IEEE Canada President

Welcome Message from IEEE Canada President

Dr. Jason Gu

On behalf of IEEE Canada, it is my great pleasure to welcome you all to the annual IEEE Canada Power and Energy Conference (EPEC 2020), taking place from November 9-10, 2020.

EPEC 2020 is the 20th annual IEEE Canadian flagship Conference, with topics that include but are not limited to the following:

  • Power Quality and Reliability
  • Power System Protection and Wide Area Protection
  • Power System Stability and Control
  • Renewables and Distributed Energy Resources
  • Microgrids and Isolated Grids
  • Cyber Security
  • Applications of Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning
  • Smart Grids
  • Transactive Energy and Electricity Markets
  • HVDC, FACTS, and High-Power Converters

2020 so far has been a unique year, such as the COVID-19 pandemic occurring among other largescale events. The novel coronavirus has changed our daily lives, leading to major fluctuations in academics, industries, and professional societies. The IEEE is no exception, as it has also affected IEEE conferences, such as the IEEE EPEC 2020 conference.

EPEC 2020 was originally scheduled to be from October 14-16, 2020 at a convention center in Edmonton, Alberta. However, it has now been postponed to November 9-10 due to the pandemic. Thanks to the OC committee that rose to the challenge, the conference has been converted from a face-to-face conference to an online conference with a tremendous amount of work.

EPEC 2020 provides a great opportunity for researchers, students, and Engineers in power area from Canada and around the world to meet online and disseminate their research advancements and discoveries. This conference will also be beneficial for networking and exchanging ideas to strengthen existing partnerships and foster new collaborations.

This year, the EPEC 2020 will feature Industry Panels on November 9,10,and 12 2020, Humanitarian Technology Workshop, tutorials, Second Richard Marceau Energy Symposium and Women in Engineering Panel on November 12 2020, and technical sessions and Keynotes from November 9-10 2020. EPEC 2020 also featured with Student Poster Competition, which provides good opportunity for the student involvements.

This conference program is highlighted by keynote talks delivered by eight distinguished scholars: Dr. Rik W. De Doncker, Dr. Ferdinanda Ponci, Dr. Antonello Monti, John D. McDonald, Elizabeth Shirt, Dr. Deepa Kundur, Dr. Saifur Rahman and Dr. Jeff Dahn.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all participants, authors, sponsors, exhibitors, and patrons for their contributions to this conference, as well as many thanks to the volunteers of the conference organizing committees. I wish you all a very successful and enjoyable online conference and look forward to meeting you all in person in the future.

Enjoy the conference!

Jason Gu, PhD, PEng.,FEIC, FCAE
IEEE Canada President, 2020-2021
IEEE Region 7 Director, 2020-2021