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- Renew Your Membership for 2014
- Membership Dues in Special Circumstances
- Donate by IEEE Membership Renewal
- IEEE Canadian Foundation Needs Your Support
- IEEE Canadian Foundation - 20th anniversary
- IEEE Canadian Foundation - Grant Reports
- Section Events Online
- IEEE Canada on Facebook!
- Positions available from Engineering Careers!
- Winners of IEEE Canada Awards 2014
- Canadian Winners of IEEE Awards 2014
- Newly elevated senior members in Region 7
- IEEE Canada members receive top NSERC Awards
- Mr. Svein Fikke receives the Masoud Farzaneh Award
- The Personal - Home and Auto Group Insurer for IEEE members
- MBNA Credit card for Members of IEEE- Canada
- Canada Professional Liability Insurance
- Name change for IEEE Member Group Insurance Provider
- New Professional Liability eTool for IEEE Members-ProLiabilitySmart
- IHTC 2014
- INTELEC 2014
- EPEC 2014
- Upcoming IEEE Conferences in Canada
- All IEEE Conferences in Canada
Renew Your Membership for 2014
You can start renewing your membership for 2014. 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.
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IEEE Canadian Foundation Needs Your Support
Is somebody close to your heart graduating this year from a Canadian University or College engineering or science? In recognition of their success, consider a donation to the IEEE Canadian Foundation (ICF) to support the vital role IEEE has in the professional development of so many students. Get an early start on your 2013 donations - your donation to ICF, a Canadian registered charity, is tax deductible.
IEEE Canadian Foundation - 20th anniversary
2014 marks the IEEE Canadian Foundation (ICF) 20th anniversary as a foundation in its present form.
IEEE Canadian Foundation - Grant Reports
2013 ICF Scholarships
in the amount of $5,000 were awarded to the following students:
ICF Special Grant Application in the amount of $1,000 was awarded to: IEEE University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) Student Branch in support of Durham D.I.Y. Showcase, formerly known as Durham Region Maker Fair. The fair was held on Feb. 17, 2014 and focused on: arts and culture, hobbies, innovation, and food and garden. The event was organized by the Foundation for Building Sustainable Communities with the assistance of the IEEE and other sponsors. For IEEE, the goal was to raise the public awareness of the IEEE UOIT Student Branch, and to increase interest of school children in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The event included an "Introduction to Electronics" hands-on workshop, where general applications of electric circuits were demonstrated. Over ten IEEE volunteers and other participating students thought the event was fanastic, and they look forward to similar events in the future.
Photos taken at the event can be seen at:
McNaughton Learning Resource Centre Grants and Endowed Grants, Scholarships & Prizes
A brief reminder of the March 15 deadline for the following ICF scholarships, prizes and grants:
IEEE Canadian Foundation Scholarships (http://ieeecanadianfoundation.org/EN/mcn_sch.php)
Section Events Online
Please refer to the following link for the latest activities hosted by the Kitchener Waterloo Section: http://www.ieeekw.com/activities.php
Please refer to the following link for the latest activities hosted by the Hamilton Section: http://ewh.ieee.org/r7/hamilton/currentevents.htm
Please refer to the following link for the latest activities hosted by the Kingston Section: http://sites.ieee.org/kingston/
Please refer to the following link for the latest activities hosted by the London Section: http://london.ieee.ca/
Please refer to the following link for the latest activities hosted by the New Brunswick Section: http://nb.ieee.ca/
Please refer to the following link for the latest activities hosted by the South Alberta Section: http://sites.ieee.org/southern-alberta/
Please refer to the following link for the latest activities hosted by the Winnipeg Section: http://winnipeg.ieee.ca/calendar
Please refer to the following link for the latest activities hosted by the Northern Canada Section: http://northerncanada.ieee.ca/
Please refer to the following link for the latest activities hosted by the Northern Saskatchewan Section: http://northsask.ieee.ca/
Please refer to the following link for the latest activities hosted by the Vancouver Section: http://www.ieeecontact.org
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
Please refer to the following link for the latest activities hosted by the Ottawa Section: http://www.ieeeottawa.ca/
Please refer to the following link for the latest activities hosted by the Toronto Section: http://toronto.ieee.ca/
Please refer to the following link for the latest activities hosted by the St-Maurice Section: http://www.sm.ieee.ca/evenactivites.html
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.
Positions available from Engineering Careers!
For more information: look up a job under the following link http://www.engineeringcareers.ca/.
Winners of IEEE Canada Awards 2014
A round of applause to the award winners! More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Canadian Winners of IEEE Awards 2014
IEEE Frank Rosenblatt Award
Geoffrey E. Hinton - University Professor
University of Toronto, Department of Computer Science
Newly elevated senior members in Region 7
Following members were elevated in February:
Congratulations on the achievement!
IEEE Canada members receive top NSERC Awards
The research excellence of two IEEE Canada members was recognized in a ceremony presided over by Canada's Governor General, The Right Honorable David Johnston, at Rideau Hall, on February 3.
Dr. Zhou Wang and Dr. Federico Rosei were two of six researchers to receive 2014 E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
Dr. Wang is an associate professor at the University of Waterloo, and is acknowledged as a global leader in developing computational models that can accurately and consistently predict perceived quality of images and videos. Dr. Federico Rosei's research with nano-scale materials has shown how their size, surface and architecture can be controlled for applications in electronics, life sciences and green energy production. He is the director of the Energy Materials Telecommunications Research Centre at Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), in Varennes (Québec).
Steacie Memorial Fellowships are awarded to university faculty "earning a strong international reputation for original research." Fellows' universities receive funding to allow recipients' teaching and administrative responsibilities to be transferred to other faculty for two years, and each fellow receives a major research grant, and can apply for additional funding for equipment.
Both recipients have received numerous other honors. Dr. Wang was elected as 2014 IEEE Fellow for "for contributions to perceptual image processing and quality assessment," and is a member of the IEEE Multimedia Signal Processing Technical Committee. Dr. Rosei was elected in 2013 as Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada in recognition of his expertise in nano engineering and materials engineering.
In Johnston's remarks, His Excellency noted that despite many changes in the world over the last 200 years, the same basic ingredients are needed for research success. "Intense curiosity, a willingness to collaborate and to use the latest and best technologies, and the ability to observe, to think critically and to take calculated risks-these remain the keys to discovery." -- A former President of the University of Waterloo from 1999 to 2010, amongst Johnston's areas of expertise is information technology, put to service as chair of the federal government's Information Highway Advisory Council.
Dr. Zhou Wang (left) and Dr. Federico Rosei (right) are congratulated by Canada's Governor General, David Johnston, at Rideau Hall
Photo Credits: Master Corporal Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall ©Her Majesty The Queen, in Right of Canada represented by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General (2014)
Mr. Svein Fikke receives the Masoud Farzaneh Award
The third edition of the Masoud Farzaneh Award was held during the International Workshop on Atmospheric Icing of Structures (IWAIS), on September 9, 2013, at St-John's, Newfoundland. This prize, which was established in 2012 by Université du Québec in Chicoutimi (UQAC) in honour of Professor Masoud Farzaneh, a world renowned researcher in the field of power transmission in cold climate regions, is granted to an individual for outstanding contributions to the fields of power transmission and distribution, and high voltage engineering.
This year, the prize was awarded to Mr. Svein Fikke, who distinguished himself in the study and mitigation of the impact of weather conditions on overhead power transmission lines. After obtaining his Masters in meteorology at University of Oslo in 1971, he worked for the Norwegian Electricity Research Institute (SINTEF) and mainly for the Norwegian Power Grid Company (STATNETT) in that field. Among his most remarkable contributions are a multidimensional model for the analysis of the transition phases between water and ice in the atmosphere and his elucidation and analysis of the origin and influence of pollution of power lines at high altitude.
Since his retirement in 2002, Mr. Fikke acts as consultant for utilities around the world. He has been involved with the Study Committee B2 of CIGRÉ since the late 1980's and has been heading working groups on meteorological aspects related to overhead power lines. He has also been contributing to ISO, IEC, CENELEC and CEN within the same field. He is member of the Norwegian National Committee of CENELEC and IEC TC11.
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Canada 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.
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Name Change for IEEE Member Group Insurance Provider
The IEEE Member Group Insurance Program administrator changed its name effective January 1, 2014. Members will see the rollout of the administrator's new business name from Marsh Consumer, a service of Seabury & Smith, Inc. to Mercer Consumer, a service of Mercer Health & Benefits Administration LLC. This name change reflects a transfer of business channels to an affiliate company under the parent company, Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC). (www.ieeeinsurance.com/canada):
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Please note there will be no change to the customer service toll-free number. It will continue to operate at 1-800-493-IEEE (4333). However, going forward the customer service email address will change to IEEE.firstname.lastname@example.org. The old email address will continue to operate with all emails being routed to the new email box.
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2014 IEEE Canada International Humanitarian Technology Conference (IHTC)
Date: June 1-4, 2014
Cosponsored by: IEEE Canada, Montreal Section, Ottawa Section, Toronto Section,Vancouver Section, Northern Canada Section, and Newfoundland and Labrador Section
The 2014 IEEE International Humanitarian Technology Conference (IHTC) will be held in Montreal, Canada from June 1-4, 2014. The conference will focus on humanitarian applications of technology in the general areas of technologies for improving the lives of underserved peoples (including aboriginal/indigenous peoples), technologies for the disabled, health-related technologies, humanitarian engineering educational programs, and technologies to assist in disaster situations. The conference will feature outstanding keynote speakers, workshops, a student paper competition and peer-reviewed papers. Technology-oriented papers and papers describing social and economic factors related to humanitarian technology implementation are welcome for the conference.
The deadlines for paper submissions to IHTC 2014 have been extended. See http://ihtc.ieee.ca/call-papers/ for details.
36th Annual INTELEC® Conference on Energy for Communications
Date: September 28 - October 2, 2014
The 2014 INTELEC® Conference on Energy for Communications will be held at the spectacular Vancouver Convention Centre (East), BC, Canada from September 28 to October 2, 2014. The conference will focus on "Resilient Communications Energy for our Connected World”.
Last date for submitting the abstracts: March 14, 2014.
For detailed up-to-date information about Intelec®, please visit the Intelec® Conference Web site :
2014 Electrical Power and Energy Conference (EPEC)
Date: November 12-14, 2014
Fourteenth annual Electrical Power and Energy Conf erence (EPEC 2014) will take place in Calgary, AB, Canada from November 12 to 14, 2014. The objective of EPEC 2014 is to provide a forum for the exchange of electrical applications technology rela ted to electrical power and energy generation, distribution systems and utilization. The focus for this year ’s conference will be on partnerships between industrial users and power providers by bringing togeth er industrial users, power providers, ma nufacturers, consultants and academia to discuss cutting edge topics of interest to all stake holders
In addition to making technical contri bution to EPEC 2014, bring your family to enjoy the culturally diverse, creative and cosmopolitan city with a warm welcoming spirit.
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Upcoming IEEE Conferences in Canada
Date: May 5-8, 2014
The 2014 Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering will be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from May 5th to 8th, 2014 at the Ryerson University. CCECE 2014 provides a forum for electrical and computer engineering research and development from Canada and around the world.
For detailed up-to-date information, please visit: http://www.ccece2014.org/
12th IEEE International New Circuits and Systems Conference (NEWCAS) 2014
Date: June 22- 25, 2014
For detailed up-to-date information, please visit the NEWCAS2014 Conference Web site:
2014 IEEE 15th International Conference on High Performance Switching and Routing (HPSR)
Date: July 1 - 4, 2014
2014 IEEE 15th International Conference on High Performance Switching and Routing will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from July 1 to July 4, 2014. Vancouver is world renowned for its diversity of many cultures and ethnicities. It is an ideal place for scientists and engineers from around the world to gather and share their ideas. Past HPSR events were held in Heidelberg (2000), Dallas (2001), Kobe (2002), Torino (2003), Arizona (2004), Hong Kong (2005), Poznan (2006), New York (2007), Shanghai (2008), Paris (2009), Dallas (2010), Cartagena (2011), Belgrade (2012), and Taipei (2013). With the unprecedented growth of the Internet as a backbone for communications and information services, it is essential that researchers gather to share their ideas and progress on solving the future challenges that the Internet faces. They include bridging the digital-divide and providing advantages of the Internet to developing countries; handling the bandwidth and delay requirements of multimedia, P2P, and cloud computing applications; implementing IPv6 and migrating from IPv4; deploying large data centers and enhancing their switching capabilities; and achieving energy efficiency of switching and routing equipment. These are only a few of the topics that have demanded switching and routing capabilities that are more intelligent, efficient, and reliable then ever before.
For detailed up-to-date information, please visit the HPSR 2014 Conference Web site:
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