Volunteering Opportunity: 2025 IEEE Canada Committee

Each year, IEEE Canada (IEEE Region 7 or R7) conducts a democratic and transparent nomination process for IEEE Canada volunteer positions.

This current IEEE Canada call for nominations is inviting nominations and self-nominations for the 2025 IEEE Canada Leadership, Committee Chair positions.

If you or if you know a member who is interested in a volunteer leadership role within IEEE Canada, please complete the on-line nomination form (nomination or self-nomination) at https://ieee.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/407/home The nominations process is very simple and will only require a few minutes for each nomination.

A brief description of these roles is provided after the email signature.  If any additional information is required, direct your questions to past-president@ieee.ca

Once the online form is submitted, nominees/self-nominees will be invited via email to complete a second on-line form with candidate information and a position statement. The deadline for the application is June 30, 2024. The nominations (candidate information packages) will be reviewed by the IEEE Canada / R7 Nominations and Appointment Committee (NAC).

Note, incumbents are encouraged to complete a self-nomination to indicate that they are willing to continue to serve in their current role, so long as they are within the term limit of their position. If current committee chairs are unable (due to term limits) or do not wish to serve another year in their role, they are advised to nominate qualified candidates.

Recommended candidates will be submitted for approval to the R7 Steering Committee. NAC will then present the candidates for approval to the IEEE Canada Board at the Fall Board Meeting.

The approved candidates will be appointed by the IEEE Canada President.

IEEE CANADA BOARD OPERATIONAL COMMITTEES

The three Operational Committees are External Relations, Member Services, Publications and Communications, and Educational Services. These are organized around the operational functions that are designed to mirror the major member populations served by the IEEE.

The Operational Committee Chairs shall be:

  • Members of the ExCom.
  • Responsible for maintaining communication with their respective committee members.
  • Conducting its business by teleconference, and selected committee members may attend one IEEE Meeting each year.
  • Representing the interests of all their respective operational functions to the ExCom and the interests of ExCom back to their committee members.
  • Coordinating the activity plan and budget preparation for their respective operational functions and present the Committee’s budget to the ExCom Fall planning meeting for approval.

The Operational Committee Chairs should preferably have at least 2-3 Years of Leadership Volunteer service within IEEE Canada.

The Operational Committee Function Leads should preferably have at least 1 Year of Volunteer service within IEEE Canada.

EXTERNAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE (ERC)

The External Relations Committee exists to support those professional Societies and/or industry professionals whose needs and/or interests are not met by any other IEEE Canada committee or operational function. Furthermore, the External Relations committee shall include all of the committee’s functional leads and / or coordinators including, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Industry Relations Lead (IRL),
  • Outreach and Partnership Lead (OPL),
  • Humanitarian Initiatives Lead (HIL)
  • Standards Association Liaison (SAL)

MEMBER SERVICES COMMITTEE (MSC)

The Member Services Committee exists to support the needs of IEEE Canada members. The Chair shall serve as the Region’s Membership Development representative to MGA. Furthermore, The Member Services Committee shall include all of the committee’s functional leads and / or coordinators including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Young Professionals Chair (YPC),
  • Life Member Chair (LMC),
  • Women in Engineering Chair (WIE),
  • Student Activities Chair (SAC),
  • Regional Student Representative (RSR)
  • Student Branch Chapter Coordinator (SBCC)
  • Region Vitality Coordinator (RVC) and MGA Region Vitality Coordinator

EDUCATIONAL SERVICES COMMITTEE (ESC)

The Educational Services Committee shall be responsible for overseeing all internal and external education activities in Region 7. Furthermore, the Educational Services Committee shall include all operational leads and/or coordinators related to such activities including, but not limited to:

  • The Historian, who may also chair a sub-committee at the discretion of the Board,
  • STEM Outreach Lead (SOL,
  • Educational Activities Lead (EAL) and EAB representative,
  • Volunteer Training Activities Lead (VTAL),
  • Professional Development Lead (PDL),
  • IEEE Canada Volunteer Tools Lead (ICVTL) and MGA VTools Representative.

IEEE SAS Young Professionals Presents: Classified Tactical Laser Tag

Date: Friday, May 24th 2024 beginning at 6pm

Location: YYC Classified (1305 33 ST NE Bay 3, Calgary, AB T2A 5P1)

Register online: $10 for IEEE members

Join the IEEE Southern Alberta Section Young Professionals for our
first Social of the year – Tactical Laser Tag at YYC Classified!
Open to all IEEE Members, Non-Members and Guests. You are invited
to YYC Classified for an evening of tactical laser tag, followed
by networking at The Canadian Brewhouse (Calgary Northgate) and
light appetizers. Registration closes on Wednesday, May 22nd at 5pm MT and we
have limited spots, so don’t delay! We hope to see you there.

Please notify the event host if you will be arriving for only the
networking component from 8:15-9:30pm.

Join IEEE Canada Women in Engineering Committee

We are currently seeking passionate individuals from all backgrounds to fill various roles within our committee. Whether you’re an experienced professional, starting your career journey, or a student, we welcome your unique perspectives and talents.

Why Join Us?

  • Contribute to a meaningful cause: Be part of shaping the future for the benefit of humanity by supporting women in STEM.
  • Expand your network: Connect with like-minded professionals and industry leaders, as well as academia.
  • Gain valuable experience: Enhance your skill set and enrich your resume by volunteering with a prestigious organization like IEEE.

Interested in joining our team?

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the IEEE Canada WIE committee chair!

IEEE WEBINAR: NFPA 70E 2024 Edition / CSA Z462 2024 Edition; Changes and Updates

Date/Time: Apr. 24th, 2024 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM MDT

Location: Virtual Presentation Only

Cost: $5 for IEEE members, $7.50 Non-IEEE Members

Register online here

Speaker: Terry W. Becker P. Eng., CESCP, and IEEE Senior Member, Founder: TW Becker Electrical Safety Consulting Inc. (TWBESC)

Significant changes to the CSA Z462 Workplace Electrical Safety Standard, 2024 Edition have occurred recently and Z462 is technically diverging from NFPA 70E 2024 Edition. New electrical hazard classification information is included in CSA Z462 related to Direct Current (DC) and capacitors. This webinar will present the changes that occurred to both NFPA 70E 2024 and CSA Z462 2024 and place specific focus on the CSA Z462 2024 Edition.

Embracing GenAI and Navigating the Future of Artificial Intelligence Responsibly

Date: March 27th 2024 from 12pm to 1pm MDT (check-in at 11:45am)

Location: Floor 14, Flex Room A, TransAlta Place, 1100 1 ST SE, Calgary AB

Cost: $5 for IEEE member early-bird until March 21st

Register online

Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI) is rapidly advancing and proving its capabilities in various fields. ChatGPT, as a leading technology, boasts an extensive and swiftly growing user base. While Large Language Learning Models (LLMs) won’t eliminate the need for human involvement, those who can effectively utilize GenAI in their work will gain a competitive edge over those who cannot. In our course, we will delve into GenAI within the broader context of artificial intelligence, showcasing practical applications in industries like mining, aviation, and sustainability. Additionally, we will emphasize the importance of ResponsibleAI, exploring the roles of today’s and future engineers in implementing and overseeing this technology responsibly.

Lunch will be provided.

Diversity in Tech’ – Neurodiversity

Date/Time: Wed., Mar 13th, 2024, 08:30 AM – 10:30 AM (MST) Alberta

Location: Ross Glen Hall at MRU as well as “on-line” / virtual

Register Online Here (via the CybHER app’)

Cost: No Charge

Sponsors: The ICGI Company, The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Mount Royal University (MRU). The event is co-organized by IEEE Southern Alberta Computer Chapter, and IEEE Canada Education Activities, and the Department of Mathematics and Computing at Mount Royal University

Speakers: See program, as outlined via the Registration Link/webpage provided.

Topic: Diversity in Tech’ – Neurodiversity

IEEE Southern Alberta Computer Chapter invites you to join the Diversity in Tech event on Wed., Mar. 13th, 2024, to discuss the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion with a focus on Neurodiversity in Tech.

The event will be on Wed., Mar. 13th, 2024 8:30 AM – 10 AM MST. Attendees may choose to participate at this event in-person or online. The “in-person” event will be hosted at Mount Royal University (MRU) and will feature expert speakers and panelists. The keynote speech and the panel discussion will be streamed online for virtual attendees.

The link for online attendance and the details for in-person attendance will be sent to the registrants two days prior to the event.

This event is co-sponsored by CGI company, and The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Mount Royal University, and is co-organized by IEEE Southern Alberta Computer Chapter, and IEEE Canada Education Activities, and the Department of Mathematics and Computing at Mount Royal University.

IEEE IAS Electrical Safety, Technical, Maintenance and Projects (ESTMP) Workshop 2024 (Calgary)

We are pleased to announce the upcoming IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) Electrical Safety, Technical, Maintenance, and Projects (ESTMP) Workshop, jointly sponsored by the IEEE Southern Alberta IAS Chapters and Northern Canada IAS Chapters, that will ignite your passion for innovation and breakthrough technologies is open for registration. Please register, via the link below, mark your calendars and get ready for a valuable “face to face” experience!

FYI: The ESTMP Workshop provides a forum for exchanging and advancing industry knowledge in the areas of safety, engineering design, and system reliability of electrical systems and technologies for the execution of projects. The Workshop focus is to share innovative concepts, successes as well as lessons learned in the areas of: 1) advancing state of the art knowledge and best practices, 2) stimulating innovation to create the next generation of technology and 3) design and implementation of Projects. The 2024 Workshop will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency and Telus Convention Center (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) from Mon., Mar. 25th to Wed., Mar. 27th, 2024.

This prestigious workshop will offer a platform for knowledge exchange, collaboration, and exploration of the latest trends in technology, electrical safety, engineering, maintenance, project optimization and reliability of electrical systems.

  • Attend diverse technical sessions covering a wide spectrum of emerging topics.
  • Take part in interactive workshop topics and panel discussions led by industry experts.
  • Network with like-minded professionals, fostering new collaborations and partnerships.
  • Discover ground-breaking innovations showcased by leading technology companies.
  • Save the date and keep an eye out for further details and registration information coming soon!
  • The ESTMP Vendor’s Exhibit is always the very best opportunity to get up close and personal with the best equipment and customers anywhere in Canada.

We are very pleased to announce the keynote speaker for the upcoming workshop — the renowned Canadian astronaut, Dr. Thirsk will discuss how astronauts hone their skills and instincts on the ground prior to flight, the training processes and tools that are used to enhance mission safety and reliability.

Please visit the ESTMP Workshop website: Registar On-line Now.

Early registration has closed.

Joint ISA-IEEE Technical Talk – SCADA Update: Standards, Security & Technology Trends

Date: Tue., Jan 23rd, 2024, 11:30 AM – 01:30 PM (MST) Alberta

Location: Platform Calgary, 407 9 Avenue SE, in Classroom 1

Register Online Here (via Eventbrite)

Meal: Meal and beverages provided. (Michael’s Pizza) $10.00 Cdn for ISA and IEEE Members, $15.00 Cdn for Non-ISA Members and Non-IEEE Members (Quests)

Sponsors: ISA Calgary Section, IEEE Southern Alberta Section (SAS), IEEE Southern Alberta, Jt. Joint Control Systems Society (CSS), Instrumentation and Measurement Society (IMS) Chapter

Speaker: Ian Verhappen, Industrial Automation/Networking Visionary, Willowglen Systems

Topic: Technical Talk – SCADA Update: Standards (ISA112), Security & Technology Trends

The International Society of Automation (ISA) Calgary Section is pleased to host this luncheon and Technical Talk in promotional collaboration with the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

SCADA Systems have been used for more than half a century and continue to evolve. Despite their widespread adoption and though there are limited industry specific guidelines available, no definitive standard on the topic has been developed.

The ISA112 SCADA Systems Standards Committee is in the process of developing a series of standards and technical reports to address all phases of the SCADA lifecycle, including obsolescence, and security. This presentation will provide an overview of the ISA112 standards, both the reference architecture and lifecycle model.

One test of a good standard is its relevance for multiple generations of technology. We’ll look at recent SCADA technology trends and show how ISA112 is not only effective for today, but also… can it stand the test of time and be relevant for at least a decade.

Changing the Medical Landscape with Large Language Models (LLM’s)

Date: Thu., Jan 11th, 2024, 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM (MST) Alberta

Location: Virtual

Register Online Here

Sponsor: IEEE Southern Alberta Section (SAS), Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technologies (SIGHT), Humangineering Series

Speaker: Medical Student, Eddie Guo, University of Calgary

Topic: Changing the Medical Landscape with Large Language Models (LLM’s)

Eddie Guo is a medical student with the University of Calgary and president of the Calgary Medical Student Association. His interests in machine learning and medicine inspired him to develop OSCE-GPT, a GPT-4 powered application for helping medical trainees practice communication and diagnostics. In this talk, Eddie will showcase his use of LLM’s for medical applications and share his thoughts about the future of technology in medicine for the next step in health innovation.