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.

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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



John Wall

John Wall


As senior vice president and head of BlackBerry QNX, John Wall is responsible for the direction and overall activities for the company. Mr. Wall oversees the planning, design, and development of BlackBerry QNX’s products, and the direction of its engineering services programs, including design consulting and custom engineering, to support BlackBerry QNX customers in bringing their products to market. Mr. Wall has been an integral member of the BlackBerry QNX team since 1993. He has held a variety of roles within the organization, including vice president of engineering and services. He is a graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa and holds a Bachelor’s of Engineering, in Electrical and Electronics Engineering.





Partner Patron

Blackberry QNX

For over the past 35 years, BlackBerry’s QNX software has become a big part of everyday life. People encounter BlackBerry QNX-controlled systems whenever they drive a car, watch TV, or use the Internet. The ultra-reliable nature of the software makes it the preferred choice for mission-critical systems such as cars, air traffic control systems, surgical robots and nuclear power plants. BlackBerry QNX automotive grade software platforms are deployed in In-Vehicle Infotainment, Cluster, Telematics, Acoustics and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. This mission critical software has ISO 26262 and is ASIL-D certifications. BlackBerry technologies including QNX’s mission critical software, Certicom’s elliptical curve cryptography and its Over the Air software update solution provides complete life cycle management capability for embedded software deployments. Global leaders like Cisco, Delphi, General Electric, Siemens, and Thales have discovered BlackBerry QNX and Certicom’s security solutions gives them the only software platform upon which to build reliable, scalable, secure and high-performance applications for markets such as automotive, medical, industrial automation, power generation and data networking. BlackBerry QNX’s embedded software market specialization and proven expertise, has made it the trusted partner to the world's largest device manufacturers and systems integrators. Developers rely on feature-rich QNX® Neutrino® RTOS and the highly-integrated QNX® Momentics® development suite to accelerate time to market. The broad range of engineering services such as, professional training, expert consulting, and custom engineering help customers speed every stage of their development cycle. BlackBerry QNX is a subsidiary of BlackBerry Ltd., a mobile-native company software and services company dedicated to securing the Enterprise of Things. BlackBerry QNX is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with its products distributed in over 100 countries worldwide.

Gold Patrons

Communications Security Establishment

Communications Security Establishment (CSE) is one of Canada’s key security and intelligence organizations, focused on collecting foreign signals intelligence, and on helping protect the computer networks and information of greatest importance to Canada. We also provide assistance to federal law enforcement and security organizations in their legally authorized activities, when they may require our unique technical capabilities. Our work helps to ensure our nation’s security and stability; protecting against foreign-based terrorism and espionage, cyber-attacks, and other serious threats.


Qlik helps enterprises around the world move faster, work smarter, and lead the way forward with an end-to-end solution for getting value out of data. Our platform is the only one on the market that allows for open-ended, curiosity-driven exploration, giving everyone – at any skill level – the ability to make real discoveries that lead to real outcomes and transformative changes.

Silver Patrons


Deloitte provides audit & assurance, consulting, artificial intelligence, financial advisory, risk advisory, tax and related services to public and private clients spanning multiple industries. Deloitte serves four out of five Fortune Global 500® companies through a globally connected network of member firms in more than 150 countries and territories bringing world-class capabilities, insights and service to address clients' most complex business challenges.

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions, a division of Curtiss-Wright Corporation, is recognized around the world as one of the most innovative designer and manufacturer of rugged and secure mission-critical solutions for the defense and aerospace industries. We maintain a strong focus on quality and reliability in every aspect of our operations to deliver solutions that are on-spec, on-time, and on-budget. As a result, we’ve significantly reduced program risk for thousands of customers and countless programs. And we are trusted by defense departments, commercial avionics companies, and systems integrators worldwide to provide the expertise, innovation, and experience needed for mission success.

MindBridge Ai

MindBridge Ai revolutionizes financial analysis with the world’s first and only AI powered auditing platform. Our Ai Auditor platform provides lightning fast, risk-ranked analysis on 100% of transactions, with no scripting or training required, meaning that you can provide greater assurance than ever before, all while saving valuable time and resources. With Ai Auditor, cumbersome CAAT tools are a thing of the past, and with them go the associated risk of missing errors or fraud that may lurk in financial data.

Defense Research and Development Canada (DRDC)

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) is the national leader in defence and security science and technology. As a civilian agency of Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND), DRDC provides DND, the Canadian Armed Forces and other government departments as well as the public safety and security communities with the knowledge and technologies needed to defend and protect Canada’s interests at home and abroad.

Bronze Patrons

Carleton School of Computer Science

Carleton University's School of Computer Science offers a variety of Undergraduate and Graduate degrees including specializations in areas such as Software Engineering, Computer Game Development, Computer and Internet Security, and Data Science. It has a large co-op program that takes advantage of the many employment opportunities provided by Ottawa’s strong hi-tech sector and the federal government.

Martello Technologies

Martello Technologies is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada with staff in Canada, the Netherlands, the United States and France. We offer solutions that deliver confidence in the performance of real-time services on cloud and enterprise networks. Our products include unified communications (UC) performance management software, IT systems visualization software and SD-WAN technology.

Past Patrons From SPAC 2018

Partner Patron

Communications Security Establishment

Gold Patrons

Blackberry QNX

Silver Patrons

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC)
Carleton Department of Electronics
Algonquin College
IEEE Ottawa Section

Bronze Patrons