March 2021 Issue


  • Congratulations to the Winners of the 2021 Major IEEE Canada Awards!

    • Achievement Awards
      • A.G.L McNaughton Award - Awarded to Rajni Patel
        For outstanding contributions to robotics, control systems, haptics and teleoperations and their practical applications.
      • C.C. Gotlieb Computer Award - Awarded to Andreas Moshovos
        For foundational contributions to member dependence predictions, power-aware coherence, and value aware hardware acceleration for Machine Learning.
      • R.A. Fessenden Award - Awarded to Weihua Zhuang
        For exceptional technical contributions to wireless communications and networks.
      • P.D. Ziogas Electric Power Award - Awarded to Chi Yung Chung
        For contributions to the theory and practice of power system stability and operation.
      • Outstanding Engineer Award - Awarded to Tongwen Chen
        For outstanding contributions to the theory and applications of computer control systems, networked control, remote state estimation and advanced alarm management and design.
      • J.M. Ham Outstanding Engineering Educator Award - Awarded to Lukas Chrostowski
        For exceptional training and education leadership in the design of silicon photonic devices and systems for applications in optical communications, biosensors and quantum information.
    • Service Awards
      • W.S. Read Outstanding Service Award - Awarded to Voicu Groza
        For outstanding service and dedication to IEEE Canada (Region 7) and its members.
      • E.F. Glass Western Canada Merit Award - Awarded to Laurence Whitby
        For outstanding contributions to the Southern Alberta Section and Region 7 Western Area.
      • M.B. Broughton Central Canada Merit Award - Awarded to John Harris
        For his contributions to the IEEE Canada Sections and Conferences.
    • Affinity Groups
      • Young Professionals Affinity Group of the Year Award
        Awarded to the South Saskatchewan Young Professionals Affinity Group
      • Exemplary Section
        • Small Section – London Section
        • Medium Section – Southern Alberta Section
        • Large Section – Montreal Section
          With honourable mention to the Toronto Section for remaining extremely active during the pandemic.
  • IEEE Spring Dataset Upload Contest is Now Open

    Authors, researchers, and engineers around the world are using IEEE DataPort to make significant research advancements in a variety of fields, from applied machine learning to renewable energy. This research data platform has more than 700,000 users, 2,000 datasets, and an active technical community.

    If you’ve ever thought about uploading your research data to IEEE DataPort, now is the time. The Spring 2021 Dataset Upload Contest is now open. Anyone who uploads a dataset in March or April is eligible to enter the contest for a chance to win one of three great prizes – an iPhone 12 (first place), iPad Air (second place), or Apple Watch Series 6 (third place).

    Entering is easy – just upload a standard or open access dataset on IEEE DataPort, read and agree to the contest rules during the upload process, and you’re in. IEEE DataPort accepts datasets in any format up to 2TB. Once uploaded, you can store your research data indefinitely on IEEE DataPort, obtain a DOI, link to a paper, generate citations, and more – all at no charge.

  • Call for Nominations: 2021 MGA Awards

    Each year, the MGA Outstanding Section Awards are presented to one large, one medium, and one small Section (across all Regions), to recognize their excellent work and successful efforts in fulfilling the educational and scientific goals of IEEE for the benefit of the public. The recipient Sections are acknowledged for maintaining, enhancing, and supporting the Student Branches, Technical Chapters, and Affinity Groups within their geographic boundaries.

  • Nominations for Friend of IEEE MGA Awards

    These awards are designed to specifically recognize support provided to IEEE and its members by firms, divisions of firms, or individuals. Nominators can submit individuals or organizations for a Friend Award at the supporting or sustaining level. Nominations for this award may be submitted at any time during the year. For questions, contact

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Scholarships and Prizes

IEEE Canadian Foundation Scholarships and Prizes

  • Nick Cercone Graduate Scholarship in Computer Science
    This scholarship is sponsored by the Friends of Nick Cercone One prize each every second year, initial value of $6,000.

IEEE Canadian Foundation Grants

  • IEEE McNaughton Learning Resource Centre Grants
    • Eligibility: Canadian IEEE Student Branches.
    • Purpose: To enhance the learning experiences of IEEE student members at Canadian Universities and Colleges, as well as encouraging IEEE membership and activities, and interaction between the IEEE Student Branch and the local IEEE Section.
    • Deadline: November 15, 2021
    • Link:
  • IEEE Canadian Foundation Special Grants
    • Eligibility: An IEEE Student Branch, an IEEE Section, an IEEE Canada Committee, a non-IEEE entity such as a high school, or in rare cases an individual, all in Canada.
    • Purpose: To partially fund one-time new and innovative projects that advance IEEE's core purpose to foster technological innovation and excellence to benefit humanity.
    • Deadlines: August 15, 2021 and November 15, 2021.
    • Link:
  • IEEE Canada Vehicular Technologies Travel Grants Two travel grants each year, each one not to exceed $1,200.
    • Eligibility: IEEE Student Members in good standing in a Canadian University or College (at a college, undergraduate or graduate level).
    • Purpose: To support IEEE student members to attend and present a paper at a Vehicular Technologies Conference or other IEEE Conference related to Vehicular Technologies.
    • Deadline: August 15, 2021 and November 15, 2021.
    • Link:
  • IEEE Power & Energy Scholarship Plus Initiative The IEEE Canadian Foundation in Canada supports the IEEE Power & Energy Scholarship Plus Initiative.
    • Eligibility: University/college or community college undergraduate student in power engineering. Please check the link for details.
    • Purpose: The PES Scholarship Plus Initiative provides scholarships and real world experience to qualified undergraduates who are interested in power and energy engineering careers.
    • Deadline: June 30, 2021
    • Link:

IEEE Canadian Foundation

  • IEEE Power & Energy Scholarship Plus Initiative

  • The IEEE Canadian Foundation in Canada supports the IEEE Power & Energy Scholarship Plus Initiative.
    • Eligibility: University/college or community college undergraduate student in power engineering. Please check the link for details.
    • Purpose: The PES Scholarship Plus Initiative provides scholarships and real world experience to qualified undergraduates who are interested in power and energy engineering careers.
    • Deadline: June 30, 2021
  • Donate to IEEE Canadian Foundation

  • The IEEE Canadian Foundation, the philanthropic partner of IEEE Canada, is ready to accept your contributions. To make a contribution to one or more of our funds, please consider donating online or donating by mail. On-line gifts may be designated to any one of the following funds of the IEEE Canadian Foundation at
    • General Fund – supports IEEE McNaughton Learning Resource Centres across Canada, related Scholarships, and Special Grants.
    • Canadian Life Members Fund – supports activities of interest to life members, potential engineers, and engineering students.
    • Technology for Humanity Fund – supports new and innovative projects that seek to apply technology for the benefit of humanity.
    • Vancouver Section Scholarship Fund – supports scholarships awarded by the IEEE Vancouver Section.
    • The IEEE PES Canadian Scholarship Fund – supports scholarships in undergraduate electric power programs in Canada.
    • The IEEE Canadian Foundation Nick Cercone Graduate Scholarship in Computer Science Fund – supports a scholarship in Computer Science, a field of studies of interest to IEEE.
    • Kingston Section Scholarship Fund – supports scholarships awarded by the IEEE Kingston Section.
    • Raymond D. Findlay Annual Undergraduate Scholarship – supports a national scholarship recognizing leadership and professionalism.
    • If you are a Canadian IEEE Life Member and wish to participate in our Canadian Life Member Fund “Thank You” program, please view our webpage.
  • Web Volunteer Opportunities with the IEEE Canadian Foundation

    Volunteering for a formal philanthropic organization can boost your CV and profile. This role involves updating the current website with new content produced by others (typically three times per year), advising on web related matters, keeping the site in good working order and guiding future enhancements. Volunteers can be anywhere in Canada and at any level of membership, including students. If you are interested, please contact:

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  • IEEE R7 Training Event - How to create VTools Event and ENotice for your Section Activities

    The IEEE Canada Volunteer Tools Committee Chair, Cinnati Loi, will provide a brief overview of how to use vTools to help manage Section activities. This session will include information on how to use vTools Events, vTools eNotice and request IEEE's WebEx session. After a Q&A session, Cinnati will lead the participants in creating their own vTools event and eNotice announcement.

  • Upcoming Event: 5G Deployment Course Series (Part Two)

    Wireless technologies have become a fundamental part of daily life in the 21st century. In order to function, wireless devices need to connect to cellular sites that provide good coverage both outdoors and indoors. To do that increasingly requires placement of sites closer to populated areas–creating new challenges for both the wireless industry and local governments.

    Join IEEE as it hosts a two-part paid course series entitled “Bridging the 4G/5G Gap: Telecommunications Roadmap for Implementation” presented by David Witkowski as he provides historical and technical context, risk vs. reward tradeoffs and what is needed for 5G integration in today's world.

    • Date/Time: June 9, 2021 at 1:00 PM (ET)
    • Duration: 2 hours
  • IEEE CCECE 2021 Conference

    The 34th Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (IEEE CCECE 2021) will be held virtually on September 12 - 17, 2021. CCECE is the flagship conference where researchers, students, and professionals in the area of Electrical and Computer Engineering meet annually in a Canadian city to get up to speed with the latest developments, foray into new fields and emerging topics, network with colleagues to strengthen partnerships and foster new collaborations. Unfortunately, we will again be presenting at this conference virtually.

  • IEEE ANTEM 2021 Conference

    IEEE ANTEM 2021 will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The symposium and meeting are co-sponsored by the IEEE Canada and the IEEE Winnipeg Section. Technical co-sponsorship includes IEEE AESS, AP-S, and MTT.

    ANTEM is a premier event in antennas and applied electromagnetics. It provides an ideal forum and venue for networking, exchanging ideas, and identifying future trends and developments. The technical sessions will be host to a well-balanced, comprehensive program with topics in antennas, propagation, and electromagnetics. Following tradition, the symposium will have both oral and poster sessions. ANTEM will be offered with remote access options, as well as in-person events. Additionally, there will be distinguished lecturers and special sessions with contemporary topics at the leading edge of antenna and electromagnetics technology.

    The world has experienced major changes in the last year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to the Conference Theme, “Making Space.” Several specialized topical sessions will be introduced to the conference under this theme:

    • Design and application of antennas and radiating systems to eliminate touch requirements.
    • Antenna miniaturization to reduce antenna dimensions.
    • Antennas designed for space applications (e.g., satellites and cubesats)

    Some important dates:

  • Sections Congress Virtual Training 2021

    IEEE Sections Congress, the triennial flagship event hosted by MGA, brings together the volunteer leaders from every member country to share ideas and solutions. IEEE Sections Congress is going virtual, and you are invited to attend!

    Volunteer leaders from around the world will meet virtually, exchange ideas, and learn about the products and programs IEEE offers to members in their local areas. Once the virtual training session is over, volunteers can apply what they have learned and bring new ideas and insights to their Sections, Chapters, and Affinity Groups.

    There will be 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.

    As an IEEE volunteer and a vital member, save the date to attend Sections Congress Virtual Training 2021. This virtual event will take place from 9 - 11 April 2021. Stay tuned by going to

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