This year due to the public health concerns and restrictions on public gathering due to the COVID-19, 76th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the IEEE Ottawa Section will be held using virtual meeting tools on 5th November 2020 at 6:30 PM. Registration is required to attend the meeting and also for voting. The link to the virtual meeting will be emailed one day prior to the meeting. The business of the meeting is to approve the budget and elect the section executive for 2021.
To vote at the AGM one has to be an IEEE member (Graduate Student level or higher) in good standing. Online registrations are now open until the midnight of 3rd November 2020 at: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/242973
IEEE membership number is required for the registration.
Thursday 5 November 2020 @ 6:30 PM
- Welcome Remarks
- Review Agenda
- Acceptance of the Minutes from the 2019 AGM
- Budget for 2021
- Elections for the 2021 IEEE Ottawa Section Executive:
- The IEEE Ottawa Section Nominations and Appointments Committee will propose the nominees. The announcement of the slate can be found here: https://www.ieeeottawa.ca/2020/09/ieee-ottawa-section-executive-slate-2/
- Introducing nominees
- Process of voting in virtual meeting
About this Event
Environmental Entrepreneurship: Bridging Gap between Innovation and Function
Environmental challenges of the current century are systemic threats
to the fabric of our civilization. In this context, environmental
entrepreneurship has emerged as a key mitigation concept that combines
economic and environmental dimensions by leveraging state-of-the-art
technology innovations. Seeing entrepreneurship through the lens of
engineering innovation is crucial to produce actionable theory for
sustainable technology. But what are the environmental entrepreneurship
elements, challenges, and success factors? How can researchers,
technology innovators, and entrepreneurs connect to this emerging field?
This seminar introduces environmental entrepreneurship as the process
of discovering, evaluating, and exploiting market forces that allow to
have effective and fast business cases in environmentally-relevant
markets. The seminar will also discuss views on bridging academic
innovation and technology productization to deliver pragmatic solutions
to environmental challenges of the planet.
Dr. Mostafa Farrokhabadi is the Senior Director of Technology at
BluWave-ai, an internationally award-winning startup offering
data-driven control and optimization solutions for smart grids. He has
10 years of experience in designing mission-critical grid solutions for
industry and academia, including technical leadership of a $6M
international consortium in Electric Grid Modernization, and Smart Grid
projects with Hatch and Canadian Solar. Mostafa has authored/co-authored
several high-impact technical papers and patents on intelligent control
and optimization of renewable-penetrated grids. Mostafa obtained his
Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of
Waterloo. He has also studied and performed research in Sweden at KTH
and Germany at KIT. Mostafa has received multiple business, research,
and teaching awards, including the prestigious University of Waterloo
Doctoral Thesis Completion Award and Ottawa’s Forty Under 40. Currently,
he serves as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid
and IEEE DataPort, and Secretary of IEEE Ottawa Section.
Quality Assurance of Power Transformers
by Ronnie Minhaz
Transformer Consulting Services Inc.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
DATE: Tuesday, December 15, 2020.
TIME: Webinar: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
LINK: Free. Registration required at: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/250305
The manufacturing of Power Transformers is integrated into a global supply chain. With the advancement of technology, the design and manufacturing of Power Transformers is getting more aggressive, in terms of reducing clearance and use of pure mineral oil during Factory Acceptance Test to ensure the passing of tests. Temperature, moisture, and dust-controlled clean room and environmental conditions can be compromised during the manufacturing process, which can have impact on the life expectancy of transformers. This presentation will walk the attendees through the Quality Assurance of transformers during their manufacturing process. The principles of Quality Assurance of Power Transformers are also applicable to other electrical components and equipment. This webinar can, therefore, be of interest to electrical engineers and students of various profiles.
Ronniee Minhaz received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Manitoba, Canada. Before founding his own company “Transformer Consulting Services Inc. (www.tc-servicesinc.com)”, Ronnie worked as Transformer Designer at Pauwels Canada (Manufacturer), as Equipment Engineer at SNC Lava Lin(EPCM) and Enmax Power(Utility), as Substation Lead Engineer at McGregor Construction(Substation Construction). Ronnie has the experience of performing Quality Assurance inspections in Transformer Manufacturing plants around the world. Besides providing services on Transformer as consultant, Ronnie has been instructor in training, workshop, conferences and seminars related to transformer around the world.
Ronnie is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of Alberta, Canada and an IEEE Senior Member. He held various leadership positions at the IEEE Section level and as a regular member of the IEEE PES Society. He is a member of several Working Groups and Task Forces in the IEEE PES Transformers Committee.
IEEE Canada Technology Leadership Monthly Webinar
Speaker: Alan R. Emery, Founder, The Stable Climate Group
Topic: Net Zero 2050? Canada’s Options in a Human-Caused Hot World
Registration Link: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/249205
The sources of human-caused global warming will be presented briefly followed by overwhelming evidence that global warming is real and dangerous. The speaker will position Canada in a global hot world context. Next, a synopsis of the scale required to get to net zero 2050 and the psychology of global fossil fuel “addiction” will be discussed. A broad series of what could be excellent options for an innovative future Canada to lead the world by example with a focus on engineering opportunities combined with social and economic requirements will be outlined. Finally, the more probable trajectory for Canada and the world given the current Canadian and world governance in a predatory capitalistic world will be presented. Even in this dangerous future probability, Canada has many favourable options, if it plans carefully.
Alan received his BSc. from the University of Toronto; MSc. from McGill University; and PhD from Cornell University and University of Miami. His scientific specialty is ecology and evolution with a focus on marine sciences. He pioneered in direct observation
underwater at night on coral reefs and in fresh water. He was among the first to dive under the ice in the Arctic. He has led expeditions to the Arctic, Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. He was a research scientist with the Fisheries Research Board of Canada, the Ministry of Natural Resources in Ontario, professor at the University of Toronto, Curator and Sciences Coordinator at the Royal Ontario Museum, President of the Canadian Museum of Nature, and has been the governor, president, or director of many scientific organizations. When his brother fell terminally ill, Alan brought his engineering company back to a profitable position to be sold by his brother’s family.
He has published nearly 100 scientific, technical, and popular articles and books spanning subjects from marine biology to the management of academic organizations. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and television interviews and has been the subject of, technical advisor for, or written over 150 television shows for CTV, Discovery, and the CBC.
As part of his work with indigenous people, he prepared policy papers for Canada, the World Bank and the UN. In addition, he has worked as a consultant with the Canadian Nuclear Waste Management Organization almost since its inception.
Recently, Alan has moved his primary attention from global biodiversity loss to the solution of human-caused global warming. In 2015, he initiated and is now leading an international group of scientists and engineers to help solve the global warming problems: The Stable Climate Group.
IEEE Canada is hosting a webinar series on Technology Leadership. We are inviting professional associations, learnt societies, think tanks, governmental agencies, and other institutions to participate and contribute speakers. This webinar series is a platform bringing our thought leaders from different stakeholders, from all walks of life to present their views and advocate their positions on science, technology, society, and future economy. It will be open and free to the general public. Many, among the audience, will be members of IEEE.
Date: Dec 21st, 2020
Time: 01:15 PM to 02:15 PM EST
Speaker: MP James Cumming
Topic: Innovation, Science and Industry
The speaker will first discuss the challenges Canada is facing:
- OECD (June 2020) reports Canada as having the highest unemployment in G7 (13%)
- Second highest spending in G7 (13.8% of GDP) after Germany (unemployment rate 4%)
- Canada fell out of top 10 rank of world’s most competitive economies (13th)
- Canada ranks 17th among 20 countries in Global Innovation Index
He will then outline his vision on balanced approach for oil and gas sector and environmental protection, as well as role of technology in economic development.
The former President & CEO of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, the largest urban chamber in Canada, James is an active leader in Edmonton’s business and non-profit volunteer communities.
A life-long successful entrepreneur, James understands the focus and drive needed to build something from scratch. Whether it is starting out as an independent business owner many years ago to becoming the President of the Chamber of Commerce, or starting as a student in NAIT’s Construction Engineering Technology and becoming the Chair of NAIT’s Board of Governors, James knows that it is hard work and determination that leads to success.
James also knows that with entrepreneurship comes an inherent responsibility to give back to your community. This is why he actively supports non-profit organizations such as Junior Achievement, Northlands Park, Edmonton Construction Association, Alberta Art Stabilization Fund, Norlien Foundation, Alberta Opportunity Corporation, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada, to name a few. A recipient of NAIT’s Alumni Award of Distinction and Top 50 Alumni, James is a current member of the World Presidents’ Organization and the Harvard University Alumni OPM 27.
A life-long Edmontonian born and raised in Edmonton Centre, James and his wife Debbie have been married for 35 years and are the proud parents of three beautiful children and one grandchild.
For more information and speaking opportunity, please contact, Dr Kexing Liu, IEEE Canada Outreach and Partnership Committee Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org