IEEE Illumination Conference

  • IEEE Illumination 2018


    February 2nd and 3rd, 2018


    Louis' Loft
    93 Campus Dr, Saskatoon
    SK, Canada

    Ticket Prices

    Wine and Cheese:

    $20 student members
    $25 student non-members
    $40 professional members

    Whole weekend / Conference:

    $30 student members
    $35 student non-members
    $50 professional members

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February 2nd, 2018

Kris graduated in Electrical Engineering from the UofS in 1998 and started with Vecima Networks at their wireless research facility in Victoria BC. At this facility, he mainly worked on millimetre wave frequency passive and active components as well as developing radios conforming to the Wimax specification. He transferred to Vecima’s Saskatoon RnD department in 2008 and began to work in the development of transmitters designed to work as part of the DOCSIS (Data over Cable Service Interface Specification) CMTS (Cable Modem Termination System). After moving back to Saskatoon he started working on his MSc in Electrical Engineering researching ways of cancelling the spurious emissions of radio frequency digital to analog converters. He is currently the Supervisor of FPGA Development at Vecima and actively working on our development of our Entra line of products designed to operate as remote physical layer and remote media access control / remote physical layer devices.

February 2nd, 2018

Julian Demkiw is a graduate of the electrical engineering program at the U of S. After spending time on the USSU executive as a student, Julian started his career in university administration working in public relations, fundraising, student service and now as Chief of Staff to the President of the University. Since graduating from engineering, Julian earned his Master’s degree in professional communication working with faculty from the Graham Centre. Julian is currently working on his Ph.D. in educational administration with hopes to continue his career progression in post-secondary education.

January 31st, 2018

Many thanks to Valard for sponsoring at the gold level!


Valard is Canada’s premier utility contractor, as well as head of the Valard Group of Companies AND part of the Quanta Group, the largest electrical power contractor in North America. Valard has full-service capabilities for transmission, distribution, substations, foundations, telecommunications and renewable energy. Serving clients across the country, Valard has distinguished itself in environmental responsibility and community stewardship. We provide comprehensive EPC+ (engineering, procurement, construction) and maintenance services to utilities, independent power producers, mining, oil and gas industries and rural electric associations throughout all Canadian provinces and territories.   Since 1978, we’ve delivered projects safely, on time and on budget. We have the experience, knowledge and resources to take on any utility project, any size, any complexity, any place.


Quanta Services is a leading specialized contracting services company, delivering infrastructure solutions for the electric power and oil and gas industries. Quanta’s comprehensive services include designing, installing, repairing and maintaining energy infrastructure. With operations throughout the United States, Canada and Australia and in select other international markets, Quanta has the manpower, resources and expertise to safely complete projects that are local, regional, national or international in scope. For more information, visit

January 31st, 2018

Thank you very much to SED Systems for sponsoring at the copper level!


SED Systems has an international reputation for excellence and delivers systems to customers around the globe.

They specialize in developing complex hardware and software systems for cable, satellite, test, and defense applications. They are advancing with cutting edge technology in all of these market areas and work with their customers to design products and solutions for world-class systems. From the satellite radio you enjoy in your car to the three 35-meter antenna systems they built for the historic Rosetta space probe and Philae lander on Comet 67/P, SED’s Engineering and Technical capabilities lead the way.

They have locations in Edmonton and Saskatoon.

January 31st, 2018

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Bradley will be speaking at Illumination this year!

Michael Bradley earned an Honours B.Sc. in Applied Physics from the University of New Brunswick and a Ph.D. in Physics from MIT, with a thesis entitled “A sub-ppb measurement of the mass of 133Cs for a new determination of the fine-structure constant”. Following his Ph.D. he spent three years working in the R&D labs of Axcelis Technologies (formerly the Eaton Semiconductor Equipment Corp.) developing new plasma ion implantation systems for silicon chip processing. In 2003 he joined the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), where he set up a CFI & NSERC- funded semiconductor plasma processing research lab. He also spent two years working at the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) in Sèvres, France where he built the first prototype for a proposed new superconducting Watt Balance. Prof. Bradley is currently Professor in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics at the U of S, where he runs an active lab in the U of S Plasma Physics Laboratory (U of S PPL). His research interests focus on the development of new plasma source technologies, pulsed plasmas, and use of plasmas for materials processing applications including nanofabrication. Prof. Bradley is the current Chair of the Canadian Association of Physicists Division of Plasma Physics (CAP-DPP).

January 31st, 2018

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to ESTI for sponsoring at the silver level!

ESTI’s mission is to connect ability, knowledge, experience, hard work, and partnerships to design, build, and implement the best technology solutions for our customers. Founded in 1989, ESTI has been building on the same management group for nearly 30 years. ESTI began with offering professional services and software development, but now offers industry-specific professional services, custom application and database development, integration services, data migration services, and a full complement of infrastructure services including physical, virtual and cloud-based.

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January 26th, 2018

We are pleased to announce that Andrew Dyck will be speaking at this year’s conference!

Andrew obtained a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a major in Computer Engineering and joined ESTI in the position of Infrastructure Analyst shortly after in 2013.

Andrew was born and raised in Saskatoon, where he quickly developed a keen interest in all things technical and computer related. He pursued his degree in computer engineering to further his knowledge and areas of expertise in both the hardware and software fields, as well as gaining valuable knowledge in the areas of design and project management. Andrew currently holds the position of Senior Infrastructure Engineer at ESTI.

In his free time, Andrew prefers to pursue his favourite hobbies such as golf, fishing, and canoeing; in his downtime, he likes to hang out with friends, play games, read, or catch up on his favourite TV shows.

January 26th, 2018

We are pleased to announce that Lance Pitka will be speaking at this year’s conference!

Lance is currently in the second year of a Master’s degree in electrical engineering with a focus on digital signal processing. His research focuses on improving internet speeds via a cable network. Lance completed his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering here at the U of S while being involved with the IEEE student branch, Robotics Club, and Areodesign Team. Outside of school, Lance works part-time as a firmware developer, and in his spare time, he enjoys anything related to fitness and the outdoors.

January 21st, 2018

Illumination 2018 is pleased to announce that Matthew Dalzell will be speaking at this year’s conference!

Matthew has been a science communicator and educator for over 15 years. This includes being
the communications coordinator with the Canadian Light Source from 2004 to 2012, and the
communications officer and partnerships manager with the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear
Innovation from 2012 to 2017. In 2013 he became a charter member of the Western Branch of the
Canadian Nuclear Society, currently serving as co-chair. Matthew also serves as co-chair of the Canadian
Nuclear Society’s Generation IV and Small Reactor Division and is a member of the society’s Education
and Communications Committee.

Matthew holds a Master’s of Geological Sciences and bachelor degrees in education and science from
the University of Saskatchewan. He has served for 25 years in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve and is
currently commanding officer of Saskatoon’s naval reserve division, HMCS Unicorn. Matthew is a
recipient of the Province of Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

January 17th, 2018

IEEE Illumination 2018 will be held on February 2nd & 3rd.
The event will be hosted at Louis’ Loft on the University of Saskatchewan Campus.

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