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

Pictures from previous IEEE SPAC events


We would like to welcome one of our speakers for SPAC 2017

Alex Dorward

Alex Dorward

Digital Business Integration Manager, Accenture

Alex has been with Accenture for 5 years and have held various project management related roles. In addition, Alex is also the Communications & Virtual Events lead for Accenture Digital Canada, the Aboriginal Employee Resource Group lead for Accenture Canada and is a member of the Accenture Canada Diversity Council.

In addition to his work at Accenture, he also co-founded an edtech startup, Canada’s leading online community for prospective university students - UniversityHub.ca, which has just been recently acquired by a Digital Marketing firm. He now maintains the role of Technical Director for UniversityHub.ca.

Rich Loen

Rich Loen

Founder, Ingenius

An entrepreneur since slightly before birth, Rich Loen is the founder of InGenius. Rich graduated from electrical engineering at Carleton University in 1984. Rich got an early start, creating his first company while still in high school, and going on to found a number of companies in Ottawa including InGenius Software Inc., InGenius Engineering Inc., sofTV.net, Rewind Technologies, and IceRadio.com.

Among other awards, Rich won the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 1998, back when he was still young. Rich cares passionately about ensuring that our software is usable, and loved by our customers.


Time Event Detail
5:30 - 6:30PM Registration
6:35 - 6:45PM Welcoming Remarks
6:45 - 7:10PM Speaker: Alex Dorward
7:10 - 7:55PM Dinner
8:00 - 8:25PM Speaker: Rich Loen
8:25 - 8:40PM Closing Remarks & Prizes
8:40 - 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)

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