About the Okanagan Subsection

The Okanagan Subsection of the Vancouver IEEE Section promotes the exchange of technical information and awareness of the local engineering community by:

  • Hosting technical presentations and seminars on topics of current interest
  • Organizing tours of local companies, research labs, and industrial sites
  • Arranging for local support and participation in engineering conferences and symposia held in Thompson Okanagan region of British Columbia.

Other important activities include:

  • Recognizing local members by nominating them for advancement in IEEE membership grade and/or IEEE technical and service awards,
  • Arranging for industry support of projects organized by IEEE student branches and chapters, and,
  • Organizing events or activities concerning either technology or public policy for the general public.

The Okanagan Subsection was originally established as a subsection of the Vancouver IEEE Section on February 13, 2010. The Okanagan Subsection encompasses the geographical area of the Thompson Okanagan region of British Columbia in order to better provide IEEE members with local meetings and other services.

The Section currently has about 230 active members, including students at UBC Okanagan, Okanagan College and Thomson River University.

The Subsection operates on a fiscal year that runs from Jan – Dec of each year. The election of new officers is held each year in the fall, and election results are announced in December. The Subsection Annual General meeting is held in the spring to report on Subsection operations to all Subsection members. Technical meetings and social events for members are held year-round.

All members interested in volunteering are invited to contact the Subsection Chair or Vice Chair. The Subsection ensures that all volunteers are properly supported and recognized.

IEEE Continuing education courses are offered online at http://www.ieee.org/web/education/home/index.html

Local courses are also offered at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UBC Okanagan, and at the Computer Science at Okanagan College.

The Subsection publishes news and events on the Subsection Website http://www.okanagan.ieee.ca/. The Subsection news and events are available via email to members and interested non members who voluntarily join the OKANAGAN@listserv.ieee.org email list.

The Okanagan Subsection executives serve the members of the Subsection in an open and honest manner. Subsection Executive Meetings are held monthly. Any interested member may attend as an observer. Any request for a presentation or an item of business to be brought before the executive meeting should be sent to the Subsection Chair at least 2 weeks in advance of the meeting, and disposition of such a request shall be at the discretion of the Subsection Chair.

The Okanagan Subsection issues an Annual Report in conjunction with its AGM. Other materials such as budgets and minutes of executive meetings may be made available to members upon request.

IEEE Vancouver Section, Okanagan Subsection
c/o Prof. Youry Khmelevsky, Computer Science
Okanagan College, 1000 KLO Rd., Kelowna, B.C. Canada V1Y 4X8

E-mail: youry [at] ieee.org


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