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The Future of Power and Energy Infrastructure

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Tuesday, April 17th at 11:00 a.m., Dr. Martin Ordonez, Canada Research Chair in Power Converters for Renewable Energy Systems, will be presenting “The Future of Power and Energy Infrastructure”.

Day & Time: Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
11:00 a.m. ‐ 12:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Martin Ordonez
Canada Research Chair in Power Converters for Renewable Energy Systems
Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of British Columbia

Location: Room BA4287, Bahen Center of Information Technology
40 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2E4


Organizer: IEEE Toronto IAS & PELS Joint Chapter


Abstract: The incorporation of distributed renewable energy generation, smart control systems, and electric/hybrid vehicles into the existing grid infrastructure are challenging but necessary steps towards a more sustainable future. This presentation will describe key technologies and techniques that are necessary to modernize electrical generation, distribution and consumption. The work that is currently ongoing at the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) campus will be used to illustrate some modern and future implementations. Techniques such as load shedding, peak shifting, active power factor correction, and backup will be discussed. The technical challenges and solutions associated with implementing these sustainable solutions will be addressed.

Biography: Dr. Martin Ordonez is the Canada Research Chair in Power Converters for Renewable Energy Systems and Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. He is also the holder of the Fred Kaiser Professorship on Power Conversion and Sustainability at UBC. He was an Adjunct Professor with Simon Fraser University and Memorial University of Newfoundland. His industrial experience in power conversion includes research and development at Xantrex Technology Inc./Elgar Electronics Corp. (now AMETEK Programmable Power), where he developed high-density power converters and advanced controllers.

He is the principal investigator of several power conversion grants and has developed partnerships with various companies in the sector. With the support of industrial funds and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), he contributed more than 140 publications and R&D reports in the power area. Dr. Ordonez is an Associate Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS, a Guest Editor for IEEE JOURNAL OF EMERGING AND SELECTED TOPICS IN POWER ELECTRONICS, an Editor for IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON SUSTAINABLE ENERGY serves on several IEEE committees, and reviews widely for IEEE/IET journals and international conferences. He was awarded the David Dunsiger Award for Excellence in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (2009) and the Chancellors Graduate Award/Birks Graduate Medal (2006), and became a Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies, Memorial University.

Practical Power Flow Controller Brings Benefits of Power Electronics to the Grid

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Friday, May 18th at 3:00 p.m., Kalyan Sen, Fulbright Scholar and Chief Technology Officer of Sen Engineering Solutions Inc., will be presenting “Practical Power Flow Controller Brings Benefits of Power Electronics to the Grid”.

Day & Time: Friday, May 18, 2018
3:00 p.m. ‐ 4:00 p.m.

Speaker: Kalyan Sen
Chief Technology Officer of Sen Engineering Solutions Inc.
Fulbright Scholar
Senior Member of IEEE

Location: Room BA4287, Bahen Center of Information Technology University of Toronto
40 St George St., Toronto
Ontario M5S 2E4

Contact: Sanaz Kanani

Organizer: IEEE Toronto Industry Applications & Power Electronics Society Join Chapter


Abstract: Power flow control techniques have been practiced, from using inductors, capacitors, transformers and load tap changers in the earlier days of electrical engineering to power electronics-based solutions in recent years. Even though the costs and complexities of the available solutions vary widely, the basic underlying theory of power flow control is still the same as it always has been. The question is which solution one should employ. The answer depends on knowing what the true need is. The power industry’s pressing need for the most economical ways to transfer bulk power along a desired path may be met by building new transmission lines, which is a long and costly process. Alternately, it may be quicker and cheaper to utilize the existing transmission lines more efficiently. The key is to identify the underutilized transmission lines and harness their dormant capacity to increase the power flows to the lines’ thermal limits.

Since the commissioning of the first commercial power electronics-based Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems (FACTS) controller two decades ago, a great deal has been learned about the true needs of a utility for its everyday use and they are high reliability, high efficiency, low installation and operating costs, component non-obsolescence, fast enough response for utility applications, high power density, interoperability, and easy relocation to adapt to changing power system’s needs while providing the optimal power flow control capability. This was the motivation to develop a SMART Power Flow Controller (SPFC) that enhances the controllability in an electric power transmission system by using functional requirements and cost-effective solutions.

The presentation is designed to provide the basic principles of power flow control theory, an overview of the most commonly used power flow controllers, and future trends. The presentation will be of particular interest to all utility power engineering professionals. The required background is an equivalent of an Electrical Engineering degree with familiarity in power engineering terminology. The audience will hear from an expert who actually designed and commissioned a number of power electronics-based FACTS controllers since its inception in the 1990s.

Biography: Kalyan Sen, a newly selected Fulbright Scholar, is the Chief Technology Officer of Sen Engineering Solutions, Inc. that specializes in developing SMART power flow controllers—a functional requirements-based and cost-effective solution. He spent 30 years in academia and industry and became a Westinghouse Fellow Engineer. He was a key member of the Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems (FACTS) development team at the Westinghouse Science & Technology Center in Pittsburgh. He contributed in all aspects (conception, simulation, design, and commissioning) of FACTS projects at Westinghouse. He conceived some of the basic concepts in FACTS technology. He has authored or coauthored more than 25 peer-reviewed publications, 8 issued patents, a book and 4 book chapters in the areas of FACTS and power electronics. He is the coauthor of the book titled, Introduction to FACTS Controllers: Theory, Modeling, and Applications, IEEE Press and John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2009, which is also published in Chinese and Indian paperback editions. He is the co-inventor of Sen Transformer. He received BEE, MSEE, and PhD degrees, all in Electrical Engineering, from Jadavpur University, India, Tuskegee University, USA, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA, respectively. He also received an MBA from Robert Morris University, USA. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He is a Distinguished Toastmaster who led District 13 of Toastmasters International as its Governor to be the 10th-ranking District in the world in 2007-8.

Kalyan, a Senior Member of IEEE, has served the organization in many positions. Under his leadership, IEEE Pittsburgh Section and its three chapters (PES, IAS and PELS) received Best Section and Chapter Awards. His other past positions included Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery (2002 – 2007), Technical Program Chair of the 2008 PES General Meeting in Pittsburgh, Chapters and Sections Activities Track Chair of the 2008 IEEE Sections Congress in Quebec City, Canada, PES R2 Representative (2010 and 2011) and Member of the IEEE Center for Leadership Excellence (CLE) Committee (2013, 2014). He has been serving as an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer since 2002. In that capacity, he has given presentations on power flow control technology more than 100 times in 15 countries. He is an inaugural class (2013) graduate of the IEEE CLE Volunteer Leadership Training (VOLT) program. Kalyan is the recepient of the IEEE Pittsburgh Section PES Outstanding Engineer Award (2004) and Outstanding Volunteer Service Award for reviving the local Chapters of PES and IAS from inactivity to world-class performance (2004). He has been serving as the Special Events Coordinator of the IEEE Pittsburgh Section for the last decade. He is the Region 1-3 & 7 Coordinator of Power Electronics Society.

Engineering a Greener Tomorrow

Sunday, February 25th, 2018

Monday, April 9th at 6:00 p.m., Dr. Damir Novosel, IEEE PES Immediate Past President and now President of Quanta Technology LLC, will be presenting “Engineering a Greener Tomorrow”.

Day & Time: Monday, April 9, 2018
6:00 p.m. ‐ 7:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Damir Novosel
IEEE PES Immediate Past President
President, Quanta Technology LLC

Location: Bahen Center of Information Technology, Room BA4287
40 St George St.
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5S 2E4

Contact: Hoda Youssef

Organizer: IEEE Toronto Industry Applications & Power Electronics Society Join Chapter


Abstract: Reliable and efficient electrical grid operation is critical to society. The electrical power and energy industry in the next decades is changing rapidly to meet the demands of the society and address challenges. New technology trends include development of more efficient, reliable, and cost-effective renewable generation and Distributed Energy Resources (DER), energy storage technologies, Electric Vehicles (EV), monitoring, protection, automation, and control devices, and communications that offer significant opportunities for realizing a sustainable and greener energy future. We are at a crossroads in making business and technical decisions that will allow us to optimally and cost-effectively manage the greener tomorrow.

The presentation will address some of the challenges and opportunities facing modern grids and how industry trends and innovation will shape the future grid. Topics included are:

• Industry Trends and Transformation Drivers
• Opportunities and challenges with distributed energy resources, microgrids, electrical vehicles and the role of storage
• Technologies for the changing nature of the grid
• Grid modernization roadmap
• Education and workforce needs
• Key success factors to prepare for the greener future

Biography: Dr. Damir Novosel is president of Quanta Technology, a subsidiary of Quanta Services, a Fortune 500 company. Previously, he was vice president of ABB Automation Products and president of KEMA T&D US.

Damir is elected to National Academy of Engineers in 2014. He served as IEEE Power and Energy Society President (2016-2017) and Vice President of Technical Activities (2011-2012) and is a member of the IEEE Standards Board. He is also a member of the CIGRE US National Committee and received the CIGRE Attwood Associate award.

Damir holds 17 US and international patents and published over 100 articles and was leading and participating in developing industry standards and guides, receiving IEEE PES 2011 and 2013 Prize Paper Awards. Dr. Novosel is also an adjunct professors of Electrical Engineering at North Carolina State University.

He holds PhD and MSc, BSc degrees in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University (where he was a Fulbright scholar), the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and the University of Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, respectively. Dr. Novosel was selected Mississippi State University Distinguished Engineering Fellow in 2015.

Response of voltage source HVDC systems to DC-side faults, HVDC fault characterisation and DC protection options

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Friday August 25, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Prof. Stephen Finney of University of Edinburgh School of Engineering, will be presenting “Response of voltage source HVDC systems to DC-side faults, HVDC fault characterisation and DC protection options”.

Day & Time: Friday August 25, 2017
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Speaker: Prof. Stephen Finney
University of Edinburgh School of Engineering

Location: Bahen Centre, Room BA 7180
40 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 2E4

Contact: Sanaz Kanani

Organizers: IAS & PELS Joint Chapter


Agenda: 2:00 pm: Light Refreshment
2:10-2:50 pm: Presentation (40min)
2:50 pm – Q&A (20min)

Abstract: The emergence of high performance, high voltage, voltage source converters (VSC) such as the modular multi-level converter (MMC ) has resulted in increased deployment of voltage source HVDC transmission both for interconnection of AC networks and integration of remote and offshore renewable energy resources. The improved functionality and suitability for networked operation make VSC-HVDC attractive for future power networks. However, the low impedance of voltage source HVDC makes is highly susceptible dc faults, resulting in rapid collapse of system voltage and extreme over currents. For the majority of converter topologies, fault current cannot be controlled by the converter switching with the potential for high current flows in the anti-parallel diodes. Protection devices are, therefore, required to operate with sufficient speed to avoid device failure. In current point-point connections this may be achieved through shunt protection of converter diodes coupled with AC side fault clearance which must be activated at all VSC terminals.

There is growing interest in the exploitation of VSC-HVDC in multi-terminal configurations, with a number of large scale pilot projects. (For example the Zhoushan 5 terminal scheme).

Conductor faults in such VSC-HVDC networks will result in rapid network-wide voltage collapse and over currents. In these cases the application of proven point-point protection with AC fault clearance, whilst effective, will result in the loss of power flows at all converter stations. This may be avoided by the use of DC circuit breakers (DCCB), however implementation of such circuit breakers presents challenging compromises in speed, complexity and losses.

Biography: Prof. Stephen Jon Finney graduated with a Master’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Loughborough University in 1988. He worked for the (U.K) Electricity Council research Centre Laboratories before joining the Power Electronics research team at Heriot-Watt University in 1990, obtaining his PhD in 1994. In 2005 he transferred to the University of Strathclyde where he contributed to the formation of the power electronics, drives and energy conversion group. This research group now includes 4 academic staff, five postdoctoral research fellows and 14 postgraduate researchers. The group’s research spans power semiconductor devices, circuits and system level applications. His work in the area of power electronics has resulted in the supervision 15 PhD completions and publication of over 150 research papers with over 30 in IEEE Transactions.

During his time at Strathclyde Professor Finney has been responsible for developing research into the application of power electronic systems energy systems. Work in this field includes HVDC transmission, Multi-terminal HVDC, Renewable generator interface and Energy collection architectures. The group recently completed work on the European Union funded ‘Twenties’ program, a multi-partner project which investigated the use of HVDC for the integration of large scale wind generation. This work will be extended through a number of successor projects focusing on overcoming technical barriers to HVDC networks offshore wind integration.

Besides HVDC Professor Finney’s team is involved in a broad range of Power Electronics research which include work on High Voltage IGBT Modules and advanced gate drives and U.K China Collaboration on Power Electronic Devices for the Network Integration of Electric Vehicles.

High Power Density Power Electronics in Aerospace Applications

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Friday May 19, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. IAS & PELS Joint Chapter are inviting you to the technical event “High Power Density Power Electronics in Aerospace Applications”, presented by Dr. Chushan Li, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Ryerson University.

Day & Time: Friday May 19, 2017
3:00 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Chushan Li
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Ryerson University

Location: University of Toronto
40 St.George Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada, M5S 2E4
Bahen Center of Information Technology
Room Number: BA 7180

All IEEE members and non-members are welcome to participate with no admission charge.


Contact: Sanaz Kanani

Organizers: IAS & PELS Joint Chapter, Toronto Section

Abstract: In aerospace industry, the More Electric Aircraft (MEA) architecture is emerging, which employs the concept of electrical power for driving aircraft subsystems currently powered by hydraulic or pneumatic means including utility and flight control actuation, environmental control system, lubrication and fuel pumps, and numerous other utility functions.

In this seminar, Dr. Chushan Li presents an overview of More Electric Aircraft, and highlights the researches on developing high power density power electronics converters for aerospace applications. These researches enable the MEA applications and significantly reduce the weight, size, and life-cycle-cost of the overall system, improve reliability and result in ease of manufacturing and maintenance. The results are also applicable to wide applications in general industry. Finally, discussions related challenges and potential opportunities are given to show the research potentials in this area.

Biography: Dr. Chushan Li received the B.E.E. degree and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Department of Electrical Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 2008 and 2014, respectively. Currently, he is a postdoctoral fellow in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ryerson University, Canada.

From April to September in 2008, he was an internship student with the Power Application Design Center in National Semiconductor (Hong Kong) Co.Ltd. From December 2010 to October 2011, he was a visiting scholar with the Freedom Center in North Carolina State University. From December 2013 to June 2014, he was a research assistant in Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

His research interest includes high power density power converter design and AC-DC power conversion. He has published 31 technical papers and held 7 patents. In 2013, he has received First-Class National Scholarship for Graduate Student in China.

Trends of the Smart Grid Development

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Friday May 12, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. IEEE Fellow and Professor Wei-Jen Lee, Electrical Engineering Department University of Texas at Arlington, will be presenting “Trends of the Smart Grid Development”.

Day & Time: Friday May 12, 2017
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Speaker: Professor Wei-Jen Lee
Electrical Engineering Department University of Texas at Arlington
Director of the Energy Systems Research Center
IEEE Fellow

Location: Bahen Center of Information Technology, Room: BA 7180
University of Toronto
40 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5S 2E4


Contact: Hoda Youssef

Organizers: IEEE Toronto IAS & PELS Joint Chapter

Abstract: The electrical power system in the US has been named as “the supreme engineering achievement of the 20th century” by the National Academy of Sciences. While the power system is a technological marvel, it is also reaching the limit of its ability to meet the nation’s electricity needs. In addition, our nation is moving into the digital information age that demands higher reliability from the nation’s aging electrical delivery system.

The modernization of the electricity infrastructure leads to the concept of “smart grid”. A comprehensive smart grid design should cover both top-down and bottom-up approaches. For the current centralized generation and transmission system, upgrading the power delivery infrastructure, enforcing the system security requirement, and increasing interoperability are well known techniques to improve the reliability and the controllability of the power system. For the bottom-up approach, one of the most important features is its ability to support a more diverse and complex network of energy technologies. Specifically, it will be able to seamlessly integrate an array of locally installed, distributed power sources with smaller CO2 footprint, such as fuel cells, photovoltaic, and wind generation, into the power system.

This presentation discusses the opportunities and challenges for the development of Smart Grid, highlights the smart grid related researches that I have been involved recently, and explores the possibility for future collaborations. The presentation concludes with the listing of issues needed to be addressed to ensure successful integration procedures that will eventually create new structures of efficient, modular and environmentally responsive electricity infrastructure that will have an impact nationally as well as globally.

Biography: Professor Wei-Jen Lee received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C., and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas, Arlington, in 1978, 1980, and 1985, respectively, all in Electrical Engineering.

In 1986, he joined the University of Texas at Arlington, where he is currently a professor of the Electrical Engineering Department and the director of the Energy Systems Research Center.
He has been involved in the revision of IEEE Std. 141, 339, 551, 739, 1584, and dot 3000 series development. He is the Vice President of the IEEE Industry Application Society. He is an editor of IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications and IAS Magazine, editorial board member of Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy (MPCE) and CSEE Journal of Power and Energy Systems, and guest editor of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. He has been inducted as a member of Academy of Distinguished Scholar at the University of Texas at Arlington since 2012. He is the project manager of IEEE/NFPA Collaboration on Arc Flash Phenomena Research Project.

Prof. Lee has been involved in research on utility deregulation, renewable energy, smart grid, microgrid, energy internet and virtual power plants (VPP), arc flash hazards and electrical safety, load and wind capacity forecasting, power quality, distribution automation and demand side management, power systems analysis, online real-time equipment diagnostic and prognostic system, and microcomputer based instrument for power systems monitoring, measurement, control, and protection. He has served as the primary investigator (PI) or Co-PI of over one hundred funded research projects with the total amount exceed US$12 million dollars. He has published more than one hundred and thirty journal papers and two hundred forty conference proceedings. He has provided on-site training courses for power engineers in Panama, China, Taiwan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and Singapore. He has refereed numerous technical papers for IEEE, IET, and other professional organizations.

Hybrid Renewable Energy Standalone Systems

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Friday March 24, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. Dr. Ambrish Chandra of Department of Electrical Engineering, École de technologie supérieure, will be presenting “Hybrid Renewable Energy Standalone Systems”.

Day & Time: Friday, March 24th, 2017
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Ambrish Chandra
Department of Electrical Engineering
École de technologie supérieure

Location: Room BA 4287
Building: Bahen Center of Information Technology
University of Toronto
40 St. George Street, Toronto, ON, M5S2E4

Contact: Sanaz Kanani

Organizers: IAS & PLES Joint Chapter


Abstract: Several isolated areas in the world currently use only diesel generators (DGs) to serve their requirements of electrical energy. However, the use of DGs has many drawbacks: 1) high cost of electricity, 2) air and noise pollution, 3) Loss in fuel efficiency and maintenance cost. To remedy those problems it is better to generate power from a cost-effective, environmental friendly renewable energy sources (RESs) such as wind, solar, hydro, biomass, etc. RESs are clean and almost available all over the planet but are intermittent in nature, especially wind and solar power generations. This makes their integration to micro-grid with DG difficult, especially if the local grid is not connected to the main grid. Hybrid standalone system consists of many elements such as photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, DG, energy storage system, AC and DC loads, dump load etc. Most of these elements are connected to the AC or DC bus via power electronic devices. In this presentation many possible hybrid renewable energy standalone systems will be discussed. Control of some of the systems will be discussed in detail.

Biography: Prof Ambrish Chandra did his engineering degree from the University of Roorkee (presently IIT), India, M.Tech. degree from IIT, New Delhi, India, and Ph.D. degree from University of Calgary, Canada, in 1977, 1980, and 1987, respectively. Since 1994, he is working as a Professor of Electrical Engineering at École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS), Université du Québec, Montréal, Canada.

The key differentiator of Prof. Chandra’s work is in the simplicity and practicality of the new solutions proposed by him. His most significant work is concerned with the advancement of new theory and control algorithms in the following two areas: 1) integration of renewable energy sources to distribution systems with improved power quality features, and 2) power quality improvement in distribution systems. His work has had a significant impact and is now extensively employed in the industry. During the past 20 years he has published around 300 research articles in these two areas. He was instrumental in writing six review articles on power quality; those have now become de-facto standards worldwide. Many of the articles co-authored by him have high Google citations 2036, 867, 603, 325, with total Google citations 9380, h-index 42, i10-index 99, and are being referred by many international researchers. He is a coauthor of the book ‘Power Quality – Problems and Mitigation Techniques’, John Wiley and Sons Ltd, (2015) which deals with the power quality problems in distribution systems.

Prof Chandra is Fellow of many organisations, including IEEE, CAE, EIC, IET and others. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Power and Energy Society, and also of IEEE Industry Application Society. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. He is IEEE Power and Energy Society Montreal Chapter Chair. From May 2012 to September 2015, he was the Director of a multidisciplinary graduate program on ‘Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency’ at ÉTS. Prof Chandra is a professional engineer in the province of Quebec, Canada.

Improving Communication Skills for Engineers

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Wednesday February 22, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. IEEE Toronto Section’s Industry Relations Committee and Young Professionals Affinity Group will be hosting a seminar on “Improving Communication Skills for Engineers” with distinguished speakers who will share their experiences and speak about the opportunities, possibilities, and challenges in an engineering workplace and the required communication skills. You will hear first-hand tips on how to become an excellent communicator to advance your career.

The focus of this seminar is on communication skills one requires to be successful in an engineering profession. This seminar could be of special interest to engineering students, new graduates, young engineers, and young professionals in general.

This seminar is free; light refreshments will be provided.

Please register at the link below:

Day & Time: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Room 202, Galbraith Building, 35 St. George Street

Organizer: IEEE Toronto Section’s Industry Relations Committee, Young Professionals Affinity Group

Event Details:

6:15 pm-6:40 pm: Registration and Welcoming
6:40 pm-7:00 pm: 1st Speech by Dr. Tom Murad
7:00 pm-7:20 pm: 2nd Speech by Mr. Hugo Sánchez-Reategui
7:20 pm-7:40 pm: 3rd Speech by Mr. Ted Lyberogiannis
7:40 pm-8:00 pm: Open Panel and Q&A with Speakers
8:00 pm-8:30 pm: Closing and Networking

Other topics that will be covered in this seminar include:
§ What university does not teach you: the minimum level of knowledge and skills an engineer requires to perform engineering work independently, including academic knowledge, sector specific technical knowledge, business specific knowledge, emerging technologies, supervisory, management, and communication skills.
§ How much you can benefit from mentors in achieving your career goals.
§ Why life-long learning is critical for your career and life success.

Biography of speakers:

Dr. Tom Murad
Dr. Tom Murad is the Head of Siemens Engineering and Technology Academy, in Siemens Canada, with over 35 years of experience in professional engineering and technical operations executive management including more than 10 years of academic and R&D work in industrial controls and automation. In the last four years, he worked within Siemens Canada as the Head of Expert House and Engineering Director in the Industry Sector. Prior to joining Siemens Canada, Tom was the Senior Vice President and COO of AZZ-Blenkhorn & Sawle, an engineering system integration and technical solutions provider in Ontario, specialized in power distribution and controls in various industrial and infrastructure applications. He has previously held various V.P. and Director positions in a number of engineering and industrial organizations internationally, and contributed to many large global industrial projects. Dr. Murad is a Fellow of Engineers Canada and a member of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), APEGA in Alberta, and NAPEG in the Northwest Territories, as well as a Senior Member of IEEE in various technical societies. Tom earned a Bachelor of Engineering and a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Power Electronics and Industrial Controls from the Loughborough University of Technology in the UK. He also received a Leadership Program Certificate from Schulich Business School, York University. Currently, Dr. Murad serves on a number of advisory boards in the industry and academia. He has been an active member of the PEO Licensing “Engineering Experience Review” Committee for the last 12 Years.

Mr. Hugo Sánchez-Reategui
Hugo Sanchez-Reategui has been a consultant of PowerStream Inc. for the past 6 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), active member of Toastmasters International (Public Speaking) for the past 7 years. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering at National University of Callao, Peru and IEEQB Program Certificate at Ryerson University in 2010. Currently, Hugo mentors undergrad students, international engineers and junior Toastmasters members. His technical interests include Smart Grid Technologies, Distribution Reliability, Substation Communications and Protection of Distribution Systems.

Mr. Ted Lyberogiannis
Ted is a Professional Engineer with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree in Electrical Power Systems from the University of Waterloo. He currently works as a manager at an electrical utility in Toronto. Upon graduating from his Bachelor’s degree in 2004, he realized that his technical abilities would be of little use if he was unable to communicate effectively. Shortly after graduating, he began practicing his public speaking by joining a local Toastmasters club at his work. He is now an experienced Toastmaster who has competed at the Semi-Finals of the World Championships of Public Speaking on two occasions – most recently placing 3rd in his Semi-Final this past August in Washington, DC. He has delivered talks to dozens of different audiences including the National Job Fair, students at the University of Toronto and the Water Environment Association of Ontario. He is a firm believer in the power of communication and that anyone can become a good public speaker if they practice enough – even those of us who studied engineering!

Electricity – Displacing Fossil Fuels in Other Sectors

Friday, June 10th, 2016

June 15, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Paul N. Acchione, Past President and Chair of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, will be presenting “Electricity – Displacing Fossil Fuels in Other Sectors”.

Speaker: Paul N. Acchione
Past President and Chair of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE)
Management Consultant at Market Intelligence & Date Analysis Corporation

Day & Time: Wednesday, June 15, 2016
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
A light supper will be served 6:00-6:15

Location: Room BA 4287
Bahen Centre for Information Technology (BA)
40 St. George Street
Toronto M5S 2E4
University of Toronto – St. George Campus

Organizer: Toronto – IEEE Industry Applications and Power Electronics Joint Chapter

Contact: Gail, Email:

All IEEE members and non-members are welcome to participate with no admission charge.

Please register at:

Abstract: The seminar discusses which combination of electricity prices and carbon prices are needed to enable electricity to displace fossil fuels in other sectors.
· Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from Ontario’s Electricity Sector
· Electricity versus Natural Gas for Home Heating/AC
· Electricity versus Gasoline for Transportation
· Ontario’s Surplus Carbon-Free Electricity
· Potential for Fossil Fuel Displacement by Electricity
· Energy Policy Implications

Biography: Paul has a B.A.Sc. and M.Eng. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto. Paul is a licensed professional engineer in Ontario and is a member of ASME, ANS, IEEE and ISA and a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Paul has over 44 years of engineering and management experience in the power generation industry. He worked for 31 years with Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and its predecessor companies. Paul was the 2013-14 President and Chair of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) and is a volunteer with OSPE’s Energy Task Force. Paul is a Management Consultant at Market Intelligence & Data Analysis Corporation.

A.I. is a half-truth without H.I.! POVAR and other examples of the Internet of Truth and Integrity for Consumer Electronics: See the invisible waves that see you!

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

Wednesday December 2, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. Steve Mann, University of Toronto Professor and Chief Scientist at the Creative Destruction Lab at Rotman’s School of Management, will be presenting “A.I. is a half-truth without H.I.! POVAR and other examples of the Internet of Truth and Integrity for Consumer Electronics: See the invisible waves that see you!”.

Speaker: Steve Mann
Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Departments
University of Toronto
Chief Scientist at the Creative Destruction Lab
Rotman’s School of Management

Day & Time: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Location: Room WI1017, Wilson Hall – New College
40 Willcocks St, Toronto, ON M5S
Building Map Link

Registration: Please register at


To read the full presentation abstract see:

For more details on the guest speaker see:

Abstract: Today’s technological advancements in Artifical Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things That Think (IoT and TTT) are rapidly changing the way consumers interact with technology. Gone are the days of open source and open box consumer electronics and in their place we are left with proprietary devices that are difficult to understand and copy. Steve suggests there are two major problems with this new technological way: (1) discouragement of the scientific method and (2) increased personal risk. These problems have led to a world where humans don’t realize the risks they face as they are unable to understand the fundamentals of their technology. Join us as Steve introduces a number of new concepts that will shed light on the technology we use in daily life.

Biography: Steve Mann is widely regarded for his work on computation photography, particularly for wearable computing and high dynamic range imaging. As an inventor and visionary, his work established Toronto as the world’s epicenter of wearable technologies in the 1980s and led him to found MIT Media Lab’s Wearable Computing project. Steve received his PhD from MIT in 1997 and then returned to Toronto in 1998 where he is now a tenured full professor at the University of Toronto in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science departments. During his early years at University of Toronto, he created the world’s first Mobile Apps Lab (1999) as a part of his wearable computing and AR course. He is also the Chief Scientist at the Creative Destruction Lab at Rotman’s School of Management. Mann holds multiple patents, and has contributed to the founding of numerous companies including InteraXON, makers of Muse.