|President's Annual Report
|IEEE Canadian Foundation
Annual Meeting of the Members, April 16, 2014
|The Past Year
2013 was another good year for our foundation in terms of philanthropic activities and refining our administrative procedures, as well as continuing our outreach to IEEE members in Canada. The Board approved the establishment and administration of the Huff Memorial Scholarship Fund (North Saskatchewan), Ottawa Section Scholarship Fund and Montreal Section Achievement Medal Fund.
The IEEE Canadian foundation gratefully acknowledges the dedication and leadership provided by Bob Alden, serving in the role of President 2001-2013 and other ICF positions since 1992. Bob continues to serve as Director and Past-President.
The Board awarded a total of $53,150 in 2013 as Grants, Scholarships, Prizes and Awards.
These include 7 IEEE McNaughton Learning Resource Centre Grants (5 upgrades and 2 new centres at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and École de technologie supérieure), 4 IEEE Canadian Foundation Scholarships, 12 IEEE Canadian Foundation Special Grants (including 2 Humanitarian Grants), 1 IEEE Canada Women in Engineering Prize, Funding for 4 IEEE Canada Medals (W.S. Read Outstanding Service Award, TELUS Telecommunications Award, Outstanding Engineering Educator Award and the Robert H. Tanner Industry Leadership Award) and 2 IEEE Canadian Foundation Québec Science Fair Prizes.
Also included is funding support to the Huff Memorial Scholarship and Vancouver Section Scholarship.
In 2013 we received $16,774 in unrestricted donations - up about $1,718 or 11% from the previous year which is very gratifying - 86% came from the dues renewal process, 6% from cheques mailed to the treasurer and 8% from our Canada Helps online donation site. The latter two methods remove the issues of fluctuating exchange rates and double conversions. These details are recorded in our 2013 Honour Roll of Donors (our fifth which should be published later this year in the IEEE Canadian Review).
In addition, we received $2,950 in restricted donations towards donor designated funds.
Quantity of donors is up about 11%
Our investment income was $61,097, up $7,023 or 13% from the previous year.
In addition, we received $16,000 from the North Saskatchewan Section, $45,000 from the Ottawa Section and $22,000 from the Montreal Section- all towards new restricted funds.
|Communicating with IEEE members in Canada
The Summer 2013 issue of the IEEE Canadian Review carried our fourth Honour Roll of Donors which provided information for current and potential donors about our foundation. This was accompanied in the same issue by a feature article, IEEE Canadian Foundation Supports Electricity and Irrigation for Rural Africa, describing a project to apply technology for the benefit of humanity, and supported by an IEEE Canadian Foundation grant.
Additionally, there is a monthly item in the IEEE Canada Newsletter, Facebook postings, and personal outreach by our Members, at least one Member in each IEEE Canada Section.
|Relationships with IEEE Organizations
The IEEE Foundation President is a non-voting ex-officio director of both IEEE Canada and the IEEE Foundation, an excellent way to strengthen communications between the boards.
| IEEE Canada Awards and Recognitions of Foundation Members
Congratulations to the following IEEE Canadian Foundation members
- Wahab Almuhtadi - 2013 IEEE Canada W.S. Read Outstanding Service Award.
The IEEE Canadian Foundation recognizes 2014 as our twentieth year of operation as an independent Canadian Charity, recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency.
I thank all my fellow members of the IEEE Canadian Foundation, the volunteer leadership of both IEEE Canada and the IEEE Foundation, and associated staffs, for your inspiration, advice and support.
David H. Whyte, P.Eng.,SMIEEE
IEEE Canadian Foundation