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Energy Poverty and Sustainable Solar

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Monday November 6, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Lisa Oelke and Tanya Deer from Solar Majengo will be presenting “Energy Poverty and Sustainable Solar”.

Day & Time: Monday November 6, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Speaker: Lisa Oelke
Solar Majengo in Lights & Electricity Program Manager
Former Manager Marketing and Business Development hb Solar Canada
Currently Regional Sales Manager for Almita Piling

Tanya Deer
President of Relsol Inc.
Technical Project Manager for Solar Majengo in Lights & Electricity

Location: Room 202, Galbraith Building
35 St George St, Toronto

Contact: Vasily Grigorovsky

Organizers: IEEE Toronto Young Professionals


Abstract: This talk illustrates a model for creating sustainable energy projects in developing countries, utilizing the presenter’s recent experience with an off-grid solar installation in Africa.

Majengo Children’s Home, Tanzania, East Africa is the site of a 6.25 kilowatt off-grid rooftop solar system.

The presenters will draw on their experience of designing a solar system for sub-Saharan Africa to supply the electrical load requirements for 85 orphaned children and 20 staff. They will touch on the 2.5-year process of raising the funds, sourcing a partner in Tanzania to supply the components, and maximizing local involvement.

The financing model used for this project will be explored in addition to the methods currently being used in other projects to enhance sustainable solar projects in communities at risk in both the developing world and within our own Indigenous communities.

Biography: Ms. Oelke brings international experience in her present role as Manager Marketing and Business Development for hb solar Canada having lived in Canada, France and Jamaica and travelled extensively throughout her career. Her work with at risk teens in Jamaica W.I. in 2004 and volunteering with the Majengo Children’s Home, Tanzania in 2013, were the inspiration for the Solar Majengo project. Ms. Oelke is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario. This is her eighth year in the solar industry. In August she will travel to Iqaluit to do research in identifying a future not for profit solar project in Nunavut.

Having established the first photovoltaic certification lab in Canada, Ms. Deer is a veteran of the solar industry, with experience spanning from testing products to qualifying solar systems of various sizes. Ms. Deer was responsible for the technical aspects of the Majengo Children’s Home Off-grid PV System, including interacting with suppliers and on-site personnel for the design, component sourcing, and installation of the off-grid system. She is heavily involved with standards development to increase the reliability of PV systems, including those for off-grid and rural applications.

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!

Engineering Workplace Seminar at Ryerson University

Monday, September 21st, 2015

September 23, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. IEEE Young Professionals Toronto in collaboration with IEEE Ryerson Student Branch will be hosting an Engineering Workplace Seminar with distinguished speakers from the Power and Energy Sector.

Speaker: Paul N. Acchione, M.Eng., P.Eng.
David Curtis, P.Eng.

Day & Time: Wednesday, September 23, 2015
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Sears Atrium – 3rd Floor, George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre
Ryerson University
245 Church St., Toronto, ON M5B 2K3

Organizer: IEEE Young Professionals Toronto
IEEE Ryerson Student Branch


Register: (Free!)

Abstract: The following topics will be covered in this seminar:

  • Competitive engineering market and essential engineering skills.
  • What university cannot teach you; the minimum level of knowledge and skills you require to perform engineering work independently, including academic knowledge, sector specific technical knowledge, business specific knowledge, emerging technologies, supervisory and management skills, etc.
  • Possible misalignments between the recruitment processes of employers and the job search practices of engineers.
  • Why life long learning is critical for your career and life success.
  • How to increase your replacement value and consequently your financial security and status.
  • How to effectively communicate with your manager.

This event will also include short talks by bright young professionals who are involved in an engineering field, and will be a great opportunity for you to get to know other professionals in the field in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Anyone who is interested to learn more about the field or to expand their professional network is welcome to attend free of charge. Please see below for the event schedule, biographies of our featured speakers, and an invitation for young professionals to participate in the seminar.

Event Schedule:
5:30pm – 6:00pm: Welcome and Introductions
6:00pm – 6:45pm: Featured Speakers Talks
6:45pm – 7:30pm: Young Professionals Talks and Q&A
7:30pm – 8:00pm: Meet and Mingle – Networking

Paul N. Acchione, M.Eng., P.Eng.
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. He is now a Management Consultant at Market Intelligence and Data Analysis Corporation and was the 2013-14 President and Chair of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE). Paul is currently a member of OSPE’s Energy Task Force and CSA Group’s Advisory Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE).

David Curtis, P.Eng.
David has been working in the electric utility industry in Ontario for over thirty seven years and has recently retired from Hydro One. David began his career working for a small solar energy company in the vanguard of the application of solar energy systems. He then joined Ontario Hydro working in the Nuclear Generating Division. David then transitioned to the Power System Operations area where he was responsible for the short term and later long term integrated resource planning. With the deregulation of the electricity sector, the Ontario Hydro Services Company was created, which subsequently became Hydro One. David’s first role in the new company was in Regulatory Affairs. Then David led business transformation projects in asset management, data management and Research and Development. David next led development of policies and procedures for Asset Management and then provided leadership in Asset Strategy and Engineering Knowledge Management. He has been a Canadian Energy Council Board member, an Electric Power Research Institute Transmission Executive Committee Member and a member of the Institute’s Power Deliver Unit council.