Robert L. Anderson

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(Nominated by IEEE Region 7)

Principal Consultant
Itron Inc.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Rob is Principal Consultant at Itron Inc., a world leader in metering equipment and information management solutions for electric, gas and water utilities.  He performs engineering tasks as part of Itron’s Global Solutions Delivery Group.  In his role he uses business process re-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 eleven-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 25+ years, APEGA Mentoring Program mentor, speaking with U-Calgary new engineering students about careers and, regularly judges at science fairs and student project/paper competitions.

 IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

Committees/Boards: 2018 & 2019 IEEE Awards Board Treasurer; 2019 Member, MGA Nominations and Appointments Committee; 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: 2012-2015 IEEE Canada Audit Committee Chair; 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 Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Millennium Medal for outstanding service to the organization in 2000.


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 Students and the Young Professionals.   IEEE Canada also needs to focus on members outside of these groups.  The opportunity is to promote the value of belonging to IEEE throughout a member's entire career.

I also want to expand cooperation between IEEE Canada Sections and interactions with the industry.

The touch point with the general membership is the local Sections and Chapters.  The Region must ensure that every Section has the expertise, resources and tools necessary to effectively deliver: 1) membership value message, 2) worthwhile technical programs, and 3) career related assistance.

My plan is to carry out a structured review of our current operational practices to discover new opportunities, address our challenges and transform our ideas into actions.

If elected Region Director, my goal is to ensure our Region’s continued growth, maintain our fiscal strength and expand the value to our members.

Venkataramakrishnan "Rama" Vinnakota

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(Nominated by IEEE Region 7)

Transmission Planner
BC Hydro, Transmission Planning
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Rama Vinnakota is a planner in BC Hydro Transmission Planning, a power utility in British Columbia. He received his Masters in Power System Analysis from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Delhi (1985) and Masters in Management (1991.) He is a registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) with over 30 years experience, functioning in several areas of private and public sector utilities. He worked on 500,000-Volts transmission reinforcement project in BC.  He performed extensive studies leading towards 2010 Energy policy development of BC, and worked on several generation, load interconnections, Regional Transmission Planning and Network Integration Transmission (NITS) Studies. He is involved in compliance with some of the NERC Mandatory Reliability Standards for ensuring Reliability of Integrated Bulk Electric System in North America.

Rama also worked as a Technical consultant in developing prototype for real time reactive power optimization tool. He is passionate and enjoys volunteering for IEEE for over a decade and half.
IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

Volunteered as:

  • Chair, IEEE Vancouver Section 2017, one of the largest Sections in Canada. Handed over a sum of $50,000 to IEEE Canadian Foundation (ICF) towards corpus fund of Vancouver student’s scholarship. He helped the Vancouver Section executive team raise funds over several years. Ensured a strong contingent of four representatives from the Vancouver Section could attend the 2017 IEEE Sections Congress in Australia.
  • Vice Chair, Vancouver Section 2016. Actively revived Teachers in Service Program (TISP), inspired several young professionals to actively participate in IEEE activities and volunteer for Section executive positions.
  • Chair, Power and Energy Society (PES) Chapter 2012-2014, one of the largest Chapters in Canada. Local PES chapter was actively involved and contributed in organizing the 2013 PES Annual General Meeting of five-day duration.
  • Organizing Committee, 2008 IEEE Canada Electrical Power and Energy Conference (EPEC)
  • Volunteering in IEEE Canada since 2001.


I sincerely acknowledge the spirited collaboration and support from many fellow volunteers for all the accomplishments:

  • Received Exemplary Large Section awards for 2016 and 2017. Vancouver Section organized about 141 meetings with 84 technical and professional meetings across all Chapters for advancement of professional community in 2017. In 2016 also similar level of activities were performed.
  • High-performing PES Chapter for all three years as chair 2012, 2013 and 2014. Also organized several workshops, distinguished lectures and technical presentations while collaborating with local, national and international personalities during my period as chair from 2012-2014.
  • Awarded the second place in the membership contest for large PES chapters with an increase in membership of 17% in 2013.


If elected, I will be striving IEEE remaining relevant for at least another 100 years while advancing technology for humanity. I will help IEEE be present with the many bright minds of the future generations at an early age to fascinate and influence their advancement of technology. I will advocate inclusiveness and technical diversity, with a strong belief in individual and collective accomplishments. I will nurture collective leadership of volunteers and members contribution to achieve the IEEE higher objectives with ease. 

I will also:

  1. Expand professional membership by aligning volunteer/members aspirations with their career aspirations within industry;
  2. Further expand and invest IEEE resources to interdisciplinary disruptive technologies encompassing government and industry perspective, while evolving standards;
  3. Create more collaboration opportunities across the IEEE Sections, Societies, Regions, and internationally;
  4. Utilize the existing structure, policies, and procedures already in place, augment with new ones, that will enable the vision of the region to fruition; and
  5. Allocate resources to reward members, student branches, sections, and society chapters to fulfill the aspirations of the region.