Status of the Internet in Canada and the importance of Canadian IXP’s
Chief Technology Officer, CIRA/.CA
A quick overview of the Canadian Internet exchange landscape from coast to coast to coast. Canada has its share of challenges and opportunities in building and growing the IXP infrastructure near the Canadian border, and also to support the need of the rural communities.
As an expert in developing innovative, leading-edge IT solutions, Jacques has established CIRA as a global leader among ccTLD registries. He has 25+ years of experience in the private and not-for-profit sectors and as CIRA’s CTO,is currently leading CIRA Labs, CIRA’s innovation hub and providing leadership and direction for the management and security of the .CA registry and its underlying DNS.
A visionary in the Internet community, Jacques led the development of CIRA’s Internet Performance Test, is an outspoken advocate for the adoption of IPv6 and represents the .CA registry internationally as a member of a variety of working groups and advisory groups, including being a member of ICANN’s Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), TLDOPS standing committees and TechDay and DNSSEC Planning Program Committee.
Jacques is committed to the development of a new Canadian Internet architecture. He has served as the catalyst for the creation of a national Canadian IXP association, CA-IX, and is a member of the Manitoba Internet Exchange’s (MBIX) and the DNS-OARC Board of Directors.
Jacques holds an Electronics Engineering Technologist diploma from Algonquin College in Ottawa, is ITIL v3 Foundation certified and is a certified Agile ScrumMaster.
11:30 – 12:00 Lite Lunch, Networking, and Welcoming Remarks
12:00 – 13:00 Seminar
The role of Internet and Communication Technology (ICT) in
bringing about a revolution in almost all aspects of human life needs no
introduction. It is indeed a well-known fact that the transmission of
information at a rapid pace has transformed all spheres of human life such as
education, health, and economy to name a few. In addition, with the advent in
Electronics and Photonics Technology (EPT), we have observed sustained growth
and expansion in computation and display technology. From user demography
perspective, urbanized population are the major beneficiary of such advances.
Therefore, the benefits of ICT and EPT are yet to be experienced by almost 4
billion people in the world who are still “unconnected or under-connected” and
suffer as such from the “digital divide,” a term coined in order to emphasize
the lack of ICT infrastructure in many parts of the world.
Major challenges for widespread adoption of ICT and EPT in
these areas are related to cost, lack of power supply, and complexities
associated with learning and usage. However, if we can categorically overcome
these challenges, then these technologies can be used for food, water, shelter,
energy, environment, education, healthcare, and security. In addition, the
wide-spread availability of these technologies, will lead to smart suburbs,
smart towns, smart villages, etc., without the need to necessarily live in
smart cities. This would reverse the trend and allow a more sustainable world
with a more balanced distribution of the population density. In this context,
this talk will present recently proposed solutions to provide high speed
connectivity in rural areas along progress in affordable electronics to serve
and contribute to the development of far-flung regions.
In particular, new solutions for both: (i) integrated
satellite-airborne-ground networks providing global coverage and connectivity
and (ii) terrestrial mesh/multi-hop directive networks connecting underserved
areas will be discussed.
Moreover, some examples of democratized wearable
electronics using Do-It-Yourself (DIY) assembly of paper along Android DIY
applications capturing and displaying vital health signs over connected
smartphones for real-time diagnosis will be presented.
Young Professionals Reception
During the 7th Annual IEEE International Conference on Wireless for Space and Extreme Environments (WISEE 2019)
Wednesday, October 16th from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
18b York St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5T5
IEEE Ottawa Young Professionals (YPs) and IEEE WiSEE’2019 Organizing Committee invite all YPs in Ottawa and those attending the 2019 IEEE WiSEE Conference to join the Young Professionals Reception on Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM taking place at Sidedoor restaurant at 18b York St, Ottawa, K1N 5T5. Come ready to meet WiSEE Keynote Speakers, Industry intellects, and other Young Professionals, and learn about the different opportunities available through the IEEE and the Young Professionals Program.
The IEEE Young Professionals Program is aimed at supporting IEEE members at an early stage in their career, up to 15 years after their first degree, by helping them evaluate their career goals, polish their professional image, and create building blocks of a lifelong and diverse professional network.
IEEE YP Ottawa Section: Introduction to Amateur Radio Certification
Introduction to Amateur Radio Certification
Presenters: Mike Kennedy and Anis Ben Arfi
This workshop covers the basics of Amateur Radio including:
- How to obtain your license
- Hands on!
- Ready to get on the air?
Date: Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 (5:00 – 7:00 PM)
Location: Carleton University, Tory Building Room: 230!
Snacks and refreshments provided!
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“A Candid Conversation on 5G”
Dr. Ibrahim Gedeon
Ibrahim Gedeon is one of the global telecommunications industry’s eminent thought leaders. He has carved out an international career by combining tremendous insight and skill as an applied scientist with a lighthearted and non-conventional approach to leadership. As Chief Technology Officer for TELUS a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, he is responsible for all technology development and strategy, security, service and network architecture, service delivery and operational support systems, as well as service and network convergence, and network infrastructure strategies and evolution. Under his leadership the TELUS wireless broadband network has become one of the best in the world.
Ibrahim also serves on the board of the Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance, the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions and the Institute for Communication Technology Management. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the American University of Beirut and a Master’s in Electronics Engineering from Carleton University. In 2010, Ibrahim received a Honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia. In 2014, he was elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of engineering. He has been named five times to the Global Telecoms Business magazine’s GTB Power 100, a list of the 100 most powerful and influential people in the telecoms industry.
Ibrahim served in many IEEE executive and leadership posts on the Society, Region, Section, and Chapter level. He is currently the Senate Chair of IEEE Ottawa Section, the Industry Advisor of the IEEE Communications Society for the North America Region, and the Industry Advisor for the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society. Ibrahim is very well known a keynote speaker, he organized and hosted several national and international conferences. He was the General Chair of the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Communications – ICC2012 (IEEE Communications Society’s flagship conference), and he is currently the General Chair of the 2021 IEEE International Conference on Communications – ICC2021 that will be held in Montreal on June 14-18, 2021. He received many awards, just to name few, the Consumer Electronics Society’s Distinctive Exemplary Industry Leader Award in 2019, and the IEEE Canada’s Outstanding Canadian Engineer Award in 2001.