IEEE International Conference on Communications
14-23 June 2021 // Virtual / Montreal
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Tuesday, 15 June 2021

10:30am – 11:50am (EDT)
B1: Technology Auditing & Regulatory
B5: Emerging Entrepreneurship

Monday, 21 June 2021

10:50am – 12:10pm (EDT)
B3 Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

09:30am – 10:50am (EDT)
B4: Smart Cities: Technology Integration and Regulatory Issues

10:50am – 12:10pm (EDT)
B2: Protecting & Sharing Intellectual Property

B1: Technology Auditing & Regulatory

Tuesday, 15 June 2021, 10:30am – 11:50am (EDT)

Organizer: Pierre Boucher, ENCQOR


Pierre Boucher

Bio is forthcoming.

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B2: Protecting & Sharing Intellectual Property

Tuesday, 22 June 2021, 10:50am – 12:10pm (EDT)

Organizer:  Monika Paape, ETS


Monika Paape

Bio is forthcoming.

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B3: Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility

Monday, 21 June 2021, 10:50am – 12:10pm (EDT)

Organizer and Moderator: Charles Despins, École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS)

Catherine Goyer, BCE and Bell Canada
Jaafar Elmirghani, University of Leeds, UK
Louise Krug, BT


Charles DespinsCharles Despins

Charles Despins’ career has spanned, over more than 35 years, both the academic and industrial segments of the information technology and communications sector. In addition to having been a faculty member of INRS-Telecommunications (Université du Québec) in Montreal, he later held senior management positions in the private sector including senior director of technology development at Microcell Telecommunications as well as vice-president and chief technology officer of Bell Nordiq Group. He also worked as a consultant for wireless network deployments in India and China. After leaving his full-time academic position in 1996, he remained active in research as an adjunct professor at INRS.

From 2003 to 2016, he was also founding President & CEO of Prompt, a university-industry research consortium which is a now highly recognized collaborative research actor in Québec. He rejoined academia in 2016 and is currently professor of electrical engineering after serving as vice-president – research & partnerships and Dean of Research at École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS), Université du Québec.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from McGill University in Montreal, as well as M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees, also in electrical engineering, from Carleton University in Ottawa. He was the recipient of the (1993) Best Paper of the Year award in IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. He was named in 2005 a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada and was the recipient in 2006 of the Outstanding Engineer Award from IEEE Canada for (citation) "excellence in the electrical engineering profession in both academia and industry”.

He has been the co-Chair of the IEEE Sustainable ICT initiative since its inception and a strong advocate on this theme for more than a decade.

Catherine GoyerCatherine Goyer

As Director, Corporate responsibility and Environment, Catherine leads a team responsible to plan, develop and manage Bell’s responsibility and environment programs to ensure compliance, management of risks, meeting stakeholder expectations and creating value for the company. Her key responsibilities include energy, climate change, wastes, product stewardship, contaminated properties and responsible procurement. As part of her functions, she is also accountable to maintain the ISO 14001 certification and reporting of the company’s performance, including issuing an annual Corporate Responsibility Report.

Recognized for her passion and professionalism, Catherine has been working in the environmental field for more than twenty years. First in the manufacturing business and now at Bell. She has successfully lead projects to improve environmental practices, employees’ engagement and relations with stakeholders and to integrate sustainability in the day-to-day business. She is an active member of two non-profit organizations.

Catherine is a civil engineer and holds a Master degree in civil engineering specialized in environment.

Jaafar ElmirghaniJaafar Elmirghani

Prof. Jaafar Elmirghani is Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of IET and Fellow of Institute of Physics and Director of the Institute of Communication and Power Networks, University of Leeds, UK. He has provided outstanding leadership in a number of large research projects, secured over £30m in grants and was PI of the £6m EPSRC Intelligent Energy Aware Networks (INTERNET) Programme Grant, 2010­-2016. He is Co­Chair of the IEEE Sustainable ICT initiative, a pan IEEE Societies initiative responsible for Green ICT activities across IEEE, 2012­-present.

He was awarded in international competition the IEEE Comsoc 2005 Hal Sobol award, 3 IEEE Comsoc outstanding technical achievement and service awards (2009, 2015, 2020), the 2015 GreenTouch 1000x award, IET Optoelectronics 2016 Premium Award for work on energy efficiency and shared the 2016 Edison Award in the collective disruption category with a team of 6 from GreenTouch for joint work on the GreenMeter. He was elected Fellow of IEEE for contributions to energy efficient communications.

His work led to 5 IEEE standards with a focus on network, cloud and fog computing and energy efficiency, where he currently heads the work group responsible for IEEE P1925.1, IEEE P1926.1, IEEE P1927.1, IEEE P1928.1 and IEEE P1929.1 standards; this resulting in significant impact through industrial and academic uptake.

He was invited by the Royal Society, with colleagues to prepare a report on the role of digital technologies in achieving net zero emissions. The influential report: “Digital technology and the planet: Harnessing computing to achieve net zero” was published on 3 December 2020.

The report was widely publicised in news media outlets, including for example the BBC: “Ditch high definition and new tech to fight climate change.”

He is Area Editor of IEEE JSAC series on Machine Learning for Communications and is PI of the EPSRC £6.6m Terabit Bidirectional Multi­user Optical Wireless System (TOWS) for 6G LiFi, 2019­-2024. He has published over 550 technical papers, and has research interests in energy efficiency, optimisation, machine learning, communication networks, cloud and fog computing.

Louise KrugLouise Krug

Louise Krug is the technical lead for BT’s Applied Research Sustainability work. Her role is to define, develop and drive concepts through research and into the implementation teams for successful deployment. She has been at the forefront of developing BT’s major cross-platform energy model which helps the business understand how, why and where it uses electricity. This has been used drive major network changes leading to energy use reductions. Her research benefits from a multidisciplinary approach, using physics, engineering, data science and human behaviours to identify solutions and drive change.  Previous research topics have included 3G  and fixed mobile convergence, agents based and the development of high power lasers for transatlantic communications systems. She enjoys the inspiration gained from working on collaborative research projects across industry and academia. She has published over 40 papers and book chapters.

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B4: Smart Cities: Technology Integration and Regulatory Issues

Tuesday, 22 June 2021, 09:30am – 10:50am (EDT)

Organizer: Stéphane Goyette, FFWDigital


Stéphane Goyette

Bio is forthcoming.

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B5: Emerging Entrepreneurship

Tuesday, 15 June 2021, 10:30am – 11:50am (EDT)

Organizer: Richard Chenier, Centech

Panelist: Frederic Nabki, Co-founder and CTO of Spark Microsystems (confirmed)

Description: The startup world is entering a new era: the deeptech era. How to take advantage of this wave where science and engineering will take up a lot of buzz. What are the challenges associated with this type of entrepreneurship? Faced with these challenges, is it better to license your intellectual property or develop products with marketable potential?


Richard Chenier

General manager of Centech, a world-class leading incubator for start-up companies dedicated to deeptech devices and advanced technologies. Mr. Chenier holds a BA in social psychology and a Master in organizational communication. During his career, Mr. Chenier was a shareholder in two management businesses, one of which he co-founded.

He is one of the speakers of the Management Leadership Institute in Quebec. In 2018, Mr. Chénier was nominated as one of the 50 Quebecers who create the extraordinary by Urbania magazine.

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