IEEE Canada Board of Directors

IEEE Canada President-Elect 2016 Candidates

IEEE Canada Board of Directors has nominated the following candidates for the IEEE Canada President-Elect 2016:

- Xavier N. Fernando, PH.D., P.ENG., SMIEEE
- Maike Luiken, PH.D., FEIC., SMIEEE

This is an election year for IEEE Canada. We encourage you to vote when you receive your ballot from IEEE.

IEEE Canada President-Elect 2016 Candidates Featured in this Issue

Maike Luiken

Maike Luiken ( is the founding director of the Bluewater Technology Access Centre following eight years as Dean with various portfolios at Lambton College attracting over 10 million CAD public research funding. Prior, she was Vice-President Research Alliances, National Capital Institute of Telecommunications, Ottawa.

Maike has over 30 years of professional experience in teaching, research and educational administration, leadership and community building; especially in linking industry partners, government agencies and researchers in advanced technology initiatives.

Her areas of interest and expertise span diverse technical areas from energy and water to advanced manufacturing and nanotechnology with particular interest in how progress in ITC enables advances in other disciplines.

Maike, Staatsexamen (Mathematics/Physics '79), Ph.D. (Physics '82), has work experience in the public and private sectors in Canada, USA and Germany.

Maike has extensive board director experience: NanoOntario, IEEE Canada, IEEE Canadian Foundation, Sarnia/Lambton Chamber of Commerce, Sarnia/Lambton Workforce Development Board; Unmanned Systems Canada.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities


  • MGA Strategic Management and Analysis Committee (2014-present)
  • MGA (RAB) Student Activities Committee (2003-2004, 2012-2014)
  • MGA Student Activities Committee, Awards Committee member (2013 - present)
  • IEEE President's Sustainability Initiative (2009)


  • Central Area Chair (2015-present)
  • Student Activities Committee Chair (2003-2004, 2012-2014)
  • Board Member (2006-2011, 2003-2005)
  • Executive Committee/Steering Committee (2003-2004, 2015-present)
  • IEEE Canadian Review, Associate Editor/Editorial Focus Advisor, Technology (2012-present)
  • IEEE Canadian Foundation Board Director (2010-2013)
  • IEEE Canadian Foundation Student Branch Liaison Committee, Vice Chair (2010-present)


  • Chair, London Section (2006-2011)
  • Chair, Ottawa Section (2005)
  • Treasurer, Ottawa Section (2002-2004)


  • Founding Chair, London Section WIE Affinity Group (2010)
  • Founding Chair, London Section Young Professionals (formerly GOLD) Affinity Group (2010)
  • Founding Chair, London Section PES Chapter (2010-present)
  • Chair, Ottawa Section Jt. Chapter, BT02/CE08/COM19 (2004-2005)


  • Algonquin College Branch Counselor (1997-2003)
  • Algonquin College Branch Mentor (2003-2005)


  • IEEE-PES Climate Change Technology Group, (2009-present)


  • Conference Chair, EPEC 2015, 2012
  • Sustainability Track Co-Chair, IEEE Toronto International Conference - Science and Technology for Humanity
  • Academic and Industry Engagement Chair, IEEE Toronto International Conference - Science and Technology for Humanity
  • Industrial Relations Chair, CCECE, Ottawa, 2006
  • Publicity Chair, CCECE, Toronto, 2014
  • Organizing Committee member and Audit Committee member, CCTC 2013, 2015


  • The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE), 2004


  • MGA Achievement Award, 2013
  • London Section Volunteer Award, 2012
  • M.B. Broughton Central Canada Merit Award, 2011
  • London Section Volunteer Recognition, 2007
  • Ottawa Section Volunteer Recognition, 2002-2004


For all accomplishments I gratefully acknowledge the collaboration and support from many fellow volunteers:

  • RAB Large Section Award for Ottawa Section (2005) - as Section Chair
  • Led the revitalization of London Section (starting in 2006)
  • MGA Outstanding Small Section Award for London Section (2011) as Section Chair
  • IEEE Canada Exemplary Small Section Award for London Section (2009 and 2010) - as Section Chair
  • As Region 7 Student Activities Committee (SAC) Chair:
    • Proposed a framework for the Graduate Student Member grade
    • Commenced negotiations with TELUS: "IEEE Canada - TELUS Innovation Award", with RSR, Lori Hogan - first prize CAD$10,000
  • As Associate Editor, IEEE Canadian Review, contributed significantly to the implementation of "Focus" sections


IEEE members drive engineering, science and technology development. They are vital to meeting our societal and economic challenges to enable a sustainable future.

As Region 7 Director it will be my privilege to lead IEEE Canada and further the IEEE goals, vision and mission in collaboration with IEEE volunteers and members by:

  • Enhancing the members' experience by advocating activities and initiatives appropriate to different member needs involving sections, chapters, affinity groups and student branchest
  • Supporting Section Vitality by facilitating locally accessible activities of interest and relevance to members' careers and professional development and the wider community,
  • Enhancing the visibility and impact of IEEE through increasing collaborative activities between industry, business, organizations, academia and the IEEE
  • Enabling a rewarding IEEE volunteer experience through solid support and recognitions
  • Recruiting the next generation of members and volunteers by increasing the opportunities and benefits to students and young professionals, ands
  • Practising prudent financial responsibility and good governance

Representing the interests of IEEE Canada members, I will make our voice and concerns heard nationally and internationally within and beyond IEEE.

IEEE Authors and Canada's Open Access Policy

IEEE's publication policies enable Canadian research authors to comply with requirements of the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications issued in late February 2015. This policy requires free and open access (OA) to research funded by grants from any of three agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

The policy specifies that the public access requirements apply to articles published in peerreviewed journals. (Articles submitted to conference proceedings are not specified.) Grant recipients must acknowledge agency contributions in all peer-reviewed publications, quoting the Funding Reference Number (FRN for CIHR or Application ID for NSERC, SSHRC). Canada's policy requires that grant recipients must make their work publicly available in one of two ways, both of which are compatible with IEEE's author posting policy:

  1. Publication in "Gold" OA Journals
    From Tri-Agency OA Policy: "Grant recipients can publish in a journal that offers immediate open access or that offers open access on its website within 12 months. Some journals require authors to pay article processing charges (APCs) to make manuscripts freely available upon publication. The cost of publishing in open access journals is an eligible expense under the Use of Grant Funds."
    • IEEE policy: Sometimes called "gold" open access, payment of an APC to make an article freely available immediately upon publication is available in several new, fully open IEEE journals. IEEE's traditional journals also provide gold OA for individual articles through a program called "hybrid" open access. (See IEEE Open Access Publishing Options for more information.)
  2. Deposit in Online Repositories
    From Tri-Agency OA Policy: "Grant recipients may meet requirements by depositing their final, peer-reviewed manuscript into an institutional or disciplinary repository that will make the manuscript freely accessible within 12 months of publication. It is the responsibility of the grant recipient to determine which publishers allow authors to retain copyright and/or allow authors to archive journal publications in accordance with funding agency policies."
    • IEEE policy: Authors' self-archiving of their articles, sometimes called "green" open access, is permitted under IEEE's author posting policy. PSPB Operations Manual Section 8.1.9 states: "Authors and/or their employers shall have the right to post the accepted version of IEEE-copyrighted articles on their own personal servers or the servers of their institutions or employers without permission from IEEE ... [and] IEEE allows its authors to follow mandates of agencies that fund the author's research by posting accepted versions of their articles in the agencies' publicly accessible repositories." Authors may deposit their own version (or "postprint") of a peer-reviewed article in a publicly accessible repository operated by their institution or in any repository that is acceptable to the CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC. (See IEEE FAQ for more information.)

Implementation Dates
The CIHR updated its policy in January 2013 to require public access to its funded research, and the policy applies to all CIHR grants awarded 1 Jan. 2008 and onward. For research funded in whole or in part by NSERC or SSHRC, the new policy applies to all grants awarded 1 May 2015 and onward.

Open Data Requirements
Of the three agencies covered by the policy, only CIHR requires that research authors make their supporting data publicly available. CIHR requires that authors deposit "bioinformatics, atomic, and molecular coordinate data into the appropriate public database (e.g. gene sequences deposited in GenBank) immediately upon publication of research results." Examples of research outputs and corresponding public repositories are provided in the Annex. Funded researchers are required to retain original data for five years after the end of the grant.

The grant recipient is responsible for ensuring adherence with the Tri-Agency policy. According to the Tri-Agency web site, "in the event of an alleged breach of agency policy, the process outlined in Section 6.1 of the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research may be followed."

Other Online Resources Publishing Documents for OA Authors - IEEE's Open Access Publishing Agreement and the CC BY License

SHERPA-RoMEO - Index of publishers' policies

For further information on IEEE policies, please e-mail

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
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-  Unemployed Provision
-  Permanently Disabled

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