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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December 15th, 2017

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

Andre is VP Software at ORA. His background designing and producing some 50 mobile apps really comes in handy as he ensures ORA’s software products are simple, stable, and robust. You can see his minimalist and simple design philosophy in his apps across many industries, including banking with Affinity Mobile and its Mobile Pay feature, retail with Co-op CRS, workplace safety with ARMS, and of course, ORA the personal alert. Andre has a PhD, MSc, and BSc in Computer Science, with a focus on Human-Computer Interaction.
October 18th, 2016

IEEE Illumination 2017 will be held on February 3rd & 4th.
The event will be hosted at Louis’ Loft on the University of Saskatchewan Campus.

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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.

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.

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.

February 2nd, 2016

Nathan Ziegler

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

Mr. Ziegler earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 2005, and has focused his career on sustainable energy production for the past 10 years. His role at Saskatoon Light & Power is to promote and explore new ideas for power generation utilizing renewable and/or low impact energy sources. Mr. Ziegler was project manager for the construction of the Saskatoon Landfill Gas Collection System, and oversees the operation and maintenance of the power generation facility. Previously he worked as a consulting engineer specializing in industrial automation, and worked on projects like the award winning Whistler Athletes’ Village District Energy System for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.

January 31st, 2016

The 2016 Illumination conference schedule is finally here!

Friday, February 5th: A Night of Wine and Cheese

Time Slot Speaker Topic Region
7:00 PM 8:00 PM Cocktail Hour
8:00 PM 8:15 PM Jon Poulin NSS Local
8:15 PM 8:45 PM Lindsay Sweet The Value of an Engineering Degree Local
8:45 PM End Networking/Mixer

Saturday, February 6th: Illumination Conference

Time Slot Speaker Topic Region
9:00 AM 9:30 AM Breakfast
9:40 AM 10:10 AM Jason Lau and Brennan Martin Working with Undergrad Networks at Potash Local
10:10 AM 10:40 AM Angelika Ortlepp Residential Commercial Solar Energy Use in SK Local
10:40 AM 11:10 AM Nathan Ziegler Saskatoon Green Energy Initiatives Local
11:10 AM 11:30 AM Snack
11:30 AM 12:00 PM Sean Maw Technology Doping in Sports Local
12:00 PM 12:30 PM Alexander Moewes Findings on Graphene and Silicene Local
12:30 PM 1:00 PM James Glennie Growth on Non-Renewables: Wind Energy Local
1:00 PM 1:40 PM Lunch
1:40 PM 2:40 PM Michael Wesolowski Small Modular Reactors Local
2:40 PM 3:10 PM Aaron Genest How Soldio Invents Things Local
3:10 PM 3:40 PM Kent Rathwell Electric Vehicles Local
3:40 PM 4:00 PM Snack
4:00 PM 4:30 PM Tony Mountjoy Challenges of Self-Guided Work Local
4:30 PM 5:00 PM Cinnati Loi Adjusting to Life After School Local
5:00 PM 6:30 PM Break
6:30 PM 8:00 PM Banquet
8:00 PM End Networking
January 25th, 2016

Ticket prices for students have been lowered! Tickets can be purchased outside ENG 2C02 every day this week. Tickets can also be purchased online.

Prices for students have been lowered as shown below:

Wine & Cheese Only
– IEEE Member: $25
– Non-Member: $30

Full Conference (Wine & Cheese Included)
– IEEE Member: $35
– Non-Member: $40

These price reductions are available for students only. Any student who has purchased a ticket prior to these price reductions will receive a refund. Emails will be sent out shortly.

January 25th, 2016

Illumination 2016 is excited to announce that Littelfuse is providing an industry tour! The tour will take place on February 5th at 2:00 to 4:00 pm, at 3714 Kinnear Place. To register for this tour, or receive more information, please contact our Corporate Relations Director. Keep in mind this tour has a capacity of sixteen people, so make sure to register as soon as possible!

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.