IEEE Illumination Conference

  • IEEE Illumination 2017


    February 2nd and 3rd, 2018


    Louis' Loft
    93 Campus Dr, Saskatoon
    SK, Canada

    Keynote Speaker

    To Be Announced

    Ticket Prices

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Keynote Announced: Michael Wesolowski

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Michael Wesolowski

Illumination 2016 is pleased to announce that Michael Wesolowski will be our keynote speaker for the conference this weekend!

Dr. Mike Wesolowski is the Research and Commercial Manager for the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation. His role includes strategic development of the research capacity of the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences, strengthening existing relationships with academic partners and facilitating research and commercial access to the Cyclotron by securing relationships with potential users.

He is also cofounder of Luxsonic Technologies Incorporated, a pre-revenue Saskatchewan based start-up that was founded in 2014 by two medical imaging researchers who share a passion for developing innovative solutions to the day-to-day problems faced by medical professionals. A finalist in the 2015 Tech Venture Challenge, Luxsonic is currently developing products for the teleradiology marketplace. Dr. Wesolowski is also one of the founding members of the Society of Postdoctoral Scholars at the University of Saskatchewan, a volunteer organization that acts as a social hub and information portal for postdocs on campus while providing a formal and continuous structure through which postdocs can communicate with U of S administrators and the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars.

Dr. Wesolowski has a PhD in Physics from the University of Waterloo and wide ranging multidisciplinary research experience in physics, nanotechnology, nuclear pharmacokinetics and medical imaging. His doctoral work involved the characterization of carbon and organometallic nanomaterials which were synthesized using high intensity pulsed laser systems. This includes pioneering work in the facile laser based synthesis of 1D polyyne chains which may one day serve as wires in molecular devices. Prior to joining the Fedoruk Centre, Dr. Wesolowski was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Medical Imaging at the University of Saskatchewan where he worked on the development of x-ray phase contrast imaging technologies, detection of prostate cancer using positron emission tomography computed tomography (PET-CT), and the study of kidney function using newly developed techniques in nuclear medicine.

Speaker: Angelika Ortlepp

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Angelika Ortlepp

Illumination 2016 is excited to announce that Angelika Ortlepp will be speaking at the conference this weekend!

Angelika Ortlepp is the founder of Suncatcher Solar, a family business that grew out of a strong interest in using solar power and other renewable energy.

Angelika, who designed and lives in the first Suncatcher Solar home, is a professional engineer with a degree in Engineering Physics and an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. For many years, she taught labs for the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics at the University of Saskatchewan. She introduced renewable energy to the curriculum and supervised design projects on solar energy. Her “living lab” home and the resulting thesis have provided first hand knowledge and real life experiences to share with students and a growing list of clients.

Since that first experimental prototype, Suncatcher Solar has completed an extensive list of renewable energy projects across Saskatchewan and designed passive solar homes for clients throughout Canada. This spring they will be installing the first solar power system for the Saskatchewan Environmental Society’s Solar Co-operative.

Speaker: Cinnati Loi

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Cinnati Loi

Illumination 2016 is excited to announce that Cinnati Loi will be speaking at the conference this weekend!

Cinnati Loi received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering with Great Distinction and B.Sc. (3-Yr) in Computer Science with Great Distinction in 2008 from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada. During his undergraduate program, he has worked as a hardware student engineer intern at SED Systems, a Division of Calian Ltd., Saskatoon, SK, Canada, where he designed hardware and software for satellite communication modems.

He received his M.Sc. at the University of Saskatchewan in 2010. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan in 2015 under the supervision of Dr. S.-B. Ko and holds the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship.

He currently works as a Hardware Engineer at SED Systems, Inc.

Speakers: Brennan Martin and Jason Lau

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Brennan Martin

Jason Lau

Illumination 2016 is excited to announce that Brennan Martin and Jason Lau will be speaking at this year’s conference!

Brennan grew up in Saskatoon spending the last decade learning everything he could about networks. Recently, Brennan earned the prized CCIE (#50782 – Routing & Switching) certification from Cisco Systems, in addition to holding 4 CCNP(Routing & Switching, Security, Wireless, Data Centre) and the CCDP certifications. Brennan has over 10 years of experience building all types of networks, including underground networks in the mining industry.

Jason was born, and raised in Hong Kong for the majority of his life, immigrating to Canada when he was 12 years old. He stayed in Saskatoon for schooling and eventually graduated at the University of Saskatchewan in 2014, where he received his Bachelor of Engineering degree, majoring in Computer Engineering.

Since he joined ESTI, Jason has become a strong asset, working with storage and network technologies. He has earned his CCNA certification from Cisco Systems and is trying to decide which to pursue next.

Speaker: Lindsay Sweet

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Lindsay Sweet

Illumination 2016 is excited to announce that Lindsay Sweet will be speaking at this year’s conference!

Lindsay graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a B.Sc. in Computer Science in 2013 and with a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering in 2014. While attending the U of S he was active member of the IEEE as a Class Representative and as the Academic Director during his last two years of study.

Lindsay had the opportunity to work in a variety of sectors throughout his university years including energy, telecommunications, and agriculture. He worked with SaskPower, SaskTel, and Case New Holland and during that time transitioned from technical support jobs to finishing as a research Engineer.

Upon completion of his Engineering degree Lindsay returned to his family farm where he has found his experiences in the College of Engineering to be instrumental in his new career. Regardless of this unconventional career path post-grad, Lindsay maintains that if he were to do it all again he would still choose electrical engineering.

Speaker: Aaron Genest from Solido

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Illumination 2016 is pleased to announce that Aaron Genest from Solido will be speaking at this year’s conference!

Dr. Aaron Genest is the Director of Customer Experience for Solido Design Automation, a Saskatoon-based company that produces CAD software for the semiconductor design industry. In his work with Solido, Dr. Genest has contributed to the company’s transition from a start-up to a successful, sustainable, and growing organization. Solido’s innovative corporate structure, unique approach to training and support, and rapid in-house engineering and software research program has led them to be best-in-class in delivering software solutions for some of the semiconductor design industry’s hardest problems.

This talk presents Solido’s pragmatic approach to technical invention, which has produced 16 patents and created the foundation for a suite of successful software products. Dr. Genest’s talk will use the case studies of the development of the High-Sigma Monte Carlo and Hierarchical Monte Carlo algorithms to exemplify Solido’s key R&D strategies: precise problem definition, fast failure, gaining wisdom from failure, and thorough verification before declaring success.

Solido’s customers include most of the world’s top semiconductor design companies and they are currently hiring talented technologists (software, math, stats, EE, EP, etc.) for their Saskatoon-based R&D and Applications Engineering teams.

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Speaker: James Glennie

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

Photo - James Glennie

Illumination 2016 is excited to announce that James Glennie will be speaking at this year’s conference!

James is CEO of SaskWind: a renewable energy development company based out of Saskatoon. He has worked in the energy sector, around the world, for 25 years.

Following graduation he was with Esso Petroleum in London for four years in downstream finance before moving to Russia where he spent the next five years. During that time he held a variety of finance positions prior to establishing and leading the equity and fixed income research department of National Reserve Bank in Moscow. 

In the 15 years in which he has been in the wind industry James has had a variety of senior roles including Chief Executive of the New Zealand Wind Energy Association, Head of Offshore Wind at the British Wind Energy Association, Director of Business Development at the Wind Energy Institute of Canada and Director of the Renewable Energy Research Cluster at the University of Houston in Texas.  He has cultivated a particular interest in the electrical integration of wind energy and the financial analysis of renewable energy systems.

James is a Canadian Permanent Resident and lives in Saskatoon. He has a B.Sc. in Marine Geotechnics (Bangor, North Wales), an M.Sc. in Marine Resource Development and Protection (Heriot-Watt, Scotland) and a Master of Business Administration (London Business School, England). He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Speaker: Tony Mountjoy

Thursday, January 7th, 2016


Illumination 2016 is pleased to announce that Tony Mountjoy, founder of Asmoteknologies Ltd., will be speaking at these year’s illumination conference:

We develop locally from Regina, Saskatchewan for any open source platforms such as mobile applications for Blackberry, Android, iPhone, Windows phones, iPads, tablets, and desktop computer applications like Windows 10, Mac OSX, Linux, and others like laptops, TV and e-readers. We test all our web-based solutions on Chrome, Firefox, and Safari across all modern devices. We use our own Azreal 8 language on the Azreal Cloud Platform, a pure C program that reduces management complexity, to create all of our cloud apps and tools that we’re proud to say saves or makes your business money at lowered risk. We work online. Some projects require a common working location, others are on-site and most are remote.

Speaker: Sean Maw

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Photo - Sean Maw

Illumination 2016 is excited to announce that Sean Maw will be speaking at this year’s conference!

Dr. Maw completed his BASc and MASc degrees in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He then completed a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Alberta, looking at the development of artificial muscle fibers for advanced prosthetics. During this time, he rose through the ranks of skating, coaching and administration in the sport of speed skating, which led to employment as the Research Director at the Olympic Oval in Calgary for five years. While at the Oval (University of Calgary), he taught courses in Kinesiology and helped develop the first year design course in Engineering. After moving to Mount Royal University for 9 years, teaching in and helping lead the Engineering Transfer Program there, he moved to the University of Saskatchewan in 2014 to take the position of Huff Chair in Innovative Teaching.

Dr. Maw’s technical research is largely situated in sports engineering but he is also very active in pedagogical research in the areas of creativity and problem solving, employment trajectories for engineers, and academic integrity. He’s an active soccer player and ballroom dancer, and is passionate about all things related to aerospace. He helped develop skin suits for the 2006 Torino Winter Olympic Games, crash protection systems for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, and he was the English/French announcer at the speed skating venue for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. He currently serves on the Boards of the Canadian Engineering Education Association, and the Branch Out Neurological Foundation.

Speaker: Jonathan Palmer

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Illumination 2015 is excited to announce that Jonathan Palmer will be speaking at the conference this weekend!

Jonathan is a graduate from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering and is a current MBA Candidate with the Edwards School of Business. Jonathan first joined Primary Engineering & Construction (Primary) in 2010 to support the engineering design and planning team in Kelowna, BC. In 2012, he supported the SaskCrowns in pioneering the 4-party turnkey program and in 2013 launched Primary’s Saskatoon office. Jonathan brings perspective from working with many utilities across Western Canada including SaskPower, BC Hydro, FortisBC, Saskatoon Light & Power, Summerland Power, and the City of Penticton Electric Utility.