Attend the BCNET Conference: Unlock the Power of Information Technology, May 3-4, SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver

Register Early and Save 20% on admission

Mark your calendar for the 11th annual BCNET Conference, May 3-4, 2011,SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver.

Join BCNET’s higher education member community for two days full of networking opportunities, information sharing, workshops, panel discussions, entertaining keynote speakers and fun. This year’s conference theme, “Unlock the Power of Information Technology”, will focus on advancing higher education by promoting innovative and smart ways to use technology.

Reasons to attend:

  • learn about current information technology challenges and solutions at B.C.’s campuses
  • explore best practices with your peers
  • share your ideas and experiences through workshops and panel discussions
  • hear about developments in national and regional advanced networks
  • network with IT, academic and industry technology experts
  • participate in the poster competition

Register early and save 20% on admission. Early-bird registrants will be entered to win an iPod Touch! (Early-bird registration ends on March 16)




BC.NET is inviting students to participate in the 2010 poster competition and the BCNET/CANARIE Conference 2010 which will be held on May 04-05, 2010.

As of 11 December 2009 the Photonics Society is officially part of our IEEE Vancouver Joint Communications Chapter.



Register at 4G World for the only comprehensive, full-day, live training session taking place prior to the Fall 2009 WCET exam window.

A one day course developed by the IEEE ComSoc Education Department will be offered to review all seven areas covered in the WCET exam to help individuals prepare for the actual exam. “IEEE Wireless Certification Exam Preparation”  will be offered on September 17, 2009 during 4G World in Chicago. This one-day training session will be led by Javan Erfanian, Bell Mobility, Canada.
Visit to learn more about this particular training session, other training resources and organizations, and the IEEE Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies Certification Program.

Contact Marilyn Catis at  if you need additional information about this training course.



I am very pleased to announce that the former chair of Vancouver Joint Communications Chapter, Prof. Dave Michelson was nominated as the IEEE Vancouver Section Chair. Since I (your humble servant) is now the section secretary and Ms. Zahra Ahmadian (our Vice Chair) took the lead on the newly formed IEEE Vancouver WIE Affinity Group we have a strong representation locally.

I would like to mention that Prof. Dave Michelson also have been able to help IEEE ComSoc and the Japanese MCPC to form an alliance. This will help to cross-promote IEEE WCET and MCPC wireless certification programs. Thank you Dave for this successful and important achievement.

I would like to thank Dr. Edmund Ho for his role as the chair of the advisory committee for the last two years and welcome Mr. Lee Pucker as the new advisory committee chair.



I am very pleased to announce that Ms. Zahra Ahmadian has agreed to succeed Mr. Serhat Erkucuk as the Joint Communication Vice Chair starting July 2008. Serhat has done an excellent job and we will miss him. He is leaving Vancouver to take a leading role in a university overseas. We all wish him success in his new tenure.

Zahra Ahmadian received her B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Ajman University of Science and Technology (AUST), UAE in 2005 and her M.A.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2007. She is currently a PhD. student in Communication Theory research group at UBC. She was previously the chair of AUST IEEE student branch in 2005 and an active member of the ECE Graduate Student Association at UBC as the academic executive and treasurer. Her research interests are coding, concatenated codes, ultra-wideband, multiple access interference and propagation in multi-path channels. Please welcome Zahra and I am sure she will be a great addition to our tight community.



IEEE Vancouver Section thanks Prof. Dave Michelson for serving as Chair of the Joint Communications Chapter for the past eight years and wishes him well as he takes a much deserved break. Vancouver Section Chair Paul Bowler praised Dave for his achievements and contributions to both the Joint Communications Chapter and to Vancouver Section: “On behalf of the Vancouver Section I would like to congratulate Dave on his success and his achievements in the last 8 years.  We thank him for his many contributions, for the incredible change, and for the professionalism he has brought to his chapter work.  His efforts have benefited IEEE members and students alike.”



The IEEE Vehicular Technology Society has named the Vancouver Joint Communications Chapter “the best in the world” and will present us with a Best Chapter Award at IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (Fall) in Montreal next month. This is the third time that we’ve been recognized in this manner by IEEE.

The best recognition, however, is the great response that we’ve had to our many presentations and mini-symposium over the past year. Thanks to all of you for your support.