Life Members

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Who is a Life Member?

On January 1 of any year, any member who is at least 65 years of age and whose “age plus continuous years of membership” exceed 100 automatically becomes a life member of IEEE. The member is notified by letter in the preceding fall at the time of the annual dues renewal mailing.

Advantages of Life Membership

Mandatory basic dues cease, other charges (e.g. periodicals, conference registrations, etc. are generally lower) and life members are asked to consider making a voluntary donation to one of the IEEE charitable entities such as the IEEE Life Member Fund, the IEEE Foundation, and the IEEE Canadian Foundation.

All life members must return the annual membership renewal form indicating they wish to continue their membership even though no dues are required. A contribution to the Canadian or IEEE Foundation can be made using the same renewal notice; A tax receipt will be issued for donations to the IEEE Canadian Foundation.

Life Member Affinity Groups have been formed in the following Sections:

2022 chairs are listed. For latest information, contact your Section.

  • Vancouver Section – Chair Carl Zanon, Vice Conrad Guelke
  • Northern Canada Section – Chair Jim Ellis, Vice Andy Jones
  • Southern Alberta Section – Chair Bill Bergman
  • Winnipeg Section – Chair vacant
  • London Section – Chair Murray MacDonald
  • Hamilton & Kitchener/Waterloo Sections – Chair Barry Butwell, Vice Dwight Aplevich
  • Toronto Section – Chair Vijay Sood
  • Peterborough Section – Chair Sean Dunne
  • Kingston Section – Chair vacant
  • Ottawa Section – Chair Wolfram Lunscher
  • Montreal Section – Chair Anader Benyamin-Seeyar
  • Canadian Atlantic Section – Chair Paul Robinson, Vice Rod Gallant

Life Member Awards

IEEE Canada Ron Potts LMAG Award

In 2022 IEEE Canada introduced an award for the best Life Member Affinity Group of the year, equivalent to the Affinity Group awards for Women In Engineering and Young Professionals. It is named after the first chair of the Canada Life Members Committee, the “Ron Potts Award”.

• Nomination deadline : March 15
• Committee approval : May
• Recipient notified : June

Nominations are made on the openwater portal

MGA Regional Awards for Life Members

MGA Regional Award for Life Members Affinity Group
MGA Regional Award for Life Member Individual Service

MGA Life Members Committee has two global awards for LMAG Achievement, and individual Life Member service.
In 2022 the MGA LMC introduced new regional awards as preliminary selections for the global awards.

• Nomination deadline : April 15
• Committee approval : May
• Recipient notified : June

The nomination process is manual, and the documents are available from the Canada Life Members Chair.

Questions or comments?

If you have any questions about the Life Member programs in Canada or would like to get involved please contact the IEEE Canada Life Member Chair (see current board listing), or the representative in your section.

Life Member Affinity Groups Procedures

The MGA Operations Manual defines the role of the IEEE Life Members Committee (Section 4.17 of the 2022 version approved on 19 February 2022) which oversees the Life Member Affinity Groups around the world.
The IEEE Life Members site provides a lot of information on how to find, form and run a life members affinity group on its Volunteers page.  This includes information on how to obtain financial support, find training, and submit the required meeting and event reports.  (Note that each life members affinity group must hold and report on two meetings and/or events annually to qualify for funding from the IEEE.)

IEEE Canada Life Members Committee

  • 2022 LMC
    • Chair – Terry Branch
    • Vice – vacant
    • Member – vacant
    • Past-Chair – John Harris
  • Additional Contacts
    • Eastern Canada Rep – vacant
    • Central Canada Rep – Terry Branch
    • Western Canada Rep – Andrew Jones

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