IEEE PES/IAS Joint Chapter Serving Northern Alberta IEEE

Two Events (Edmonton): “Key Insights to Career Management” and “Grid Modernization – Technological Advancements Beyond Smart Grid”

IEEE-NCS, PES/IAS Chapter Presents
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019, 3:30 to 8:30pm, doors open at 3:00pm

We are hosting two separate events. By registering, you will have access to both.

“Key Insights to Career Management”

This talk is designed to discuss managing your career. There are 12 important things to keep in mind when living and managing your career to achieve your goals. These will be explained and explored with examples and photographs based on my 45 years as an engineer, manager and executive managing people’s careers, and 48 years as an IEEE member. Your career is your career, and understanding your priorities (which can change) and your company’s objectives can help you have a rewarding and fulfilling career.

“Grid Modernization – Technological Advancements Beyond Smart Grid”

John McDonald will familiarize participants with a vision for Grid Modernization, focusing on technological advancements beyond Smart Grid. The technological advancements include discussions of key industry/societal trends, Smart Grid concepts, holistic solutions, integration of microgrids and distributed generation, and ADMS software applications. He’ll also cover feeder automation business models, managing different types of data, big data, analytics, enterprise data management, Smart Grid standards and interoperability, and Smart Grid deployments and lessons learned.

Speaker (Bio): 

John D. McDonald, P.E., is Smart Grid Business Development Leader for GE’s Grid Solutions business. John has 45 years of experience in the electric utility transmission and distribution industry. John received his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. (Power Engineering) degrees from Purdue University, and an M.B.A. (Finance) degree from the University of California-Berkeley. John is a Life Fellow of IEEE, and was awarded the IEEE Millennium Medal, the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering Award, the IEEE PES Substations Committee Distinguished Service Award, the IEEE PES Meritorious Service Award, the 2015 CIGRE Distinguished Member Award and the 2015 CIGRE USNC Attwood Associate Award. John is Past President of the IEEE PES, the VP for Technical Activities for the US National Committee (USNC) of CIGRE, the Past Chair of the IEEE PES Substations Committee, and the IEEE Division VII Past Director. John was on the Board of Governors of the IEEE-SA (Standards Association). Currently, John is on the NIST Smart Grid Advisory Committee (SGAC) to discuss development and stakeholder engagement for the NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 4.0. John received the 2009 Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award from Purdue University. John teaches a Smart Grid course at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Smart Grid course for GE, and Smart Grid courses for various IEEE PES local chapters as an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer. John has published one hundred papers and articles, has co-authored five books and has one US patent.


  • University of Alberta
  • 9107 116 Street
  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • Canada T6G 2V6
  • Building: Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering (DICE)
  • Room Number: 8-207



Post Event Photos:

John D. McDonald

John (left), volunteer Konstantin (center), volunteer Hugo (right)


Event Materials:

1 – “Key Insights to Career Management” presentation:

Free 1h Webinar (Play recording)

2 – Grid Modernization – Technological Advancements Beyond Smart Grid presentation:

Grid Modernization_Edmonton_John McDonald_102219

More about John D. McDonald:

John McDonald_Exercise with Dez_September 2019