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PES/IAS Events in May

The IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section PES/IAS Joint Chapter is pleased to present two exciting events in May. Please see below detail of our upcoming events and register soon to join us in learning.

23 May: WORKSHOP – Electric Boats


Co-hosted by: PES/IAS Jt. Chapter and OES Chapter

Abstract: There is a long history of electric propulsion use in Marine Vessels and over the past 20 years the industry has seen a surge of interest in diesel electric propulsion and electric thrusters. Dr. Molloy will talk about where the industry stands right now regarding electric and hybrid electric vessels in general and then discuss how the recent progress can be applied to small vessels. There are many exciting applications for small vessels from the AKA Tugs to ferries in Norway and as more renewable energy becomes available, electric options will be looked at more seriously in the marine sector.


  • We will come away with an understanding of the part Nova Scotia can play in the global marine sector in electric small craft.
  • We will work together in groups to estimate how electric boats can be integrated into grid energy systems as energy storage and how the economics look.
  • We will discuss what can be done now and in the near future and learn which obstacles need to be overcome to make electric propulsion a real option in fishing.

25 May: SEMINAR – Maritime Link-HVDC Transmission


Co-hosted by: PES/IAS Jt. Chapter and YP

Abstract: The Maritime Link Project is part of a larger strategy to address the growing demand for more renewable energy. It will enable the transmission of clean, renewable and reliable electricity from Newfoundland and Labrador to Nova Scotia and beyond.

This presentation will focus on the description of project, High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission, technical parameters, technology utilized, control modes and status.

Please register soon as seating is limited.

Seminar: Manufacturing and Product Development

April 10, 2017
5:30 pmto7:30 pm

The IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section PES/IAS Joint Chapter is pleased to present a seminar talk from Mr. Adam Chaffey, P.Phys of LED Roadway Lighting Ltd. The seminar is titled “Manufacturing and Product Development of 21st Century Street Lights”.

The talk is co-hosted by the Canadian Atlantic Sections Women in Engineering (WIE) Affinity Group.

Details of the seminar are listed below. Register early as seating is limited.

Title: Manufacturing and Product Development of 21st Century Street Lights
Speaker: Mr. Adam Chaffey
P.Phys of LED Roadway Lighting Ltd.
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm, April 10th, 2017
Place: Lindsay Children’s Room
Halifax Central Library
5440 Spring Garden Rd
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada B3J 1E9
Cost: Free but please register early as seating is limited
RSVP: Please register here for the event.


High performance LED technology and electronics manufacturing have combined to revolutionize the lighting industry. Where once a lamp and a luminaire could be assembled in “anyone’s garage”, modern lighting manufacturing requires the experience and processes of high-yield electronics assembly and manufacturing. This presentation will focus on product development and issues in the lighting industry. An industry where new technologies, modes of thinking, and products need to be created to fulfill the promise of the light emitting diode as the platform for the lighting of today and tomorrow.


Mr. Adam ChaffeyAdam has been involved in the development of industry leading LED luminaires for street and roadway lighting applications since 2008. During his R&D experience at LED Roadway Lighting, he was primarily involved in the design of the LED optical systems as well as market approval and certification activities.

He is an active participant on the ANSI C136 Committee on Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment, and the ANSI C137 Committee on Lighting Systems. He is currently serving as Past-Chair of the Education Subcommittee for the annual IES Street and Area Lighting Conference. Adam is a licensed Professional Physicist (P.Phys). He holds an Honors B.Sc. in Astrophysics from Saint Mary’s University, an M.Sc. in Physics from Dalhousie, and has been awarded two patents for LED optical systems design. He is currently Manager of Technical Services, where he oversees a technical support team that operates in many areas of the diverse global lighting market.


March Networking Event: Learn how the Government of Canada can buy your products, services and innovations!

March 14, 2017
5:30 pmto7:30 pm

IEEE Logo TaglineOur monthly networking event is held the second Tuesday of the month. This is a great chance to meet your fellow IEEE members in a relaxed atmosphere out of the office.

The event will be at the Red Stag ( in the event room upstairs. The dress code is casual, jeans and a collared shirt minimum.

Our guest speaker this month is Cindy O’Driscoll, a Supply Specialist with Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC).

There is a nominal fee of $5 for IEEE members and $10 for non-members, there will be a drink ticket and snacks provided. All non-alcoholic drinks are provided free of charge.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Title: Learn how the Government of Canada can buy your products, services and innovations!
Speaker: Cindy O’Driscoll
Supply Specialist, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm, March 14th, 2017
Place: The Red Stag, 1496 Lower Water Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia
In the event room upstairs
Agenda: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Arrive, grab a drink and mingle
6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Presentation by Cindy O’Driscoll
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Mingle
The meeting is officially over at 7:30 pm, but everyone is welcome to continue downstairs in the main lounge area
Cost: IEEE members – $5
Non-IEEE – $10
RSVP: Please register here for the event

Talk Overview:

The Government of Canada purchases between $15 to $20 billion of goods and services each year. The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) in Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) can help you better understand how the federal government buys goods and services by raising awareness of opportunities and explaining the benefits of using, the federal portal to procurement information and open data. You’ll also learn how to access free seminars and webinars, along with one-on-one sessions to assist you in understanding aspects of federal procurement including security clearances, finding and bidding on tenders and indigenous procurement programs.

OSME also manages the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP), which assists Canadian businesses in testing their innovative goods and services before they are commercialized. Your company benefits from a first sale up to $1M and valuable feedback to advance commercialization of the innovation. Learn how you can land your first sale and get your innovation tested by the Government of Canada!


Cindy O’Driscoll is a Supply Specialist with Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC). As a key member of the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) in Halifax, Cindy advises and educates Atlantic Canadian companies and industry associations about the federal procurement process. She also creates awareness of the department’s Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP), which assists entrepreneurs and innovators in commercializing their unique products by buying and testing their innovations in one of the many federal departments and agencies.

Cindy possesses an Executive MBA from Saint Mary’s University, a Master of Science in Coastal Zone Management from Bournemouth University, U.K. and a Master of Arts in Archaeology from Memorial University of Newfoundland.


December 2, 2016
3:30 pmto6:00 pm

You are invited to join the IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section Robotics and Automation/Instrumentation & Measurement Society Chapter on Friday, December 2nd from 3:30 – 6:00 pm in Dalhousie’s Sexton Gym (1360 Barrington Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 4R2).

You’ll have the opportunity to meet IEEE members and learn to fly a quadcopter! Plus, Snacks and drinks will be provided!

Space is limited for pilots so register here for the event.

IEEE CAS 50th Anniversary Banquet and 2016 Annual General Meeting

November 25, 2016
5:00 pmto9:00 pm

The IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section wishes to invite you to attend the section’s 50th Anniversary Banquet and 2016 Annual General Meeting, taking place on Friday November 25, 2016 in the Courtyard Marriott at 5120 Salter St, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The Banquet will feature Dr. Marlon Lewis as our keynote speaker, speaking about “Estimating the Past, Current, and Future State of the Ocean”. The keynote talk is co-sponsored by the Oceanic Engineering Society chapter, and special pricing for the banquet is available to OES members and student members.

IEEE Canada President and Region 7 Director, Dr. Witold Kinsner, will bring brief greetings from IEEE Canada.

The section will present our annual awards as we celebrate our 50th year. We will also recognize the many past volunteers that have been involved in the section.

Details of the event and of the guest speakers can be found below.

Time: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Friday, November 25, 2016
Place: Courtyard Marriott
5120 Salter Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Dinner: A 3 course, sit down meal will be provided to all attendees.
Options are: Tandoori Salmon, Beef Mushroom Stroganoff, or Vegetarian – Pasta Puttanesca
Registration is required!
RSVP: Deadline is November 15th at 11pm, but space is limited so register early!
Register here
Schedule: 5:30 – Cash bar reception
6:00 – Annual General Meeting (members). Reception continues for guests
7:00 – Dinner – 3 course sit-down meal
8:00 – Keynote Speaker
8:45 – 50th Anniversary presentation, recognition of past volunteers, and section awards
Cost: $40 for IEEE Members
$25 for IEEE Student Members
$25 for IEEE Graduate Student Members
$30 for Life Members or Spouse
$50 for Non-members
$20 for Oceanic Society Members
$15 for Oceanic Society Student Members
$15 for Oceanic Society Graduate Student Member
Payment: Register online, payment can be made electronically or by cash or cheque at the door

Keynote speaker: Dr. Marlon Lewis

Dr. Marlon Lewis
Senior Scientist, Satlantic


Estimating the Past, Present and Future State of the Ocean


Dr. Marlon Lewis, Senior Scientist, is Satlantic’s founder and a professor of Oceanography at Dalhousie University. He received B.S. and M.S. (Ecology) at the University of Maryland, and Ph.D. in Biology from Dalhousie University in 1984.

Dr. Lewis is a recipient of the Lindemann Award from the American Society for Limnology and Oceanography, a Special Outstanding Achievement Award from NASA, a Killam Prize from Dalhousie University, and a Poste Rouge from the French Centre Nationale de Recherche Scientifique. His research interests span a broad range of oceanographic areas from upper ocean physics to phytoplankton ecology and bio-optical oceanography. He was named Entrepreneur of the Year in the Technology category in Atlantic Canada, was named as one of the Top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada and is a Fellow of the Oceanography Society. He holds adjunct appointments at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, and the Ocean University of China. Dr. Lewis has published over 130 peer-reviewed scientific publications, and serves on numerous advisory councils to organizations and governments in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Opening speaker: Dr. Witold Kinsner

Dr. Witold Kinsner
IEEE Canada President and Region 7 Director


Greetings from IEEE Canada


Witold Kinsner is Professor and Associate Head in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Manitoba. He is also Affiliate Professor at the Institute of Industrial Mathematical Sciences and Adjunct Scientist at the Telecommunications Research Laboratories, TRLabs. Earlier in his career, Witold co-founded the first Microelectronics Centre in Canada, located in Winnipeg, and served as its Director of Research for eight years; he was also affiliated with McGill University, McMaster University and the University of Silesia, Poland. His research interests are related to the development of robust algorithms and computing engines for signal and data compression. He also teaches undergraduate courses in microprocessor and microcontroller interfacing and digital systems design, graduate courses on fractal and chaos engineering, signal and data compression, and switching and automata theory. He has authored over 500 publications, including nearly 300 conference papers and 9 patents. Witold Kinsner has served the IEEE for over 30 years as, among others, Winnipeg Section Chair, Computer Chapter Chair, and Co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is a member of many boards and committees in professional organizations and has mentored young people regarding careers in technology.

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