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Below are the candidates for IEEE Division III Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect, 2015; Delegate/Director, 2016-2017.

Division III: Communications Society

The sequence of candidates was determined by lottery and indicates no preference.


Vijay K. Bhargava

Vijay Bhargava

(Nominated by IEEE Petition)

University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada

Vijay Bhargava is a Professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver where he served as the Department Head during 2003-2008. As a distinguished speaker for IEEE entities he has lectured in 66 countries and has rudimentary knowledge of several languages. He received his PhD from Queen's University, Canada. Vijay has held visiting appointments at Ecole Polytechnique, NTT Research Lab, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is Honourary Professor at UESTC, Chengdu and Gandhi Distinguished Visiting Professor at IIT Bombay.

Vijay served as Founder and President of Binary Communications Inc. (1983-2001). He is co-author of Digital Communications by Satellite (Wiley: 1981). He has co-edited Reed-Solomon Codes and Their Applications (IEEE Press: 1994), Cognitive Wireless Communication Networks (Springer: 2007), Cooperative Wireless Communications Networks (Cambridge: 2011) and Green Radio Communication Networks (Cambridge: 2012). Vijay’s current area of research is on spectrum and energy efficient fifth generation wireless systems.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

  • As the President of the Communications Society (2012-2013), facilitated the creation of a number of new periodicals. These include the Wireless Communications Letters, China Communications (joint publication with the China Institute of Communications), Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networks (TCCN) and the Transaction on Molecular, Biological and Multi-Scale Communications. Negotiated partnership with sister societies in Transactions on Cloud Computing (TCC), Transactions on Big Data and the Internet of Things Journal. Introduced electronic products such as ComSoc Technology News and Best Readings. New conferences such as ICCC, Conference on Communications and Network Security and regional conferences were introduced. ComSoc Standard Activities completed two years and introduced several new standards.
  • IEEE Board of Directors (1992-1995)
  • IEEE Vice President of Regional Activities, now Member and Geographic Activities. Helped to develop Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD), now known as Young Professionals Program. Assisted IEEE Presidents in negotiating sister society agreements in India, Japan and Russia
  • Region 7 (Canada) Director (1992-1993). Facilitated the creation of IEEE Canada.
  • Member, IEEE Technical Activities Board (2012-2013 and 2000-2002)
  • Member, IEEE Educational Activities Board (1992-1993)
  • IEEE India Ad Hoc Committee (2009-2011)
  • IEEE Honourary Member Selection Committee (2006-2008)
  • Chair, IEEE Teaching Award Committee (2007-2008)
  • Chair, IEEE Conference Committee (2001-2002)
  • Member, IEEE PSPB Wireless Periodical Working Group (2000-2001) which led to the creation of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
  • President IEEE Information Theory Society (2000). Assisted in the creation of Shannon Park in Gaylord, Michigan, the town where Claude Shannon spent the first sixteen years of his life. A statue commissioned by Society was presented to the city.
  • IEEE Victoria Section Chair (1986-1987). Founded IEEE Pacific Rim Conference on Communications, Computers and Signal Processing
  • IEEE Montreal Section Chair. Edited Current Phase Courante, its bilingual newsletter
  • IEEE Student Branch Counsellor, Concordia University (1976-1978). Facilitated field trips to local and nearby industries


The Director of Division III represents the Communications Society (ComSoc) on the IEEE Board of Directors. Just as I have done as ComSoc President, I will work to ensure that our Society:

  • Quickly contributes to emerging technologies by way of new periodicals and conferences. As communications is ubiquitous, we may need to partner with other societies. Examples include the TCCN where ComSoc is the lead and TCC in partnership with Computer Society. We now have similar opportunities with the GREEN ICT initiative.
  • Make strategic alliances with sister societies for new publications and conferences. Examples include, JCN with KICS, ChinaCom and ICCC with CIC and Worldwide Cyber Security Summit with EastWest Institute.
  • Attracts and retains women and young professionals. ComSoc Standing Committee on Women in Communication Engineering and Ad Hoc Committee on Young Professionals should be charged with this task.
  • Show engineers the benefits of joining ComSoc. The creation of a Standing Committee on Industry Content in conferences, appointing a Co-EiC from industry for ComSoc publication and educational products are the right vehicle for it.

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Celia L. Desmond

Celia Desmond

(Nominated by IEEE Division III)

World Class Telecommunications
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Celia Desmond, President, World Class – Telecommunications, providing training in telecommunications management, has lectured internationally. As Director - Industry Liaison for Stentor, she was external technical linkage, and instrumental in establishing new culture and processes for service development and governance. At Bell Canada, Celia provided strategic direction to corporate planners, ran technology/service trials, standardized equipment, and provided technical and project management support to large business clients. Recent projects include major Canadian bank’s network conversion to MPLS, and introduction of project management practices in a leak detection company.

She authored Project Management for Telecommunications Managers (Springer), and Project Management for Telecommunications Projects (Wiley).

Celia received the Donald J. McLellan Award for meritorious service to IEEE Communications Society, Engineering Institute of Canada John B. Sterling Medal, and the IEEE Millennium Medal.

Celia holds MSc. Engineering, B.Sc. Mathematics & Psychology, Ontario Teaching Certificate and PMP certification. She taught kindergarten, high school, and at three universities.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities


  • 2014 Chair Honorary Member Award Committee
  • 2013 Honorary Member Award Committee, MGA SDEA and TAB Service Award Committee
  • 2012, 2007 IEEE Secretary
  • 2010 Eric Herz Award Chair
  • 2008-2009, 2012-2014 IEEE Governance
  • 2008 Chair TAB N&A
  • 2006 Vice-President – Technical Activities
  • 2004 Chair IEEE Transnational
  • Member and Chair IEEE Audit
  • 2000-2001 Region 7 Director
  • 1996-1997 Division III Director
  • Region 7 (Canada): 2007-2010 Audit Chair; IEEE Canadian Foundation, Donations Chair; 2000-2001 President IEEE Canada


  • 1993 Toronto Engineering Management Chapter
  • Ottawa Section: 1985 Conferences; 1983-1984 Chair; 1982 Engineering Management Chapter 


  • Communications Society (ComSoc): 2014 Wireless Conference Ad-hoc Chair; 2010, 2006-2008 Distinguished Speaker; 2007-2011 Certification in Wireless Engineering Technology Project Director; 2005-2006 N&A Chair; 2002-2003 ComSoc President
  • Technology Management Council: 2008-2014 Board, Director of Chapters
  • Engineering Management Society: 2005-2007 Vice-President; 2004 Board


  • ICC 1997; ICUPC 1993; CCECE 1992; Infocom 1987.



Established ComSoc Wireless Engineering Technologies Certification – lead effort from near beginning through development and past initial offering. This required an active team of over 100 volunteers and staff, approximately US$2M budget. Pull through training provides US$500K yearly.

As ComSoc President, moved ComSoc to an IEEE building, and found solution which worked for ComSoc and IEEE.

Managed ComSoc during the difficult post 911 years, held 50th anniversary celebration, published book with citations from previous Society Presidents, held celebration event at Globecom, published oral histories on ComSoc website, an extra issue of ComMag, and digital archive 2-DVD set.

Led IEEE Canada through the Millennium years, moved R7 website to IEEE server, got 21 committee charter documentations and approvals, updated bylaws and set-up annual US$3000 student VTC Scholarships. Streamlined R7 e-newsletter, added e-notice feature.

During TAB/RAB Visits – found ways to help local members, including special arrangement for multiple universities in Uruguay buy IEL, and payment in rupees for members in India.


As Division III Director I will work with volunteers and members to strengthen industry support of IEEE by identifying and implementing new and better deliverables of value to industry. I will work with all members of the BOD to become more and more one IEEE, working together to unite IEEE organizations. I will use my experience in many IEEE Boards and committees to help each group to understand the others and find ways we can work together for the common good.

I will ensure that IEEE introduces and focuses on policies which support and strengthen the technical Societies and Councils. This needs to start with helping all Board members understand the business of Societies. I will work with IEEE and ComSoc to introduce services and products which serve our current and potential members, with a view to improving retention and increasing recruiting.



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