IEEE Northern Canada PES/IAS Jt. Chapter

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.

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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.

January 13th, 2016

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016, 6:00 to 9:00pm, doors open at 5:30pm

“Hazardous Location Standards for Canada”

Presented by: Tim Driscoll F.IEEE, Marty Cole SMIEEE, D. George Morlidge SMIEEE

Women in Engineering/ Young Professional opening talk “Smart Grid & WAMS” Presented by Vaishali Rampurkar

Technical Seminar Abstract:

The 2015 (23rd) Edition of the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) has taken one step closer to the rest of the world and one step further away from the US National Electrical Code (NEC). For decades, both the CEC and NEC have used the term “Class” to identify the various types of hazardous materials. The 2015 CEC has removed the term “Class” from Section 18 and replaced it with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Zone system terms. Class I, which was changed in 1998 to include Zones, becomes simply Zones 0, 1 and 2. Class II and Class III were merged to become Zones 20, 21 and 22. Class II and III has been relocated to Annex J along with Class I for legacy facilities. Class/Division equipment can still be used, and Table J1.2 was updated to identify the types of equipment that can be used in both Zone and Division classified facilities.

All new installations must use the Zone system for area classification. In Alberta, the 2015 CEC comes into force January 2016, and the other western provinces in a similar timeframe.

The 2nd Edition of API RP505, Recommended Practice for Classification of Locations for Electrical Installations at Petroleum Facilities Classified as Class I, Zone 0, Zone 1 and Zone 2, is due for publication in early 2016. There are some significant changes from the 1st Edition, which will be discussed in this presentation.

There are a number of significant changes currently being discussed within the CEC Section 18 (Hazardous Locations) subcommittee for the 2018 CEC, and a preview of these will also be covered in this presentation.

Practical applications on area classification will be discussed, in particular, typical errors and over classifications that are made and the impact to those facilities. The role of combustible gas detection in area classification will also be included.

George, Tim, and Marty accepting their appreciation gift from Shagufta

George, Tim, and Marty accepting their appreciation award from Shagufta

Download the .pdf presentation here: IEEE SAS-NCS Seminar, HazLoc Jan 2016.

Vaishali accepting her gift from Carl

Vaishali accepting her gift from Carl

 Download the .pdf presentation here: IEEE WIE YP opening talk; Smart Grid Jan 2016.

For more details for the event see the attached Notice.


January 1st, 2016

Welcome to the Northern Canada

Joint Chapter of the IEEE IAS and PES Societies

The IEEE NorthernCanadaSection – Power and Energy Society Chapter was formed on February 2, 1984. It became joint with Industry Applications on May 7, 1987.

This Site is intended to provide IAS/PES Members with up-to-date information.

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December 7th, 2015

The 2016 ESTMP Workshop will be taking place in Edmonton.
Workshop Date: Sunday, March 13, 2016 (All day) to Wednesday, March 16, 2016 (All day).

Location: Edmonton, Alberta at the River Cree Casino.

The IEEE IAS ESTMP Workshop provides a forum for exchanging and advancing industry knowledge in the areas of electrical safety, engineering design, power system reliability and the implementation and execution of Mega Projects. The Workshop focus will be to share innovative concepts, successes as well as lessons learned in the areas of: 1) advancing state of the art knowledge and best practices; 2) stimulating innovation in creating the next generation of technology; and 3) design and implementation of Mega Projects.

Individuals that have participated in past ESTMP workshops continue to attest to the high quality of the presentations and tutorials. Anyone involved with electrical, safety, construction, or design would benefit from this workshop.

Watch for more details and registration.