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Candidates for 2014-2015 IEEE Region 7 Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect.


Robert L. Anderson

Robert L. Anderson (Nominated by IEEE Region 7)

(Nominated by IEEE Region 7)
Senior Business Consultant and Project Manager
Itron Inc.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Rob is Senior Business Consultant and Project Manager at Itron Inc., a world leader in metering equipment and information management solutions to electric, gas, and water utilities. He performs engineering tasks as part of Itron’s North American Professional Services Group. In his role he uses business process engineering to develop technical solutions and management processes for the implementation of systems or enterprise-wide solutions using Itron’s hardware and software products.
Prior to forming SIMMARIX, an independent Meter Data Management and Consulting Organization, Rob worked for ENMAX Corporation, the electric utility for his home city of Calgary. During his 11 years at ENMAX, he held numerous positions with increasing responsibility in management, customer service, engineering, and contracts management.
Rob is active in the engineering profession. His volunteer activities include IEEE volunteer of 18+ years, APEGA Mentoring Program mentor, speaking with U-Calgary new engineering students about careers and regularly judging student project/paper competitions.
 IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
Committees/Boards: 2013 MGA Representative to Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB); Past MGA Treasurer 2012; MGA Treasurer 2010 & 2011; RAB MDC (Membership Development Committee) 2000-2003; RAB Finance Committee, Member 2004, 2012 & 2013; Member of the SG4P (Smart Grid for Practitioners) Conference Steering Committee
Region: 2004-2009 IEEE Canada (Region 7) Treasurer; 2007 Judge at IEEE Canada TELUS Innovation Competition; 2004 Judge IEEE Canada Web Page Competition; 2000-2003 Membership Development Chair; 2002 Region 7 Sections Congress Coordinator; 2001 Chair Electronic Services Review Committee; 1997 Member IEEE Canada Audit Committee
Section: 1997-2000 Southern Alberta Section Chair; 1995-1996 Southern Alberta Section Vice Chair
Chapter: 1994–1995 PES/IAS Chapter Chair; 1992-1993 PES/IAS Chapter Vice-Chair
Conferences: 2010 General Chair Canadian Conference on Electrical & Computer Engineering; 2008 and 2005 Speaker for Sections Congress on Financial Management; 2002 Speaker for Sections Congress on Section Management; 1999 Wescanex Organizing Committee; 1997 Petroleum & Chemical Industry Conference Organizing Committee; 1996 Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering Facilities Coordinator; 1993 Chair Alberta Power Quality Conference; 1993-1996 Organizing Committee Alberta Power Quality Conference
Other: Member of IEEE Power Engineering Society 

Recognitions: In May 2004, he received the IEEE Western Canada Council Ted Glass Merit Award for “Outstanding contribution, dedication and leadership to the Southern Alberta Section, Western Canada Council and IEEE Canada.” Rob also received the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Millennium Medal for outstanding service to the organization in 2000.
Position Statement
The membership demographic of IEEE Canada is vibrant and dynamic; however the number of members we lose year to year is significant. The Region has done an excellent job of focusing on the younger members, Students and the Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD). IEEE Canada needs to focus on the “older” members. The group outside the GOLD does not see the value in remaining or joining the IEEE. There is opportunity for us as a group to get the message of the value of belonging to IEEE out to the public.
The touch point with the general membership is the local sections and chapters. The Region’s role in the delivery of the value message is to ensure that the sections have the tools and the training to be effective managers.
It has been a decade since IEEE Canada was re-structured; it is time to review this structure to ensure IEEE Canada is best aligned to deliver member value. By enhancing the delivery of the value at the section level, IEEE will retain more members.


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Jeremy A. Gates

Jeremy A. Gates (Nominated by IEEE Region 7)

(Nominated by IEEE Region 7)
Senior Digital Engineer
SED Systems, a division of Calian Ltd.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Jeremy obtained a B.Sc. (1998) and M.Sc. (2001) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He received the PMC-Sierra graduate scholarship in engineering and a TRLabs graduate student scholarship. After convocation he started with Catena Networks in Ottawa, Ontario, on hardware design working with FPGAs.
In 2002 he began employment with Scientific Instrumentation Ltd in Saskatoon working as a Project Engineer. SIL provided numerous opportunities for experience and growth through a number of challenging projects in areas from telecommunications to aerospace, military and mining. Jeremy recently started work as a Senior Digital Engineer with SED Systems, a division of Calian Ltd. He is again working with FPGAs, printed circuit boards and micro-controllers on projects for satellite communications.
Jeremy is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP)® and a Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of Saskatchewan. He actively mentors junior Engineers involved in the Engineer-In-Training process.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
Service to IEEE
Region 7 (IEEE Canada):
  • Membership Development Chair, 2013
  • Western Area Chair, 2010-2012
North Saskatchewan Section:
  • Membership Development Chair, 2012-current
  • Section Chair, 2008-2009
  • Vice Chair, 2006-2007 
  • Educational Activities Chair, 2003-2005
University of Saskatchewan Student Branch:
  • McNaughton Center Director, 1998-1999
My goal as IEEE Canada President would be to maintain the high-quality standard that exists in the group of volunteers that make all the events and publications our Region is responsible for. IEEE Canada is unique within IEEE as the only Region representing a single country. It helps provide our members a common identity inside the larger organization. The active members across all areas of the regions are so capable and I want to keep encouraging them and ensure they know their efforts are appreciated. A short list of priorities during my term would be:
  • promote an environment where volunteers find enjoyment and feel part of a team within IEEE;
  • increase cooperation across Region 7 Sections to highlight successes and build networks among the Section executives;
  • reach out to industry to both increase IEEE visibility and attract members;
  • improve succession planning at the Region level.
Additionally I would represent IEEE Canada in a fiscally responsible manner and continue to further the interests of our members and voice your concerns with the IEEE Board of Directors.  


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Witold M. Kinsner

Witold M. Kinsner (Nominated by IEEE Region 7)


(Nominated by IEEE Region 7)
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Witold Kinsner is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba, Canada. He obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from McMaster University (1974), and became Assistant Professor at McMaster University and then at McGill University. He is co-founder of the first Microelectronics Centre in Canada and was its Director of Research from 1979 to 1987. He is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (FEIC), Fellow of Engineers Canada (FEC), Life Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM).
His research interests are cognitive systems, computational intelligence, robust real-time computing engines, and computer memories. Applications included biomedical, industrial monitoring and controls, aerospace, and space. He authored/co-authored over 690 publications in the above areas, as well as supervised 62 master's and doctorate graduate students, 200 undergraduate final-year thesis/capstone project students, and mentored 32 summer research students.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities
  • Conference Advisory Committee, CONAC, IEEE Canada: 2004-07, Chair
  • Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering, CJECE: 2003-09, Co-Editor with Xavier Maldague
  • Canadian 2002 Conference on Electrical & Computer Engineering, CCECE: 2002, Conference Chair; Proceedings Editor; Webmaster
  • Continuing Education Activities, CEA: 1997-99, Board Member
  • Western Canada Council: CONAC, 1998-2005, Chair; Education, 1998-2005, Chair
  • Winnipeg Section: 1989-90, Vice Chair; 1990-91, Chair; 1991-92, Past Chair; 1979-Present, Executive Committee; 1998-2008, Webmaster (design and maintenance)
  • Computer and Computational Intelligence Chapter: 2004-Present, Chair
  • Communications Chapter: 1995-2004, Chair
  • Computer Chapter: 1992-95, Chair
  • Teachers-In-Service Program (TISP): 2011-Present, Chair
  • Conference & Education Committee: 1979-Present, Chair
  • Winnipeg Section Student Branch: 1999-Present, Counselor
  • Member of: Computational Intelligence Society; Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society; Communications Society; Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society; Computer Society; Magnetics Society; Signal Processing Society; Education Society; Circuits and Systems Society; Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
  • IEEE Annual International Conference on Cognitive Informatics & Cognitive Computing: 2003-13, Conference General Co-Chair; Program Committee Co-Chair; Proceedings Co-Editor
  • Canadian Engineering Education Association Conference: 2012, Technical Conference Chair; Proceedings Editor
  • Canadian Conference on Electrical & Computer Engineering, CCECE: 2002, Conference Chair; Proceedings Editor; Webmaster; 2004, Session Chair
  • Canadian Biannual Conference on Computer & Software Engineering Education, C3SEE: 2004, 2002, Conference Co-Chair; Proceedings Co-Editor
  • Western Canada Conference & Exhibition WESCANEX: 1995, 1997, Conference Chair; Proceedings Editor
  • First International Conference Refereed Electronic Journals: 1993, Co-convener
  • Microelectronics Conference & Exhibition, MICONEX: 1982, 1983, 1987, Program Chair
  • Electrical Power & Energy Conference, EPEC: 2011, Steering Committee
  • Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering, CJECE: 2003-09, Co-Editor with Xavier Maldague
  • IEEE Communications Magazine: 1997-99, Associate Editor
  • IEEE Canada Appreciation Award, 2009
  • IEEE Canada Edward E. Glass Western Canada Council Merit Award, 2005
  • IEEE Canada Wallace S. Read Service Award, 2004
  • Millennium Medal, 2000
  • IEEE Canada Certificate, 1999
Throughout my 40-year experience at several IEEE levels, I have always considered IEEE as an agent of extended education, professional development, and dissemination of knowledge to its members and community at large through tutorials, seminars, workshops, conferences, and publications of papers, articles, books and standards, as well as pre-university and pre-college outreach activities. IEEE Canada always fared well when it nurtured close collaboration between academia, industry, government, and the community at large. It also grew whenever the experienced members interacted closely with the new generation of enthusiastic students.
Consequently, I believe that there are several areas that can help in improving meaningful services to its members and recruitment of new ones:
  1. Pre-university and pre-college students outreach
  2. Experiential learning at universities and colleges in collaboration with industry
  3. Continuous improvement of interactions between Sections to capitalize on innovative solutions
  4. Further strengthening of connectivity between industry, practitioners, professional organizations, and academia to retain members and maximize their benefits
  5. Increased recognition of volunteers
It would be a great honour to serve Region 7 in the position as Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect. 

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