The Electronic Newsletter of the IEEE Toronto Section - the latest news
about upcoming events and the people that make them happen - Section and
Chapter meetings, workshops, conferences, and other events of interest
occuring in Toronto and surounding areas. Posted every month.
November 7 Update - Bob Hanna winns election
to become IEEE Canada's next President Elect - he will serve the dual
IEEE Canada President-Elect and IEEE Region 7 Director-Elect in 2004 and 2005,
IEEE Canada President and IEEE Region 7 Director in 2006 and 2007, and
IEEE Canada Past President in 2008 and 2009.
Report on our Centennial Forum
Our Centennial Forum on Reliable Power Grids in Canada
featured four experts; (from the left, sitting, in the photograph) Dan
Rochester - the manager of the section responsible for reliability
outlooks for the Independent Electricity Market Operator in Ontario, Jim
Lee - supervisor of transmission system development at Hydro One
Networks in Ontario, Jean-Marie Gagnon - director of interconnection
development at Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie, and Prabha
Kundur - president of Powertech Labs in British Columbia. Professor Mo
El-Hawary of Dalhousie University in Halifax was the moderator (right
side), and our own Bob Hanna was the convenor (standing). The room was
packed, everyone enjoyed a light supper and heavy networking, a wide
ranging set of presentations, stimulating discussions, and a real
opportunity to interact. You can see many photographs (full size) taken
at this event, and view on-line the speaker presentations by visiting our web
pages for this event.
Report on our Centennial Banquet
Honoured Guests. The honoured guests for this event were the past IEEE Toronto Section
chairs, many of whom are shown in the photograph. For names, please view
the linked set of photographs (this one is # 169). Our Section Secretary,
Pelle Westlind, was a splendid master of ceremonies and kept the program
of activities reasonably well on track in spite of the tendency of IEEE
Canada President Mo ElHawary and IEEE Toronto Chair Bob Hanna to get
caught up in the enthousiasm and special nature of this historic event.
IEEE Canada Awards. IEEE Canada presented three awards; a comemorative plaque to Dr. Wallace
S. Read recognizing his recent induction as a member of the Order of Canada,
the 2002 IEEE Sustained Membership Growth Award to the Toronto Section,
and the 2003 McNaughton Medal to Dr. Anastasios Venetsanopoulos, Dean of
the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto
- the citation reads "for outstanding contributions to the design and
implementation of communication systems, digital filters and multimedia
systems; IEEE; the engineering profession and society at large".
Multimedia Presentation. The IEEE Toronto Centennial celebration
started with a multimedia presentation featuring an historical
perspective of developments in Toronto and the IEEE since the founding
of AIEE in the 1880's using a sequence of slides set to appropriate
music of the period, decade by decade. The sequence concluded with a
series of video clips capturing the thoughts of several IEEE volunteers.
Please keep watch on the IEEE Toronto web site for details about
downloading or obtaining a copy of this historic record.
Member Recognitions. Section Chair Bob Hanna paid tribute to the
various programs offered by the Section and the members and volunteers
who contributed in various important ways. He first focused on four
categories of IEEE membership by naming those achieving this status in
our centennial year and asking those present in that category to stand
and be recognized:
- Student Scholarship Winners
- Senior Member Upgrades
- Life Members
Centennial Medals. Section Chair Bob Hanna had arranged a suitable
sequence of special recognitions to mark the occasion. Unique IEEE
Toronto Section Centennial medals had been designed and struck for this
evening's presentations. These medals were awarded in four categories:
- fifteen past Section Chairs
- five IEEE Corporate volunteers
- nine IEEE Toronto volunteers
- three additional IEEE Toronto volunteers (see next paragraph)
Establishment of Scholarships. IEEE Toronto Section wished to
recognize in a special way the contributions of three Section volunteers
for their outstanding services and dedication. The Section decided to
establish scholarships to be named after these volunteers:
- The IEEE Toronto Section Bruno Di Stefano Scholarship
- The IEEE Toronto Section Dr. Wallas H. Khella Scholarship
- The IEEE Canadian Foundation Dr. Robert T.H. Alden Scholarship (to be presented jointly by the IEEE Toronto Section and the IEEE Canadian Foundation)
Many additional photographs (full size) and other information about this
historic event are posted on the IEEE Toronto web site.
Profile on Wallas Khella
Wallas Khella was honoured at the recent Centennial Banquet for his
sterling efforts as a long time volunteer for the IEEE Toronto Section.
Wallas has been one of our most effective volunteers - for three decades.
He began his association with the IEEE Toronto Section as Coordinator of
Educational Activities in 1973. He not only organized a successful program
but also lectured a series of popular courses in electrical power
distribution. In 1983, he became Treasurer, then Secretary, Vice-Chair
and Chair. While Section Chair he initiated the program of annual scholarships
for selected student members at several of our local educational institutions.
He has continued this interest as a director of the IEEE Canadian Foundation
and is currently the chair of the Student Branch Liaison Committee for the
foundation, as well as continuing to serve on the Toronto Section Executive
Committee as a member at large. It is therefore most appropriate that a
Toronto Section scholarship has been established in his honour. The
photograph shows Wallas (right) receiving his award from IEEE Canada
Director Emeritus Wally Read.
Complimenting his outstanding volunteer activities, Wallas has had a
distinguished career as an electric power engineer. Wallas graduated
from Cairo University (Egypt) in 1955 and obtained his Ph.D. from
Dresden University (Germany) in 1962. After emigrating to Canada in
1968, he joined the Municipal Hydro Utilities working in the area of
Distribution System Planning and Design. In 1994 he retired from
Etobicoke Hydro and established W. H. Khella Enterprises providing
engineering services to the Hydro Electrical Industry. Wallas is a
Senior Member of IEEE, a fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada
and a PEO member.
Upcoming Chapter Activities
November 4 Professor Aria Nosratinia of the University of
Texas at Dallas will present a seminar on "Cooperative Communication in
Wireless Networks" organized by our Communications chapter . Click for details.
November 6 Professor Lisimachos Konti of the State
University of New York at Buffalo will present a lecture on
"Scalable Video Transmission over DS-CDMA Wireless Systems",
organized by our Signals and Applications chapter in cooperation
with the Communications Group of the Edward S. Rogers Sr.
Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of
Toronto . Click for details.
November 7 Dr. Thomas J. Glynn, Director of the National Centre
for Laser Applications at the National University of Ireland in Galway will
present a lecture on "Engineering with Lasers" organized by our Circuits and
Devices chapter (IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society). Click for details.
November 12 Denis Carlos, P.Eng, M.B.A., a forensic
scientist with the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto
will present a seminar on "Forensic Recovery of Digital Evidence"
organized by our Computer and Communications chapters in cooperation
with the PEO Scarborough Chapter.
Click for details.
November 13 Paul Wing will present a lecture on
"Public Key Infrastructure: The Long, Meandering Adoption Curve"
organized by our Computer chapter. Click for details.
November 20 Mary Ann Baynton, R.S.W. of the Canadian Mental
Health Association will present a lecture organized by our Engineering
and Human Environment Chapter entitled "Mental Health in the High-Tech
Workplace". Click for details.
November 27 Dr. Aleksandar Jeremic
will present a seminar organized by our GOLD and Computer chapters
on "Get the Penguin -- Linux -- How-To ". Click for details.
Recent Chapter Activities
The above photograph was taken on October 29 at the seminar "End of Life
for Power Transformers" - which was very well attended and appreciated.
It was jointly sponsored by three of our chapters;
Dielectrics & Electrical Insulation, Industry Applications, and Power
Engineering. It was also the first event of our newly reconstituted
Industry Applications Chapter.
The 2004 Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer
Engineering, May 2 - 5, 2004, Niagara Falls, Ontario.
It is time to submit papers! Planning is well underway for IEEE Canada's
annual conference and awards banquet. The location is fantastic, the hotel
is great, the program is being developed with interesting and informative
guest speakers, and we expect the usual submissions of papers from across
Canada, the United States, and around the world. If you have not yet done
so, Conference Chair Bob Hanna, and Technical Programme Co-Chairs Kostas
Plataniotis (U of T) and Alagan Anpalagan (Ryerson) invite you to submit
your paper abstracts now. The on-line submission process for abstracts
in the form of PDF files is now available, as is the hotel registration
process. For more information, please visit the conference web site.
A New Service - Careers
IEEE Toronto is introducing a new service for its members - information
about careers and career opportunities. We invite employers to provide
us with information about their organization and specific job openings.
We will be pleased to provide space on our website for logos, text, and
links, so that we may use the high quality networking capability of our
Section and its membership of about three thousand engineering
professionals, to link potential employees with potential employers.
Our Careers website will be developed over time at toronto.ieee.ca/careers
Report on Elections
Our 2004/2005 IEEE Toronto Section Officers are; Chair - Kostas Plataniotis
(shown in photo), Vice Chair - Dennis Cecic, Secretary - Pelle Westlind,
Treasurer - Al Wallis.
The outcome of our biannual election process was announced at the Section's
brief business meeting held at the end of the Centennial program as previously
We welcome Kostas and Dennis in their new roles, as well as Pelle
and Al as they continue in their current positions.
We were saddened to learn that Ted Millen (1950-51 AIEE Toronto Section
Chair) passed away about the time of our Centennial. Ted and his wife were
residing in Peterborough, Ontario, and had made plans to attend our
Banquet. Luc Matteau of the Peterborough Section visited Ted's wife to
present her with his Centennial medal - presented to all former Toronto
Section Chairs. We offer his family our condolences. Click to view his obituary.
Thanks For Reading
That's all for now, hope to have you visit again next month ..... Bob Alden,
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