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Candidates for 2016-2017 IEEE Region 7 Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect.


Xavier N. Fernando

Xavier Fernando

(Nominated by IEEE Region 7)


Ryerson University
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Xavier Fernando is a Professor at Ryerson University, Canada. He is the founding Director of well funded Ryerson Communications Lab. He served on Ryerson Board of Governors during 2010-2011 and was TRLabs scholar during 1997-2001. He authored and co-authored over 100 research articles and holds two patents. He is the sole author of Radio over Fiber for Wireless Communications: From Fundamentals to Advanced Topics and co-author of A Guide to the Wireless Engineering Body of Knowledge (ComSoc WEBOK). He was an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer who has delivered about 40 invited talks including key note talks and tutorials worldwide. He and his students have won several awards and prizes nationally and internationally. He was a member of IEEE COMSOC Education Board, Working Group in Wireless Communications during 2010-2012. He was a program evaluator for ABET, USA and a finalist for the Top 25 Immigrant Award of Canada in 2012.
 IEEE Accomplishments and Activities


  • General Chair, Canadian Conference on Electrical & Computer Engineering (CCECE), 2014
  • Board Member, IEEE Canada, 2012-2013
  • Tutorials & Workshops Chair, CCECE 2008 and 2011
  • TPC Track Chair, Signal Processing and Communications, CCECE 2004


  • Chair, 2012-2013; Vice Chair, 2010-2011; IEEE Toronto Section
  • Chair, 2007-2014; Vice Chair, 2001-2006; IEEE Communications Society, Toronto Chapter
  • General Chair, IEEE Toronto International Conference, Science and Technology for Humanity, 2009, (; 189 papers were presented at this conference with an acceptance rate of 50%


  • Member of Communications Society, Signal Processing Society and Broadcast Technology Society


  • General Co-Chair, International Conference for Upcoming Engineers (ICUE), Toronto, 2004
  • TPC Track Chair, Access Networks and Systems track, GLOBECOM 2011
  • Local arrangements and Finance Chair, International Conference on Noise and Fluctuations (ICNF 2011), Toronto, Canada
  • Steering Committee Chair, 2013 International Symposium on Instrumentation and Measurement, Sensor Network and Automation, December 23-24, Toronto, Canada
  • Steering Committee and TPC Member of many other international conferences


  • IEEE Communications Society, North American Chapter Achievement Award as Toronto Chapter Chair, 2008
  • IEEE Communications Society, Chapter Achievement Award as Toronto Chapter Vice Chair, 2004
  • IEEE Toronto Section, Exemplary Service Award, 2007
  • IEEE Toronto Section, Chapter Chair of the Year Award, 2009



IEEE Canada has its own advantages and challenges due to the vast geography. The existence of many small Sections and few large Sections makes equally serving the members and maintaining close collaboration between academia, industry, government, and the community at large a challenge. Consequently, my primary areas of focus will be:

  1. Increase value for membership for better membership development.
  2. More focus on student centric activities and early recruitment.
  3. Making volunteering a more rewarding experience.
  4. Working closely with CONAC to ensure the success of IEEE Canada flagship conferences.
  5. Working closely with the editors to increase the value and quality of IEEE Canada publications.
  6. Facilitating Sections and Subsections through increased interactions and training to enhance local activities.
  7. Enhancing the cyber presence of IEEE Canada through various social media to actively engage professionals and students in the IEEE activities.   
  8. Further strengthening of connectivity between industry, practitioners, professional organizations, and academia to retain members and maximize their benefits.

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Maike Luiken

Maike Luiken

(Nominated by IEEE Region 7)

Director, Bluewater Technology Access Centre
Lambton College
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada; and
President & CEO, Luiken International Inc.  
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

Maike Luiken is the founding director of the Bluewater Technology Access Centre following eight years as Dean with various portfolios at Lambton College attracting over 10 million CAD public research funding. Prior, she was Vice-President Research Alliances, National Capital Institute of Telecommunications, Ottawa.

Maike has over 30 years of professional experience in teaching, research and educational administration, leadership and community building; especially in linking industry partners, government agencies and researchers in advanced technology initiatives. Her areas of interest and expertise span diverse technical areas from energy and water to advanced manufacturing and nanotechnology with particular interest in how progress in ITC enables advances in other disciplines.

Maike, Staatsexamen (Mathmatics/Physics ‘79), Ph.D. (Physics ‘82), has work experience in the public and private sectors in Canada, USA and Germany.

Maike has extensive board director experience: NanoOntario, IEEE Canada, IEEE Canadian Foundation, Sarnia/Lambton Chamber of Commerce, Sarnia/Lambton Workforce Development Board; Unmanned Systems Canada.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

MGA Strategic Management and Analysis Committee (2014-present); MGA (RAB) Student Activities Committee (2003-2004, 2012-2014); IEEE President’s Sustainability Initiative (2009).

Central Area Chair (2015-present); Student Activities Committee Chair (2003-2004, 2012-2014); Board Member (2006-2011, 2003-2005); Executive Committee/Steering Committee (2003-2004, 2015-present); IEEE Canadian Review, Associate Editor (2013-present); IEEE Canadian Foundation Board Director (2010-2013); Student Branch Liaison Committee, Vice Chair (2010-present).

Chair, London Section (2006-2011).  Chair (2005), Treasurer (2002-2004), Ottawa Section.

Founding Chair WIE (2010); GOLD (2010); PES (2010-present) London Section; Chair, Ottawa Section Jt. Chapter, BT02/CE08/COM19 (2004-2005).

Algonquin College Branch Counselor (1997-2003); Mentor (2003-2005).

IEEE-PES Climate Change Technology Group, (2009-present).
Conference Chair, EPEC 2015, 2012; IEEE Toronto International Conference – Science and Technology for Humanity: Co-Chair Sustainability Track, 2009; Industrial Relations Chair, CCECE 2006, 2005; CCECE2014, Publicity Chair.

The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE), 2004.

MGA Achievement Award, 2013; M.B. Broughton Central Canada Merit Award, 2011.


For all accomplishments I gratefully acknowledge the collaboration and support from many fellow volunteers:

  • RAB Large Section Award for Ottawa Section (2005) - as Section Chair;
  • Led the revitalization of London Section (2006);
  • MGA Outstanding Small Section Award (2011), IEEE Canada Exemplary Small Section Award for London Section (2009 and 2010) – as Section Chair;
  • As Region 7 Student Activities Committee (SAC) Chair: 
  • Proposed the framework for the Graduate Student Member grade.
  • Commenced negotiations with TELUS: “IEEE Canada - TELUS Innovation Award”, with RSR, Lori Hogan - first prize CAD$10,000.
  • As Associate Editor, IEEE Canadian Review, contributed significantly to the implementation of "Focus" sections.

IEEE members drive engineering, science and technology development. They are vital to meeting our societal and economic challenges to enable a sustainable future.

As Region 7 Director it will be my privilege to lead IEEE Canada and further the IEEE goals, vision and mission in collaboration with IEEE volunteers and members by:

  • Enhancing the members’ experience by advocating activities and initiatives appropriate to different member needs involving sections, chapters, affinity groups and student branches,
  • Supporting Section Vitality by facilitating locally accessible activities of interest and relevance to members’ careers and professional development and the wider community,
  • Enhancing the visibility and impact of IEEE through increasing collaborative activities between industry, business, organizations, academia and the IEEE,
  • Enabling a rewarding IEEE volunteer experience through solid support and recognition,
  • Recruiting the next generation of members and volunteers by increasing the opportunities and benefits to students and young professionals, and
  • Practising prudent financial responsibility and good governance.

Representing the interests of IEEE Canada members, I will make our voice and concerns heard nationally and internationally within and beyond IEEE.


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