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The competition is open to college/university students from all geographic locations. Student teams should have three to five team members in any year of university study. At least one team member must be an IEEE member. To find out more about this exciting opportunity, visit: or email



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Student Paper Competition 2014

The student paper competition 2014 deadline is June 1st. This competition is mainly for 3rd and 4th year undergraduate students (all other students are also welcome). More details can be found in this link.

Submissions should conform with IEEE conference paper format which can be found at this link.


Hello again,


The Canadian Intellectual Property Office – CIPO – is offering to provide Workshops for Student Branches: Intellectual Property (IP) Training and Case Studies.


Note 1:  CIPO provides the speaker and the information kit free of charge – as the organizer you would be obliged to return the completed feedback forms.


This is a terrific workshop opportunity that could be  (but doesn’t have to be) organized as one of the following events or a part of such an event:


–      a IEEE Student Transition & Elevation Partnership (STEP) event and/or as



–      an IEEE Student Professional Awareness Conference (S-PAC) or


–      an IEEE Student Professional Awareness Venture (S-PAVe)



Note 2: The STEP, S-PAC and S-PAVe events usually get some IEEE funding, depending on your application.


I have organized 3 or 4 such workshops (usually for ½ day with an introductory presentation on IP followed by a case study and discussion) for our students and research industry partners – all were very professional in their delivery, very well received by the participants and a great opportunity to interact, learn, discuss issues and exchange ideas. So, my recommendation would be to invite students, faculty and industry to the same workshop.


CIPO provides its services free of charge – that does not prevent you from charging attendees a registration fee.


Please, see the official notice (en Anglais et Français) – prepared for this mailing by one of the CIPO officers – of CIPO offerings below. I hope that you will be able to make use of this very generous offer.


Please, let me know if you are organizing such workshops. Enjoy!




The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is now offering three free of charge key outreach initiatives as outlined below.

1) The Intellectual Property (IP) Bank of Speakers

These presentations developed by CIPO and the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) are aimed at raising awareness of Intellectual Property by introducing basic concepts such as:

– the importance and strategic use of IP; o
– an introduction to trade secrets, patents, trade-marks, copyrights and industrial designs;
– useful resources and tips;
– links to IP publications and on-line tools; and
– contact information.

The presentation the IP speakers deliver takes approximately 1 hour.

Request an IP presentation now: or contact one of the Business Development Officers in the regions.

2) Intellectual Property (IP) Case Studies as a teaching tool to engineering, science and business students at the post-secondary education level. These case studies are also very suitable for students and staff involved in research and development. The case studies shed light on the value of Intellectual property in realistic career situations. They can be easily integrated in a classroom setting or in a training session for organizations or businesses.

Request these teaching tools at or contact one of the Business Development Officers in the regions. Upon availability, a trained Discussion Leader can support the delivery of the case study at no cost for you or your organization.

3) One-on-one IP information sessions are offered to engineers, business leaders, scientists, researchers, industrial designers, entrepreneurs and others so they are able to gain a better understanding of the best IP options relevant to their particular situations. This is usually done over the phone, by exchange of emails, teleconference, web conferencing, or in person, where possible.

Please contact the Business Development Officer in your region:

Atlantic Region: Ms. Cécile Klein,, t: 902-426-2172

Québec Region: Ms. Caroline Lefebvre,, t: 819-956-8433

Ontario Region: Mr. Dumitru Olariu,, t: 519-971-2049

West Region: Mr. Michel Loiselle,, t: 204-983-2687





L’Office de la propriété intellectuelle du Canada (OPIC) met à votre disposition, gratuitement, les trois produits de sensibilisation suivants :


1) Présentations de la Banque de conférenciers en propriété intellectuelle (PI)


Ces présentations de la Banque de conférenciers en PI développées par l’OPIC et l’Institut de la propriété intellectuelle du Canada (IPIC) sont conçues pour démontrer l’importance de la propriété intellectuelle (PI) en présentant des concepts de base tels que:

§  l’importance et l’utilisation stratégique de la PI;

§  une introduction sur les secrets industriels, les brevets, les marques de commerce, le droit d’auteur, et le dessin industriel;

§  les ressources et des conseils utiles;

§  les liens utiles et les outils en ligne pour en savoir davantage sur la PI, et

§  les contacts utiles.


Les présentations sont d’une durée d’une heure.

Demandez une présentation sur la PI maintenant ou bien contacter un de nos agents de développement d’affaires en région.


2) Études de cas


Les études de cas dans le domaine de la propriété intellectuelle de l’OPIC servent d’outils d’apprentissage pour les étudiants en génie, en sciences et en affaires au niveau universitaire. Ces études de cas sont aussi utiles pour les étudiants et les employés œuvrant dans le domaine de la recherche et du développement. Les études de cas font la lumière sur la valeur de la propriété intellectuelle dans des situations professionnelles et réalistes. Elles peuvent être facilement intégrées dans une salle de classe ou dans un atelier de formation pour des organisations ou des entreprises.

Demandez ces outils gratuits et faciles à utiliser : , ou bien contacter un de nos agents de développement d’affaires en région. Nous offrons, lorsque disponible et ce gratuitement, l’appui d’un animateur formé pour présenter les études de cas.


3) Session d’information individualisées sur la PI


Des sessions d’information individualisées sur la PI sont offertes aux ingénieurs, aux gens d’affaires, aux scientifiques, aux chercheurs, aux designers industriels et à toutes personnes désireuses de mieux comprendre les options qui leurs sont offertes en PI. Ces sessions peuvent se dérouler par téléphone, par courriel, par téléconférence, conférence en ligne, ou en personne, lorsque possible.

Veuillez contacter l’agent de développement de votre région :


Région de l’Atlantique : Mme Cécile Klein,, t: 902-426-2172


Région du Québec : Mme Caroline Lefebvre,, t: 819-956-8433


Région de l’Ontario : M. Dumitru Olariu,, t: 519-971-2049


Région de l’Ouest : M. Michel Loiselle,, t: 204-983-2687




Best regards




Maike Luiken, Ph.D., FEIC


Region 7 Student Activities Chair

Associate Editor, IEEE Canadian Review

Chair, PES Chapter, London Section

EPEC 2015, London, Conference Chair


Tel.: 1 519 542-7751 x  3229 | Mobile: 1 519 381 2712

Hello Everyone!


This is a reminder to draw your attention to the quickly approaching nomination deadlines for IEEE Student Activities Awards.


Please, see below for the various submission deadlines.


All IEEE Student Activities Award deadlines are February 1st, 2014. If you have questions, please, get in touch with either Ali or myself and we will try our best to address them.



IEEE AWARDS – Submissions in My Review Room – Deadline: Feb 1, 2014



Attention IEEE Students!! Nominations for IEEE Student Activities Awards are open! Be sure to nominate your Student Branch for a project, your Counselor for recognition, and a very special student volunteer for any of these awards! 


Nominations will be accepted until 1 February 2014!! 



Please visit:



IEEE Student Enterprise Award: 


Larry K. Wilson Regional Student Activities Award: 


IEEE Regional Exemplary Student Branch Award:   


IEEE Outstanding Branch Counselor and Branch Chapter Advisor Award:


The Darrel Chong Student Activity Award:



Region 7 Award:


George Armitage Outstanding Student Branch Award – Deadline Feb 1, 2014


IEEE Regional Exemplary Student Branch Award – Deadline Feb 1, 2014 — My Review Room


Region 7 Competitions:


Student Paper Contest – Deadline May 15th, 2014


IEEE Canada Student Branch Web site contest – Deadline April 15th, 2014



IEEE Competitions:


IEEE 2014 Student Branch Web site contest – entries based on the regional website contest.


IEEEXtreme 8.0 – to be announced.


IEEE Presidents’ Change the World Competition – Deadline January 31st, 2014



Scholarships and Grants:


Don’t forget, there are also a number of IEEE Scholarships and IEEE Canadian Foundation Scholarships and Grants that may be of interest to you and your student branch members – they have various deadlines.


The best of success with your nominations and competition entries!


Ali and Maike

The website of McGill IEEE Student Branch  was ranked 3rd in the world in the IEEE website contest for 2013.

Larry K Wilson Regional Student Activities Award for 2012 goes to Mr. Mojtaba Vaezi form McGill University for his contribution to IEEE at McGill University.

The deadline for submitting branch reports is on November 15, 2013. Please make sure you have submitted your report before the deadline.

The 2012 IEEE Region 7 (Canada) Student Congress was held at the Delta Airport West Hotel, Mississauga in conjunction with the Region 7 GOLD Congress. Please visit the Congress page for more information.

Event photos can be found on our Facebook page.


This year’s winners are:

1. University of Ottawa
2. University of British Columbia
3. McGill University

Congratulations to these Branches, and keep up all the good work.