IEEE PES 2020 Elections

Click here to see both 2020/2021 IEEE Division VII Director-Elect Candidates address the PES Membership at the virtual IEEE PES General Meeting.

The IEEE Board of Directors is comprised of the three IEEE Presidents; the Vice Presidents and Presidents of the six major boards; the Secretary; the Treasurer; the ten Region Directors; the ten Division Directors; and the Directors Emeritus. The IEEE Division VII Delegate/Director is member of the IEEE Board of Directors. Division VII consists of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES). 

BEGINNING ON 17 AUGUST, elections will be held for the position of IEEE Division VII delegate-elect/director-elect 2021 who will serve as IEEE Division VII delegate/director 2022/2023 (the elected individual will serve as both delegate and director).  This individual will succeed Miriam Sanders who is the 2020/2021 IEEE Division VII Delegate/Director.

There are two candidates, both nominated by Division VII, vying for this office: Claudio Cañizares and Lalit K. Goel. To learn more about the candidates before casting your ballot, read the biographies and candidate statements that follow.

The Candidates

Claudio Cañizares - Running for the IEEE Division delegate-elect/director-elect position

claudio cClaudio Cañizares has held various positions at the University of Waterloo since 1993 and is currently a professor and Hydro One Endowed Chair with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He received his diploma in electrical engineering from EPN in Ecuador (1984), where he held different positions between 1983 and 1993, and his M.Sc (1988) and Ph.D. (1991) in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His professional activities focus on power systems, microgrids, energy systems, and smart grids; leading multiple grants and contracts; collaborating with industry and academics in Canada and abroad; and supervising many researchers. He has authored numerous highly cited publications, including some disclosures and patents, and has been invited to multiple institutions and conferences worldwide. He is the editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, an IEEE Fellow, and a Royal Society of Canada and Canadian Academy of Engineering Fellow. He was awarded the 2017 IEEE PES Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award, the 2016 IEEE Canada Electric Power Medal, and several IEEE PES technical council and committee awards and recognitions.


IEEE Activities and Accomplishments

  • IEEE Power System Dynamics Committee (PSDPC) Technical Committee Working Group Recognition Awards [2020 (announced), 2019, 2017–2015, 2013, 2007, 2005]
  • IEEE PSDPC Technical Committee Service Recognition Awards (2019, 2017)
  • IEEE PES Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award (2017)
  • IEEE PSDPC Technical Committee Distinguished Service Award (2017)
  • IEEE Canada Electric Power Medal (2016)
  • IEEE PES PowerTech Conference A. Papadias Best Student Paper Award (2015)
  • Member, IEEE PES Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award Committee (2017–present)
  • Member, IEEE PES NPD Committee (2016–2019)
  • Technical program committee (TPC) chair, IEEE PES ISGT Latin America (2016– 2017)
  • Member, IEEE Proceedings Editorial Board (2016–present)
  • Chair, PSDPC task forces (2014– 2018)
  • Associate editor, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid (2012–2014)
  • Member, TPC/Advisory Committee, IEEE PES ISGT Europe (2011, 2010, 2009)
  • Associate editor, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics (2011–2012)
  • Guest editor, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics special issue (2009–2011)
  • Chair and secretary, IEEE PSDPC Power Systems Stability Controls Subcommittee (2006– 2011)
  • Associate editor, IEEE PES Transactions Letters (2004–present)
  • Member, IEEE PES PSDPC (1998–present)
  • Member, IEEE PSDPC Power System Stability Subcommittee (1997–present)
  • Member, IEEE PES Power System Stability Controls Subcommittee (1997–present)
  • Chair and secretary, IEEE PSDPC Voltage Stability Working Group (1994–present)
  • Contributing member, multiple IEEE PSDPC task forces and working groups (1994–present).
  • IEEE Member (1987–present).


I have been an IEEE and PES member since I was a graduate student back in 1987, and ever since I have been fully engaged with and contributed to the IEEE and particularly the PES, with multiple publications and conference participations, and as a very active member and/or leader of numerous technical task forces, working groups, committees, and editorial boards. I have benefited greatly from the wealth of technical products and opportunities that the IEEE and PES offers, and in the process, I have had the opportunity to witness, learn, understand, and contribute to different aspects of the IEEE and PES technical activities and management. Based on this extensive experience and my personal knowledge of and interactions with IEEE members from all regions, I strongly believe that I can properly represent the interest of the PES and its membership at the IEEE Board and Assembly. I look forward to the opportunity and honor of representing our Society and its members at the IEEE Board, considering its large size and relevance to the Institute.

Lalit K. Goel - Running for the IEEE Division delegate-elect/director-elect position

Lalit K. GoelLalit K. Goel is a Fellow of the IEEE and has received 20 teaching awards. He obtained his B.Tech. degree in electrical engineering from National Institute of Technology Warangal, India, in 1983 and his M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from University of Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1988 and 1991, respectively. He joined the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in 1991, where he is currently a professor of power engineering and director of the Renaissance Engineering Programme. He previously served as head of Power Engineering; dean of Admissions and Financial Aid; director of undergraduate education (projects) in the president’s office; and director, Office of Global Education and Mobility. He served as the editor for International Journal of Electric Power Systems Research from 2002 to 2019. He has published 185 international journal articles and conference papers in power systems reliability, cost/benefit assessment, power markets, and renewables.

IEEE Activities and Accomplishments

  • Member, IEEE PES Leadership in Power Award Committee (2019–2020)  
  • Member, PES Outstanding Student Scholarship Selection Committee (2020)
  • IEEE PES Region representative 10 (2011–2016)
  • Honorary chair, IEEE TENCON, Singapore (2016)
  • Member, IEEE Region 10 Awards and Recognitions Committee (2015)
  • Member, Selection Committee, IES/IEEE Joint Medal of Excellence Award (2008–2015)
  • Member, IEEE PES Roy Billinton Power System Reliability Award Committee (2009–2014)
  • Member, IEEE PES Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award Committee (2010–2017)
  • Editorial board member, IEEE Power & Energy Magazine (2011– 2017)
  • General chair, IEEE Region 10 Conference TENCON, Singapore (2009)
  • Member, IEEE PES Long-Range Planning Committee (2007–2011 and 2016)
  • Chair, IEEE Singapore Section (2007–2008)
  • Member, IEEE PES Nominations and Appointments Committee (2006–2007, 2010, and 2014)
  • Deputy chair, IEEE Singapore Section (2005–2006)
  • Representative, IEEE PES Chapters Region 10 South (2005–2010)
  • Committee member, IEEE Singapore Section (2003–2004) Committee member, IEEE Power Chapter, Singapore (2004– 2006) Chair, IEEE Power Chapter, Singapore (2002–2003) Deputy chair, IEEE Power Chapter Singapore (2000–2001) Committee member, IEEE Power Chapter Singapore (1998–1999); honorary treasurer (1996–1997)
  • Publications chair, IEEE PES Energy Management and Power 4 IEEE power & energy magazine july/august 2020 Delivery (EMPD) conference, Singapore (1995)
  • Organizing chair, IEEE PES EMPD conference, Singapore (1998)
  • Vice chair, IEEE PES Winter Meeting, Singapore (2000)
  • Honorary secretary, International Power Engineering Conference (IPEC) (technically cosponsored by PES), Singapore (1997, 1999, 2001, and 2003)
  • Chair, IEEE PES PowerCon, Singapore (2004)
  • Chair, IPEC, Singapore (2005 and 2007)
  • Chair, Probabilistic Methods Applied to Power Systems Conference (technically cosponsored by PES), Singapore (2010)
  • Cochair, Asian Conference on Energy, Power and Transportation Electrification (ACEPT) (technically cosponsored by three IEEE societies), (2016, 2017, and 2018)
  • Advisor, IEEE PES ISGT Asia conference, Singapore (2018). Awards
  • IEEE PES Singapore Chapter Outstanding Engineer Award (2000)
  • IEEE PES Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award (2009)
  • IEEE Singapore Section Outstanding Volunteer Award (2013)
  • Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE PES


As a volunteer with IEEE and PES for more than 30 years, I have served in various capacities, including Singapore Section Chair, and Regional Representative for Asia-Pacific Region 10. The power and energy industry is going through a transformational phase with renewables and their integration, energy storage, and digital technologies, and so on, and PES needs to stay at the forefront for members’ benefit.

I will endeavor to bring value to both younger and experienced engineers at the technical and educational levels—in particular, we need to continue to attract younger and diverse members for a sustainable future for the Society. If elected, I will also continue my predecessors’ great work to curtail costs and keep the budget in check to benefit the volunteers. I will help build close relationships with IEEE sister Societies, develop good relations with other professional associations, and build global outreach for the benefit of IEEE members. My experience in attracting and promoting talent, identifying and nurturing innovation, and managing budgets, will be highly beneficial for this IEEE Board of Directors position.

Claudio Cañizares - Candidate for IEEE Division VII Director-Elect 2020

Lalit Goel - Candidate for IEEE Division VII Director-Elect 2021


A question was submitted via the virtual Q&A by a General Meeting attendee:

How are you going to promote more the IEEE PES activities on IEEE regions 9-10?

Claudio Canizares's response: I will continue supporting initiatives and colleagues in both regions, as I’ve done since I was an Eng. student in Region 9, and plan to enhance these as hopefully a member the PES and IEEE boards, as I believe these regions are the future of the PES. More specifically, I have been supporting and promoting colleagues from Region 9 as technical leads in my leadership positions in PES technical committees and in the Editorial Board of IEEE Trans Smart Grid (TSG) as its EIC, and have supported in various leading roles several PES conferences such as the Latin America ISGT and T&D conferences. As for Region 10, I have been interacting and collaborating for a while with many PES colleagues in the region, particularly in China and Australia, some of them my former students or visitors, and more concretely have promoted and supported colleagues from the region in the TSG Editorial Board.

Lalit K. Goel's response: As Division VII Director-Elect (if elected), my intention would be to serve the interests of all PES members from all the ten regions. However, I will be happy to devote more time and energy to Regions 9 and 10 by publicizing via Facebook and Linkedin (in addition to regular emails) major decisions made at the PES governing board meetings and IEEE Board of Directors meetings, publicizing upcoming power engineering conferences, symposia, workshops, attending and presenting at some of those events and meeting IEEE and PES office bearers to identify their needs and impediments faced, by publicising the PES University / resource centre and member benefits on a regular basis, etc. I would also focus on membership development and membership retention, and encourage more participation from industry. I would also engage in live sessions with the main office bearers in those regions, to maintain regular contact with the think tank. Last but not least, I will address their concerns at the PES and IEEE board meetings.

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