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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
- 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

Xavier N Fernando

Xavier Fernando ( is a Professor at Ryerson University, Canada. He is the founding Director of well funded Ryerson Communications Lab. He was a member of Ryerson Board of Governors during 2010-2011 and a TRLabs scholar during 1997-2001. He has authored and co-authored over 100 research articles and holds two patents. He is the sole author of a book on Radio over Fiber systems and a co-author of IEEE COMSOC WEBOK, the Wireless Engineering Body of Knowledge. He was an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer who has delivered about 40 invited talks including key note talks and tutorials worldwide. He and his students have won several awards and prizes nationally and internationally. He was a member of IEEE COMSOC Education Board, Working Group in Wireless Communications during 2010-2012. He was a program evaluator for ABET, USA. He was a finalist for the Top 25 Immigrant Award of Canada in 2012.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities


  • General Chair, Canadian Conference on Electrical & Computer Engineering (CCECE), 2014
  • Board Member, IEEE Canada, 2012-2013
  • Tutorials & Workshops Chair, CCECE 2008 & 2011
  • TPC Track Chair, Signal Processing and Communications, CCECE 2004


  • Chair, 2012-2013; Vice Chair, 2010-2011; IEEE Toronto Section
  • Chair, 2007-2014; Vice Chair, 2001-2006; IEEE Communications Society, Toronto Chapter
  • General Chair, IEEE Toronto International Conference, Science and Technology for Humanity 2009 (; 189 papers were presented at this conference with an acceptance rate of 50%


  • Member of Communications Society, Signal Processing Society and Broadcast Technology Society


  • General Co-Chair, International Conference for Upcoming Engineers (ICUE), Toronto, 2004
  • TPC Track Chair, Access Networks and Systems track, GLOBECOM 2011
  • Local arrangements and Finance Chair, International Conference on Noise and Fluctuations (ICNF 2011), Toronto, Canada
  • Steering Committee Chair, 2013 International Symposium on Instrumentation and Measurement, Sensor Network and Automation, December 23-24, Toronto, Canada
  • Steering Committee and TPC Member of many other international conferences


  • IEEE Communications Society, North American Chapter Achievement Award as Toronto Chapter Chair, 2008
  • IEEE Communications Society, Chapter Achievement Award as Toronto Chapter Vice Chair, 2004
  • IEEE Toronto Section, Exemplary Service Award, 2007
  • IEEE Toronto Section, Chapter Chair of the Year Award, 2009


IEEE Canada has its own advantages and challenges due to the vast geography. The existence of many small Sections and few large Sections makes equally serving the members and maintaining close collaboration between academia, industry, government, and the community at large a challenge. Consequently, my primary areas of focus will be:

  1. Increased value for membership for better membership development
  2. More focus on student centric activities and early recruitment
  3. Making volunteering a more rewarding experience
  4. Working closely with CONAC to ensure the success of IEEE Canada flagship conferences
  5. Working closely with the editors to increase the value and quality of IEEE Canada publications
  6. Facilitating Sections and Subsections through increased interactions and training to enhance local activities
  7. Enhancing the cyber presence of IEEE Canada through various social media to actively engage professionals and students in the IEEE activities
  8. Further strengthening of connectivity between industry, practitioners, professional organizations, and academia to retain members and maximize their benefits

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

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