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IEEE Ottawa Section November 2019 Newsletter
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November 2019 Newsletter

Presented by the Ottawa Section Women in Engineering Affinity Group:

IEEE WIE Ottawa News: Lunch & Learn with Dr. Jason Jaskolka

On Saturday November the 2nd, IEEE WIE Ottawa section hosted Dr. Jason Jaskolka who is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering and the Director of the Cyber Security Evaluation and Assurance (CyberSEA) Research Lab at Carleton University. In this seminar, Dr. Jason has talked about the innovations in digital health technologies and the main challenges they are facing nowadays. To make the seminar more enjoyable for our speaker and the attendance, refreshments were available along with some light snacks. The interest of the attendance was noticeable when they started to participate by asking the speaker questions and making comments. When the seminar was over, we got a chance to take pictures by our professional photographer before we headed to have lunch at the university café where everyone got a chance to get to know each other closely and get more chance to know about cyber security more from Dr. Jason. 
Presented by the Ottawa Section Power and Energy Society:

5G for Smart Everything: From Smart Meters to the New Power Grid. What is needed to get there?

Akshay Sharma, 
Executive Research Fellow, 
neXtCurve (

Date: Tuesday November 12th, 2019

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Location: Building M-36, National Research Council (NRC) Canada
1200 Montreal Road, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Registration: RSVP via email (

Event Contact: Branislav Djokic (

This talk discusses how 5G with Edge Computing, and Ultra-low latency (sub-5ms) with Gigabit speed bandwidth will be a game changer with Smart Meters and a new Electric Grid can be enabled with Smart Lamposts. As we transition to DevOps, AIOps, newer Closed Loop Automation systems will occur. As we connect AI-powered Virtual Personal Assistants to IoT devices in the home, now we have to imagine the entire macro-infrastructures being all hyper-connected. What is needed to get there will be discussed at the seminar. 

Speaker Bio
Akshay Sharma is originally from Ottawa, B. Eng Computer Systems Engineering from Carleton, a tech analyst, formerly from Gartner, having authored or co-authored over 280 research notes, on emerging technologies like SD-WAN, 5G, mobile video, cloud CDN, IoT, etc. in the past decade. A frequent speaker at tech events, he is often quoted in leading institutions like CNN, Wall St. Journal, etc. He is a former CTO of one of the first video/WiFi smartphone firms, former Chief Architect at Siemens Mobile, and has been given awards by the NJ IEEE Chapter on talks he gave on 5G and Cybersecurity. He is on the tech advisory board for 5G and DevOps startups: LB-N, Kovair, along with others. Mr Sharma's recent publications include: Search Results for “akshay” – neXt Curve

Presented by the Ottawa Section:

75th Annual IEEE Ottawa Section AGM and Banquet

Date: Friday, November 15th, 2019

Time: 5:30 PM - 10:15 PM

Location: Trillium Ballroom, Shaw Centre (formerly Ottawa Convention Centre)
55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 9J2

Event Page

Event Contact: Ajit Pardasani(

We are pleased to welcome you to the 75th Annual General Meeting of the IEEE Ottawa Section. his year’s theme is Smart Cities. This event sells We are pleased to welcome you to the 75th Annual General Meeting of the IEEE Ottawa Section.

This annual event provides an opportunity for recognizing and honouring outstanding individuals and groups within the IEEE Ottawa Section and hearing from academia and industry leaders through keynote speeches.

This event sells out every year and attracts 150+ members and leaders from academia, industry, and government. In addition to a great agenda, there will be plenty of time allotted for socializing, networking and enjoying a night of entertainment.

This year’s theme is Smart Cities and Marc René de Cotret, Director, Service Transformation, City of Ottawa, will present Smart City 2.0, the City of Ottawa’s smart city strategy built on three pillars: connectivity, a smart economy, and an innovative municipal government.

05:30 PM: Networking and Arrival
06:00 PM: AGM Business (optional)
06:30 PM: AGM Banquet Dinner
07:15 PM: Keynote
8:00 PM: Awards
09:00 PM: post-AGM Social and Networking
10:15 PM: Closing


Marc René de Cotret, Director, Service Transformation of City of Ottawa
Topic: Smart Cities

Smart City 2.0, the City of Ottawa’s smart city strategy, is built on three pillars: connectivity, a smart economy, and an innovative municipal government. Marc’s presentation will provide a high level overview on the progress of the implementation of the strategy, focusing on some recent key initiatives. These include projects related to the autonomous vehicle test track, open data program and mobile app as well as initiatives to better leverage artificial intelligence and augmented reality, among others. Finally, he will conclude with a look ahead at upcoming projects.

Marc René de Cotret joined the City of Ottawa’s Innovative Client Services Department as the Director of Service Transformation in April 2017.

He leads the Service Transformation team, which is responsible for delivering the City’s strategic planning process, smart city strategy, digital and innovation initiatives, open data program, and organizational effectiveness efforts to cultivate a culture of innovation and client-centric service delivery.

Prior to joining the City, Marc was an Associate Partner with the Digital Operations practice of IBM’s Global Business Services. He has extensive consulting experience in strategy, business operations, and transformation. He has worked for large-scale clients in numerous sectors including all levels of government, public safety, health care, construction and engineering, defense, pulp & paper, industrial shipbuilding, nuclear regulatory, and taxation.

Marc has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa.

The IEEE Ottawa Section Nominations and Appointments Committee will propose the nominees for the 2020 IEEE Ottawa Section Executive. The elections will be held during the AGM Business at 06:00 PM.

The AGM provides a few booths to organizations that wish to showcase their accomplishments / products. If interested, please contact Michael Lalonde at

A three course dinner will be served.
  • Garlic & Cauliflower - (Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free) - Roasted Garlic and Truffled Cauliflower Soup with Charred Cauliflower
Main Course Menu Options:
  • Artichoke Caprese Chicken Supreme - Stuffed Ontario Chicken Supreme, Spinach Orzo Pasta, Thyme Butter Braised Baby Vegetables and Olive Oil Demi-Glaze
  • Miso Glazed Salmon (Dairy Free) - Buckwheat Noodles, Sesame Seed Braised Daikon and Carrots with Lemongrass Lobster Broth and Lobster Salsa
  • Truffle Cassoulet - (Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free) - White Bean Cassoulet with Eggplant and Lentil Meatless Meatballs, Fleur de Sel CroutonWhite Bean
  • Cheesecake - (Vegetarian) - White Chocolate, Pumpkin and Local Goat Cheese with Berry Splash and Cardamom Spread
  • NOTE: a Tatin or a fruit plate is available as dessert upon request. Please leave a comment in the "Special Requests" field on the registration page if you have any dietary restrictions or require any accommodations.
    • Tatin - (Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy Free, and Gluten Free) - Upside Down Peach Tort with an Oat Crumble Crust)*for those that cannot have the cheesecake due to dietary restrictions*
All prices include HST. HST (# 86168 0296 RT0001).

To Register, please visit:

Canadian Space Summit 2019

Date: Tuesday November 19th, 2019 - Thursday November 21st, 2019

Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location: Brookstreet Hotel
525 Legget Drive, Kanata, ON, Canada


Event Contact: Wolfram Lunscher (

Event Website

The Canadian Space Society's annual Space Summit is Canada's leading conference devoted to space science, research and technology. With an annual attendance that is continually growing, the Summit brings together space professionals from industry, academia, government and enthusiasts from all walks of life. The Canadian Space Summit is THE place to learn about the latest trends, technologies and political issues taking place in the space industry. With sessions on everything from astronomy,satellites, medicine and law and policy, the Canadian Space Summit touches upon every facet affecting Canada's space industry!

This year's theme: From LEO to Lunar.

Volunteers will be needed. An excellent opportunity for graduate students pursuing space technology. Contact Wolfram Lunscher LSM-IEEE.

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