IEEE Canada Board of Directors
Message from IEEE Canada President
The health and safety of IEEE Members and our communities is our first priority. IEEE Canada has been monitoring the COVID – 19 outbreak through official channels like Public Health Agency of Canada, the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control (USA).
In light of recent changes in public policy and the bans on public gatherings, IEEE Canada recommends that all in person IEEE meetings, working groups and conferences sponsored by Region 7/IEEE Canada and/or the Sections, Chapters, Affinity Groups and Student Branches within IEEE Canada that have been planned to be held before May 1st, 2020, be cancelled, postponed or replaced by virtual meetings.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have an ieee.org email account, then you have access to the Google GSuite, which includes Google Hangouts. Hangouts will support up to 100 users for a remote meeting and that number is anticipated to go up to 250 within two weeks. Also, more and more IEEE organizational units are using remote web conferencing rather than “in person” meetings. As an alternative, IEEE MGA offers WebEx meetings for Sections. Please find additional information at: https://site.ieee.org/vtools/remote-conferencing/
IEEE educational activities continue to offer online instruction and IEEE’s pre-university educational resources may be of assistance to families of students whose classroom activities have been disrupted.
From Stephen Welby, IEEE Executive Director and COO:
All IEEE operations are continuing. At most of our global offices, IEEE staff will now support IEEE’s mission while teleworking from their homes to minimize risk...
Most upcoming IEEE conferences and meetings have been postponed or replaced with virtual meetings. IEEE publications continue to accept, review, and publish submissions. IEEE standards development also continues, using online collaboration to replace in-person working groups.
IEEE Canada will continue to monitor the COVID – 19 outbreak and make updates, or new recommendations as needed.
Prevention and preparedness remain key advice:
• Wash your hands frequently with soap
• Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue
• Clean high-touch surfaces and objects often
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to those impacted by this recent outbreak.
President IEEE Canada
Region 7 Director
2020 - 2021