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Innovative Communication Technologies

IEEE Young Professional (YP) is pleased to present a talk on Innovative Communication Technologies on Thursday, 29 June, 2017.


SimplyCast is a leading provider of interactive marketing solutions for organizations worldwide. With thousands of customers in various industries ranging from accounting, law, retail, nonprofit, telecommunications, education, web hosting, hospitality to real estate, tourism and advertising, SimplyCast provides businesses with email marketing tools to help them effectively reach their customers and grow their businesses.

EmergHub is the world’s first application with a common operating picture showing local areas and their interaction with emergency messages, making the platform
the first technology to connect all stakeholders in an emergency situation by using an all-in-one platform for communications. EmergHub has the capability to provide prompt situational awareness.

Presenter: Saeed El-Darahali, Founder + President & CEO of SimplyCast

Location: Room 301 (3rd Floor), Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax, NS B3J 1E9

Register Here

Cost: Free Admission but please register early as seating is limited

We look forward to seeing you there!!!

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.

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