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IEEE Ottawa Section History

Here is the great work of one of our Life Members, Dr. David Coll, to collate the history of the Ottawa Section and its members. DOC or PDF format.

History Articles

From Sections by Year of Formation:

Before 1963, local entities were creatures of the founder societies, American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) and Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE). IRE Ottawa is founded on September 1944 and AIEE Ottawa on June 25, 1949.

From a Brief History of ECC:

The IEEE Eastern Canada Council (ECC) is one of three that make up IEEE Canada (Region 7 of IEEE). It convenes as a committee made up of executive representatives from the Montreal, Ottawa, Saint Maurice, Quebec, Canadian Atlantic, New Brunswick and Newfoundland & Labrador Sections. Its primary purpose is to assist in the development and expansion of communications and training of IEEE Council executives and to assist and encourage communication between the Sections within the Council and IEEE offices. Officially established on August 28, 1969, its original Bylaws were approved at the first meeting of Council on February 18, 1970.

The Ottawa Section is the second oldest ECC member, after Montreal, being founded in 1944. Being at the heart of Canada’s silicon valley, Ottawa hosts about 50% of the Council membership, thus making it the largest of the seven. The challenge of staying in touch with its members, has led to the launching of the IEEE Canada Electronic Newsletter. Through E-mail, this can reach out to all IEEE members across the country. With 19 technical Chapters, the Ottawa Section has been very active with education in the community and industry. A significant event for the Section, the city of Ottawa and indeed the country was when the IEEE designated the Alouette/IRIS Satellite Program as an International Milestone of Electrical Engineering.

Section’s Past Chairs

2020 Mostafa Farrokhabadi
2019 Winnie Ye
2018 Anissa Shaddy
2017 Anissa Shaddy
2016 Janet Davis
2015 Janet Davis
2014 Rami Abielmona
2013 Rami Abielmona
2012 Sreeraman Rajan
2011 Sreeraman Rajan
1999-2000 Saman Adham
1998-99 Saman Adham
1997-98 Hala Tabl
1996-97 Hala Tabl
1995-96 Tadeusz Kwasniewski
1994-95 Ibrahim Gedeon
1993-94 Ibrahim Gedeon
1992-93 Jacek Chrostowski
1991-92 John Palimaka
1990-91 Edmund Ratneiya
1979-80 Allan Millar
1978-79 R.E. Thomas
1977-78 D.M. Caughey
1976-77 W.F. Potter
1975-76 W.F. McGee
1974-75 Bob Morris
1973-74 J.H. Meek
1972-73 Frank Rapp
1971-72 K.V. Harris
1970-71 J.A. Jarvis
1959-60 F.V. Cairns (IRE)
1958-59 Under research
1957-58 Under research
1956-57 Under research
1955-56 Geroge Glinski (IRE)
1954-55 D. Carroll (IRE)
1953-54 J.T. Henderson (IRE)
1952-53 J.C. Allworth (IRE)
1951-52 J.T. Henderson (IRE)
1950-51 J.T. Henderson (IRE)
2010 Raed Abdullah
2009 Raed Abdullah
2008 Wahab Almuhtadi
2007 Wahab Almuhtadi
2006 Branislav Djokic
2005 Maike Luiken Miller
2004 John Grefford
2003 John Grefford
2002 Hala Tabl
2001 Hugh Reekie / Tom Lavrisa
1989-90 Chong H. Chan
1988-89 Piotr S. Filipski
1987-88 Russell M. McDowell
1986-87 Rejean Arseneau
1985-86 Michael Giroux
1984-85 John Knight
1983-84 Celia Desmond
1982-83 Terrence McComb
1981-82 R. Olsen
1980-81 Under research
1969-70 N. George Davies
1968-69 J.A.M. Lynch
1967-68 D.V. Carroll
1966-67 W.J.M. Moore
1965-66 R.H. Tanner
1964-65 J. Long
1963-64 A.R. Molozzi (IEEE)
1962-63 A.R. Molozzi (IRE)
1961-62 Under research
1960-61 Under research
1949-50 Under research
1948-49 Under research
1947-48 Under research
1946-47 Under research
1945-46 Under research
1944-45 Under research
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