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Ferial It is a privilege to be considered as candidate for the position of Director-elect for 2006-2007, and to serve as Director for 2008-2009. I have been fortunate to have been an active IEEE volunteer both at the Technical and Regional levels for over two decades. This experience gives me a well-rounded and unique perspective on how we, at IEEE Canada, can focus our energies as we move towards 2010.

I wish to offer the following as my goals for IEEE Canada:

  1. Membership renewal through actively promote IEEE membership with emphasis on the Post-Gold generation especially among past student members who were active in Student Branches during their school years. We will need to solicit and reach our target group through cooperation with University and College Alumni Associations, Electrical Engineering Department Heads, and Student Branch Executives.
  2. Out-reach to smaller communities within IEEE-Canada for membership recruitment, for example Thunder Bay, which has an active Department of Electrical Engineering at the University, as well as industry.
  3. Rejuvenation of Sections and Chapters activities by using existing IEEE resources for Sections and Chapters. We may need some Canadian content for both non-technical, such as financial planning, leadership training, as well as professional semi-technical material relevant to practice.
  4. Evolve IEEE Canada publications to improve value to match members interests in non-technical and professional areas of interest to the Post-Gold member.
  5. The Distinguished Speaker Program should be expanded and well publicized to help our local Sections/Chapters to attract new members. This involves developing a new Canadian Distinguished Speakers Bureau to deal with professional and non-technical aspects.
  6. Expand our Professional Development Activities to respond to Industry needs by offering more Tutorials, and Workshops of interest to potential young members.
  7. We need to reach to potential members while they are at school. One way is to establish undergraduate Student's Sections/Chapters Entrance Scholarships by working closer with the IEEE Canada Foundation.
  8. Use available IEEE Virtual Museum resources to promote Canadian Pre-University Awareness of Electrical Engineering.
  9. Investigate creating a “Canada Electrical Engineering Virtual Museum” to highlight Canadian based achievements.
  10. Establish a new Technology Policy Committee (Feasibility Study Stage) in order to increase service to our members, (for example Job Opportunities)

In closing I pledge to work to raise the profile of the IEEE-Canada within other IEEE Regions around the world, and to focus my activities on serving and expanding membership.

Ferial El-Hawary
March 2005

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