IEEE Sections Congress 2023 - August 11-13 2023, Shaw Centre, Ottawa, Canada
The triennial gathering of Section leadership bringing together hundreds of delegates from all ten Regions to network, learn and collectively shape the future of IEEE. As an IEEE volunteer and a vital member, come join the dynamic and engaging networking sessions that will allow for exchanging ideas and best practices. IEEE organizational units will offer exhibit booths that will provide information on IEEE resources and tools to strengthen and support vital units.
For more information visit: https://sections-congress.ieee.org
Recent Awards presented by the IEEE Canadian Foundation
Congratulations to the following winners on being presented awards by the IEEE Canadian Foundation. The IEEE Canadian Foundation recently awarded the following, thanks to our donors who are empowering the future strength of IEEE:
- IEEE Canadian Foundation Scholarships
- Manjeet Kumar Conestoga College - nominated by A. Zaman
- Kareem El Assad Carleton University - nominated by W. Ye
- Riki Romana University of Ottawa - nominated by S. Abdul-Majid
- Ahmed Khan University of Saskatchewan - nominated by R. Gokaraju
- IEEE Canadian Foundation Power Quality Scholarship
- Darren Paetz University of Alberta – nominated by J. Sit
- Gargantini-Strybosch Scholarship
- Aziz Rakhimov University of British Columbia Okanagan - nominated by J. Holzman
- IEEE Canada Vehicular Technologies Travel Grant
- Mobeen Mahmood McGill University to present “Spherical-Array-Based Joint Beamforming and UAV Positioning in Massive MIMO Systems” at IEEE 2023 VTC-Spring
- IEEE Canadian Foundation Special Grants
- Western University: Sunstang Solar Multi-occupant Car Project
- Memorial University: Autonomous Vehicle: Participation in the IGVC Competition
- University of Ottawa: Kelpie Robotics - Underwater ROV Competition
- Polytechnique Montréal: "Digital Identity Management" Workshop
- Memorial University: Memorial Baja Racing Competition
- Memorial University: F-MUN-Tenth Scale Autonomous Vehicle Competition
- University of Waterloo: Midnight Sun Solar Rayce Car Competition
- Carleton University: Youth on The Air Amateur Radio Camp
Congratulations to Donna Strickland
Canadian Donna Strickland, co-laureate of the Nobel physics prize 2018, has now become a Honorary IEEE Member. Her outstanding work has paved the Way for High-Intensity Lasers. Donna Strickland’s chirped-pulse amplification technique is used in Lasik and medical imaging. Learn more about Donna's story and accomplishments in the IEEE Spectrum article listed here.
2023 Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) Awards Gala
On 22 April 2023, the 2023 Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) Awards Gala was held at the Hilton Hilton Lac-Leamy hotel in Gatineau/Ottawa. The ceremony is held to announce the winning recipients of its 2023 senior engineering awards and fellowship inductees. The senior awards of the EIC are the highest distinctions made by the Institute and are awarded to deserving members of its 14 constituent societies. IEEE Canada is one of the fourteen societies that make up EIC.
Six exceptional engineers were awarded EIC’s 2023 engineering medals in recognition of their outstanding achievements and service to the engineering profession. In addition, a total of 22 outstanding engineers were inducted as 2023 EIC Fellows for their exceptional contributions to engineering in Canada.
The following medals were awarded:
2023 SIR JOHN KENNEDY Medal was awarded to Delwyn Fredlund, CGS Ph.D., O.C., FEIC, FCAE, P.Eng. Emeritus Professor, Univ. of Saskatchewan and Senior Geotechnical Specialist, Golder Associates for outstanding service to the profession or noteworthy contributions to the science of engineering.
2023 JULIAN C. SMITH Medal was awarded to the following two recipients: Michael W. Carter, IISE Cda Region Ph.D., FEIC, FCAE, FACHS Professor, University of Toronto, ON Jamal Deen, IEEE Cda Ph.D., FEIC, FCAE, FRSC, FIEEE Distinguished Professor, McMaster Univ., ON for their achievements in the development of Canada. Jamal Dean is a member of IEEE Canada.
2023 K.Y. LO Medal was awarded to Jingxu (Jesse) Zhu, CSChE Ph.D., FEIC, FCAE, FRSC, FCIC Distinguished Professor, Western University, London, ON for significant engineering contributions at the international level.
2023 JOHN B. STIRLING Medal was awarded to Jerzy Maciej Floryan, CSME Ph.D., FEIC, FCAE, FCSME Professor, Western University, London, ON for leadership and distinguished service at the national level.
2023 CPR Engineering Medal was awarded to Jocelyn Hayley, CGS Ph.D., FEIC Professor and Department Head, University of Calgary, AB for leadership and distinguished service at the regional/local levels.
The following professionals were granted Fellow status in EIC in 2023:
- David Berger (IISE Cda Region), Criterium Group, Calgary, AB
- Pascale Champagne (CSChE), National Research Council of Canada, Boucherville, QC
- Anthony Chan (CMBES), British Columbia Institute of Technology, Burnaby, BC
- Ehab El-Salakawy (CSCE), University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
- Natalie Enright Jerger (IEEE Canada), University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
- Yang Gao (IEEE Canada), University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
- Henry Leung (IEEE Canada), University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
- Xinyu Liu (CSME/IEEE Canada), University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
- David Mack (CDA), Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd, Calgary, AB
- Venkatesh Meda (CSBE), University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK
- Anil Mehrotra (CSChE), University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
- Bill Rosehart (CSSE/IEEE Canada), University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
- Mario Ruel (CGS), Private Consultant, Ville de Mont Royal, QC
- Abdallah Shami (IEEE Canada), Western University, London, ON
- Abdelhamid Tayebi (IEEE Canada), Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON
- Velko Tzolov (IEEE Canada), National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, ON
- Mohammad Nasir Uddin (IEEE Canada), Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON
- Nicholas Vlachopoulos (CGS) Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, ON
- Gaozhi (George) Xiao (IEEE Canada), National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, ON
- Chunbao (Charles) Xu (CSChE), Western University, London, ON
- Alfred Yu (IEEE Canada), University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON
- Baiyu (Helen) Zhang (CSCE), Memorial University, St-John’s, NL
The Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) is a not-for-profit corporation originally founded in 1887 under the name “Canadian Society of Civil Engineers” (not to be confused with today’s CSCE which is the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering). At the time, the reference to “civil engineers” was chosen to differentiate the society’s members from “military engineers”. The original society name was changed to the Engineering Institute of Canada in 1918 to reflect the diversity of engineering it represented as a learned society.
From 1887, the EIC’s membership was made up of engineers of various disciplines of mechanical, civil, geotechnical, chemical and electrical engineering. Starting in 1970, subgroups decided to incorporate as independent societies that also remained as EIC Constituent societies. Hence started the slow transition to what the EIC officially became in 1986: a federation of technical societies. Since then, the EIC does not offer individual memberships. To belong to the EIC “family”, and qualify for EIC Awards, one must join at least one of its 14 constituent societies in the federation. Currently, 30,000 Canadian engineers and engineering students belong.
The 2023 Panel of Editors (POE) meetingThe 2023 Panel of Editors (POE) meeting took place in Chicago, IL USA from April 27 to 29. Among 300+ delegates from all over the world, editors with IEEE Canada connections maintained a heavy presence there.
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Educational Resources and Announcements
Ottawa Christie Lake Kids STEM Sessions
Last year, Christie Lake Kids (www.christielakekids.com), or CLK for short, celebrated 100 years of activity on the tail of the pandemic. CLK provides after school programming across Ottawa during the school year and camps during the summer at Christie Lake for economically disadvantaged children.
Laura Mutu, IEEE Member and STEM Outreach volunteer says: "I was fortunate to have started volunteering with this organization through IEEE about 5 years ago. During the pandemic, I helped provide a coding after school program, as well as tutoring."
Laura Mutu continues that: "This year, programming has shifted back in person, and I was happy to be back on board, this time running the STEM activities at the 1365 Bank Street location alongside other 2-3 volunteers. In total, the winter and spring seasons added up to about 15 weekly sessions, a learning opportunity for the kids as well as for me, being the first time leading a STEM program of this duration. There were 5-10 children per session from the Ottawa community housing at 1365 Bank Street. The kids had a chance to experience a variety of activities, from building a crossbow, a paper airplane competition, playing with Snap Circuits, to making slime. Their energy and engagement showed through their continued presence and enthusiasm. At the end of the sessions, each participant got a certificate and promises of more slime making in the fall."
CLK is always looking for volunteers with their programming, feel free to check CLK's website for more information.
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Volunteers Needed for Education Services Group of CommitteesAll three committees in the Education Services Group need new engaged volunteers to help deliver on expectations.
- Education Activities Committee is responsible to provide guidance and assistance to Region entities in organizing, pre-college education programs, continuing education, university resources and other EAC related activities, and publicizing educational opportunities and resources available from the Institute. As such Section Chairs, Education Activities Chairs, and other interested volunteers are encouraged to engage with the current EAC Chair, Asad Norouzi. For more details on this committee, see section 6.8.1 of the Ops Manual (link below).
- STEM Outreach Committee is responsible to provide leadership to and coordination with pre-university/pre-institute/pre-college teachers and students, liaison with other technical and professional organizations within Canada about promoting engineering and science fields to high school, and elementary-school teachers and their students. As such Section Chairs, STEM Outreach Chairs, and other interested volunteers are encouraged to engage with the current STEM Chair, Elroy Switlishoff. The Committee maintains a STEM Outreach website with news and resources. For more details on this committee, see section 6.8.2 of the Ops Manual (link below)
- Training Committee is responsible to develop and maintain the overarching training framework to support IEEE Canada. The Committee will deliver training solutions in the following areas: essential, orientation, leadership, role specific, governance, and professional development. As such Section Chairs and other interested volunteers are encouraged to engage with the current Training Coordinator, Rossitza Marinova. Past training session presentations and recordings are maintained in Collabratec. For more details on this committee, see section 6.8.3 of the Ops Manual (link below)
- Further Details on Operations Manual
For more details look at our governance documents at https://www.ieee.ca/en/administration/bylaws-and-ops-manual/, specifically Operations Manual as approved in November, 2021 and Addendum of April, 2022.
Please consider engaging and contributing to these efforts to provide resources to IEEE Canada members.
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. Home-schooling parents and students can explore the IEEE TryEngineering database to learn about a wide variety of concepts.
Understanding that technology and history are not mutually exclusive subjects, IEEE REACH provides history teachers and remote learners with free educational resources that situate science, technology, and engineering in their social and humanistic contexts.
Scholarships, Awards, and PrizesAll application and nomination forms are on the OpenWater platform. Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Power & Energy Scholarships
- Nick Cercone Graduate Scholarship in Computer Science This scholarship is sponsored by the Friends of Nick Cercone, one prize each every second year, value $6,000.
- Eligibility: PhD students in computer science at a Canadian university.
- Purpose: To recognize a computer science PhD student at a Canadian university.
- Deadline: (inquire for further info).
- Link: http://www.ieeecanadianfoundation.org/EN/cercone_scholarship.php
The PES Scholarship Plus Initiative provides scholarships to undergraduates who are interested in power and energy engineering careers. Submissions are open until June 30. https://www.ee-scholarship.org/
This program can be supported in Canada by donations to the IEEE Canadian Foundation, for which a Canadian tax receipt will be issued. To give on-line, chose fund option 5. IEEE PES Canadian Scholarship Fund here: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/ieee-canadian-foundation/
IEEE Canadian Foundation
IEEE Canadian Foundation Welcomes Donations of Cryptocurrency
Some 8% of Canadians hold cryptocurrency [Ontario Securities Commission, September 2022]. Crypto philanthropy is an emerging way for crypto users to make philanthropic donations.
Cryptocurrency giving seems like a natural fit for our members who are innovators in areas such as blockchain, fintech and digital assets. We are partnered with Canada Helps to quickly, reliably and safely process donations of Bitcoin and Ethereum.
To donate cryptocurrency to the IEEE Canadian Foundation and find out more about this giving method: https://www.ieeecanadianfoundation.org/EN/don_crypto.php
IEEE Canadian Foundation Donor-Supported Grants AwardedThe IEEE Canadian Foundation supports Canadian student engagement, learning and collaborative team work through donor-supported grants – approved at the December Board meeting are:
McNaughton Learning Resource Centre Grants
- University of Saskatchewan (resources for design Project Club)
- Concordia University (3D printer, soldering setup and board assembly enhancements)
- Memorial University (establish maker space)
- Carleton University (upgrade to maker space)
- University of Calgary (Canadian students design/deploy alternate energy - Peru solar)
- UBC Agrobot (Building a competitive autonomous agricultural robot)
- UBC Hydroponics (Develop a low-cost and low-maintenance autonomous hydroponics grow system)
- McGill University ("Incorporating Sustainability Into Our Endeavors" Workshop)
- Concordia University (Pilot a student-centered portfolio site in technical communication)
- University of Alberta (Student team for Alberta Rocketry Research’s deployable payload development)
- University of British Columbia (Thunderbots autonomous soccer-playing robots)
- University of Waterloo (A) (Rocketry development of redesigned power and live telemetry systems, and greatly improved mission control software)
Streamlined Donation via IEEE Dues Renewal Shopping CartYour gift supports Scholarships, McNaughton Learning Resource Centres and Grants to new and innovative projects in Canada. It is easy to donate to the IEEE Canadian Foundation at Dues Renewal (including Life Member confirmation). At the Payment page, look for "Donate to IEEE", then click "View Donation Options", look down the list for IEEE Canadian Foundation. Receipts for Canadian tax purposes are produced by the IEEE Canadian Foundation early in the new year. Thank you for your support!
Learn about the IEEE Canadian Foundation at https://www.ieeecanadianfoundation.org/
IEEE Canadian Foundation is a registered charity in Canada and a public foundation. All Canadian individual donors receive CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) approved tax receipts. The IEEE Canadian Foundation remains committed to supporting our programs, donors and grantees. Thank you for your ongoing support during these unusual and challenging times. Please visit ICF Facebook page