President Election Results 2013
The ballots have been counted and the polls are out. Congratulations to the winners!
IEEE Canada Awards and Recognition
Committee 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 December 7th, 2012 while the deadline for EIC Medals and Fellow nominations is December 15th , 2012.
If you have any questions, please contact the ARC Chair at: email@example.com (until December 31st, 2012) or firstname.lastname@example.org (from January 1st, 2013).
Renew Your Membership for 2012
You can start renewing your membership for 2012. 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.
IEEE Canadian Foundation Reports
The IEEE Canadian Foundation (ICF) awards scholarships, McNaughton Learning Resource Centre grants, special grants, and endowed grants, scholarships and prizes. These scholarships and grants assist young engineers and engineering students in Canada to develop practical skills. The ICF grants helped establish and upgrade IEEE McNaughton Learning Resource Centres in 33 Canadian Universities and Colleges across Canada. The McNaughton centres enhance the learning experience of engineering students.
At its Sept. 12 meeting, the ICF Board approved two Special Grants and one Travel Grant. Mike Jiao, Student Team Leader of Bayview Secondary School, Richmond Hill, Ontario, received a one-time Special Grant of $1000 in support of the Bayview Secondary School First Robotics Team. Bethany Mitchell, Carleton University student and Carleton Ballistics Group team leader, was awarded a one-time Special Grant of $1000 to support the Carleton Ballistics Group entry in the international CanSat competition held in Burkett, Texas to design-build-fly a can-size satellite. Mojtaba Vaezi, student of McGill University, obtained a one-time Vehicular Technology Travel Grant of up to $1200 to attend and present his paper at the 2012 IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference VTC2012-Fall, held 3-6 Sep. in Québec City.
Donate by IEEE Membership Renewal
The IEEE Canadian Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the IEEE in Canada, is happy to accept your contributions when you renew your IEEE membership in the fall each year.
Just select the IEEE Canadian Foundation as your choice when you complete your annual IEEE membership renewal form (paper or web version).
Please note that this method enables you to make a contribution to the IEEE Canadian Foundation General Fund only. To make a contribution to one or more of our other funds, please consider donating online or donating by mail.
If you are a Canadian IEEE Life Member and wish to participate in our Canadian Life Member Fund "Thank You" program, please view this web page.
McNaughton Learning Resource Centre Grant applications
Qualified student branches are encouraged to start preparing now to submit comprehensive, well justified applications and to ensure time to arrange the three required letters of support all by the November 15 deadline. Applications that seek to create new Centres or revitalize Centres that time has passed by are especially welcome.
The Project Completion Reports were submitted for two ICF Special Grants awarded in 2012.
1. Communicate Your Research Conference was successfully organized, and hosted an audience of 100 engineering students from McGill and Concordia universities and featured renowned science communicators as invited speakers. The student participants benefited from advice on how to improve skills in communicating their research work to a broad audience, both orally and in writing. After the conference, students not involved in the summer research expressed interest in contributing to Technophilic Magazine - the student voice of science, engineering & technology, started at McGill University in 2009.
2. The robotics team "Gears of Glebe" formed of grade 9-12 high school students of Glebe Collegiate Institute in Ottawa, successfully competed in Toronto FIRST West robotics competition and Toronto VEX competition. During these competitions the students met and interacted with other students. Each student gained better understanding of engineering and more real life experiences than any classroom could provide. Team members improved their management, leadership, organization and engineering skills that will serve them in their future.
Important Dates and Grant Application Deadlines
Important Dates for McNaughton Centre Grant Applications(awarded once each year at the ICF December Board meeting):
Deadlines for Special Grant and Vehicular Technologies Grant Applications Applications must be received by the Foundation by:
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
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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
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South Alberta Section posts upcoming events online
Please refer to the following link for the latest activities hosted by the South Alberta Section: http://sites.ieee.org/southern-alberta/
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/
Northern Saskatchewan Section posts upcoming events online
Please refer to the following link for the latest activities hosted by the Northern Saskatchewan Section: http://northsask.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
Montreal Section posts upcoming events online
Please find the IEEE Montreal Section Newsletter (Issue 6, January 2012): http://www.ewh.ieee.org/r7/montreal/files/IEEE_Montreal_Newsletter_Jan_2012.pdf
The IEEE Montreal Section ExCom would like to thank to all contributors and editors.
The previous issues (# 5, Nov. 2011) can be accessed through: http://www.ewh.ieee.org/r7/montreal/files/IEEE_Montreal_Newsletter_Oct_2011.pdf
Ottawa Section posts upcoming events online
Please refer to the following link for the latest activities hosted by the Ottawa Section: http://www.ieeeottawa.ca/
Toronto Section posts upcoming events online
Please refer to the following link for the latest activities hosted by the Toronto Section: http://toronto.ieee.ca/
Montreal Section awarded Chapter of the Year by Communications Society
The Montreal Chapter will be honored in two ways: (1) an honorarium of $2000 and (2), the Chair (or representative) will be invited to attend IEEE GLOBECOM and be recognized publicly for the chapter's achievements at the Awards Luncheon ceremony scheduled onTuesday, December 4.
Congratulations on the outstanding achievement!
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.
Electrical Engineer needed for textile manufacturing
As a leading global manufacturer of advanced textiles and materials, we are excited about our future and the role talented individuals play in our company. Our Perth Ontario site is currently recruiting for an experienced Electrical Engineer with experience in an industrial environment.
The incumbent will prepare and review diagrams, layouts, schematic and control diagrams, load flow and short circuit analysis, ground grid design, lighting protection, heat tracing, arc-flash analysis, relay coordination and setting. The incumbent will coordinate with other disciplines and coworkers and assist with project management tasks as required. This is an opportunity that offers many personal development opportunities and possibilities for increased responsibilities for the right candidate.
Your experience should include 3 - 5 years electrical engineering in an industrial Environment, and a familiarity with HAZOPD and all safety regulations. Your qualifications should include Electrical Engineering, experience in PLC / HMI software, and a strong technical capability and the ability to work in a team environment
Please contact email@example.com to apply or for further information regarding the position.
Opening: tenure-track position in Software Engineering: University of Regina
Applications are invited for a tenure-track faculty position in the Software Systems Engineering program in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Regina. The preferred candidate should have the ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and conduct research in the field of software engineering (including: Software Process, Requirements Analysis, Embedded Systems, Real-Time Systems, Distributed Computing, Software Agents, Internet and Multimedia Computing, Intelligent Systems and Knowledge Engineering). Applicants should have an earned Ph.D. degree in Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Computer Science. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to quality undergraduate and graduate teaching, growing the undergraduate program, and the development of an independent research program. Demonstrated leadership skills are an asset, and industrial experience is valued. Applicants should have the appropriate credentials for registration as a Professional Engineer in Canada.
Applications can be submitted online at www.uregina.ca/hr/careers by October 31, 2012.
Positions available from Engineering Careers!
For more information: look up a job under the following link and input the corresponding Job ID.
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Dr. Ray Findlay receives honorary degree from Memorial University
Raymond David Findlay received the degree honoris causa from the Memorial University of Newfoundland during convocation at the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John's on Friday, Oct. 19.
Dr. Raymond Findlay is one of only three Canadians to ever hold the presidency of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). For his contribution to the IEEE and engineering education, he will receive an honorary doctor of science degree at the 3 p.m. session of convocation on Oct. 19. Professor emeritus at McMaster University, Dr. Findlay obtained his B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc. and PhD at the University of Toronto. He is a professional engineer (P.Eng., Ontario) and vice-president of JDRF Electromag Research, Inc., a company whose principal mandate is research and development. Prior to joining McMaster, Dr. Findlay taught and researched for 14 years at the University of New Brunswick. During one of those years he was a National Research Council of Canada Senior Industrial Research Fellow at General Electric Company in Peterborough, Ont. He has also been a research fellow at the University of Southampton, (U.K.), at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Sydney, Australia, and the Katholieke Universiteit, Belgium. His technical interests include low frequency electromagnetic fields and losses in electrical power devices in which he has more than 60 refereed journal publications and more than 140 refereed conference publications. He has supervised or co-supervised 12 PhD students to completion, and 29 master's degree students. Dr. Findlay is a fellow of both IEEE and the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), was awarded the Canadian Pacific Railway Engineering Medal from the Engineering Institute of Canada, the IEEE Regional Activities Board Innovation Award and the IEEE Millennium Medal, to name just a few of his awards.
Honorary degree recipients are chosen by the Senate, the university's academic governing body, after a very careful examination of the grounds for their nomination. The honorary doctorate degree is designed to recognize extraordinary contribution to society or exceptional intellectual or artistic achievement.
2012 IEEE Canada J.J. Archambault Eastern Canada Service Medal: Elmer Bourque
Elmer Bourque (LSMIEEE) is currently associated with Kestrel Power Engineering of Toronto as a senior engineer. He graduated from College Ste Anne, with a BA in 1965 and the University of New Brunswick with a BSc. EE in 1969. Following graduation he developed numerical control software for the New Brunswick Research and Productivity Council on a DEC PDP-8i computer, to drive a digitally controlled machine tool. In 1974, he joined New Brunswick Power as system performance engineer responsible for power system stability and proper control by commissioning and maintaining fault recording equipment, area generation control, generator excitation, stabilizers, and governor systems.
In 1972, Elmer Bourque joined the IEEE New Brunswick section. His enthusiasm as a volunteer saw him elected as Section Secretary in 1981 for four consecutive terms, followed by five terms as Treasurer. Keen to share his passion for the profession with those just entering it, he was a frequent judge for paper competitions at universities and technical schools. He was elected Eastern Canada Council chair in 1997 for a three-year term. In 2003 he was appointed secretary for IEEE Canada. Following that he served as Member Services Chair, Region 7 representative to the Membership Benefits Committee, the Ethics Committee, and is currently a member of the board of the IEEE Canadian Foundation.
Elmer's broader engineering activities include being a life member of APEGNB. His hobbies span tuning and maintenance of three large church pipe organs, playing the piano, and peddling his canoe-towed behind his bicycle-to the Saint John River to watch the eagles.
2012 IEEE Canada M. B. Broughton Central Canada Service Medal: Patrick Finnigan
Patrick Finnigan (SMIEEE) is the owner of Torontobased consulting firm Instruments & Information. He is a graduate of York University (B.Sc. Hon. Physics) and the University of Waterloo (M.Math - Computer Science). He is a retired information technology architect from IBM, where he gained 30 years of broad experience in large-scale software application development, and product development and management (compilers and databases). In earlier days, he worked on designing geophysical instrumentation for airplanes and helicopters. He also led several collaborative research project with universities and industry, sponsored by Industry Canada and NSERC.
An IEEE member for 30 years active in the Toronto Section, Pat led a successful effort by Section volunteers to have an IEEE Milestone plaque installed at Queen's Park, Toronto, honoring the "First External Cardiac Pacemaker," developed at the Banting Institute in 1950. He has been a mentor/referee for the Section's highly productive Senior Member campaigns. Pat has been co-chair of Toronto Life Members, organizing tours and talks, as well as sending out a special newsletter. He is secretary of the IEEE Region 7 Teacher In-Service Program (TISP) committee promoting science and engineering in K-12 schools, and has been instrumental in organizing numerous teacher workshops to demonstrate technology-related lesson plans.
Pat has co-authored a number of software-related research publications and has served as a reviewer for IEEE Software. He has taught both IT and Astronomy courses at Seneca College. Pat is a member of PEO and OSPE and is also an active radio amateur, call sign VA3 ZIM.
Obituary for Ossama Iskandar
Ossama (Sam) Iskandar suffered a brain hemorrhage a few days ago and was on life support until Sunday when he passed away peacefully at the Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga.
A funeral mass was held at St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church, 2300 Burnhamthorpe Road West in Mississauga, on Wednesday October 10, 2012 at 12:30 p.m.
Consistent with the wishes of the family, a donation has been made on behalf of the IEEE Canadian Foundation to the Canadian Diabetes Foundation in his memory. Online condolences may be made through www.turnerporter.ca
We will miss our colleague and his considerable volunteer service. Sam, an IEEE Senior Member, was introduced to the IEEE Canadian Foundation in 2001 by Miro Forest. In 2004 he was elected Secretary and served in that position until his passing. Last April he added the responsibility of Webmaster while he also continued as the vice-chair of our Grants Committee. Prior to becoming Webmaster and as part of his work with our Grants Committee, Sam rewrote the coding for all of our web forms to use the new forms processor and produce the formatted output corresponding to grant request submissions. In this regard he worked closely with khan Luu, the IEEE EWH server manager, who assisted Sam in learning this new coding. His biography is available on our website at http://www.ieeecanadianfoundation.org/EN/bios/ossama.php
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3rd Climate Change Technology Conference (CCTC 2013)
Date: May 27-29, 2013
The 3rd Climate Change Technology Conference (CCTC 2013) is a Canadian and international forum for the exchange of ideas for dealing with climate change. It is also an opportunity to keep abreast of emerging techniques and technologies for the mitigation of, and adaptation to, the impacts of climate change. The Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) and ten of its member societies are organizing CCTC 2013, which will be held on the campus of Concordia University in Montreal.
The very success of our species has led to a situation in which this planet's finite resources must be considered in all future planning. This conference is dedicated to the study and exposition of the status and prospects of engineering in support of a bright future for humanity in the midst of a rapidly changing and uncertain environment, both physical and sociological due to climate change.
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