The heads of departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Canadian universities met in Toronto on 9 February 2001 to discuss common issues in undergraduate, graduate and research programs. The participants also enjoyed a presentation by Dr. Tony Marsh on the eMPOWR initiative. The discussions led to the formation of the Canadian Heads of Electrical and Computer Engineering (CHECE). This new organization will be led by a three-person executive.

It was decided that CHECE would meet twice a year, spring and fall, alternating between eastern, central and western Canada.

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Executive Committee



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Steve Wilton, Eng., Ph.D.

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Tim Davidson, Eng., Ph.D.

Jean-Francois Bousquet, Eng., Ph.D.

Chair Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

McMaster University

Hamilton, Ontario

Chair Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dalhousie University

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Chair Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

University of British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia



Warren Gross, P.Eng., Ph.D.

Chair Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

McGill University

Montreal, Quebec

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Past Chair

Claude d'Amour, Eng., Ph.D.

Director School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 

University of Ottawa

Ottawa, Ontario

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Most members of the CHECE/DGEGI are also full members of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA), a sister organisation in the USA.


ECEDHA's web site: http://www.ecedha.org

IEEE Canada web site: http://www.ewh.ieee.org/reg/7/