Canadian Humanitarian Initiatives Committee

collaborative technology addressing humanitarian needs


February 13th, 2014

Engineering for Change


Emerging Trends in the World of Social Entrepreneurship
Social Enterprises: Scaling Impact

 Pamela Roussos, Director of Strategic Alliances, Center for Science, Technology, and Society, Santa Clara University

February 28, 2014

11:00 a.m.  EST


Feb Webinar Pamela Roussos

Pamela Roussos has worked with and for early stage software companies as a business and marketing strategy leader, helping founders create, refine, and execute their business strategy. She has over 20 years of experience growing teams and delivering products for both large and start-up software companies, working in various managerial capacities as business unit manager, vice president of marketing, COO and CEO. Some of the companies Pamela has worked with include: Amdahl, Pure Software, Rational Software,, Consera, Zend, and AppFirst. Pamela has been a mentor for the Global Social Business Institute at Santa Carla University for 5 years. She also serves on the board of Pact, an international NGO that benefits communities by promoting healthy lifestyles, decent livelihoods, and sustainable natural resources. Pamela also serves as board chair for Livelyhoods, an organization that creates jobs for youth in slums.

January 16th, 2014

IEEE Canada International Humanitarian Technology Conference

The 2014 IEEE Canada International Humanitarian Technology Conference (IHTC) will be held in Montreal, Canada from June 1-4, 2014. The conference will focus on humanitarian applications of technology in the general areas of technologies for improving the lives of underserved peoples (including aboriginal/indigenous peoples), technologies for the disabled, health-related technologies, humanitarian engineering educational programs, and technologies to assist in disaster situations. The conference will feature outstanding keynote speakers, workshops, a student paper competition and peer-reviewed papers. Technology-oriented papers and papers describing social and economic factors related to humanitarian technology implementation are welcome for the conference.

Call for papers

January 16th, 2014

Engineering for Change


solar pump

2013 brought us low-cost paper diagnostic strips for cows, e-readers in African schools and RFID chips for rural medical patients… These are the prototypes and projects that caught our attention.

May 27th, 2013

286x44xieee_canada.jpg.pagespeed.ic.K3Ut15zJQW    CCECE 2013 was another great success.

Glenn McKnight, IEEE HIC project volunteer, was in attendance, and took photos of the conference in general and the IEEE Awards presentations, as well as an overview video of IEEE Canada HIC’s participation.

Also, check out the videos for the IEEE Canada HIC Student Paper Competition:

Introduction to the Student Competition presentations by Swasan Karim, IEEE Canada HIC Student Activities Committee Chair

Competition presentation by Reza Rahani, Ryerson University Student

May 27th, 2013

Search giant Google is intending to build huge wireless networks across Africa and Asia, using high-altitude balloons and blimps.