IEEE Toronto AGM


It is our pleasure to announce the 2021 IEEE Toronto AGM.  Features of this year's meeting include:

1. A grand prize draw of a brand new Apple Watch (no joke!).

2. A keynote presentation from the founder and CEO of the Toronto-based company that recently went public in the biggest semiconductor IPO of all time.

3. A keynote presentation from the Director of Station Services at Hydro One.

3. The announcement of the IEEE Toronto officer election results for the 2022-2023 term.

4. Scholarship and IEEE Toronto section award announcements.

5. A chance to catch up and network with other attendees in a fun new format - details to be announced during the AGM.

We are genuinely excited for this event and hope to see many of you there!

  Date and Time




  • Date: 12 Nov 2021
  • Time: 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) Canada/Eastern
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  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Canada

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  • Starts 01 October 2021 08:00 PM
  • Ends 12 November 2021 06:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) Canada/Eastern
  • No Admission Charge


Tony Pialis Tony Pialis of Alphawave IP


The Largest Semiconductor IPO of All Time

The largest ever initial public offering (IPO) of a semiconductor company was not Microsoft, Intel, Qualcomm, or Nvidia.  It was Alphawave IP - a company founded in Toronto by a group of engineers with ties to local academia and industry, which is now worth billions.  Come learn how to transform a cash-strapped startup, work through aggressive expansion and scaling, and achieve the formation of a public company that is now a globally recognized industry leader in cutting edge integrated circuit design.


Address:Toronto, Canada

Lorraine Gray, P. Eng., MBA Lorraine Gray, P. Eng., MBA of Hydro One Networks Inc.


Diversity and Inclusion: Let's Think Big

Does an organization need to make a choice between hiring the brightest technical talent and having a diverse workforce?  If you are friendly to all of your coworkers, does that mean that you've done all that you can to make your company an inclusive one?  In this talk, Lorraine Gray explains the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) from the perspective of a leadership role within a technical organization.  She then explains how in order to achieve DEI goals, organizations must think about the topic from a high-level view of the entire system, and not as a piecemeal strategy that can be left to individuals.


Lorraine Gray is a Professional Engineer with 16 years of experience at Hydro One, 13 of which have been in leadership positions. In her current role as Director, Station Services, she leads a team of over 700 that ensures the safe and efficient execution of all capital, preventive, corrective, and regulatory work programs for Transmission and Distribution Stations across Ontario. The team also liaises with major customers such as nuclear and renewable generators, local distribution companies, and large industrial customers. In 2020, Lorraine was recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) and just this year she was recognized as a Catalyst Honours Champion for her work in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She holds a B.Eng.Mgmt. in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University and an MBA from York University.


6:00pm:  Welcome Introduction

6:05pm:  Welcome Message from the IEEE Toronto Chair (Ali Nabavi)

6:10pm    Message from IEEE Canada President (Jason Gu)

6:15pm:  Keynote Presentation #1 - Tony Pialis (Alphawave IP)

6:45pm:  IEEE Toronto Awards Presentations

6:55pm:  Student Scholarship Presentation

7:00pm:  Keynote Presentation #2 - Lorraine Gray (Hydro One)

7:25pm:  2022-2023 Officer Election Results Announced

7:30pm:  Move to Gather.Town Room for Networking and Grand Prize Draw