2023 IEEE Southern Alberta Section AGM

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IEEE Southern Alberta Section Presents our 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

After a couple of years apart, we're excited to announce that our AGM will be held in person again!

This is a fantastic opportunity for all IEEE members to reconnect, get updates on our section's achievements, and look forward to the future. The meeting will provide an update on the activities of the Section, the Technical Chapters, and the Affinity Groups over the past year, and provide an outlook for activities planned in 2024.

Let's come together, celebrate our achievements, and set the stage for a year of excellence. We look forward to seeing you there!

Region 7 Address by IEEE Canada President Rob Anderson

Join us for a special address by IEEE Canada President Rob Anderson, who will discuss the significance of volunteering at the Section level and highlight the diverse opportunities available for everyone involved in IEEE.

Powering Progress: The Evolution of Rural Electrification in Alberta

Join us for an insightful presentation with two distinguished speakers, Glen Fox and Bill Bergman.

Glen Fox will explore the unique role of Alberta's Rural Electrification Associations (REAs) in powering rural communities, highlighting Equs, Canada's largest member-owned utility. Following Glen, Bill Bergman will delve into the selection and application of the single wire earth return (SWER) distribution system for rural electrification. Together, they will shed light on the historical journey and ongoing evolution of rural electrification in Alberta.


  • 2 complimentary drink tickets
  • Caesar Salad: Hearts of Romaine, Focaccia Croutons, Romano Shavings with Classic Caesar Dressing
  • Choice of:
    • Grilled Filet Mignon: with Classic Bordelaise Sauce. Served with Sautéed Wild Mushroom, New Potatoes, Butter Glazed Asparagus and Baby Carrots
    • Chicken Supreme: Grilled Herb and Garlic Marinated Chicken Supreme. Served with Yukon Gold and Wild Mushroom, Potato Hash and Seasonal Vegetables
    • Atlantic Salmon Fillet: Ponzu Glazed, Served with Sweet Chili and Ginger Stewed Bok Choy and Organic Pearl Jasmine Rice Cake
  • White Chocolate Panna Cotta: Tahitian Vanilla Bean Infused Berry Compote

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  Date and Time




  • Date: 28 Nov 2023
  • Time: 05:30 PM to 10:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC-07:00) Mountain Time (US & Canada)
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  • 9030 Macleod Trail
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Canada
  • Building: Carriage House Hotel & Conference Centre
  • Room Number: Windsor (1st floor)
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  • Starts 07 November 2023 05:00 PM
  • Ends 27 November 2023 05:25 PM
  • All times are (UTC-07:00) Mountain Time (US & Canada)
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  • Menu: Grilled Filet Mignon, Chicken Supreme, Atlantic Salmon Fillet


Glen Fox Glen Fox


Rural Electrification Association in Alberta

In Alberta, the concept of Rural Electrification Associations (REAs) is a distinctive model. These associations are responsible for supplying electricity to rural communities, each operating within its own specific geographic boundary. Governed by a board of directors elected from within their communities, REAs play a crucial role in managing the electricity needs of these areas. Post-World War II, Alberta's REAs were instrumental in electrifying the province's rural regions, a contrast to other Canadian provinces where provincial governments and their typically provincially owned utilities undertook this task. Today, Equs stands as the largest member-owned utility in the country.

Last year marked the 75th anniversary of the Alberta REAs, a milestone that underscores the importance of understanding how rural electrification was achieved in Alberta, and by extension, in Canada.

Glen's presentation will explore the collaborative efforts behind the formation of Alberta's numerous REAs and their pivotal role in bringing electricity to the province's rural locales.


Glen Fox, who has been involved with Equs Rural Electrification Association (Equs REA) since 2014, currently serves as the Chair of its Board of Directors. His dedication to the organization is matched by his passion for rural Alberta communities.

- Chair of Board of Equs (Alberta’s largest REA)
- Owned and operated a consulting firm
- Lives in rural Alberta with a passion for rural Alberta
- Has three daughters and is “retired”

Bill Bergman Bill Bergman


Single Wire Earth Return: A Cost-Effective Method of Bringing Electricity to Rural Customers

This presentation will delve into the intriguing choice of the single wire distribution system for rural electrification, a method that uniquely utilizes the earth as the return circuit. This system, which continues to operate with modifications due to factors like load growth, represents a significant chapter in the history of rural power supply.

A vital role was played by the people of rural communities in driving the electrification process. Their contributions were not just financial but also involved personal labor. The story varies across the prairie provinces, each with its unique journey but it is important to shed light on the efforts of our predecessors in their quest to secure a commodity that is often taken for granted and expected today.


Bill Bergman is a distinguished Engineer with an extensive career, currently serving as a Senior Associate at PowerNex Associates Inc. He is also a long-standing member of the IEEE, reflecting his deep commitment to the field of engineering.
- B. Sc. (Electrical Engineering) University of Saskatchewan 1968
- M. Eng. University of Calgary, 1992
- P.Eng. in Alberta
- Engineering Specialist in: 
  • The performance and analysis of power system design and operation
  • The application, specification, testing, installation, commissioning, operation and maintenance of major electrical and mechanical equipment in generating, substations and transmission systems
  • The conceptual and detailed arrangement and design of substations and integration of generating, transmission and distribution facilities
  • Strategic development and implementation of programs to improve reliability and utilization of the power system and it’s equipment and facilities
  • Maintenance program development and implementation
  • Failure analysis of electric power equipment or systems
- Chair or Contributor of:
  • IEEE Switchgear and Power Transformer standards and guides -  (Emeritus Member of IEEE Switchgear committee, IEEE Standards Medallion, IEEE Distinguished Service Award, Life Senior Member)
  • CIGRE (Conseil Internationale des Grands Réseaux Electriques; International Council on Large Electric Systems) (Switchgear and Large Transformers working groups)
  • Energy Industry Electrical Engineering Associates (EIEEA) – (Emeritus Member and only utility/manufacturer member invited)
  • IEC, CSA and former CEA participating member


5.30pm:  Doors open
5:30-6:15pm:  Cash Bar and Networking (2 complimentary drink tickets included)
6:15-6:30pm:  Chair’s and Treasurer’s Reports
6:30-7:15pm:  Dinner
7:15-7:30pm:  Award Presentations
7:30-8:30pm:  Technical Chapters, Affinity Groups, and Student Branch Reports
8:30-8:45pm:  Rob Anderson, IEEE Canada President Address
8:45-9:30pm:  Keynote Speech: Glen Fox and Bill Bergman