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Young Professionals (YP)

Think IEEE is purely a technical society? We, the IEEE Young Professionals (YP), tell you that’s not true! This dynamic group promotes a well-balanced professional life and operates around the non-technical aspects of engineering: professionalism, personal development, community involvement.

Particularly, the Young Professionals group is:

  • Brought Alive by Enthusiastic Volunteers
  • Focusing on Young Professionals
  • Serving All IEEE Members

Who run our activities?

Energetic recent graduates

Who are welcome to our activities?

EVERYONE! Any IEEE member regardless of member grade, friends and family. There is absolutely no restriction on who can come to our activities!

Who should volunteer?

Young professionals who want to bring life to the engineering community.
Senior professionals who want to share their experience with younger members and …. get a new perspective!

What kind of activities do we hold?

Activities and events of particular interests to young professionals. These include social events, company tours, seminars, mentorship programs, sports and technical competitions.

Why are we here?

To address personal and professional needs of recent graduates (networking, career development and exploration, personal management)
To provide young professionals with the opportunities to contribute to the engineering community and to develop their non-technical skills

Why be active in the community?

IEEE itself is a community for Electrical, Electronics, and Computer Engineering professionals. Engineering is all about innovation to benefit the mankind. We need to pay attention to the world around us to see where our innovative abilities should take us to – create a better living environment and neighborhood for ourselves!

Get involved today! Explore where your profession can take you to! Professional development never stops in your career and here is the best place to start. Contact your local YP Chair or myself if you have questions or want to participate in our activities. Something that interests you likely interests other young professionals. Want to find out more about various fields of Electrical, Electronic, and Computer Engineering? Want to find out the latest trends of technological development? Need help in establishing professional connections elsewhere in the world or when moving out of town? Want to meet other young professionals across the nation or even the world? There is no other way better than getting involved with YP.

GOLD Changes to YP

In 2014, IEEE GOLD changed its name to IEEE Young Professionals. The IEEE MGA Board approved new criteria broadening the scope of “ten years from first degree” to “fifteen years from first degree” with an option to participate beyond the fifteen year time span.

For more information, see Making the Switch to IEEE Young Professionals.

Canadian YP Groups

YP Canada is working on forming YP Affinity Groups in various sections across Canada. To find out how to form a YP Affinity Group in your section, see the IEEE Young Professionals website and see the Affinity Group petition form and procedures. We have the following affinity groups in Canada:

YP Resources

To help you run your YP program even better or to start up your own program, here are some useful resources:

Awards

Note: Before 2014, IEEE Young Professionals used the name IEEE GOLD. For more information about the name change, see the section above.

The IEEE Winnipeg Section GOLD Committee has been selected as the 2003 recipient of the prestigious IEEE RAB (Regional Activities Board) Outstanding GOLD Program Award. The Committee was placed in nomination by Robert Dueck. This award consists of a cash prize of $500 and a plaque, which carries the following citation:

2003 Outstanding GOLD Committee for the IEEE Winnipeg Section
“For outstanding contributions to the advancement of IEEE by planning and promoting GOLD activities.”

The IEEE Vancouver Section GOLD Committee has been selected as the 2004 recipient of Region 7 Outstanding GOLD Program Award. This award consists of a plaque, which carries the following citation:

2004 IEEE Vancouver Section GOLD Affinity Group
“For developing a successful GOLD program that not only fosters the personal and professional development of its members but also strongly promotes networking and active member involvement.”

IEEE GOLD Aurum

Note: Before 2014, IEEE Young Professionals used the name IEEE GOLD. For more information about the name change, see the section above.

The Aurum is a newsletter that was published by IEEE GOLD Canada from 2003 to 2009. Visit the Aurum archives for copies of issues of the newsletter.

Upcoming events

Questions or comments? – If you have any questions about GOLD or would like to get involved please contact Dan Hosseizadeh, Canada GOLD chair, or the representative in your section.

The GOLD Committee

  • Chair – Ophir Kendler
  • Eastern Canada Rep – Open
  • Central Canada Rep – Open
  • Western Canada Rep – Open
  • Aurum Editor – Eugene Wong

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