The Evolution of IEEE Region 7 into IEEE Canada
In 1969 there were three technical organizations with a focus on electrical
engineering in Canada - they were:
IEEE - the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers with its
headquarters in New York City, U.S.A. - it included a set of 31 technical
groups to span its range of technical interests, and a set of 10 regions
to span the geographic distribution of members. Region 7 was Canada.
EIC - the Engineering Institute of Canada with its headquarters in
Montreal - it had members in various disiplines. Civil engineers
comprised the largest number of members, and electrical engineers one
of the smallest.
IEE - Institution of Electrical Engineers with its headquarters
in London, England - a licensing body for British electrical engineers with
members abroad in countries with a British Commonwealth history and strong
ties back to the 'homeland'.
There was no single Canadian organization for electrical engineering. As
is the case with many corporations in North America, the main Canadian
operation was a branch plant of one headquartered in the United States.
In 1995, IEEE Canada was officially born as both Region 7 of a
decentralized IEEE and a member society of EIC. The story of the
tortuos evolution over 25 years is told in personal accounts of
some of the individuals involved...