IEEE Student Professional
Awareness Conference


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SPAC 2020!

About the Conference

The IEEE Student Professional Awareness Conference (SPAC) is an annual formal dinner event which serves respected professionals to get engaged with engineering and computer science students within their fields. SPAC provides students, academics, and industry professionals, a chance to network and bridge the gap between classrooms and boardrooms, empowering its attendees to build professional connections. Hosted in 1979 for the first time, SPAC has manifested itself as an event where future professionals get exposure to the world of professionalism which complements their vocational education.





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Richard Vallée

Cisco Systems


Richard Vallée

Cisco Systems

Richard Vallée is director of S/W engineer at Cisco Canada. Richard joined Cisco Ottawa in 2000, after working 10 years at Nortel. For the last 20+ years, Richard has been leading teams and organizations innovating and delivering software in Routing and Protocol areas. His team has been leading the industry in defining routing protocol and having a very significant impact on Cisco Service Provider business. Richard has a B.A.Sc from Laval University in Quebec City and a M.A.Sc from University of Ottawa both in Electrical Engineering. In his spare time, Richard enjoys playing hockey, skiing, fishing and spending time with his son.

Raed Abdullah

IEEE Ottawa Section

After graduating university, Raed Abdullah had four real jobs, been promoted and demoted, and almost got fired seven times. The present and longest job he's held was with Hydro Ottawa (and former Ottawa Hydro) for just over 28 1/2-years. Raed had changed roles seven times before settling now as a Distribution Engineer and MiGen Ph. I Initiator and Project Lead. He's not yet sure what will happen next. His memorable moments were working through the Ice Storm and Eastern Canada Blackout, initiating innovative projects, influencing electricity industry policy, and helping good people thrive in their business. He's been a member of IEEE for 33-years and a volunteer for almost that long too. Plus, he is a professional engineer in good standing registered in the Province of Ontario. Raed keeps healthy and happy by finding fun in everything he does like intense innovating, exercising, traveling, gardening, and volunteering for IEEE, kids sports, and community activities. In his spare time, he ... we'll he's looking for some...


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JANUARY 23, 2020

  • 5:30 - 6:30PM

    Registration and networking

  • 6:35 - 6:45PM

    Welcoming Remarks

  • 6:45 - 7:00PM

    Speaker #1: Richard Vallée

  • 7:00 - 7:45PM


  • 7:50 - 8:05PM

    Speaker #2: Raed Abdullah

  • 8:05 - 8:20PM

    Closing Remarks & Prizes

  • 8:20 - 10:20PM



Sala San Marco
Event & Conference Centre

215 Preston St, Ottawa, ON K1R 7R1

Frequently Asked Questions

The event will take place on January 23, 2020 from 6 pm to 10:30 pm at Sala San Marco, 215 Preston Street, Ottawa ON K1R 7R1. If you have purchased the bus service along with your ticket, you may refer to the answer beside this for the locations of the bus stops.

Please wear a formal attire (suit and tie, etc.).

Tickets are only sold online, on this website. Click here!

You aren't required to bring anything. You may bring your resume, though you are encouraged to upload it online when purchasing your tickets.

You can contact us through the above contact form or on our Facebook. If there's any problem, you can also reach us with a direct email. We're always glad to help!

Pickup will happen both at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa approximately one hour before the event. After the event, there will be 2 buses for 2 different routes:

• Bus 1 will have its first drop off point near Tunney’s Pasture station and will have its second drop off point in Carleton University.
• Bus 2 will have its first drop off point in Blaire and will have its second drop off point in the University of Ottawa.

All meat is halal. There will also be vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options.

Yes, there will be a coat check service provided to you at the event.

Yes there are! Applications will be sent out closer to the date of the event, so be sure to check our social media regularly for more news.