Academic Research in International Standardization @ Online
Jun 14 @ 09:00 – 10:00

Moderator: Edward Au,  Speaker: Hermann Koch,  Guest speaker: Prof Sakis Meliopoulos

Abstract:  In many international standards, theoretical knowledge is needed to define requirements and give test procedures to prove that the requirements are fulfilled. Academia at universities, institutes, or test laboratories are contributing their research work to support standards development. This webinar provides an overview of the important role academic research plays in the standards, as well as examples from two IEEE Societies on how academia contributes to standardization for benefits on both sides.

Small Modular Nuclear Reactors (SMR’s) – A Compelling Solution for Carbon-Free Future Electrical Energy @ WebEx Virtual Webinar
Aug 19 @ 12:00 – 13:30

Small modular nuclear reactors (SMR’s) are proposed as one compelling solution for future carbon-free electrical energy generation. Compared to conventional power plants, their small size speeds manufacturing and deployment at reduced cost. It also opens novel physical location options. Important features include the incorporation of modern “fourth generation” safety features, such as molten salt coolant, and the production of less radioactive waste. A number of organizations are now aggressively pursuing this technology.

Mr. Koch will introduce SMR technology, its history, design approach, and discuss systems currently under development, ready to be deployed, both in Canada and internationally.

Frans Koch has a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Physics from the University of Toronto and an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Calgary. He worked for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for 20 years, followed by 2 years at the Science and Technology Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs. For the last 10 years of his career he was the secretary of two task forces of the International Energy Agency dealing with Electric Vehicles and Hydropower. He was the guest editor of a special issue on Hydropower for the publication Energy Policy, and authored half a dozen papers on Electric Vehicles, Renewable Energy, and Hydropower.


IEEE Young Professional Ottawa Run! @ Online
Sep 1 @ 00:00 – Sep 30 @ 23:45

Running for Engineers Without Borders

It is with great pleasure that IEEE Young Professionals Ottawa is organizing our first run. This year we are supporting Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Canada.

Select one of the Tiers and your running goal from 1 km to a full marathon, submit your recorded run and help us support EWB Canada:

  • Tier I : This tiers will grant you some stickers and support EWB.
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  • General Donation: Use this tier if you want to contribute with any other specific amount. Donating more than CAD 50.00 will grant the benefits from Tier II.
  • General Admission: This is a free entry to participate in this wonderful event!

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Engineers Without Borders Canada

Who we are:

We are EWB. We don’t accept the status quote.We combine passion and pragmatism. We challenge and invest in each other to learn continuously, because that’s what is needed to create change together.

Why we exist:

Poverty is the product of broken systems that prevent people from realizing their full potential. Extreme poverty and inequitable development exist because injustices are deeply entrenched in our systems – in behaviours among individuals, within institutions and in the relationships that bind them.EWB is a social change incubator for people, ventures and ideas. We spark and accelerate systemic innovations in Canada and Africa that have the potential to radically disrupt the systems that allow poverty to persist.

Our Approach:

Our focus is on sparking and refining innovations that can disproportionately reduce poverty in Africa. In particular, we invest in innovations that focus on root-cause problems and can either establish a new best practice that others will copy, or that alter how large institutions work, or that can achieve substantial scale on their own—that is, innovations that spur systems change.

More information visit EWB website.

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MARATHON EMC 2021 @ Online
Oct 13 @ 09:00 – 11:15

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VA Metering for Managing Efficiency of Energy Delivery in Polyphase Systems @ Online
Nov 3 @ 18:30 – 20:00

TITLEVA Metering for Managing Efficiency of Energy Delivery in Polyphase Systems
SPEAKER: John Voisine, PE, Development Engineering Manager (Retired), Landis+Gyr Lafayette, IN, USA

ABSTRACT: There is a fundamental basis for the measurement of electrical energy delivered to a load. This energy is referred to as active energy, with SI unit of watt-hour (Wh). Similarly, the rate of change of active energy is called active power, with SI unit of watt (W). Algorithms used for calculating active energy and active power in revenue grade electricity meters yield consistent results. In contrast, understanding and defining the fundamental basis for apparent energy, with SI unit of volt-ampere hour (VAh) and apparent power, with SI unit of volt-ampere (VA) remains elusive. Consequently, various algorithms are used in electricity meters and these yield results that are often inconsistent and differ significantly due to such factors as harmonic content, polyphase connection system (wye, delta, etc.), and polyphase load imbalance. Active energy conforms to the law of conservation of energy whereas apparent energy does not. Rather than continue trying to understand and define the “right” or “true” meaning of apparent energy, a new concept of “Source VA” is proposed. Source VA gives consistent results on the physical sizing needs of the infrastructure used to deliver active energy. In understanding Source VA, it is helpful to think in terms of a progression of incentives used in managing the efficiency of energy delivery. The terms Source VA and Source Apparent Power are used interchangeably.

SPEAKER’s BIO: John Voisine graduated from Michigan Technology University, with B.S. in Electrical Engineering, High Honors, in 1975. He has been a registered Professional Engineer since 1981 and holds 45 patents. He has been employed by Landis+Gyr in their metering group in Lafayette Indiana for the past 36 years. He is retired but continues part time with Landis+Gyr on special assignments. He continues as a member of a global team approving designs of new metering products for Landis+Gyr worldwide. He was responsible for development of the first solid state electronic meter offered by Landis+Gyr in North America in 1986. As engineering manager, he was responsible for the development of Landis+Gyr’s offering of residential, commercial, and industrial, metering products in North America until his retirement in 2019. John is a member of the ANSI C12 Standards Committees for Electricity Metering and a member of the US UL2735 and Canadian UL2735C Standards Technical Panels for Meter Safety. He is a member of the IEEE committee revising the IEEE 1459 Standard on definitions of electric power quantities. He has been a guest lecturer at Purdue University giving talks on metering development projects over the years and has given training classes on revenue grade electricity metering theory and technologies at several U.S. electric utilities.

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