In this ever-changing world, it’s important to have the support of someone who could help and guide us to advance in our career. Women are great achievers, but due to the systemic bias, many are unable to climb up to leadership positions in their career. Women empowerment is very much needed especially in these tough times and promoting women by providing platforms where they could build themselves is need of the hour. Here in IEEE WIE, we understand its importance and try to provide such platforms especially to the women in our society who lag behind in their learning path because of many reasons and couldn’t come up. IEEE wants every woman to achieve what they desire to be. We promote not only women but also men who understand and go by our notion.
ANCWT (Advancing New Canadian Women in Technology) aim is to help women with technical skills in engineering accomplish their goals by providing an employment bridging program. ANCWT was established in 2016 and has collaborated with multiple employers in the engineering field. Therefore, the IEEE-WIE, Ottawa, and ANCWT have come forward and took an oath, that we will strive hard to make women gain the required knowledge and confidence to overcome this barrier and find themselves in the background of every picture. Join us on 10th August 2020, in a seminar in which Dr. Sawsan Abdul Majid, President of ANCWT accompanied by two alumni of ANCWT, Oyaje Omakwu, and Dalia Elimam will and take us through their journey with ANCWT in Canada.
Dr. Abdul-Majid is a member of the academic community at the faculty of engineering at the University of Ottawa since 2008 as (Researcher, group manager, Part-time professor & graduate student coordinator). She holds a Ph.D. in Optical Communication Systems from Varna University, Bulgaria, and brings more than 25 years of academic (Teaching & Research) experience, as well as eight years of industrial experience and she has more than 45 publications.
Sawsan is a creator and a president of Advancing New Canadian Women in Technology (ANCWT), a Uottawa based employment bridging program. https://ancwt.ca
Her goal is to help newcomer women (immigrants & refugees) who have gained their educations in engineering, IT, and computer science from abroad find their dream jobs in Canada, and settle within the Ottawa community.
Oyaje Omakwu holds a bachelors’ degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nigeria and a masters’ degree in Engineering Management from the University of Ottawa. She has 10 years of experience in project management and business analysis.
She joined ANCWT cohort in 2018, through which she got the opportunity to work as a Project Analyst with the Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada. It is her desire to help new immigrant women learn about the ANCWT program and its benefits and she is part of the team overseeing ANCWT online activities.
Dalia Elimam, a Chemical Engineer from U.A.E with 16 years of experience in chemical analysis for drinking water pesticides and toxins in food for UAE government. She was introduced to ANCWT in 2019 through the newcomers’ program which guided her to find an entry-level position at Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans- Canada. She is now a Jr. Business Analyst at DFO and work with the client portfolio management team.
Event Contact Name Ragunath Anbarasu
Event Contact Email: https://wie.ieeeottawa.ca/contact-us/
IEEEXtreme is a worldwide Annual Hackathon, in which teams of IEEE student members participate against each other in a span of 24 hours to solve a set of programming problems. This year IEEEXtreme 14.0 is being held on October 24th. Ragunath Anbarasu, the web master and an active volunteer of IEEE WIE Ottawa has been selected as the Ambassador and Section Lead for the Ottawa region. In this session, he will walk through the IEEEXtreme competition and WIE HACK613, a mock hackathon IEEE WIE Ottawa is organizing as a practice for IEEEXtreme. Register Now! And learn more about the event!
Bio: Ragunath Anbarasu is currently doing his Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering with Specialization in Data Science at Carleton University. He as been the Web Master of IEEE WIE Ottawa for almost a year and is extremely active in volunteering activities related to IEEE. He has been coordinating with the organizers in hosting this years IEEEXtreme Programming Competition in their respective student branches and supporting Non-IEEE Student Branch Members to get exposure to the Hackathon. He will be extending his help to students looking for support and guidance with information related to IEEEXtreme and connect them to a professional member.
Date: Sept 24th, 2020
Time: 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM EDT
Speaker: Ken Coates, Professor, University of Saskatchewan
Topic: Technology-Enabled Indigenous and Remote Communities
As the COVID-19 Pandemic demonstrated, almost all Indigenous and remote communities suffered from serious infrastructure deficits. With limited or unreliable Internet, poor quality electricity, and weak health care services, these communities were uniquely vulnerable to the disease and the economic and social challenges that accompanied the pandemic. But Canadians already knew that Indigenous and remote communities are poorly served and largely lift out of the so-called “innovation economy.” It is time to develop a strategy for bringing technology-enabled opportunities to Indigenous and remote communities. This webinar presents a model for digitally-enabled Indigenous and remote communities, explores the barriers to implementing this “inversion” of Canadian innovation and that contemplates strategies for addressing quality of life issues in collaboration with residents and local governments.
Ken Coates is Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan. His work focuses on the development of strategies to promote 21st century well-being in small town, rural, Indigenous and remote Canada. Ken’s major project examines the potential contributions — and negative impacts — of emerging technologies on rural and remote communities.
For more information and speaking opportunity, please contact, Dr Kexing Liu, IEEE Canada Outreach and Partnership Committee Chair, email@example.com
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.
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.