Canadian Atlantic Section Annual General Meeting (AGM)


The IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section invites you to its 2019 Annual General Meeting at the Saraguay House on December 5 (details below). Networking at the cash bar will begin at 17:30h, followed by a general welcome, and a keynote presentation by John Woods (Minas Energy) and Tony Wright (FORCE), who will provide perspectives on tidal energy development in Nova Scotia. The Annual General Meeting will commence after our AGM Dinner and Awards ceremony recognizing outstanding contributions and volunteers involved in IEEE and CAS activities.

  Date and Time




  • Date: 05 Dec 2019
  • Time: 05:30 PM to 09:30 PM
  • All times are Canada/Atlantic
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  • Starts 27 October 2019 07:00 AM
  • Ends 05 December 2019 09:00 PM
  • All times are Canada/Atlantic
  • Admission fee ?
  • Menu: Buffet Style (incl. chicken, fish, vegetarian options)



Perspectives on Tidal Energy Development in Nova Scotia

Speakers: John Woods (Minas Energy) and Tony Wright (FORCE)

Tony Wright’s presentation will provide a FORCE point-of-view on tidal power development and the challenge of  “working in water that moves over 20 kilometres an hour.”  John Woods will talk about two of the FORCE berths (A & C) from a developer’s perspective. These include a total of 21 x 420 MW units, connected in two arrays. He will highlight some points on interconnectivity.


John Woods, P. Eng., is vice president of energy development at Minas Energy. He holds an engineering degree from Dalhousie and has more than four decades of experience as an entrepreneurial engineer, as alderman of the City of Dartmouth, and has a successful track record developing renewable energy projects. John’s professional competence and skill of a community leader have advanced innovative engineering designs and creative solutions to business and political issues related to energy development. For more than two decades John has also mentored many Dalhousie engineering students as a lecturer on “Engineers in Society.”

Tony Wright is general manager at the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy. FORCE is a public/private partnership studying the performance and interaction of tidal energy turbines in the Bay of Fundy. Tony has an MBA degree from St. Mary’s and an engineering degree from the Royal Military College of Canada. He spent more than two decades as a career officer in the Royal Canadian Navy, holding a variety of leadership and technical roles onboard Canadian warships and ashore, before joining FORCE in 2012.


17:30 – 18:00: Networking

18:00 – 19:00: Welcome address and Technical Talk by John Wood and Tony Wright

19:00 – 20:00: Dinner and Awards

20:00 – 21:30: Annual General Meeting