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. The subsections were formed in order to better provide IEEE members in these areas with local meetings and other services.
- Northern British Columbia Subsection – serving members in Prince George and Northern BC
- Okanagan Subsection – serving members in the Okanagan
The Section’s 16 technical chapters represent 35 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
- Oceanic Engineering
- Joint Power & Energy
- Joint Solid State Circuits & Technology
- Power Electronics
- Sensors Council
- 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 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)
For general information about IEEE student activities and the benefits of student membership in IEEE, please visit: http://www.ieee.org/students
The IEEE Student Branches in British Columbia are distinct organizational units – they are not directly operated and managed by the Vancouver Section. The Vancouver Section encourages and provides support to the IEEE Student Branches in British Columbia. For more details on the programs and support activities for students by the IEEE Vancouver section please contact the Vancouver Section Student Activities chair.