About The Conference

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 220 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 9 years, IEEE SPAC has been organized by the IEEE Student Branches of Carleton University, University of Ottawa, and Algonquin College.


Sala San Marco Event & Conference Centre

215 Preston St, Ottawa, ON K1R 7R1


  • 5:30 - 6:30PM


  • 6:35 - 6:45PM

    Welcoming Remarks

  • 6:45 - 7:10PM

    Speaker #1: TBD

  • 7:10 - 7:55PM


  • 8:00 - 8:25PM

    Speaker #2: TBD

  • 8:25 - 8:40PM

    Closing Remarks & Prizes

  • 8:40 - 10:00PM


Past Speakers

Renaud Levesque

Renaud Levesque


Renaud Levesque is the Director General of Core Systems at the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) in Ottawa, Canada, where he is responsible for R&D and systems development. He has significant experience in the delivery of capability and organizational change in highly technical environments. His career began at CSE in 1986 as a Systems Engineer, responsible for the development and deployment of numerous systems, including the CSE IP corporate network in 1991. In 2000 Renaud went to work in the private sector as Head of Speech Technologies at Locus Dialogue, and later at Infospace Inc., where he became Director of Speech Solutions Engineering. He rejoined CSE in 2003, where he assumed the lead role in the IT R&D section. Subsequently, as a Director General, he focused efforts towards the emergence of CSE's Joint Research Office and The Tutte Institute for Mathematics and Computing. Renaud holds a Bachelor of Engineering from l’École Polytechnique, Université de Montréal, Canada.

Borko Djurkovic

Borko Djurkovic


Borko is a Technology Architect helping Accenture’s clients migrate to the cloud. He has been with Accenture for the past 6 years and has varied experience in system implementation at large enterprise clients across number of industries (federal public sector, financial services, retail). Prior to joining Accenture, Borko obtained a Master’s of Science in Physics from University of Waterloo. He also received Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Bachelor of Science in Physics with First Class Honours from University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. His passions include everything related to technology and STEM education.

Partner Patron

Communications Security Establishment

CSE is Canada's national cryptologic agency. Unique within Canada's security and intelligence community, CSE employs code-makers and code-breakers to provide the Government of Canada with information technology security (IT Security) and foreign signals intelligence (SIGINT) services. CSE also provides technical and operational assistance to federal law enforcement and security agencies.

Gold Patrons


Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions—underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network—Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With more than 411,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com


BCE Inc. is Canada's largest communications company, consistently investing more than any competitor in innovation to provide a comprehensive and ground-breaking suite of broadband communications and content services to consumer, residential, business, not-for-profit and government customers in Canada. Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out of home and digital media, including CTV, Canada's #1 television network, and the country's most-watched specialty channels.

Blackberry QNX

QNX Software Systems, a subsidiary of Research In Motion Limited (RIM), offers operating system technology, middleware, development tools, and professional services for mission-critical embedded systems in the automotive, medical, industrial, networking, and defence markets. QNX provides middleware, development tools, operating system (OS) software, and services for embedded systems. It offers QNX Neutrino RTOS, an OS that scales down to meet the constrained resource requirements of real-time embedded systems.

Silver Patrons


You.i TV builds products that help media and entertainment companies deliver the best experiences for their customers. You.i TV's flagship product, You.i Engine, is an enterprise-class platform that enables companies to create custom branded experiences across phone, tablet, game console and TV from a single code base - in less time and for less cost than traditional solutions.


“Deloitte” is the brand under which tens of thousands of dedicated professionals in independent firms throughout the world collaborate to provide audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk management, tax, and related services to select clients. These firms are members of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, a UK private company limited by guarantee (“DTTL”). Each DTTL member firm is structured in accordance with national laws, regulations, customary practice, and other factors, and may secure the provision of professional services in its territory through subsidiaries, affiliates, and other related entities.

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC)

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) is the national leader in defence and security science and technology. DRDC provides integrated science and technology (S&T) advice and technical solutions, performs strategic S&T capability planning, and partners with industry, academia, other government departments (OGDs) and the public safety and national security. DRDC operates eight research centres across Canada, each with a unique combination of expertise and facilities to carry out world-class science and technology research.

Carleton Department of Electronics

The department of electronics, or DOE, is one of the largest and most research intensive departments in CAD for electronic circuit design, RF and microwave circuits, photonics and integrated circuit technology. The source of our success is due to our outstanding and internationally respected faculty members.

Algonquin College

The School of Advanced Technology at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Canada offers a broad range of programs that opens up many career possibilities. Our programs take virtual world ideas and align them with the needs of the real world. The School of Advanced Technology is made up of the Applied Science and Environmental Technology, the Information and Communication Technology and the Mechanical and Transportation Technology departments which house clusters of like programs.


Lumenera Corporation, a division of Roper Technologies, headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, is a leading developer and manufacturer of high performance digital cameras and custom imaging solutions. Lumenera cameras are used worldwide in a diverse range of industrial and scientific applications. Lumenera solutions provide unique combinations of speed, resolution and sensitivity in order to satisfy the most demanding digital imaging requirements.Lumenera customers achieve the benefit of superior price to performance ratios and faster time to market with the company’s commitment to high quality, cost effective product solutions.

IEEE Ottawa Section

IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) is a non-profit, technical professional association of more than 385,000 worldwide. The IEEE acronym is most popularly pronounced I triple E. Through its members, the IEEE is a leading authority in technical areas ranging from computer engineering, biomedical technology and telecommunications, to electric power, aerospace and consumer electronics, among others. The Ottawa Section represents more than 2000 individual members and serves to promote local events significant to Electrical, Computing, and Software Engineering. We offer great networking opportunities through the events that our chapters and section organize. If you are interested in the rapidly evolving and exciting field of computer systems, communications, and electronics you too can join the IEEE and be part of the IEEE Ottawa Section.

Bronze Patrons


RealDecoy is a business technology specialist that helps B2B and B2C organizations maximize their investments in e-commerce, site search and data insight – brands like American Greetings, Marriott and Office Depot.


The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, student-run organization. We are your undergraduate student government, your campus services, your clubs and societies, your student life, your community campaigns, your students’ association.