The electronic services committee started with a mandate to provide
leadership and assistance in increasing the use of electronic communications
between Sections and Chapters in Canada, and IEEE members across the world.
The objective evolved to be the development of the infrastructure to
support professional networking, sharing of experiences and information
through electronic media.
In the 1994, Canadian government support for computer networking via the CANARIE project led to the purchase and
operation of a server in Ottawa under the management of Jacek and Hanna
Chrostowski and the establishment of a number of electronic services such
as the IEEE Canada web site, e-mail aliases for IEEE Canada members and
web sites for Canadian Sections and Conferences.
In 2001, IEEE Canada discontinued the use of the Ottawa server, and
transfered much of its content and services to IEEE servers at the IEEE
Operations Center in Piscataway, New Jersey. EWH is the entity web
hosting service that provides secure, managed hosting facilities for
IEEE entities such as Regions, Sections, and Societies at no charge.
Similarly, e-mail aliases for all IEEE members are now provided on an
IEEE server in Piscataway that provides virus protection for all e-mail
messages that pass through that server.
May 2002 saw the start of a major upgrade of the web site, which included
completion of the transfer of server content on the IEEE Canada web site,
the development of bilingual content, a new volunteer webmaster and a team
of dedicated volunteers. This was completed by March 2004.
In the spring of 2005, a process was started to decentralize the maintenance
of the web site by involving additional volunteers. The names of these
volunteers and their areas of responsibility are provided at the bottom of
this linked page. At the same time, the
electronic services committee was discontinued and the responsibilities
for these activities transfered to the Webmaster.