IEEE Sections Congress 2023

August 11 - 13, Shaw Centre, Ottawa, ON, 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.


Drop by the IEEE Canada booth to greet the diverse team of dedicated volunteers. This booth will highlight the uniqueness of IEEE Canada and the invaluable contributions of Region 7 volunteers to the IEEE. For more information visit:

2023 IEEE Power and Energy Society Outstanding Student Scholarship Award Recipient: Miswar A. Syed

Miswar Syed is a first-year master’s student in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He is an IEEE member, Student Energy Fellow, member of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE), and a TEDx Speaker. Miswar has received multiple awards and is a passionate researcher interested in renewable energy, energy storage, green hydrogen, and ammonia. He is a published author and has presented at international IEEE conferences in Australia, Switzerland, Spain, Finland, Saudi Arabia, and India. Furthermore, Miswar has experience working in Fortune 500 and startups in the clean energy space. As an inventor and co-founder of a cleantech startup, Miswar strongly believes that startups will play a crucial role in achieving a successful clean energy transition.


Call for Nominations: 2023 MGA Individual Awards: Deadline 18 September

You can help recognize the efforts of outstanding volunteers by nominating individuals for one of the prestigious IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Awards Program. Each award has a unique mission and criteria and offers the opportunity to honor distinguished colleagues, inspiring teachers, and corporate leaders.


If you know someone who has made substantial regional IEEE volunteer contributions through innovative projects, exemplary leadership, service, or by fulfilling the MGA goals as related to transnational activities, consider nominating them for one of the following awards:

  • MGA Larry K. Wilson Transnational Award
  • MGA Diversity & Inclusion Award
  • MGA Innovation Award
  • MGA Leadership Award
  • MGA Achievement Award
  • MGA Young Professionals Achievement Award

Please visit the MGA Award nomination process to review the nominator guidelines and eligibility requirements. MGA awards are peer-recognized awards and self-nominations are not permitted.

The deadline to submit nominations is September 18, 2023. A complete nomination form with two letters of endorsement by two IEEE members are required to be eligible.

Nominate a colleague now

If the link above goes to the IEEE Awards home page, go to ‘My Nominations’ under the ‘Login’ tab. You may need your IEEE account login to access. Email questions to

Successful Networking Event with IEEE Young Professionals Ottawa

IEEE Young Professionals Ottawa successfully held a large-scale networking event on July 7, 2023. The event was co-hosted by IEEE Ottawa Section, IEEE AP/MTTS Joint Chapter Ottawa, IEEE GRSS/SPI Chapter Ottawa, IEEE Women in Engineering Ottawa, and IEEE Membership Development Ottawa. It was an incredible and fruitful experience where brilliant minds converged to share knowledge, ideas, and foster meaningful connections.

Hosting networking events is vital for contributing to the engineering society which is one of the main goal of IEEE. We hope the attendees made new connections and networked with fellow professionals and students. It takes a lot of energy, dedication, collaboration, and team work to make a dream a reality. Thank you to all the volunteers who made this networking event a fruitful one.

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Member Discount for Proceedings of the IEEE Special Issues

The IEEE member discount code for purchasing single issues of Proceedings of the IEEE in print is JPROC2019. Please redeem at the IEEE Pub Store (

Discounted price for a single copy is US$56 for IEEE members. Electronic copies can be purchased on IEEE Xplore. (

IEEE members can also sign up for an annual subscription to Proceedings of the IEEE at the following discounted rates (Subscription Prices in USD):

  • Print: $59
  • Electronic: $52 (Student Member: $44)
  • Print + Electronic: $71

For more information, please visit this link.

Educational Resources

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    View full list of courses included in this offer. Go to and sign in with your IEEE personal account (the same account you use to purchase/renew your IEEE membership).

  • Volunteers Needed for Education Services Group of Committees

    All 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, 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 Prizes

All application and nomination forms are on the OpenWater platform, consolidated here:

  • IEEE Canadian Foundation Scholarships
    Scholarships with the value of $5,000 (universities) or $2,500 (colleges) each.
    • Eligibility: Any IEEE student members, registered in their penultimate year at a university or college with a McNaughton Resource Learning Centre, who have been active in the Centre for a minimum of one year.
    • Purpose: To encourage awareness of and participation in the educational programs supported by the IEEE.
    • Deadline: EXTENSION August 15, 2023
    • Link:
  • IEEE Canadian Foundation Dr. Robert T.H. Alden Scholarship
    One Scholarship each year (shared if team), value $1,500.
    • Eligibility: This Scholarship is co-sponsored by the IEEE Toronto Section and is to be awarded to a suitable IEEE student member within the Toronto Section. All undergraduate (penultimate year or earlier) student members of the IEEE who are registered in an Engineering or Computer Science program at a Canadian University or College are eligible.
    • Purpose: To encourage communications skills, awarded annually for a student authoring a tutorial style article addressing innovative use of the internet, social media or other electronic media to foster interpersonal/group communication or collaboration The article must be suitable for publishing in an IEEE publication such as The IEEE Canadian Review, The Institute, Spectrum, IEEE Potentials, IEEE or Foundation social media or web site.
    • Deadline: EXTENSION August 15, 2023
    • Link:
  • IEEE Canadian Foundation Dr. Raymond D. Findlay Scholarship
    One scholarship each year, value $1,000.
    • Eligibility: The nominee must be an undergraduate IEEE Student Member in good standing, registered in their penultimate year of an accredited Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or Engineering Science/Engineering Physics undergraduate program offered in a Canadian university, a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, enrolled as a full-time student.
    • Purpose: To encourage leadership, creativity and enthusiasm for the engineering profession.
    • Deadline: EXTENSION August 15, 2023
    • 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.
    • Deadline: August 15, 2023 (also November 15, 2023)
    • Link:
  • Vehicular Technology 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, 2023 (also November 15, 2023)
    • Link:
  • IEEE Canadian Foundation Women in Engineering Prize
    Prize with the value of $1,000.
    • Eligibility: All female IEEE Canada members who received their first professional degree within the last fifteen years and who are active in IEEE activities.
    • Purpose: To recognize excellence in young women engineering professionals and to support the Women In Engineering program within IEEE in Canada.
    • Deadline: EXTENSION August 15, 2023
    • Link:

IEEE Canadian Foundation

Your Donor Advised Fund Can Support the IEEE Canadian Foundation

A donor-advised fund (DAF) is a Canada Revenue Agency-approved granting structure that has become one of the most efficient ways for individuals, families, and corporations to manage their philanthropy. You may have or be considering a DAF to achieve long-term philanthropic and legacy goals. As a registered Canadian charity, the IEEE Canadian Foundation can receive directed gifts from your DAF. Please check with your DAF advisor or contact

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:

Workplace Giving Supports the IEEE Canadian Foundation

Your employer may facilitate workplace giving to socially beneficial causes including the IEEE Canadian Foundation. Matching of your gift may also be offered year round in support of corporate social responsibility or sometimes seasonally as a year end gesture of goodwill. Gifts may be processed though HR services such as Benevity or CAF America (yes, it also covers Canada). Details will be different at each employer so ask around – your gift to the IEEE Canadian Foundation may be magnified with your employer’s support.

Streamlined Donation via IEEE Dues Renewal Shopping Cart

Your 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

Dave Kemp Memorial Fund

The Dave Kemp Memorial Fund has been established in memory of Dave Kemp, serving Director of the IEEE Canadian Foundation, past IEEE Canada President/Region 7 Director and life-long volunteer and supporter of IEEE in Canada and internationally. This fund will support IEEE programs that match Dave's passions and interests, including Young Professional activities, volunteerism, engagement and student growth across Canada. Donations in honour of Dave may be made at

Gift of Securities to the IEEE Canadian Foundation – Invest in Scholarships and Grants to Canadians

A gift of securities is a very cost-effective way of supporting the IEEE Canadian Foundation, immediately or though a gift bequest in your will.

With a donation of publicly traded securities you will receive a charitable gift tax receipt for the full market value of your gift. This avoids you incurring Canadian capital gains tax since the securities are transferred intact to the Foundation.

Gifts of securities must be arranged by electronic transfer between your investment broker and the Foundation broker.

As you consider a gift of securities, we can work with you and your advisors to receive your gift. Please request our GIFT of Publicly Traded Securities form, available upon request from the Treasurer (

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