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More/All Electric Aircraft

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Thursday, July 26th at 2:00 p.m., Dr. Hassan Kojori, PhD, Senior Principal Engineer with Honeywell, will be presenting “More/All Electric Aircraft”.

Day & Time: Thursday, July 26, 2018
2:00 p.m. ‐ 3:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Hassan Kojori, PhD
Senior Principal Engineer with Honeywell

Location: 5 King’s College Rd.
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5S 3G8
Building: Mechanical Engineering Building
Room Number: RM 331

Contact: Kyarash Shahriari, Omid Alizadeh

Organizer: IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS), Power & Energy Chapter

Register: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/174543

Abstract: The More Electric Aircraft (MEA) is based on the concept of utilizing electrical power for driving aircraft subsystems currently powered by hydraulic, pneumatic or mechanical means including utility and flight control actuation, environmental control system, lubrication and fuel pumps, and numerous other utility functions. In this seminar, Dr. Kojori begins with an overview of the More Electric Aircraft and will discuss how various technologies developed over the past three decades have helped reduce the size, weight and life-cycle-cost of the overall system, significantly improve reliability and ease manufacturing and maintenance. Next he will cover emerging advanced technologies for All Electric Aircraft for urban transportation and discuss some of the main opportunities and challenges.

Biography: Dr. Hassan Kojori holds a PhD from the University of Toronto and is an IEEE Fellow and licensed Professional Engineer. He has over 30 years of experience in power electronics, Li-ion batteries, energy optimization and systems control for aerospace, automotive and utility industries. His original work on many technology firsts has resulted in 48 patent disclosures (27 granted), several trade secrets and more than 50 technical papers and proprietary reports. Currently, as a Senior Principal Engineer with Honeywell, he is the Conversion Portfolio Leader in the Aero Advanced Tech and Responsible for R&D for More Electric Aircraft and tactical vehicles. He has been actively engaged in collaborative research with leading local and international universities. He was adjunct professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University (2000-2012) and an industry professor in the Institute for Automotive Research and Technology at McMaster University (2012-2017). Currently, he is Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification, a board member of the Advisory Council for ECE department at Ryerson University and University of Toronto Institute for Multidisciplinary Design & Innovation and represents Honeywell at The Downsview Aerospace Innovation and Research Consortium.

Dr. Prabha Kundur’s Seminar on Sustainable Electric Power Systems in the 21st Century

Friday, May 18th, 2018

Wednesday, June 6th at 6:00 p.m., Dr. Prabha Kundur, President of Kundur Power Systems Solutions Inc., will be presenting a seminar on “Sustainable Electric Power Systems in the 21st Century”.

Day & Time: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
6:00 p.m. ‐ 8:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Prabha Kundur
President of Kundur Power Systems Solutions Inc.

Location: 10 King’s College Rd
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5S 3G8
Building: Sanford Fleming building
Room Number: Room 1105

Contact: Omid Alizadeh

Organizer: Power & Energy Chapter, University of Toronto Student Branch

Register: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/172987

Abstract: IEEE Toronto is honoured to have Dr. Prabha S. Kundur give a presentation on Sustainable Electric Power Systems in the 21st Century: Requirements, Challenges and the Role of Intelligent Systems Technologies, on Wednesday, June 6th, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm, Room 1105 at Sanford Fleming building, University of Toronto.

Sustainability of electric power systems requires balancing the business across three areas: economic, social and environmental. This will have a profound impact on how power systems are planned, built and operated in the future. In the evolving electricity supply industry environment, the challenges are to produce, transmit, and use energy in an environmentally friendly manner, to reduce costs by improving operating efficiency and business practices, and enhance the reliability and quality of power supply. In particular, there will be increased focus on improving the security and reliability of power systems while addressing environmental concerns, such as greenhouse gas emissions and global warming issues. There will also be greater emphasis on “smart” use of energy. Research, development and application of intelligent systems technologies will play a major role in shaping the future directions of power systems in this regard.

This presentation will describe these changes affecting the electric power industry and highlight new technologies that will influence the changes.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Biography: Prabha Kundur holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and has over 40 years of experience in the electric power industry. He is currently the President of Kundur Power system Solutions Inc., Toronto, Ontario. He served as the President and CEO of Powertech Labs Inc., the research and technology subsidiary of BC Hydro, from 1994 to 2006. Prior to joining Powertech, he worked at Ontario Hydro for nearly 25 years and held senior positions involving power system planning and design.

He has also served as Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto from 1979 to 2017 and at the University of British Columbia from1994 to 2006. He is the author of the book Power System Stability and Control (McGraw-Hill, 1994), which is a standard modern reference for the subject. He has performed extensive international consulting related to power system planning and design, and has delivered advanced level technical courses for utilities, manufacturers and universities around the world.

Dr. Kundur has a long record of service and leadership in the IEEE. He has chaired numerous committees and working groups of the IEEE Power & Energy Society and was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 1985. He served as the Chair of the IEEE Power System Dynamic Performance Committee from 2001 to 2003. From 2004 to 2010, he served as a member of the IEEE PES Executive Committee and as the PES Vice-President for Education. He is the recipient of several IEEE awards, including the 1997 IEEE Nikola Tesla Award, 2005 IEEE PES Charles Concordia Power System Engineering Award, and the 2010 IEEE Medal in Power Engineering.

Dr. Kundur was elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2003 and as a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering in 2011.

He has been awarded two honorary degrees: Doctor Honoris Causa by the University Politechnica of Bucharest, Romania in 2003, and Doctor of Engineering, Honoris Causa by the University of Waterloo, Canada in 2004.

S&C Electric Factory Tour

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Monday, May 14th at 2:00 p.m., IEEE Dielectric and Electrical Insulation Toronto together with PES chapter has arranged a facility tour of S&C Electric in Etobikoe.

Day & Time: Monday, May 14, 2018
2:00 p.m. ‐ 4:00 p.m.

Location: 90 Belfield Rd
Etobicoke, ON M9W 1G4

Contact: Ali Naderian

Organizer: IEEE Toronto DEIS Chapter, PES Chapter

Register: https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/170929

Abstract: IEEE Dielectric and Electrical Insulation Toronto together with PES chapter has arranged a facility tour of S&C Electric in Etobicoke.

Attendees are couraged to bring their own safety shoes and glasses.

S&C specializes in the switching, protection, and control of electric power systems. This started with a single product in 1909, the Liquid Power Fuse, which was the first reliable power fuse able to protect against the high currents in distribution substations. Its invention helped pioneer the widespread adoption and spread of electricity. S&C has invented many innovative products and pioneered new applications in the power industry. SMD® Power Fuses, Loadbuster®, Circuit Switcher, Pad-Mounted Gear, VISTA® SF6 insulated switchgear, Fault Fiter® Electronic Power Fuses, and Scada-Mate Switching systems are just a few of the S&C products that have significantly changed power system design and operating practices.

Symposium on Smart Cities and Transportation

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Wednesday, March 7th at 6:00 p.m., join us to hear from expert speakers providing us with an introduction to smart cities and a great overview on the plans and current projects that the city of Toronto is implementing in order to make our community more efficient and one of the top technological cities in North America.

Day & Time: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Speakers:
Lucia Casacia – Presentation Slides
Vice President, Cities and Infrastructure Projects, Siemens Canada

Dr. Tom Murad
Country Lead – Engineering, Technology & Academic Relations, Siemens Canada

Gregg Loane – Presentation Slides
Manager, ITS Capital Delivery for the City of Toronto

Fahad Khan – Presentation Slides
Project Lead, City of Toronto

Natasha Apollonova – Presentation Slides
Associate Vice President, Policy, Toronto Board of Trade

Location: Room 2106, Sidney Smith Hall, University of Toronto
100 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 3G3

Contact: Omid Alizadeh

Register: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/168324

Organizer: This seminar is organized by IEEE Toronto’s Industry Relations Committee and the Power & Energy Chapter, in collaboration with Siemens Canada IEEE Committee and Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE), and IEEE University of Toronto Student Branch.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Abstract & Agenda:

Intelligent infrastructure paves the way for smarter, more integrated systems that keep economies running and contribute to economic success, efficiency savings, and economics of scales. Buildings not only offer space for working and living, they are also capital investments. Their value can be maintained only if they are operated cost-effectively. A constant reliable energy supply is central for economic growth and stability, as well as social wellbeing. However today’s grids were not designed to handle the growing power requirements or the increasing proportion of fluctuating power generated from renewable sources. Transportation of people and goods is a top priority for metropolitan areas. Population growth, congestion and the growing demand for mobility all place increasing burdens on transport systems with negative impacts for businesses, residents and overall quality of life. A Smart City applies state-of-the-art solutions enabled and improved by holistic Integration for the sake of the people, of the administration, of the business as well as of the environment.

6:00 pm-6:30 pm: Opening

6:30 pm-7:00 pm: Introduction to Smart Cities by Lucia Casacia, Vice President, Cities and Infrastructure Projects, Siemens Canada & Dr. Tom Murad, Country Lead – Engineering, Technology & Academic Relations, Siemens Canada

7:00 pm-7:20 pm: Transportation Initiatives and Vision of the City of Toronto by Gregg Loanne, Manager of ITS, City of Toronto

7:20 pm-7:40 pm: Preparing for Automated Vehicles at the City of Toronto by Fahad Khan, Project Lead, City of Toronto

7:40 pm-8:00 pm: Focusing on Smart to Move Toronto from Good to Great by Natasha Apollonova, Associate Vice President, Policy, Toronto Board of Trade

8:00 pm-8:10 pm: Open Panel Discussion on Job Opportunities in Technology Infrastructure and Smart Cities

8:10 pm-8:20 pm: Q&A

8:20 pm-8:30 pm: Closing

Biography:
Lucia Casacia
As the Vice President, Cities and Infrastructure Projects, Lucia leads Siemens Canada’s strategic focus on cities account management in order to leverage federal, provincial and municipal government infrastructure investment in cities across Canada. Lucia brings to Siemens extensive experience in the areas of engineering, construction management and commissioning of capital expansion projects. She is a valued member of Siemens Canada’s leadership team, most recently as the head of the Low Voltage & Products business unit in the Energy Management division.
Lucia is a graduate of McMaster University and has a Masters Certi_cate in Strategic Leadership from the Schulich School of Business in Toronto. Other areas of certi_cation include Operational Excellence and Lean Manufacturing (5S).

Dr. Tom Murad
Tom is a respected leader, thinker, and distinguished speaker on the topics of Engineering, Technology and Technical talents development and education and a member of PEO Engineering Order of Honour. Tom joined Siemens Canada in 2010, he is the founder of the Siemens Canada Engineering and Technology Academy “SCETA”, that he established and directed since October 2014. He is also serving as a member of various advisory Boards of Directors in the Industry and Academia. Tom has about 40 years of Professional Engineering and Technical Operations Executive Management including Academic and R&D work in Electrical power, Industrial Controls and Automation. Dr. Murad holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical & Electronics), and a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Power Electronics and Industrial Controls from Loughborough University of Technology in the UK, with a Leadership Program Certificate from Schulich Business School, York University in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Murad is a Fellow of Engineers Canada, a licensed (P.Eng.) member of The Professional Engineering Ontario (PEO); APEGA in Alberta, and NAPEG in the North Western Territories. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, and is member of Board of Directors – IEEE Canada, past chair of Executive Committee – IEEE Toronto Section, member of Board of Directors – Canadian-German Centre for Innovation and Research, member of the PEO Licensing “Engineering Experience Review” – ERC Committee since 2002, member of OSPE’s Hamilton – Halton Engineering week Committee, and he is serving on various Advisory Boards in the Industry and the Academia.

Gregg Loane
Gregg is currently the Manager – ITS Capital Delivery for the City of Toronto. He has over 25 years of ITS experience, split evenly between the public and private sectors, with a focus on connecting client / user needs with appropriate transportation technology solutions, as well as education in the field of ITS. His current responsibilities include deploying ITS for a variety of municipal applications (e.g. signal control, incident management, traveller information, etc.), and for providing technical representation on Toronto’s Autonomous Vehicle Preparation and Unattended Aerial Vehicle Working Groups. In the private sector, he led large-scale ATIS deployments (e.g. the Los Angeles and Florida 511 systems). These experiences built his strengths in project management, project finance, and personnel management, and have provided insight into a wide range of ITS-related user needs.

Fahad Khan
Fahad is the Project Lead for Automated and Autonomous Vehicles with the City of Toronto. He is the first person in North America to be hired by a leading municipality tasked with the sole purpose of investigating and preparing for automated vehicles. Being a deep car lover and a person known for pushing boundaries, Fahad has worked hard to push Toronto’s transportation system to new levels of innovation and technology.

Natasha Apollonova
Natasha is the Assistant Vice President, Policy with Toronto Region Board of Trade (the Board). The Board is the chamber of commerce for Canada’s largest urban centre representing 12,000 Members and connecting more than 250,000 business professionals and influencers throughout the Toronto region. The Board is an influential thought leader on key business and public policy issues impacting the Toronto region’s globally competitive economy. Over the past eight years, Natasha has been actively engaged in the Board’s municipal and provincial campaigns. She has also been instrumental in raising the profile of Toronto as an international city region by leading the Board’s benchmarking analysis and liaising with key stakeholders including all three levels of government and business leaders. Natasha currently leads the Board’s Smart Cities Initiative and the Movement of Goods files. Natasha holds a Master degree in Business Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University, an Honours degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and is fluent in Russian. She is on the Board of Directors for Toronto Association for Business Economics (TABE) and mentors several young women professionals through Women in Capital Markets and TABE.

Electrical Grid Educational Seminar: Microgrids

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Friday, February 23rd at 5:30 p.m., Shuvo Chowdhury, Manager of Microgrid Technologies at Alectra Energy Solutions Inc., will be presenting “Electrical Grid Educational Seminar: Microgrids”.

Day & Time: Friday, February 23, 2018
5:30 p.m. ‐ 7:30 p.m.

Speaker: Shuvo Chowdhury
Manager of Microgrid Technologies at Alectra Energy Solutions Inc.

Location: Galbraith Building, Room 220
35 St George St.
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5S 1A4

Contact: Maryam Alsomahi

Organizer: IEEE Toronto Industry Relations Committee, IEEE Toronto Power & Energy Chapter, IEEE University of Toronto Student Branch

Register: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/161050

Light refreshments will be provided.

Abstract: Access to electricity is a critical factor in ensuring high quality of life, economic growth, educational advancement and social development. However, often, access to electricity is taken for granted. We don’t think about the complexity of the electrical grid and the amount of impressive sophisticated engineering designs that go into it.

IEEE Toronto’s Industrial Relations Committee is excited to be hosting a series of educational seminars that aim to give participants an insight into the planning, designing and work that go into operating the grid to make sure we have a reliable access to electricity every minute of every day.

The Topic of the seminar on February 23rd is Microgrids. The global demand for electricity will increase by 28% by 2040. At the same time the availability of electricity is hampered by increasing adverse weather events, price fluctuations and emerging technologies and business models. Microgrids are in the front line to tackle these new challenges. But what are microgrids and why do they matter? This seminar will answer these questions and more by looking at specific examples of microgrid deployments and business cases that have been undertaken by Alectra Utilities; one of the largest municipally owned utilities in North America, serving almost a million customers in the GTA.

Biography: Shuvo Chowdhury serves as a the Manager of Microgrid Technologies at Alectra Energy Solutions Inc. His particular focus is in utility grid, commercial/industrial and residential scale microgrids that incorporate battery energy storage technologies and their accompanying Energy Management Systems. Shuvo has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Mechatronics from the University of Toronto.

Prior to joining the Alectra Energy Solutions team at, he was employed by Quanta Technology. In his capacity as senior engineer at Quanta, he worked on R&D & pilot projects for a number of North American Utilities such as SDG&E, Xcel Energy and National Grid.

Electrical Grid Educational Seminar: Distributed Generation and Introduction to Smart Grid

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Friday, March 2nd at 6:30 p.m., Hugo Sanchez-Reategui, consultant of Alectra Utilities (formerly PowerStream Inc.), will be presenting “Electrical Grid Educational Seminar: Distributed Generation and Introduction to Smart Grid”.

Day & Time: Friday, March 2, 2018
6:30 p.m. ‐ 8:30 p.m.

Speaker: Hugo Sanchez-Reategui
Consultant of Alectra Utilities (formerly PowerStream Inc.)

Location: Galbraith Building, Room 220
35 St George St.
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5S 1A4

Contact: Maryam Alsomahi

Organizer: IEEE Toronto Industry Relations Committee, IEEE Toronto Power & Energy Chapter, IEEE University of Toronto Student Branch

Register: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/160826

Light refreshments will be provided.

Abstract: Access to electricity is a critical factor in ensuring high quality of life, economic growth, educational advancement and social development. However, often, access to electricity is taken for granted. We don’t think about the complexity of the electrical grid and the amount of impressive sophisticated engineering designs that go into it.

IEEE Industrial Relations Committee is excited to be hosting a series of educational seminars that aim to give participants an insight into the planning, designing and work that go into operating the grid to make sure we have a reliable access to electricity every minute of every day.

The Topic of this seminar is Distributed Generation and Introduction to Smart Grid. The objective of this seminar is to provide an overview of the current practices to connect Embedded Distributed Generators i.e. solar, wind, geothermal, etc. to the distribution grid. Also, this seminar will discuss the successes and challenges of new technological advances in the current Smart Grid.

The presentation will provide:
– An overview of the traditional and future power grid
– A review of government initiatives around the world and in Ontario
– An evaluation of the impact of distributed generators
– Model distributed generators & predict the increased short circuit levels, voltage profiles change along the network
– Brief overview of interconnection standards i.e. IEEE 1547
– Review of connection processes for utilities in Ontario and interconnection requirements
– An introduction to Smart Grid Technologies

Biography: Hugo Sanchez-Reategui has been a consultant of Alectra Utilities (formerly PowerStream Inc.) for the past 8 years confirming capacity for Embedded Distributed Generators dealing with stakeholders, developers, utilities and government agencies.

Hugo is a current member of Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), past member and past Vice President of Public Relations of Toastmasters International (Public Speaking).
He earned a Bachelor of Engineering at National University of Callao, Peru and IEEQB Program Certificate at Ryerson University in 2010.

Hugo is currently the Industry Relations Committee Chair of IEEE Toronto (largest IEEE section in Canada) managing a selected group of 10 volunteers to work on hot technology topics i.e. Cyber Security, Smart Grid and other emerging technologies showing the awareness of these topics and promoting the IEEE brand as a technology leader in Canada and North America.

As part of this important role, he also works on establishing partnerships with other organizations in events to add more value to IEEE membership and better opportunities to members and public.
In addition, Hugo mentors undergrad students and some international engineers.
His technical interests include Smart Grid Technologies, Distribution Operations, Substation Communications and Protection of Distribution Systems.

Siemens Seminar: Drivers to Clean Air – Blue GIS Using Vacuum Interrupting Technology and Clean Air Insulation for CO2-Neutral Footprint

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

Monday, February 26th at 4:30 p.m., Firas Jnidi will be presenting “Siemens Seminar: Drivers to Clean Air – Blue GIS Using Vacuum Interrupting Technology and Clean Air Insulation for CO2-Neutral Footprint”.

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Day & Time: Monday, February 26, 2018
4:30 p.m. ‐ 6:30 p.m.

Speaker: Firas Jnidi

Location: Niagara Conference Hall, 1st Floor, Siemens Canada Limited Corporate Office
1577 North Service Rd E
Oakville, Ontario
Canada L6H 0H6

Contact: Omid Alizadeh

Organizer: Siemens Canada IEEE Committee, IEEE Toronto Power & Energy Society

Register: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/159950

Light refreshments will be provided.

Abstract: Environmental awareness and resource efficiency require new technologies. To minimize the emission of fluorinated gases (F-gases), Siemens has developed innovative solutions using alternative technologies that enable the F-Gas-free, easy, and secure transmission of electrical power.

The new 8VN1 vacuum clean air gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) for up to 145 kV combines proven vacuum-switching technology with the advantages of clean air as the insulation medium.

Vacuum interrupting technology allows clean air to be used as the insulating medium in gas-insulated switchgear up to 145 kV. Clean air technology from Siemens is the first F-gas-free insulation for high-voltage GIS, and it supports the company’s goal to develop completely environmentally friendly technologies. Clean air technology has a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of 0. Clean air is composed of 80 percent N2 and 20 percent O2, cleaned and free of humidity.

Biography: Firas Jnidi is holding a Bachelor degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering since 1999. He is committed to work in technological related business, with an ongoing learning and multinational exposure.

He started his career in projects execution as a technical solution provider. SIEMENS was an important step in his professional career, where he was able to develop his technical experience and enhancing his skills in many market segments (e.g Oil & Gas, Utilities, petrochemicals).

Firas has a responsibility to develop the High Voltage product business in Canada.

Electrical Grid Educational Seminar: Distribution Planning

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Thursday, March 29th at 6:30 p.m., Joe Bonadie, Manager of Engineering Services (Ontario Hydro/Hydro One), will be presenting “Electrical Grid Educational Seminar: Distribution Planning”.

Day & Time: Thursday, March 29, 2018
6:30 p.m. ‐ 8:00 p.m.

Speaker: Joe Bonadie
Manager of Engineering Services (Ontario Hydro/Hydro One)

Location: Sandford Fleming Building, Room 2202
University of Toronto
10 King’s College Rd, Toronto, ON M5S 3G8

Contact: Maryam Alsomahi

Organizer: IEEE Toronto’s Industry Relations Committee, IEEE Toronto Power & Energy Society, IEEE University of Toronto Student Branch

Register: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/160154

Light refreshments will be served.

Abstract: Access to electricity is a critical factor in ensuring high quality of life, economic growth, educational advancement and social development. However, often, access to electricity is taken for granted. We don’t think about the complexity of the electrical grid and the amount of impressive sophisticated engineering designs that go into it.

IEEE Industrial Relations Committee is excited to be hosting a series of educational seminars that aim to give participants an insight into the planning, designing and work that goes into operating the grid to make sure we have a reliable access to electricity every minute of every day.

The Topic of the first seminar on Thursday, March 29, 2018, is ‘Distribution Planning’. The fundamental objective of Distribution Planning is to provide an orderly and economic plan for additions to, and changes in the power system’s equipment and facilities so that it can continue to meet future electrical demands with an acceptable level of reliability and at the lowest possible cost.

The seminar will provide:

– An overview of Ontario’s Power System
– A detailed overview of the Planning Process
– Review of the Utility’s Loading & Outage Reports
– Documentation of stations, feeder and system peak loading
– Load Growth Rate
– Model of distribution system & predict expected system deficiencies in accordance with established planning criteria
– Identify supply options to mitigate system deficiencies
– Evaluate and rank the supply options in terms of economic and technical merits
– Obtain approval for the recommended option
– Provide Planning Specifications for the preferred option
– Issue project for implementation

Biography: Joe Bonadie, has over 30 years of experience in the Electrical Distribution business. He has worked for a number of Ontario’s Local Distribution Companies (LDC’s) in various capacities including System Planning Engineer, Supervising Project Engineer, Senior Distribution. Performance Engineer and Manager of Engineering Services and Contracts.

As manager of Engineering Services (Ontario Hydro/Hydro One) Joe’s responsibility included the Voltage Conversion Program for Ontario with an initial budget of $20M.

Joe Co-Authored an IEEE technical paper on “Series Capacitors, Application on Distribution Systems” and was presented at the IEEE winter meeting in Atlanta in 1990. Most recently, Engineers Canada bestowed Joe with the title of “Fellow Engineers Canada (FEC)“ for advancing the Profession through some 25 years of volunteer work with the Association of Professional Engineers Ontario.

Joe has thorough knowledge and understanding of the planning, design, construction, and operation of the distribution system including the appropriate standards for both underground and overhead distribution system.

Technical Seminar: PEM Fuel Cells and Electrolyzers for Clean Energy

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Monday, January 29th at 12:00 p.m., Prof. Aimy Bazylak, Canada Research Chair in Thermofluidics for Clean Energy, will be presenting “Technical Seminar: PEM Fuel Cells and Electrolyzers for Clean Energy”.

Day & Time: Monday, January 29, 2018
12:00 p.m. ‐ 1:30 p.m.

Speaker: Prof. Aimy Bazylak
Canada Research Chair in Thermofluidics for Clean Energy
Director of the University of Toronto Institute for Sustainable Energy
Associate Professor in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Location: Peter Bronfman Learning Centre, 7th Floor, Heaslip House, Ryerson University
297 Victoria Street, Toronto,
M5B 1W1, ON, Canada

Contact: Omid Alizadeh

Organizer: IEEE Toronto Power & Energy Society

Agenda: 12:00 pm – Arrival and registration
12:15 pm – Welcome and introduction
12:20 pm – Talk
1:05 pm – Q&A
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm – Closing and networking

Light refreshments will be served.

Abstract: The hydrogen polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell provides enormous potential for a future with clean energy. However, PEM fuel cells and electrolyzers have not yet reached widespread commercial adoption, and key barriers are related to inefficient heat and mass transport in microscale porous materials. Mass transport limitations arising from liquid water flooding in low temperature PEM fuel cells and oxygen gas bubble accumulation in PEM electrolyzers leads to significant inefficiencies. If these issues become resolved, smaller and more reliable devices could be produced at a lower cost. Mass transport limitations can be minimized through the development of optimized materials, which have tailored pore structures, connectivities, conductivities, and surface wettabilities. The porous materials could be customized for mass transport with detailed information about their structure and the dominating mass transport mechanisms that result from these structures. I will discuss X-ray based visualization techniques, such as microcomputed tomography, synchrotron X-ray radiography, and neutron radiography, for investigating multiphase transport in PEM fuel cells and electrolyzers.

Biography: Prof. Aimy Bazylak is the Canada Research Chair in Thermofluidics for Clean Energy; Director of the University of Toronto Institute for Sustainable Energy; and an Associate Professor in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering. Her research is focused on studying microscale and nanoscale materials for tailored heat and mass transport for clean electrochemical energy conversion technologies. In 2014 she became a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering, and she was recognized as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in Germany in 2015.

Global, Regional and Local Impacts of Climate Change – A European Union Perspective

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Dr. Tsanis, Full Professor in the School of Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Crete, will be presenting “Global, Regional and Local Impacts of Climate Change – A European Union Perspective”.

Day & Time: Wednesday November 15th, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Tsanis
Full Professor, School of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete (TUC), Greece
Director, Water Resources Management and Coastal Engineering Laboratory, TUC
Associate Member, Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS)
Professor Emeritus, Department of Civil Engineering, McMaster University

Location: Conference Room at the Centre for Urban Energy
147 Dalhousie St
Toronto, ON M5B 2R2

Contact: Omid Alizadeh

Organizer: Power & Energy Chapter

Abstract: Following an introduction on European Union (EU) climate change projects and possibilities of international research collaboration, this presentation will focus on climate change impact assessment applications at global, regional (EU) and local scale (island of Crete). Climate change impacts on water resources (supply-demand), hydrometeorological extremes (floods and droughts) and on various sectors such as tourism, cities and energy (PV) will be presented. Climate change impact assessment models can ensure that a wide range of important factors are taken into consideration in improving the engineering practices and plannings, also from an energy perspective.

Biography: Dr. Tsanis is a Full Professor in the School of Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Crete (TUC), Greece, a Director of the Water Resources Management and Coastal Engineering Laboratory at TUC, an Associate Member of Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS) and a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Civil Engineering at McMaster University.

Dr. Tsanis is a graduate of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (Dipl. Civ. Eng.) and University of Toronto (M.A.Sc. and Ph.D., Civil Engineering). After receiving his Ph.D. he worked as a NSERC Visiting Fellow in the National Water Research Institute (NWRI) in Burlington and as a University Research Fellow and Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at McMaster University.

Dr. Tsanis is currently participating in several international research projects (NSERC, FP7 & H2020, ESA, EEA) studying the impact of climate change on extreme events (droughts and floods), ecosystem tipping points, agriculture, cities, tourism, energy and climate change adaptation and governance in water management and forecasting of hydrometeorological extremes that produce floods with radar and satellite remote sensing and lightning activity.