Cybersecurity for the Smart Grid – Panel Discussion


The nation’s energy infrastructure, particularly the power grid, has become a major target, with more frequent and sophisticated attacks from nation-states and cyber criminals. Cyber incidents could disrupt energy services, damage highly specialized equipment, and threaten public health and safety. Utilities across North America have been investing billions of US dollars for several decades to make their systems robust to mitigate cyber-attacks from hackers. This panel discussion will be a great opportunity for students, young professionals, field technicians and engineers to have a general overview on cybersecurity issues and challenges of utilities in North America. Join us on our first seminar on Cybersecurity with IEEE Toronto Section- Communications Chapter. We look forward to seeing you at the event! Panel Speakers: Eman Hammad Cybersecurity professional & interdisciplinary professional Dr. Eman Hammad is a cybersecurity professional & interdisciplinary professional focusing on trustworthy & resilient complex systems and emerging technologies. She obtained her PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto. Eman combines practical experience and theoretical research to shape her vision for resilient-by-design solutions in the connected world. She is the director of the innovations in Systems Trust & Resilience (iSTAR) lab. Eman's work has been published in more than 50 papers, and was recognized with merit awards (best paper award, best poster award) and has been featured on multiple outlets. Most recently, she was honored as one of Canada's Top 20 Women in Cybersecurity. Eman is a senior IEEE member currently serving as Toronto ComSoc chair, and the co-chair of the IEEE 5G Security working group for the International Network Generations Roadmap (INGR). She delivered numerous invited talks in academic and industrial conferences, chaired and co-chaired several conferences and workshops, and participated in several panels. She serves on the advisory board of several initiatives. Eman is an active advocate for diversity and inclusion in STEM and Cybersecurity. Her service has been recognized by IEEE exceptional, chapter achievement, and exemplary service awards. Grant Vandebrake Senior Global Systems Engineer -Phoenix Contact Development and Manufacturing Inc. Grant Vandebrake has 9 years' experience in industrial controls and network security, of which 5 have been working specifically with critical infrastructure. Grant started with Phoenix contact in 2013 as a solutions engineer, programming PLC applications for customers primarily related to SCADA. From there he started working on securing remote SCADA connections using Phoenix Contact's security products. In 2019 Grant completed the SANS course for industrial control systems security and received his GICSP certification. Currently, Grant supports network and security application design in critical infrastructure markets for Phoenix Contact globally. Harneet Panesar Ontario Energy Board’s Chief Operating Officer Harneet Panesar was appointed as the Ontario Energy Board’s Chief Operating Officer in June 2021. He provides executive leadership to the teams in Applications, Consumer Protection & Industry Performance, Operations Decision Support and the Registrar’s Office. Harneet plays a key, leading role in operationalizing a refreshed strategic vision and direction as the Ontario Energy Board drives to be a top Quartile Regulator. He has spent the last 14 years in progressively responsible positions at Hydro One, one of the largest electric utilities in North America, most recently in the role of Director of Strategy and Integrated Planning. Harneet has a B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. He is a part-time lecturer at Ryerson University, teaching a Professional Master’s Diploma in Energy and Innovation. Harneet was awarded a Fellowship with Engineers Canada for his work with Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) and service to the engineering profession. Will Edwards P.Eng. Infrastructure Defense Cyber Services Leader- Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) William Edwards received his B.S.E.E. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011. He joined Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL) in 2011, where he presently leads the Infrastructure Defense Cyber Services team. William is a member of the IEEE, a certified information systems security professional, and a registered professional engineer in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Puerto Rico, and Tennessee. Young Ngo Survalent Technology Corporation – Chief Technology Officer Young is the Chief Technology Officer at Survalent Technology Corporation. He is responsible for developing and driving product strategy to deliver business requirements. With over 30 years of experience within the electricity and energy sector, Young has a broad range of experience in managing technology companies. Young also has a broad knowledge of grid operations, smart grid technologies and distributed energy resources. Young’s previous roles include President & CEO for Kinects Solutions, General Manager for Kinectrics, and Director at Honeywell USA. He has a Bachelor and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey in addition to Master of Business Administration from Columbia University, New York. Panel Moderator: Hugo Sanchez-Reategui Stations-Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Engineer-Alectra Utilities Corporation Hugo Sanchez-Reategui is currently Stations-Distributed Energy Resources (DER) engineer with Alectra Utilities Corporation (Ontario, Canada), previously was a DER consultant with Alectra Utilities for 10 years confirming technical requirements to connect DER projects into the Distribution and Sub Transmission System, working with multiple internal stakeholders, developers, cities, government agencies, other LDCs (Local Distribution Companies), etc. Hugo is member of Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) and Professional Engineer Licensed since 2013, Senior Member of IEEE and CIGRE Canada Member. In addition, Hugo was a Committee Chair of Industry Relations of IEEE Toronto from 2016 and 2018 and he was VP of Public Relations of Humber Shores Toastmasters in 2012 and 2015. Hugo is an active volunteer for IEEE, CIGRE and universities; he supports student branches across GTA, chapters, conferences organized by IEEE Canada and other events as a panelist, moderator, and speaker. Virtual:

Trends in Energy Transition


Join us for a session with Dr. Mostafa Farrokhabadi, Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary and part-time VP of Tech. at BluWave-ai. He received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Waterloo in 2017. He has held other engineering positions with Hatch and Canadian Solar, and adjunct and postdoctoral positions with the University of Waterloo. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a distinguished Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, and an Associate Editor of the IEEE DataPort. His research focuses on the universal transition to sustainable power and energy systems. Date: Friday November 18, 12:00-13:00 EST Speaker: Mostafa Farrokhabadi, Ph.D., SMIEEE, EIT Assistant Professor, University of Calgary VP of Technology, BluWave-ai Speaker(s): Dr. Mostafa Farrokhabadi, Virtual:

Vancouver TALK 11: 40 Years at SPAR


Speaker Lorne Keyes 9:00 AM P.D.T. You can log in at 8:45 AM (12:45 Halifax) to check connection and say hello.All IEEE members are welcome, especially those Life Members that don't have a local Affinity Group. Speaker(s): Lorne Keyes, Virtual:

Vancouver TALK 11: To Be Advised


Speaker Lorne Keyes 9:00 AM P.D.T. You can log in at 8:45 AM (12:45 Halifax) to check connection and say hello.All IEEE members are welcome, especially those Life Members that don't have a local Affinity Group. Speaker(s): Lorne Keyes, Virtual:

IEEE Concordia PCB Tutorial

Room: H655.3, Bldg: Hall Building, 1550 Boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3G 2E9

Ready to take your circuit designs to the next level? IEEE Concordia brings you: Printed Circuit Board Design using KiCad! What is PCB design? PCB design is the placement of components and their connections inside a delimited space using a computer-aided design software. IN THIS WORKSHOP... - You will be provided with all the knowledge you need to start passing your designs from a breadboard to an actual PCB! - You will be informed where and how to print your designs. == IMPORTANT INFORMATION == - No previous experience required. - For this event, you have to bring your own laptop. - Download KiCad BEFORE the tutorial, you can get your free copy at TICKETS: $10 on vTools DATE: Wednesday November 22nd, 2022 TIME: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM LOCATION: H655.3 Room: H655.3, Bldg: Hall Building, 1550 Boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3G 2E9

SARA : 6th Montréal Photonics Networking Event – Groupe de feedback | Feedback group

Room: A-0232 , Bldg: Pavillion A, ETS, Espace des cycles supérieurs: Section discussion , Montréal, Quebec, Canada, Virtual:

Inscrivez-vous : Cet atelier comodal et bilingue est ouvert uniquement aux participants présentant au 6th Montréal Photonics Networking Event Félicitations d'avoir été sélectionné pour présenter vos travaux de recherche pour le 6th Montréal Photonics Networking Event ! Si vous souhaitez obtenir des commentaires pendant la préparation de votre présentation, participez à une séance de soutien par les pairs (groupe de feedback). Une séance commencera par une petite présentation du SARA avec des conseils sur les présentations orales / les affiches scientifiques. Ensuite, nous vous donnerons l'occasion de pratiquer votre présentation et recevoir les commentaires de vos pairs. Si vous n'avez pas terminé votre présentation, ne vous inquiétez pas! Venez simplement avec un brouillon de ce que vous voulez dire, et obtenez des commentaires sur ce que vous avez l'intention de présenter. Au plaisir de vous rencontrer et d'entendre parler de votre travail! Pour présenter au 6th Montréal Photonics Networking Event, (http://ttps// Il y aura de la nourriture, du café et du thé gratuits! ---- This hybrid and bilngual workshop is only open to particpants presenting at the 6th Montréal Photonics Networking Event Congratulations on having been chosen to present your work during the 6th Montréal Photonics Networking Event ! If you would like some feedback while preparing for your presentation, come to our peer-support session (feedback group). A session will begin with a small presentation by SARA with tips on scientific oral presentations / posters. Then we will give you a chance to try out your presentation with feedback from your peers. If you haven't finished your presentation - don't worry! Just come with a draft of what you want to say, and get some feedback on what you intend to present. Looking forward to meeting you and hearing about your work! To present at the 6th Montréal Photonics Networking Event, (http://ttps// There will be free food, coffee, and tea! Co-sponsored by: ETS Library Speaker(s): Prasun Lala, Room: A-0232 , Bldg: Pavillion A, ETS, Espace des cycles supérieurs: Section discussion , Montréal, Quebec, Canada, Virtual:

AGM & Banquet for the IEEE Montreal Section

Bldg: Vieux-Port Steakhouse, 39 Rue Saint-Paul E, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H2Y 1G2

IEEE Montreal Section 2022 Banquet & Annual General Meeting This annual event is an opportunity to network with colleagues, celebrate member achievements with our awards ceremony. DATE: Friday, November 25, 2022 from 1800 to 2200 WHERE: 39 Rue Saint-Paul E, Montréal, QC H2Y 1G2 DIRECTIONS: - Please note that some pictures will be taken during the event. By registering to this event, you consent to the use of your portrait, picture or photograph taken during the event by IEEE Montreal in promotional material, including printed and electronic material as well as the IEEE Montreal section website. REGISTRATION: Please register early (click the button on this page). There is a maximum capacity of 120 people, menu selection (beef, fish) is required at the time of registration. The venue needs the menus to be provided 14 days in advance. Please note that the price listed for each category is per person. Guests have to pay for their ticket at the specified rate. Please use your membership number for your guest in order to register at the specified rate. Dinner: A three course dinner will be served with one complimentary drink ticket. Appetizer Options: -Soup of the day -Goat cheese and dried cranberries on a bed of baby greens salad Main Course Menu Options: - Filet mignon center-cut 6oz wrapped in bacon with Portobello mushroom sauce, roasted garlic mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables - Grilled salmon filet, wild rice and sauteed spinach *If you prefer vegetarian, please mention it in the comments Dessert: Layered dark and white chocolate mousse cake + Coffee or tea Speaker(s): Ashok Vijh, Ph.D., D.Sc., O.C., O.Q., Ch.O.M., F.R.S.C. ,HFCAE, Dr. Tom Murad - Ph.D. , P.Eng. , F.E.C., SM.IEEE Agenda: - 18h00-18h30 AGM - 18h00-19h00 Cocktail reception - 19h00-19h50 Dinner - 19h50-20h00 Welcome and opening: - 20h00-20h20 Invited talk: Dr. Ashok Vijh - 20h20-20h35 Award ceremony Part 1 - 20h35-20h50 Invited talk: Dr. Tom Murad - 20h50-21h00 Award ceremony Part 2 - 21h00-21h15 Gold medal ceremony - 21h15-21h30 Raffle Draw - 21h30-21h45 Closing remarks Bldg: Vieux-Port Steakhouse, 39 Rue Saint-Paul E, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H2Y 1G2

Machine Learning for Reliable Communication in 5G and 6G Wireless Systems


Machine Learning for Reliable Communication in 5G and 6G Wireless Systems On Wednesday 30th November at 12H00 PM Montreal Time zone ZOOM LINK: MEETING ID: 847 2164 0964 PASSWORD: 170254 ABSTRACT Machine Learning (ML) has shown a great potential in revolutionizing communication system worldwide. The ever-increasing complexity of the wireless network, and the emergence of novel use cases such as autonomous cars, industrial automation, virtual reality, e-health, and several intelligent applications, machine learning (ML) is expected to be essential to assist in making the 5G vision conceivable. The cognitive optimization of essential radio resources for efficient end-to-end communication, enabling improvement in conventional communication theories and new architectural development can be facilitated in 5G and 6G by the use of machine learning. Hence, a comprehensive overview of emerging studies on machine learning and deep learning (DL) based physical and MAC layer enhancements in 5G will be presented. To be specific a brief idea regarding the 5G service classes (i.e. eMBB, URLLC and mMTC) and the scope of ML and DL in facilitating the QoS requirements will be focused. In addition to this, the challenges and possible solutions in implementing ML and DL in 5G will be presented. The open research areas will be presented for motivating further developments in enabling 5G and beyond wireless communication. Speaker(s): Dr. Annapurna Pradhan, Virtual:

Trends in Dynamic Modeling of Converter Dominated Power Systems

Room: EV.3.309, Bldg: EV building, Concordia University, 1515 Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3G 2W1, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3G 2W1

The trend in electric power systems is the displacement of traditional synchronous generation (e.g., coal, natural gas) with renewable energy resources (e.g., wind, solar photovoltaic) and battery energy storage. These energy resources require power electronic converters (PECs) to interconnect to the electric grid that have different dynamic responses compared to conventional synchronous generators. As a result, there is a need for validated models to study and mitigate PEC-based stability issues, especially for converter dominated power systems (e.g., island power systems, remote microgrids). This talk will provide a review of the existing PEC models focusing on data driven modeling approaches and how to leverage power hardware in-the-loop experiments to model PEC. The talk will conclude with open research questions in the area of modeling, simulation, and control of future converter dominated power systems. Co-sponsored by: PES/IES/IAS/PE IEEE Montreal Chapters Speaker(s): Dr. Reinaldo Tonkoski , Room: EV.3.309, Bldg: EV building, Concordia University, 1515 Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3G 2W1, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3G 2W1