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IEEE Vancouver Section
The Vancouver Section of the IEEE promotes the exchange of technical information and awareness of the local engineering community by:
- Hosting technical presentations and seminars on topics of current interest
- Organizing tours of local companies, research labs, and industrial sites
- Arranging for local support and participation in engineering conferences and symposia held in Vancouver.
Other important activities include:
- Recognizing local members by nominating them for advancement in IEEE membership grade and/or IEEE technical and service awards,
- Arranging for industry support of projects organized by IEEE student branches and chapters, and,
- Organizing events or activities concerning either technology or public policy for the general public.
The Vancouver Section was originally established as a Section of the AIEE on August 22, 1911. For more information about the section and its history please visit the IEEE Global History Network Site. The Vancouver Section serves the geographical area of the province of BC, except for Vancouver Island (which is served by the Victoria Section). In 2009, the Section Executive Committee voted to create two sub-sections:
- Northern British Columbia Subsection – serving members in Prince George and Northern BC
- Okanagan Subsection – serving members in the Okanagan
The subsections were formed in order to better provide IEEE members in these areas with local meetings and other services. For more information on the subsections, please contact the current sub-section chairs, listed under the “Executive Committee” tab on this website.
The Section currently has about 2200 active members, including 325 students at BCIT, SFU, and UBC. It is the second oldest section, and among the largest sections in Canada.
The Vancouver Section provides support to six local IEEE student branches. The Vancouver Section provides some financial assistance to Student Branches each year, and also maintains three scholarship awards for student members in these Student Branches. The IEEE Student branches are active in holding events locally and cooperate in order to provide value to IEEE student membership:
- University of British Columbia Student Branch (UBC, 1930 oldest in Canada)
- British Columbia Institute of Technology Student Branch (BCIT, 1965)
- Simon Fraser University Student Branch (SFU, 1983)
- University of British Columbia – Okanagan Student Branch (UBC-OK 2009)
- University of Northern British Columbia Student Branch (UNBC 2011)
- Kwantlen Polytechnic University Student Branch (KPU 2015)
The IEEE Vancouver Section was named the “Outstanding Large Section” in the IEEE in 2009 by the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Board. The Vancouver Section was chosen “For successful efforts in fulfilling the educational and scientific goals of IEEE for the benefit of the public by maintaining, enhancing, and supporting the Student Branches, Technical Chapters, and Affinity Groups within its geographic boundaries.”
The Section operates on a fiscal year that runs from Jan – Dec of each year. The election of new officers is held each year in the fall, and election results are announced in December. The Section Annual General meeting is held in the spring to report on Section operations to all Section members. Technical meetings and social events for members are held year-round.
The Section’s 15 technical chapters represent 34 of the IEEE’s technical societies. In some cases, chapters representing several technical societies are combined to form a “joint chapter”. Each chapter usually holds 5-6 technical meetings or tours each year. Some chapters organize a few half or full day seminars, and a distinguished lecture or two.
- Electron Devices
- Engineering in Medicine and Biology
- Joint Aerospace and Electromagnetics
- Joint Applied Physics
- Joint Circuits & Systems
- Joint Communications
- Joint Computing
- Joint Controls & Automation
- Joint Industry Applications & Electronics
- Joint Management
- Joint Oceans, Geoscience & Remote Sensing
- Joint Power & Energy
- Joint Solid State Circuits & Technology
- Power Electronics
- Signal Processing
Similar to technical chapters, the Vancouver Section has four sub-units called affinity groups. Like technical chapters, these affinity groups are self organized at the local level and each is part of an IEEE-wide affinity group.
The Section also has active committees and volunteer positions responsible for:
- Conference Activity
- Continuing Education
- Membership Development
- Professional Activities
- Web Development, social media, multimedia
- Student Activities Coordination
- Industry Liaison
- Teacher In Service Program (TISP) Coordinator
All members interested in volunteering are invited to contact the Section Chair or Vice Chair. The Section ensures that all volunteers are properly supported and recognized.
IEEE Continuing education courses are offered online at http://www.ieee.org/web/education/home/index.html
Local courses are also offered at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UBC, the School of Engineering Science at SFU, and at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
The Section publishes an electronic newsletter, “IEEE CONTACT”, each month that is posted on a separate website: http://ieeecontact.org The Contact is also available via email to members and interested non members who voluntarily join the NEWS-VANCOUVER email list.
The Vancouver Section executives serve the members of the Section in an open and honest manner. Section Executive Meetings are held monthly. Any interested member may attend as an observer. Any request for a presentation or an item of business to be brought before the executive meeting should be sent to the Section Chair at least 2 weeks in advance of the meeting, and disposition of such a request shall be at the discretion of the Section Chair.
The Vancouver Section issues an Annual Report in conjunction with its AGM. The Section Treasurer’s Report, which is independently audited, is also tabled at the AGM. Other materials such as budgets and minutes of executive meetings may be made available to members upon request.