IEEE Student Professional Awareness Conference (SPAC) is a formal dinner event that aims to bridge the gap between students and their career goals. SPAC offers students and employers a unique opportunity to network with one another in a professional environment along with professionals and academics representing the fields of Engineering and Computer Science

Our attendees include 175+ local students from the engineering and computer science streams at Carleton University, the University of Ottawa, and Algonquin College. Meet the brightest upcoming talent from Ottawa's leading schools

For the last 8 years, IEEE SPAC has been organized by the IEEE Student Branches of Carleton University, University of Ottawa, and Algonquin College


We would like to welcome our speakers for SPAC 2016

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Jim Boland

Architect, Analytics Division, IBM Canada Ltd

Jim is an architect in the IBM Analytics division at IBM. Over his thirteen years at IBM/Cognos, he has worked on a variety of projects including Cognos BI, Watson Analytics, Cognos Mobile, and Cognos Mashup Services. Prior to joining IBM/Cognos, Jim worked for Nortel for fourteen years. Jim is an enthusiastic technologist, particularly in the areas of mobile, IoT, beacons, wearables and contextual computing.

Darcy Poulin

Darcy Poulin

Sr. Director at Skyworks solutions

Dr. Darcy Poulin has been in the Ottawa high tech community for the past 20 years. He has worked in both small start-ups and in large, well- established companies, and has been involved in a wide variety of activities including RFIC design, applications engineering, technical product marketing, and engineering management. His team at Skyworks solutions designs silicon and GaAs based integrated circuits to manufacture power amplifiers, low noise amplifiers, switches, and filters for 2.4 and 5GHz WLAN products, both for handsets and access points.


Time Event Detail
6:00 - 6:30PM Registration
6:35 - 6:45PM Welcoming Remarks
6:45 - 7:10PM Speaker: Darcy Poulin
7:10 - 7:55PM Dinner
8:00 - 8:25PM Speaker: Jim Boland
8:25 - 8:45PM Closing Remarks & Prizes
8:45 - 10:00PM Networking


You can purchase your tickets online or visit your local IEEE student branch

(SITE 4026 uOttawa / T206B Algonquin College / ME4238 Carleton University)

Eventbrite - SPAC16 - Engage Your Future

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