IEEE Toronto Section Survey 2009 by Naresh Kurada,MsEE,P.Eng,MBA
Toronto Section of the IEEE conducted a survey from February
to August 2009, to understand the evolving needs of IEEE
Toronto Section members and how the section can respond.
Further, the survey was composed of 30 questions organized
into 3 broad categories namely membership, member needs and
how the members rate IEEE. Although the response was small,
the survey highlighted some interesting insights from the
members who responded to the survey.
The individual responses are listed here.
However, in summary most of the respondents felt that the IEEE
Toronto Section has served them satisfactorily and a majority of
them felt that investing in the IEEE membership
as a valuable investment. Never the less there were considerable
respondents who did not know about the value added benefits of the
IEEE membership. Further, in particular they felt that they receive
enough information about the Toronto Section events but prefer to be
reminded a day earlier. In addition both time and distance prevented
respondents from attending the Toronto Section events Finally most of
the respondents prefer to attend webinars from their home rather than
their place of work. The responses to the survey is as follows
♦42.2% are IEEE members for more than 15 years while
22.2%,15.6%,11.1% & 8.9% are members for, 2 – 5 yrs, 5 – 10
yrs,10 – 15 years & less than a year respectively.
♦42.5% of the members belonged to Computer Chapter while
30%, 25% & 12.5% of the members belonged to
Communications, Power Engineering & Industry Applications
Chapters respectively. Further, there is a strong indication that
members belonged to more than one society.
♦35.6% members did not attend any event in the past year.
24.4% attended 1 event while approximately 30% attended more
than 1 event.
♦33.3% of members found 2 events of to them while
approximately 50% found more than 3 events of interest to them.
♦74.4% of the members are willing to pay a nominal
administrative fee of $5 for refreshments to attend these small
workshops and lectures
♦ 59.1% of the members prefer free small workshops and
lectures while 27.3% & 13.6% prefer conferences and
Professional Networking events respectively
♦75.0% of the respondents found Some Value in
Technical meetings while 61.1% , 66.7%, 52.8% & 63.9% of
the respondents found Tutorials, Workshops/Seminars, career
issue Topics, Career Issue Topics and Professional Issue
♦74.4% did not attend an IEEE webinar and 71.1% prefer
to attend a webinar from home rather than their office. further,
61.8% of the respondents found both time & distance to be
issue for them to attend an event
♦88.4% of the respondents said that they get enough information
about the IEEE Toronto Section events. However, they also prefer
to get reminder about the events one day earlier
♦62.8% are members of other professional engineering
association such as PEO in addition to being IEEE members
♦67.4% of respondents are not reimbursed for their IEEE
membership reflecting on the positive value IEEE provides them
♦34.9% of the respondents were not aware of the value added
membership benefits of the IEEE when they renewed their
♦76.7% of respondents felt that investing in the membership is a
valuable investment when they renewed their membership
♦52.5% of respondents are interested in IEEE, its publications,
conferences and societies as a source of Information for Industrial
and Practical Application of Academic Research. While only
12.5% used it for specifically for Academic Research
♦79.1% felt that the IEEE membership has had a positive
impact their your professional development while 20.9% replied
that it has had no impact
Overall 58.5% felt that the IEEE Toronto Section has served them
satisfactorily. However, 14.6% replied “poorly “ and 26.8%
For the complete survey result click here.