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Activities and Events 2010

Networking Event

Hamilton IEEE - Burlington PEO Joint Networking Session

Join and enjoy a night of Pool, Wings, Pizza and Networking

A Joint Networking Session with the IEEE Hamilton Section sponsored by Hamilton-Burlington PEO

Date: Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Time: 6:00 PM 9:00 PM
Cost: $15.00
Location: Boston Manor, 4460 Fairview Street,
   Burlington Ontario L7L5P9
RSVP: Araceli Hernandez, P.Eng. via email: Araceli.h.hernandez@gmail.com
   (a confirmation will be sent to you via email)

For more information see Jim Kozlowski.

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Non-IEEE Event

McMaster's Albert Lager Leture: Extending your warranty into the Golden Years
Speaker: Kim Thompson

People are often confused with exercise and nutritional lifestyle choices. Should they exercise on land or in the water? Should they eat more carbohydrates or less protein? New studies are released daily on the best nutrients or diets to follow. It is often the small changes we make to our lifestyle that have the longest lasting effect on our overall health. During this presentation, we will address 10 simple practices or lifestyle makeovers we can include into our daily living that will help extend your warranty into the golden years!

Kim Thompson is a personal trainer and pilates instructor who has been active in the fitness industry for the past 20 years. She has been involved with exercise programming for cardiac rehabilitation, breast cancer and osteoporosis as well as managing a fitness centre that caters to the general public. Kim volunteers for Osteoporosis Canada as the event planner and sponsorship chair.

Date: Thursday, 2010-Nov-18
Time: 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Parks Canada Discovery Centre, Hamilton Harbour

For more information see Series brochure brochure or McMaster Alumni

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Volunteer for a Half-Day
Science Teachers Logo

Science Teachers Association of Ontario
Volunteer Needed to Man Booth at STAO Conference

Lesson 1

Call For Volunteers
Interested in volunteering? The IEEE Hamilton Section is looking for volunteers to help promote the IEEE at the upcoming Science Teachers of Ontario (STAO) Conference. If you are interested, then please contact Dave Hepburn at
The duties at the booth are relatively simple. We will have two Monitors going all day, on which teachers will be able to pull up any of the 86 free lesson plans available on the net by the IEEE. There will also be an assortment of literature and other items to be handed out.

Location: Doubletree by Hilton, Toronto Airport Hotel, 655 Dixon Road, Mississauga, ON
Exhibit hours:
Thursday, November 11, 2010 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Friday, November 12, 2010 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday, November 13, 2010 8:30 am to 1:00 pm
STAO attracted over 1500 delegates in 2009. The booth is manned by Pat Finnigan and Dave Hepburn, but they need helpers for a few shifts (like when Dave is giving a talk).

Date: Friday, 2010-Nov-12 12:30 pm
Topic: www.TryEngineering.org
Speaker: Dave Hepburn
Location: Doubletree Hotel, Hamilton Room

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Technical Meeting

Annual General Meeting
Remote Sensing For Human Health Applications

Free food

Date: Tuesday, 2010-Nov-09
Time: 7:00 PM
Topic: Remote sensing or Human Health Applications
Speaker: Julie Wallace, PhD of The Hamilton Institute for Humanity and the Environment
Location: McMaster University, ITB-A113, Hamilton, ON
Contact: Leyden M. Fonte - Industry & External Relations Chair leydenmf@ieee.org

Registration: https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/3365

The use of satellite remote sensing data to monitor environmental conditions on Earth has been ongoing since the launch of Landsat 1 in 1973. As the spatial and spectral resolutions of satellite sensors have improved, the range of applications has expanded to include health. Both land and atmospheric remote sensing play important roles. In recent landscape epidemiology studies, remote sensing has been used to identify geographic areas where disease carriers may thrive. Examples of such carriers are mosquitoes which host the malaria parasite and West Nile Virus, or deer ticks which transmit Lyme disease. Atmospheric remote sensing allows the study of air pollution and the impact on human health. Concentrations of toxic pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide and fine particulate matter in the lower troposphere can be estimated. This is particularly important in urban environments with high population densities. The talk will discuss some of these sensors and applications, as well as limitations of remote sensing technology for health applications. Impact of the topic: Remote sensing for public health applications is gradually, but surely taking hold as scientists find new ways to apply satellite data to health issues. While there are limitations, remote sensing and health studies have helped to shed some light on the environmental impact on health in significant ways. The talk will highlight some of the results that are relevant to the region.

Speaker's Biography
Julie Wallace completed her PhD at the University of Waterloo in 2005. Up until August 2010, she was a post doctoral researcher at McMaster University. She has since founded, and is director of the Hamilton Institute for Humanity and the Environment, a centre focused on applied research into human-environment interactions, and how to improve those interactions in order to minimize the detrimental impact on both sides.

For more information about the AGM contact Jim Kozlowski

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Non-IEEE Event
United Church

Solar Celebration Conference
Speaker: Rev. Doug Moore

The church has recently installed a solar panel system under the Government of Ontario's "Green Initiatives" Feed-In-Tarriff program. Conference includes a tour of the completed installation, an opportunity to learn about the process of solar installation from start to finish, and a look at their first payment from Horizon Utilities for solar power generated.

Presentation by Rev. Doug Moore from Laidlaw United Church.
Presentation by Dan Cole and Mike Triska of Direct Current Renewable Energy Inc.
Expressions of Recognition and Thanks to many friends who have helped us
There will be music, time for questions, coffee and cookies!

Date: Sunday, 2010-Oct-31
Time: 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Laidlaw Memorial United Church, corner of Cannon and Ottawa Streets, Hamilton, ON

For more information see church notice brochure (opens in new window)

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Non-IEEE Event

McMaster's Albert Lager Leture: How to avoid Identity Theft
Speaker: Milena Head

Identity theft refers to any impersonation or misappropriation of an individual's identity. It can take many forms, such as misusing personal information to open new credit card accounts, take out loans, fill out legal documents such as crime reports or leases, obtain passports, etc. Aided by the increase in digitization and online information, identity theft is rapidly becoming a major worldwide problem for businesses, governments, and citizens. This talk will explore key issues of this phenomenon that is rapidly becoming "the crime of the century", focusing on what you can do to protect yourself and your family against these criminals.

Dr. Milena Head is a Professor of Information Systems at the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University. She seeks to answer important questions such as: How do we build trust in a virtual environment? How do Canadians adapt to and adopt new technologies? She is an accomplished researcher that has published over 70 papers in respected academic journals, books and conferences.

Date: Wednesday, 2010-Oct-27
Time: 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Parks Canada Discovery Centre, Hamilton Harbour

For more information see Series brochure brochure or McMaster Alumni

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Non-IEEE Event

McMaster's Albert Lager Leture: Glory Bursts: The Battle of Stoney Creek
Speaker: James Elliot

On a spring morning in 1813 the largest amphibious force in American history to that point - 6,000 troops aboard 140 vessels - stormed ashore near the mouth of the Niagara River, quickly routed the British garrison and captured Fort George. It was a textbook operation, the second consecutive American victory and a promising sign that events of 1813 would redress the military calamities of 1812. Journalist and author James Elliott has compellingly reconstructed one of the least understood actions of the War of 1812, in the novel Strange Fatality. James Elliott, author of the critically-acclaimed Strange Fatality: The Battle of Stoney Creek, details just how astonishingly close southwestern Ontario came to statehood.

James Elliott is a Canadian journalist and author with a keen and abiding interest in early North American history. He worked on several episodes of the CBC's Gemini Award-winning "Canada: A People's History" both as a consultant and a special-skills extra. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed "If Ponies Rode Men".

Date: Wednesday, 2010-Oct-20
Time: 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Parks Canada Discovery Centre, Hamilton Harbour

For more information see Series brochure brochure or McMaster Alumni

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Technical Tour

Development of New Surgical Robotics
Co-sponsored by Centre for Surgical Invention & Innovation (CSII)

Computer-assisted technology will revolutionize medical intervention over the next decade. In particular, the application of advanced robotics in medicine has the potential to extend the capabilities of interventional and diagnostic health care professionals through increased access, precision and dexterity. Technological advancements in this area will enable highly effective patient treatment both at the macroscopic level (organ or systems), and microscopic (cellular) level while the trauma associated with accessing the treatment site in the body will be greatly diminished.

In the past two decades major breakthroughs in the use of minimally invasive surgical (MIS) and radiological interventions have been made, that reduce the pain, morbidity and recovery period associated with many surgical procedures. MIS techniques now allow patients to undergo many surgeries as outpatients, including surgeries such as bowel or prostate resection for cancer.

The Centre for Surgical Invention and Innovation (CSII) is working on developing the next generation of medical robotic technologies. Building on the significant federal commitment that has led to Canada dominating the field of space robotics, CSII will become a leader in the development, testing, validation and commercialization of novel robotic platforms and tools. Our first platform is the design of an automated robot to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer using MRI guidance.

Speaker(s): Date: Wednesday, 2010-Oct-20
Time: 7:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Networking session
Time: 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Presentation - QA session
Cost: Free
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
Dofasco Board Room, Juravisnki Tower (2nd floor)
50 Charlton Avenue East
Hamilton, Ontario L8N 4A6
Paid parking is available at St Joes Fontbonne Building (just off of James St) or the Main Entrance Parking. There is also street parking in the blocks around the hospital for free or meters.

RSVP: Reserve your spot by 2010-Oct-20 here.

For more information contact Leyden M. Fonte - Industry & External Relations Chair, IEEE-Hamilton

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Technical Meeting

Hamilton & KW Sections
IEEE Life Member Semi-annual Lunch

Our Life Member Chapter is now called an Affinity Group.

Date: October 20, 2010 (Wednesday)
Time: 12 Noon
Cost: $13.00 each
Speaker: Michael Triska of Direct Current
Agenda: "Generating Electricity with Photvoltaic Cells and Connecting to the Grid"
Location: Dundas Valley Golf & Curling Club, 10 Woodley's Lane, Dundas, Ontario

Please RSVP by October 14,2010 to Frank Barnard frank.barnard@sympatico.ca phone 905-628-8851
or to Bert de Kat BDEKAT@sentex.net phone 519-647-3075

For PDF event notice and directions, please click here.(opens in new window)

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Non-IEEE Event

McMaster's Albert Lager Leture: Languages of the World
Speaker: George Thomas

There are some 6,000 languages scattered around the globe. When we consider this fascinating multiplicity, several big questions present themselves for our consideration: Can we see any universals or at least widespread tendencies in the structures of human languages? What is the origin of human language and what might early language have been like? Does language really set us apart from other species? How did these languages spread around the world; where is the greatest diversity of languages to be found, and why are some languages dying out? Is diversity a good thing or is it an obstacle to human communication?

Professor Emeritus George Thomas is former Chair of the Department of Slavic Studies and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages. He has resided in the United Kingdom, Russia, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Croatia and Slovenia and has a good knowledge of Italy, France, Switzerland, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Slovakia, the United States, and South Africa, and the other countries of the world.

Date: Wednesday, 2010-Oct-06
Time: 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Parks Canada Discovery Centre, Hamilton Harbour

For more information see Series brochure brochure or McMaster Alumni

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Non-IEEE Event

Canadian Manufacturing Week and Weld Expo

Organized by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, this show is put on every two years.
Web site at cmwshow.ca
Contact telephone number: 888.322.7333


Dates: Tuesday, 2010-Oct-05 to Thursday, 2010-Oct-07
Time: 10:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Cost: $79.00 per day (Free if you join SME for $149.00)
Toronto Congress Centre
North Hall
650 Dixon Road
Toronto, ON

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Non-IEEE Event

TEDx Oakville

The IEEE Hamilton section is a sponsor of the 2010 TEDx Oakville Event. "TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience."

See the event's website for more information: https://tedxoakville.com/

Date: Friday, 2010-Oct-01
Time: 8:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Cost: $250.00 guaranteed seat / $25.00 if committee approved as eclectic thinker / free is attending the live feed: https://www.ustream.tv/channel/tedx-oakville
Sheridan College
MacDonald-Heaslip Hall, Building B2
Trafalgar Road Campus, 1430 Trafalgar Road,
Oakville, ON

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Non-IEEE Event

Process and Automation Show 2010

The Southern Ontario Process and Automation Show is a bi-annual event sponsored by Canadian Process Equipment and Control News. www.cpecn.com

Register here

Date: 2010-Sep-29
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Mississauga Convention Centre
    75 Derry Road
    Mississauga, ON

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Golf Tournament

Golf Tournament 2010-June-05. Open to members and guests.

For Event Notice, click here.

The IEEE Hamilton Section is pleased to invite you to the Fourth Annual Golf Tournament. Tee off times will be assigned the week before the tournament. The format for the day will be best ball, so every team has an opportunity to win bragging rights for winning this prestigious tournament.

Date: Saturday 2010-Jun-05
Time: 1:00 PM (Tee times to be confirmed)
Location: Chedoke Martin Golf Club is located at:

563 Aberdeen Avenue
Hamilton, Ontario Canada, L8P 2S8
Pro Shop: (905) 546-3116
Cost: $70.00 (includes 18 holes of golf, cart and dinner)
RSVP: Reserve your spot by 2010-May-20 here.

For more information contact Blair at

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Social Meeting

Hamilton & KW Sections
Date & Time: 12 Noon MAY 19, 2010 (Wednesday)
Cost: $13.00 each
Our Life member Chapter is now an Affinity Group and can provide funding to the section but your help is needed by attending this luncheon meeting.
Agenda: Dave Hepburn will make a presentation on "Rural Distribution via Insulated Shield Wires on HV Transmission Lines"
Please RSVP by May 14,2010 to frank.barnard@sympatico.ca Phone 905-628-8851
or to Bert de Kat at BDEKAT@sentex.net Phone: 519 647 3075
Location:Dundas Valley Golf & Curling Club; 10 Woodley's Lane, Dundas, Ontario

For PDF event notice and direction, please click here.


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Technical Tour

Hammond Museum of Radio Tour

Location: Hammond Museum of Radio, 595 Southgate Road, Guelph, Ontario N1G-3W6

Agenda: You are invited to a tour of the Hammond Museum of Radio, on Thursday May 6, starting at 10:30 AM. We will re-group at the Swiss Chalet,502 Edinburgh Road South, Guelph, ON N1G 4Z1; (519) 823-5787;, after the tour, at approximately 12:30.(See map here.)

Hammond Museum of Radio The Hammond Museum of Radio got its start when museum founder Fred Hammond began collecting early radio and wireless artifacts
at the age of 16. The first public display of his collection was in a small building at the rear of his College Street home that originally housed his ham station. This photo was taken about 1960.
When in the early '70s, Hammond Manufacturing Company built a new plant on Guelph's Curtis Road, Fred made sure a 4,000 square foot area was reserved to house the 'Hammond Museum of Radio'. Shortly before Fred's passing in 1999, a complete new and larger facility at the Hammond Manufacturing Company's new expansion at the South Transformer Plant became the current home for the Museum.
The new Museum is now home to hundreds of receivers and transmitters dating from the spark era up to and including National's first solid state HRO500. Over the years the Museum has evolved to become one of North America's premiere wireless museums.

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Technical Meeting

Counterfeit Electronic Components

Date: Thursday 2010-April-22

Time: 6:30 PM

Speaker: Martine Simard-Normandin, President of MuAnalysis, Ottawa, ON

Location: McMaster University, ITB-A113, Hamilton, ON

Contact: Jim Kozlowski

Registration: https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/1881


The proliferation of counterfeit goods is a plague. With consumer products such as clothing or handbags, there may be tell-tale signs that the authenticity of the product is questionable, but when it comes to electronic products the evidence is not always so obvious as such products contain hundreds of electronic components: resistors, capacitors, integrated circuits, to name a few, and identifying which is counterfeit is like finding a needle in a haystack.

Some are clones, masquerading as originals, and some are re-branded components, components from various lots and origins remarked as one date or lot code, thus implying a certain uniformity of manufacturing that is non-existent.

In this presentation we will provide examples of parts that are not what they claim to be and some critical advice on what to do to avoid falling into the counterfeit trap.

About The Speaker:

Martine Simard-Normandin founded MuAnalysis Inc. in 2002 where she holds the position of  President and CEO. Located in Ottawa, MuAnalysis is a laboratory facility offering Failure Analysis, Materials Analysis and Reliability Services to electronics manufacturers as well as the microelectronics and photonics markets.

Martine has more than 30 years experience in electronic materials analysis. Her background includes nearly 20 years at Nortel Networks followed by 2 years at  STMicroelectronics where  Martine held the position of Manager, Materials and Device Analysis in the Centre for Microanalysis.

Martine received a BSc in physics from the Université de Montréal. She received her MSc and PhD in astronomy at the University of Toronto. Martine was awarded an Industrial Postdoctoral Fellowship from the American Physical Society, which she used to redirect her field of interest from astronomy to microelectronics. In 2007, Martine was honoured with the prestigious Medal of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of the Université de Montréal. She has authored more than 60 scientific papers and refereed conference papers.

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For free registration and more information, please visit https://www.ept.ca/eptech/

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Social Event

(This Year Photos)
2010 Annual Dinner

Annual Dinner Evening

Annual Dinner Evening at the Old Mill
Date: Saturday 2010-February-20
Time: 6:00 PM Reception (cash bar)
Speaker: Peter Long
Topic: "Investing In Turbulent Times"

Click here for the presentation.

The Ancaster Old Mill, 548 Old Dundas Road, Ancaster, Ontario
Restaurant details - www.ancasteroldmill.com
Cost: $20.00 Members, $30.00 Non-Members/Guests
Please print this pdf Event Notice.

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Technical Meeting

Global Partnership Program - Nuclear Submarine Dismantlement Overview

Technical talk at McMaster University


After the attack on the US in September 2001, there was an urgent need to examine the risks of potential nuclear terrorism. At the 2002 G8leaders meeting in Kananaskis, under Canada's leadership, the Global Partnership against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction (GPX) was initiated. As an integral component of this initiative, the Russian Federation specifically requested the assistance of the international community in advancing the elimination of its nuclear submarine legacy with the aim of eliminating the problem by2010. A nuclear submarine is considered to be a weapon of mass destruction(WMD). It has no other role than to slip through the seas of the world,undetected, ready to deliver incredible destruction upon command and without warning. During the cold war the Soviet Union had approximately 250 of these machines, ensuring saturation of the high seas with Weapons of Mass Destruction at any given time. Russia was not alone in their endeavours. UK, USA, France and China were also member of the submarine WMD club. The legacy is that there is no longer a cold war and there is no longer the need or the funding to keep more than a token number of these submarines at sea. Russia has the daunting task of decommissioning the largest number of hulls, and needs help to do so. The majority of Russian nuclear submarines have two pressurized water reactors that use highly enriched fuel. Elimination of the cold war legacy reduces both the terrorism and proliferation threats associated with this fuel. Decommissioning of these machines to international standards reduces the significant environmental threat posed by corroded hulls filled, with nuclear fuel and other radioactive materials, on the Arctic and Pacific Ocean regions that Canada shares with Russia. Canada, in conjunction with the US, UK, Japan, Italy and Norway are providing assistance to Russian through the GPX. This presentation discusses Canada's work from the onset of GPX to the present day at the Russian Federation Shipyards of Zvezdochka on the White Sea, near Archangel and Zvezda, North of Vladivostok on the East coast. The presenter is Michael G. Lee P. Eng. who served as a Nuclear Submarine officer in the Royal Navy during the cold war, and spends much of his time in Russia these days, still playing with submarines.

Date: Thursday 2010-February-4

Time: 6:30 PM

Speaker: Michael G. Lee P. Eng.

Topic: "Global Partnership Program - Nuclear Submarine Dismantlement Overview"

Location: McMaster University, ITB-A113

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