2004 Events
Annual General Meeting
2004 Annual General Meeting
The Hamilton Section is hosting this evening with coffee, pop and a light snack for you to come out and renew friendships with fellow members and to further your contacts in the industry.

Speaker: Douglas Gorham
Topic: Strategies to Help Connect Engineers with the Pre-University Community
Date: Thursday 2004 December 09
Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Location:
McMaster University,
ITC Building, Room 201
Cost: None (see parking fee)
Limit: All are welcome
McMaster Parking Fee (after 4:00 pm): $3.50
Directions: Campus locator

The guest speaker will be Douglas Gorham. He will be offering a workshop on strategies and programs to help connect engineers with the pre-university community. This workshop would be of interest to engineers, and anyone who has an interest in enhancing the level of technological literacy of the students and their teachers.

Douglas Gorham is currently the Director of the Educational Outreach for IEEE Educational Activities. Prior to joining IEEE in 2000 he served as a pre-university educator for twenty-six years, including twelve years as a high school principal. Two related programs created by Doug while serving as a principal included: coordinating the planning and implementation of a high school electronics-engineering program, now in its seventh year, and developing and implementing interdisciplinary programs combining pre-calculus and physics.
In his position with IEEE he has been involved in activities focused on promoting technological literacy among pre-university educators and their students and in developing collaborations between engineers and their local pre-university community. He has authored or co-authored several related articles and papers.
Meeting Notice in pdf format

Speaker's Biography

For more information contact Janet.

Student Interaction
Wine and Cheese
The McMaster IEEE Student Branch is planning their annual Industry Wine and Cheese
Date: Thursday 2004 September 16
Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Sponser Donations are Solicited
Location: McMaster University, University Student Centre Marketplace
Limit: All are welcome
The event provides an informal forum for students and employers to meet, talk and get to know the people on the other side of the interview. Attendees are still welcome.

For more information contact the McMaster Student Branch Chair, Randy Glenn, at glennrb@NOSPAMmcmaster.ca
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Technical Meeting
Space Tether
Learn about Canada's contribution to the space program.
Date: Thursday 2004 September 23
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: None
Location: McMaster University, Information Technology Building, Room ITB-201
Limit: All are welcome
Speaker: Mike Kinsner
More details later when Mike gets back from Manitoba.

For more information contact the McMaster Student Branch Chair, Randy Glenn, at glennrb@NOSPAMmcmaster.ca
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Tour
Tour of Welland Canal
Tour of Welland Canal facilities including the control centre and the power house.
Date: Second week in October
Time: t.b.d.
Cost: t.b.d.
Location: Niagara Falls/Welland Canal
Limit: 15 people
Tour of Canadian Niagara Power Company plant above the Falls. 15 poeple pre-register on first come first serve basis.

For more information contact Janet janet_b@NOSPAMgennum.com
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Life Members
Life Members Luncheon Meeting
Daytime get together especially for Life members.
Date: Wednesday 2004 October 20
Time: Noon
Cost: About $10.00
Location: t.b.d.
Limit: RSVP (for table reservation)
A Life Member Chapter has been formed with the Hamilton Section. Bert de Kat is the acting Chair.
Probable location is Plainsman Restaurant, Hwy 8 & 5
Probable topic: Potential Milestone Projects.

To RSVP or For more information contact Bert bdekat@NOSPAMsentex.net or Ron r.potts@NOSPAMieee.org
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Technical/Social
Proposed Joint Chapter
Proposed joint chapter of Communications/Signal Processing/Information Theory/Aerospace and Electronic Systems Societies.
Date: Sometime in October
Time: tbd
Cost: tbd
Location: tbd
Limit: All are welcome
Social event to rally interest and plan the proposed joint chapter of Communications/Signal Processing/Information Theory/Aerospace and Electronic Systems Societies Chapter.

From an inital proposal...
Announcing the formation of a joint Communications/Signal Processing/Information Theory/ Aerospace and Electronic Systems Societies Chapter in the Hamilton Section.
We are currently in the process of forming a joint chapter encompassing the related areas of data communications, signal processing, target tracking and information theory. The focus of this chapter will aim to promote both theoretical and practical issues involved in the processing, transmission, communication and extraction of information in a variety of applications.
The co-chairs of the proposed chapter, Drs.T. Kirubarajan (kiruba@mcmaster.ca) and S. Hranilovic (hranilovic@ieee.org) of the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McMaster University, encourage all members of the Section to forward suggestions on meeting ideas, potential speakers, particular areas of interest as well as to volunteer as speakers or organizers.

Steve Hranilovic
Assistant Professor
Dept. Elec. & Comp. Engineering
McMaster University, ON, Canada L8S 4K1
Web: www.ece.mcmaster.ca/~hranilovic
Phone: +1-905-525-9140 ext. 27620
Fax: +1-905-521-2922
Email: hranilovic@ece.mcmaster.ca Hamilton,

For more information contact Steve hranilovic@NOSPAMece.mcmaster.ca or Janet janet_b@NOSPAMgennum.com
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Meeting
Annual General Meeting
Vote for your executive. Then hear an interesting speaker from Ontario Power Generation. (OPG used to be called Ontario Hydro) Charles Edey will talk about windmills and alternative energy.
Date: Monday 2003 November 03
Time: 7:30 P.M.
Cost: None
Location: McMaster University, Information Technology Building, Room ITB-201
Limit: All are welcome
Charles Edey
Senior Business Development Officer, Ontario Power Generation

Charles Edey, is the Senior Business Development officer in Business Development Division of Ontario Power Generation. Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is the new company set up following the break up of Ontario Hydro in 1999 to manage Hydro's generation assets.

Chuck is responsible for adding new green power supply to OPG's generation portfolio through new Wind Generation build programs. In this role he is responsible for the development of Wind Energy Generation for OPG including Siting, Land Acquisition Agreements and Partnerships and development contracts.

Mr. Edey has over 23 years of experience in the energy business with OPG and the former Ontario Hydro. He has worked on both the production and the contract sides of the business. He also spent time as the utility manger of the Bruce Energy Centre a sustainable energy park. He has extensive expertise in project management, contracts for power purchases and other strategic initiatives affecting electrical utility planning and operations.

He was first educated in Sudbury in Industrial Instrumentation Engineering and is a Licensed Electrician, trained in Wind Site Assessment (WAsP) and Project Management.

At OPG, Chuck has participated in developing and implementing a sustainable energy development strategy with particular emphasis on renewables such as wind generation.

He started as the Hydro Rep for the first commercial Turbine in Ontario in 1995, he has been continuing to be instrumental in providing leadership in the development and promotion of opportunities for the use of renewable energy technologies. He was the project manager of the Pickering Wind Project and Ontario's first Commercial wind farm, Huron Wind. He is currently working on several new initiatives in Wind Industry.
For more information contact Janet janet_b@NOSPAMgennum.com
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Social Evening
Dinner Meeting
The plan is to have a nice sit-down roast beef dinner with a distinguished speaker on trends in electronic technology. Date: Saturday, 2004 February 28
6:30 PM...Reception (cash bar)
7:00 PM...Dinner
Cost: $15.00 ($5.00 discount for members)
Dress Code: Casual
Location: Old Mill Restaurant
548 Old Dundas Road
Ancaster, Ontario
Restaurant details - www.ancasteroldmill.com
Dinner Menu: Soup, Roast Prime Rib of Beef or Farfalle Arrabiatta Pasta, with vegetables, dessert, tea or coffee, cash bar (Please let us know of any special diet request) Speaker: Probal Lala, P. Eng., Sesame Networks Inc.
Topic: Enabling Nomadic Internet Access
(The power of WiFi) About the speaker: Probal Lala, P. Eng. - Founding Partner, Sesame Networks Inc. An accomplished operations executive, Probal brings over fourteen years of national leadership experience from the telecommunications industry. He is an experienced business leader with a track record of driving cross-organizational strategy and profitable growth by exploiting technology innovation, business process, and organizational design. Prior to founding Sesame Networks with three other colleagues, Probal was Bell Canada's Vice President Data Business Planning. He began his career in 1989 and has held various senior management positions within the telecommunications industry including the role of General Manager Internet Operations at Bell and the role of General Manager and Chief Technology Officer at Stentor Services Inc.

Sesame Networks was founded in February 2003 with the express purpose enhancing the value of WiFi Internet access. The company focuses on providing a managed Courtesy Access Service for enterprises and institutions that wish to offer their visitors access to the public Internet in a secure and controlled manner. For more information contact Billy BCK@NOSPAMieee.org

Local Event The IEEE is not associated with this event.
20th Annual J.W. Hodgins Memorial Lecture
Date: Thursday, 2004 March 11
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: John Hodgins Engineering Building, Room 264
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario Cost: Free Admission
You are invited to attend a lecture presented by The Honourable Maurice T. Strong, Canadian Environmentalist and Diplomat; Special Advisor to the Secretary-General, of the United Nations and President of the Council, University for Peace, affiliated with United Nations.
Please RSVP by calling Terry Milson at 905 525 9140 extension 27391 or e-mail: milsont@mcmaster.ca

Conference CCECE
Theme: "Technology Driving Innovation"
May 2-5, 2004
Sheraton Fallsview
Niagara Falls
Ontario, Canada
The 17th Canadian Conference of Electrical and Computer Engineering will be held in Niagara Falls in May 2004. This conference, organized by local IEEE sections, provides a forum for Canada's best emerging Engineering talent and industrial leaders to present, participate, sponsor and network between partners in Canada's High Technology Frontier.
University and Industry - Partners in Success
All Are Welcome!
http://ieee.ca/ccece04
For more information contact Janet janet_b@NOSPAMgennum.com
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Open House at Generating Plant
50th anniversary of Beck Generator #2
On June 19th, Hamilton Section IEEE is invited to be a special guest at the Open House celebrating the 50th anniversary of Beck Generating Plant #2.

Experience the history and heritage of one of Canada's great engineering marvels, while enjoying fun activities throughout the day, including:
  • Videos and exhibits about the station
  • Tours of Beck 2
  • Food hot dogs, popcorn, ice cream and soft drinks
  • Plus ... rock 'n roll oldies from the 50s and 60s
Remember, that's June 19th from 10 AM to 3 PM at the Sir Adam Beck 2 Generating Station, 14,000 Niagara River Parkway, Niagara-on-the-Lake.
For more information, please call Dean Norton, Public Affairs Officer at (905) 357-6903.
Please note: Due to security concerns, purses, backpacks, bags are not allowed into the station.
Sir_Adam_Beck_3.pdf

We plan to meet at 11:30 AM at the IEEE Hamilton banner in the parking lot. For more information contact Janet janet_b@NOSPAMgennum.com

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Some pictures from the open house. (Click here to view all.)
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Thanks to Janet for the pictures of Sir Adam Beck #2.

Graduates of the Last Decade
GOLD Meeting
GOLD members

I would like to welcome you all to the IEEE Hamilton GOLD general meeting which will be held on Tuesday, June 22, 2004 starting at 6:30 PM. This meeting will take place at The Judge and Jury, located on 1222 Walkers Line, just north of the QEW (905-319-1655). We will have a chance to meet, socialize, and brainstorm some ideas for future GOLD events. I have some ideas I would like to share with you, and would love to hear your ideas. This is a casual event, so come out, meet some members and have some fun.

Please respond back to me if you are interested in attending, I would like to confirm the reservations by Friday, June 18, 2004. Feel free to email me at deborah@NOSPAMieee.org or call me on my mobile at: 416-788-5752.

I hope to see you all there,
Deborah

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IEEE Conference on Insulation
ISEI 2004 - Indianapolis
The following information was supplied by Bill McDermid ISEI 2004 General Conference Chair
IEEE International Symposium on Electrical Insulation
19 - 22, September, Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana USA.
Co-located with EME (Electrical Manufacturing Expo).
For additional information see the Web: http://www.deis.nrc.ca/isei2004.htm