IEEE Northern Canada PES/IAS Jt. Chapter

January 11th, 2017

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017, 6:00 to 8:30pm, doors open at 5:30pm

“Considerations in the Design, Construction, and Interconnection of Cogeneration Facilities”

Presented By: Mark Heigold, P.Eng., Rasheek Rifaat P.Eng., F.IEEE, Fred Ritter P.Eng., S.M.IEEE, Brian Wagner P.Eng., M.IEEE

Opening Talk: “Management Tools for the success of projects and teams” Presented By: Shagufta Tasneem

Technical Seminar Abstract:
With the gradual retirement of coal fired generation in Alberta, gas fired generation and renewables are growing.  In 2016 and for the first time in the history of power generation in Alberta, gas fired generating units installed capacity exceeded coal fire generating units’ capacity.  A significant part of the existing and planned gas fire generation in Alberta is configured as cogeneration with high efficiency and with dual forms of energy outputs (in many cases electricity and steam).
This presentation will discuss topics associated with cogeneration such as main configurations, Pros and Cons of available configurations, connections to the Alberta Interconnected System and experience and lesson learned.


  • Introduction, definitions and overall review
  • Critical aspects of the “process” of cogeneration
  • Critical aspects of the “Electrical” systems in cogeneration plants
  • Interconnection with the Alberta Interconnected Electrical System
  • Experience with installation, commissioning and operation of cogeneration facilities
  • Wrap up and conclusions


From left to right: Rasheek Rifaat,  Fred Ritter, Mark Heigold, Brian Wagner, Carl Lam (NCS IAS/PES chair)

Carl Lam presenting a token of appreciation to WIE speaker, Shagufta Tasneen


To download the presentation slides, please click here

To view the archived event notice, please click here

November 18th, 2016

All IEEE PES and IAS members are welcome to join us at the 2016 Northern Canada Section PES/IAS chapter annual general meeting on December 13th starting at 5:30-7:00PM.


  1. Call to Order
  2. Introductions
  3. Review order of business
  4. Chair’s/Vice-chair report:
    1. 2016 activities summary
    2. Financial status and reporting
  5. November event close out
    1. Review attendance
    2. Review feedback from survey
    3. Discuss successes and improvements
  6. Finance
    1. Financial standing review
    2. 2017 budget
  7. 2017 Plan
    1. Activity assignments for Calgary-organized seminars
    2. Planning additional Edmonton area specific technical seminars to meet high performing chapter criteria
      1. Local subject matter experts
      2. Distinguished lecturers
    3. Stretch goals for chapter volunteers
    4. Succession planning for officer roles
  8. Other business
  9. Adjourn

Location and map can be found on the registration link. Dinner will be provided. There is no charge for attendance but please register so that we can get enough food for everybody:


Thank you, hope to see you there.

October 26th, 2016


“Protective Relays: Principles of Applications”

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016, 6 to 8:30pm, doors open at 5:30pm

The Facility Tour will start at 5pm and will precede this presentation


Technical Seminar:

“Protective Relays: Principles of Applications” by Rasheek Rifaat


Since the inception of industrial and power distribution electrical systems, coordination tasks were performed to ensure that protection systems would operate with the necessary reliability, security and speed.  Meanwhile, protective devices have also gone through significant advancements from the electromechanical devices to the multifunctional, numerical devices of present day. As the protected components of the electrical systems have changed in size, configuration and their critical roles in the power system supply, some protection aspects need to be revisited (i.e the use of protection systems to reduce arc flash energy in distribution systems).

This presentation reviews the established principles and the advanced aspects of the selection and application of protective relays in the overall protection system, multifunctional numerical devices application for power distribution and industrial systems, and addresses some key concerns in selecting, coordinating, setting and testing of smart relays and systems.


Young Professional (YP) Presentation

The Rosetta Mission”


An overview of The Rosetta Mission, its difficulties and successes encountered along the way.


Facilities Tour

Guided tour of the University of Alberta’s District Energy System”


The University of Alberta has one of Canada’s largest district energy systems.  Come and hear about how utilities services are centralized and how this leads to cost savings and reduced environmental impact.  Tour the Heating Plant which generates steam for heating the campus and has two steam turbine generators.  Tour the Cooling Plant, where medium voltage chillers produce chilled water for the campus.  Tour the underground corridors and see the mini- motorbikes trades staff use. See the 13.8kV switchgear, switches, cables, protective relaying and metering.  Learn how the U of A’s 13.8 kV power distribution system topology provides a high degree of flexibility and reliability.



Dr Yunwei (Ryan) Li being presented the Outstanding Engineer Award by Alexandre Nassif


Peter Rothwell being presented the Outstanding Volunteer Award by Alexandre Nassif


The IAS/PES chapter volunteers with the keynote presenter (centre).  From left to right: Peter Rothwell, Alexandre Nassif, Rasheek Rifaat, Carl Lam, Shagufta Tasneem


To download the presentation slides, please click here

To view the archived event notice, please click here

For event assistance, please contact Alex Nassif or Peter Rothwell.

August 29th, 2016

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016, 6:15 to 8:30pm, doors open at 5:30pm

“Getting on Top of High Voltage Grounding

Presented by: Carl Moller

Opening Talk: Celestial Batteries

Technical Seminar Abstract:

Grounding in the context of high voltage facilities is one of the primary systems integral to the safe operation of the electrical system. Designing effective and economical ground grids requires a sound understanding of engineering principles, electrical circuits, field theory, ground testing, and good judgment. Grounding systems are everywhere and their interaction with each other is often overlooked or underestimated. This seminar will introduce some of the fundamental concepts of grounding in a high voltage context, and provide some practical approaches to solving grounding problems.


Carl Moller accepting a token of appreciation from Colin Madsen for his presentation.


Left to right: Carl Moller, main presenter; William York, YP presenter; Colin Madsen, chapter representative


The archived E-notice can be found below:


August 29th, 2016

We are currently seeking nominations for the Northern Canada PES/IAS Outstanding Engineer of 2016 award. The award recognizes the outstanding contribution of a local engineer to the power engineering profession, including, but not limited to:

  • Outstanding technical contributions to the power engineering profession.
  • Outstanding professional and leadership contributions to the power engineering profession
  • Significant contributions to the local community representing the power engineering profession.
  • Outstanding contributions in the area of power engineering education.
  • Service to the Power & Energy Society and/or Industry Applications Society and/or IEEE.


Starting this year, PES allows giving out two OEA awards by categorizing candidates in one of two categories:

  1. An IEEE PES member who is no longer an IEEE Young Professional (more than 15 years since university graduation)
  2. An IEEE PES member who is an IEEE Young Professional (15 years or less since university graduation)

IEEE Young Professionals (formerly GOLD) was created in 1996 as a membership program helping young professionals evaluate their career goals, polish their professional image, and create the building blocks of a lifelong and diverse professional network.  Young Professional members are those who have graduated from their first professional degree within the last 15 years.

If you would like to nominate (a) colleague(s) for this award please send the nominees and a brief description of their contributions to and by August 31, 2016 at 5:00PM . We will present the award at the Northern Canada Section IAS/PES event to held in November, 2016.

As per IEEE guidelines the winner needs to be both an IEEE and PES member in good standing and under the jurisdiction of the Northern Canada Section.

August 15th, 2016

IEEE-NCS, IAS/PES Presents a Joint Chapter Tutorial
Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 8:00am to 5:00pm

“Power System Design for High Reliability and Renewables”

Presented by: Keene M. Matsuda

Tutorial Abstract:

Basic factors for a highly reliable power system design include the following: primary power sources, alternate paths of power/redundancy, automatic restoration, and backup power sources. This presentation will discuss each of these concepts as they apply to real-life projects that had requirements for a highly reliable power distribution system. Without a high degree of reliability and redundancy, continued operation and safety of personnel and equipment would be at risk. The number of contingencies (or coincident failures) should be considered early on in the design. For instance, a triple contingency design approach would be to maintain or restore power to all loads during a single utility outage at the same time a fault occurs on the distribution switchgear bus, all while one distribution transformer is down for maintenance. Generally, an infinite source of money is usually not available and, therefore, prudent engineering application of proper design concepts is required in order to produce a cost-effective and reliable power system.

As a result of various government incentives, environmental and sustainability concerns, consumer demand, and lower capital costs, renewable energy has emerged to become a mainstream player in the overall energy market. The most common renewable energy options include wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, and water energy (hydroelectric/ocean). Solar energy alone consists of four conversion technologies: photovoltaics, concentrating solar thermal electric, thermal water heating, and absorption chilling. Real-life solar photovoltaic projects are presented with numerous actual photos illustrating the various components and systems.

To Register, visit

For more details for the event see the attached Notice.

June 28th, 2016

The IEEE PES/IAS Northern Canada Chapter is announcing a change to the 2016 Executive.

Effective June 27, 2016, Vaishali Rampurkar has stepped down as Communications Officer and member-at-large Peter Rothwell has stepped up to take her place.


Chair: Carl Lam

Vice Chair: David Roth

Secretary: Kyle Busby

Treasurer: Colten Thurrott

Public Relations: Blaine Larson

Registrar: Shagufta Tasneem

Communications: Peter Rothwell

Webmaster: Colin Madsen

Members at large: Jalal Bageri, Kelly Butz, Hernan Salvador

Past Chair: Alexandre Nassif


We would like to thank Vaishali for all her hard work and wish her the best as she moves to a new city.

May 5th, 2016

Dear colleagues,

A lot of our family, friends, and peers that live and work in Fort McMurray are affected by the wildfire forcing the entire town into evacuation. On your behalf, our chapter will be making a donation to the Red Cross to support those affected by this tragedy and we encourage you to act as well. Here are some suggestions:

  • Money: Click here to donate to the Red Cross. You can also donate by texting “REDCROSS” to 30333.
  • Supplies: Here’s a crowdsourced Facebook page to connect Fort McMurray residents needing items with volunteers providing them.
  • Volunteers: Those interested in volunteering through the regional municipality can apply here.

During this stressful time, we have cancelled the May 30th event in Fort McMurray and folks already registered will be reimbursed. All of you are in our thoughts.


Your chapter peers

April 28th, 2016

Edmonton on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 5:30pm to 9:00pm, doors open at 5:30pm

“Partial Discharge in Electrical Insulation”

Presented by: Dr. Greg Stone

Technical Seminar Abstract:
Partial discharges (PD) are small electrical sparks that can occur within or on the surface of electrical insulation in power cables, transformers, switchgear and stator windings rated 4 kV and above. In most equipment, PD directly attacks the insulation and will result in electrical breakdown of the equipment. In rotating machines, PD is normally a symptom of other types of insulation degradation. By measuring PD, either off-line or on-line, it is sometimes possible to obtain a warning of imminent equipment failure.

The seminar will review the following:
• What is PD and under what conditions does it occur
• Examples of PD in power cables, transformers, switchgear and stator windings
• PD measurement as factory acceptance test of equipment
• Off-line PD testing at site
• On-line condition monitoring of power cables, transformers, switchgear and machines.

Follow the link below to download the presentation slides:

March 3rd, 2016


Tuesday, April 5th, 2016, 6:00 to 8:30pm, doors open at 5:30pm

Technical Seminar:

“Designing Electrical Systems for On-Site Power Generation”

Co-sponsored by Cummins Power Generation

Technical Seminar Abstract:

Diesel and natural gas powered generator sets are used in all kinds of facilities to provide emergency standby power in the event of a grid failure or to serve as the prime source of power when a grid connection is not practical or economical. Reliable operation requires a design that accounts for the on-site generator performance under normal loading, transient and fault conditions. In this seminar we will review some of these key considerations including, but not limited to:

• Proper generator sizing for motor loads accounting for locked rotor kVA

– in “across the line” motor starting applications.

– in VFD motor starting applications.

• Generator short circuit characteristics and their effects on arc flash incident energy.

• Grounding (system and/or equipment) and ground fault detection of on-site

Power generation systems:

– When to switch the neutral in emergency standby systems

– Grounding and ground fault detection schemes for paralleled generator sets in both grid connected and islanded applications


Rich S accepting token of appreciation from Kelly B

Rich S accepting token of appreciation from Kelly B


Download the .pdf presentation here: IEEE NCS Seminar, On site power generation, April 2016.

Archived e-Notice can be found here.