President’s Message/Message du Président Spring / Printemps 2018 13 The 18th annual IEEE Canada Electrical Power and Energy Conference (EPEC 2018) will take place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in October 2018. With 82 per cent of Canadians now living in urban areas, the theme will be “Clean Technologies for Smart Cities”. EPEC 2018 is a conference that provides an opportunity for experts from the private sector, academia, government and other interested organizations from Canada and abroad to present and discuss the latest developments in electric power and energy systems, including research and development, industrial and business trends, as well as emerging regulatory and policy challenges. This includes debate on the potential impact of these developments on society. The conference provides an international forum for the exchange of ideas with thought leaders and the presentation of peer-reviewed papers on the latest power and energy R&D initiatives, applications and implementations. Topics EPEC 2018 will include presentations on topics including the following: > Asset management > Climate change > Cyber security > Data analytics > Demand management > Efficiency and conservation > Electric vehicles > Electricity markets and models > Energy storage > Generation and transmission > Microgrids > Modeling and design > Net-zero buildings > Policies, regulation and planning > Power converters > Power quality > Renewable energy > Resilient energy infrastructure > Smart grids > Standards and safety Learn, share and connect General inquiries: #EPEC2018 Conference Chair BalaVenkatesh Ryerson University Technical Chairs Omid Alizadeh Ryerson University Hany Farag York University Walid Ibrahim UOIT Vijay Sood UOIT Mohammad Uddin Lakehead University OlivierTrescases University of Toronto David Xu Ryerson University Finance and Local Arrangements Chair Parisa Pahlavan Ryerson University Patronage Chair Hugo Sanchez Alectra Utilities Registrations and Administration Chair Cathie Lowell CL Consulting Publications Chair Fahimeh Kazempour Alectra Utilities Publicity Chair Matthew Kerry Ryerson University Tutorial Chair GaryThompson Toronto Hydro Young Professionals Activities Chairs Jessie Ma Ryerson University Bhanu Opathella Ryerson University Student Activities IEEE Ryerson University student volunteers IEEE Canada CONAC Chair Raed Abdullah Hydro Ottawa IEEE Canada President Maike Luiken EPEC 2018 Clean Technologies for Smart Cities Toronto > October 10–11 > Authors whose papers have been accepted are invited to submit extended versions of their presented papers for consideration in the EPEC 2018 Special Issue of the IEEE Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering (CJECE) within four weeks of the conference final day. CJECE is indexed on IEEE Xplore and accepts submissions via the ScholarOne Manuscript portal. Please see for more information. The paper submission deadline has now passed and the review process has begun. However, we have opened up a special track for late-breaking papers through June 15, 2018 to ensure that we capture the very latest research and developments in power and energy. We encourage you to visit EDAS to submit your papers using this track, but please note that priority during the review process will be given to papers submitted before April 30. The technical committee would like to thank all authors for their submissions.