My Light, My Culture, My Health

“ Mark your calendars now for two days of networking and education in the heart of Canada. Between Polar Bears at the Thursday night reception, and the Canadian Museum of Human Rights as the amazing educational venue, you won’t want to miss this event! Follow the link below to the AEFI Website for more information.

IES Chapter 053 Conference

AEFI Conference - 2019

“My Light, My Culture, My Health“

Thursday/Friday February 21 & 22 2019

Canadian Museum of Human Rights

85 Israel Asper Way

Winnipeg, Manitoba

R3C 0L5

IES Chapter 053 September Luncheon

The IES has set up a panel discussion with Key Members of the Manitoba Hydro CLP processes, Manitoba Hydro's Chief Electrical Inspector, and the City of Winnipeg's Chief Electrical Inspector. The purpose will be to help clarify the process in which the CLP process coincides with Manitoba Hydro and City of Winnipeg permit processes.

This will be a panel discussion, with each member of the panel reading and thoroughly answering pre-submitted questions related to the processes. Questions are to be submitted in writtin form to, no later than September 13th 2018 for review. Walter Gretschmann will provide his contact information at the beginning of the luncheon. If any new questions are thought of, they can be sent to Walter during the panel discussion, and discussed at a general questions period at the end, time permitted.


Panel Speakers:

Manitoba Hydro Chief Electrical Inspector – Kris Anderson

City of Winnipeg Chief Electrical Inspector – Wally Christensen

Manitoba Hydro CLP Manager – Jennifer Silaghi

Commercial Lighting Program and Inspections:

Clarification is the Key to Success!

Thursday Sept.20th, 2018

11:45 - 1:30pm

Victoria Inn, 1808 Wellington Avenue

$30 members / $35 non-members

EP Sponsorships Awarded

The IES Winnipeg Chapter 053 is proud to announce the winners of the IES EP Sponsorship Awards . These sponsorship funds were profits from our IES Annual Golf Classic in 2017, and are being used to help send two Emerging Professionals to the IES Annual Conference this August in Boston, Ma. The awards are $1300.00 each, and will help pay for air fair, conference fee and hotel. There are training courses for the new members that wish to move forward into the leadership and board positions of the IES both locally and Internationally.  


Congratulations to the winners of the EP Scholarship Program for 2018:


Jennifer Silaghi - Manitoba Hydro

Josh Harrison - Westburne Electric

Following case studies of a hospital and a warehouse, learn what you should keep in mind about harmonic impact when designing lighting. Electrical Engineer, Straso Blazevski provides a breakdown of harmonic theory and calculation of total harmonic distortion. He will also touch on harmonic measurements, harmonic distortion from different light sources, harmonic impact to existing electrical distribution systems, harmonic consideration in new designs and additions, as well as mitigation techniques. Also includes a summary of power quality regulations and standards.

For more than a decade, Straso Blazevski has been a leading designer of high and low voltage distribution systems, grounding, relay protection and short circuit systems. He also is experienced in arc flash studies, load flow analysis and harmonic modelling. Straso is a Senior Electrical Engineer with SMS Engineering of Winnipeg

IES Chapter 053 May Luncheon

Harmonics and Lighting Design

Wednesday May.23rd, 2018

11:45 - 1:30pm

Victoria Inn, 1808 Wellington Avenue

$30 members / $35 non-members

IES Chapter 053 April Luncheon

Manitoba Hydro’s Commercial Lighting Program (CLP) offers a range of financial incentives to encourage energy efficient lighting upgrades. Join us for an overview of recent updates to the CLP.  The presentation will review new incentive amounts and application reminders. The CLP will be announcing upcoming available dates for CLP staff to deliver a presentation at your workplace.


Speaker: Jill Toews, B.Comm, Marketing Assistant, Manitoba Hydro

Manitoba Hydro CLP Updates

Wednesday April.25th, 2018

11:45am - 1:30pm

Victoria Inn, 1808 Wellington Avenue

$30 members / $35 non-members

IES Chapter 053 March Luncheon 

Presented by: Melody Culanag  Co-Founder of Architectural Lighting Design Firm "I'm Light"

"Melody Culanag has both an Engineering and Interior Design background. Her passion in lighting began in Singapore doing commercial, industrial, academic, residential and hospitality projects. Melody has a total of 10 years’ experience in the Lighting industry and has completed a Masters Degree in Architectural Lighting Design and Design Management with Distinction from internationally-renowned Lighting Design School, Hochschule Wismar/Wismar University in Germany.

Melody recently co-founded an Architectural Lighting Design firm called I’M LIGHT. I’M LIGHT creates and enhances the experiences in the visual environment through “LIGHT”. They will take their passion, education and experience in lighting to tackle complex issues in relationship to light- people-environment through strategic and innovative thinking.


Most recently, Melody, together with 4 other lighting designers, were shortlisted out of 85 entries in the PLDC’s 2017 International Future Urban Lighting Design Competition in Paris, France."


Embracing Urban Night Scape Through Light

World populations are more and more moving to urban areas, making cities population density larger than ever before. There are questions about what urbanization means, how prepared cities are because despite this increasing growth we are not using our urban environment to its full potential. Once offices/businesses close for the evening, level of activities in urban centers drop. The design of nighttime environments that instill feelings of safety, fear, and enjoyment which is critical; importance to economic and cultural vitality of urban centers around the world. Thinking about quality urban lighting is broadly recognized in Europe and big Asian cities for decades but has only recently been addressed in North America. The conventional idea of sustainable urban lighting is based just on economic and environmental-technical approach. Because lighting is mainly for people, urban lighting should be focused on the human experiences with a qualitative social engaging role. With appropriate consideration, quality lighting design can positively impact our cities’ ‘total architecture’, reinforcing urban design principles, enhancing cultural experiences and encouraging social interaction.

Thursday, March.22nd, 2018

11:45am - 1:30pm

Victoria Inn, 1808 Wellington Avenue

$30 members / $35 non-members

Presented by: Ron Scott   Area Vice President   Finelite Inc


"Ron Scott joined Finelite in 2014 and is responsible for the sale and promotion of Finelite products throughout Canada and the Western U.S.  With a background in Mechanical Engineering, Ron began his lighting career as a product designer for a lighting manufacturer and moved to sales management. With over 25 years in the lighting industry, Ron has been promoting lighting and control solutions for customers throughout North America."

IES Chapter 053 February Luncheon

Understanding Tunable White Light

It is well known that overlaying the projection of one color of

light with the projection of a different color of light will result

in the creation of a third color on the reflected surface. And

the use of computer networks to control lighting is nothing

new, either. What is new is the continued reduction in cost

of LED-based luminaires and the development of better, more

affordable, user interfaces and controls, making a number of

different approaches to white color tuning possible.


Wednesday, Feb.28th, 2018

11:45am - 1:30pm

Victoria Inn, 1808 Wellington Avenue

$30 members / $35 non-members

2018 Fundamentals of Lighting ( Formerly ED-100 )

IES Chapter 053 January Luncheon

Presented by: Tom Butters, LC, MIES – Director of Education for IES

"Tom Butters, LC MIES, is the Director of Education for the IES. He is responsible for developing and delivering lighting education to the IES membership and the public at large in a multitude of modern modalities. Prior to his appointment at the IES, Tom was the Director of Canlyte/Philips Lighting Concept Centre in Toronto from 1999 to 2016. He is the immediate Past President of the IES Toronto Section and an awarding winning presenter and lighting educator."

Lighting Education Towards 2020

With the latest in technological advancements and physiological research in the lighting field, the need for unbiased lighting education has never been more acute. Who are you to believe when “experts” offer not only differing views, but polar opposite? With LED technologies and the questions of life, lumen depreciation, colour and even the effects on health, there has never been a time when the necessity for succinct lighting education has been more vital.

Wednesday, Jan.17th, 2017

11:45am - 1:30pm

Victoria Inn, 1808 Wellington Avenue

$30 members / $35 non-members

"RSVP by Jan.10th  to, 

if not using Eventbrite"

IES Chapter 053 December Holiday Event

Scotch Tasting at Shannon's Irish Pub

As we wrap up a very exciting 2017 year with the IES Winnipeg Chapter, we are pleased to invite you to celebrate with us at our Holiday Event.

We will be hosting a very special social evening with a Scotch Tasting at Shannon’s Irish Pub on Wednesday, December 13th at 6pm. Not a big fan of Scotch or Whiskey, no problem! Come for a beer or cocktails, and enjoy some holiday hors d’oeuvres! We hope to see you all there!

Tasting Host:

Brandon Whyte


Shannon’s Irish Pub

175 Carlton Street, Winnipeg MB

Wednesday, December 13th

6pm – 9pm


IES Members: $30

Non IES Members: $35

IES November Luncheon Topic:

Class and Zone Ratings for Industrial Lighting

"This presentation will discuss important information when dealing with Hazardous Location areas, targeting the lighting specifically."


Speaker:James Galea

Director - Dialight Canada

"James has over 25 years of experience in the Canadian electrical industry having worked at both in the distributor and manufacturing sectors.

He holds an MBA from Queen’s University in Kingston and currently resides in Toronto."

IES Chapter 053 November Luncheon

CLASS and Zone Ratings for

Industrial Lighting


Wednesday, Nov.15th, 2017

11:45am - 1:30pm

Victoria Inn, 1808 Wellington Avenue

$30 members / $35 non-members


"RSVP by Nov.10th  to, 

if not using Eventbrite"

2017 Emerging Professional Event


Date:  Tuesday October 24, 2017

Time:  5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location:  Flee Whiskeys, 608 Erin St., (Corner of Portage and Erin)

Plenty of free parking or easy Transit bus access

Cost:  $0.00(how can you beat that?)

Please RSVP to Walter Gretschmann by email by noon, October 20th, 2017.


We are taking this opportunity to extend an invitation to all Emerging Professionals in the Lighting industry in Manitoba.

So who is an EP?

Any professional who has been in the lighting industry for less than five years.  This includes designers, architects, engineers, contractors, wholesalers, marketing professionals, lighting sales professionals, energy sales professionals, energy managers, college students, or university students.  If you are interested in lighting and lighting design you are welcome to join us.

The IES Winnipeg Section Executive would like to meet you all at casual “Meet and Great”, OK “wings and beer”, at Flee Whiskeys at the corner of Portage and Erin.

Members of the current executive will be there and we will be providing food, drink, and a couple of pool tables on October 24th, from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, after that you are on your own.

We would like it if you all to stop by for a bit, share a drink, a little food, get to meet some of the other EPs, and find out a little more about what the IES is doing in Winnipeg, and the professional development opportunities that exist for you by being involved in the IES.

If you are not an EP, but know of someone who is and could benefit from being involved in the IES, please forward this invitation on to them also!

Formerly ED-50

Introduction to Light and Lighting Seminar
Almost everybody is aware of the importance of lighting to their work, leisure and play.  They know it contributes to the beauty of their homes, safety of their streets and comfort of their work places.
To most people, lighting is either adequate or not.  It is either an unknown science or it is mysterious, technically complicated subject.  Yet many would like to know more about it without it being involved in a lot of time or study.
If this is you, then the “Introduction to Light and Lighting” seminar is for you.  You will get an Introduction to:  What is light?  How is it measured?  How does your physiology deal with light?  
You will get an introduction to CCT, CRI, light spectrum, light sources and how that influences us in our daily environments.  You will get an overview of the various lighting technologies with their pros and cons, and understand their evolution to the current technology, the LED.
If you have already taken this course, please pass this information on to anyone you know who may have an interest in learning more about light and lighting.

Date:  Wednesday October 25, 2017
Time:  9:00am to 3:30pm
Location:  Victoria Inn, 1808 Wellington Ave., Embassy “A”
Cost:  $200 for members, $300 for non-members, $50 for students
Reserve registration with Walter Gretschmann by email at
Payment is required before the start of the program. Please bring payment with you at the start of the day or make arrangements directly with Walter.

IES Winnipeg Chapter September Luncheon 

Manitoba Hydro HID to led street light conversions

Wednesday, Sept.20, 2017

11:45am - 1:00pm

Victoria Inn, 1808 Wellington Avenue

$30 members / $35 non-members

RSVP by Sept.18th  to

“Manitoba Hydro is currently engaged in the replacement of all HID Street Lighting luminaires with LED versions in the province of Manitoba.  In all a total of over 130,000 luminaires will be replaced from the small 70W HPS used in back lanes to the 1000W MH on the top of 100’ poles.  Come out and hear the all about the project, its benefits, challenges, problems and victories.  Sam Fay, Project Coordinator will be sharing his experience as he is leading Manitoba Hydro through the conversion process.”


Speaker”  Sam Fay CPA, CMA, MBA – Project Coordinator Roadway Lighting Conversion Program

Emerging Professional Sponsorship

EP Sponsorship Funds still available!

Emerging Professionals Sponsorship deadline has been extended until Friday, May.5th.  For more information, please use the following link

The deadline for team and sponsorship entry is May.25th, 2017. There are still team entries and sponsorship opportunities available. Further information for each are below

2017 IES Golf classic

May.25th 2017 Entry Deadline!!

Manitoba hydro's commercial lighting program

RSVP by April 15 to

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

11:45am - 1:00pm

Victoria Inn, 1808 Wellington Avenue

$30 members / $35 non-members



Manitoba Hydro’s Commercial Lighting Program (CLP) offers a range of financial incentives to make energy efficient lighting upgrades very affordable. Join us to walk through the totally revised CLP application form and new appendices. Be advised of changes and additions to incentive amounts. Follow along for a review of how to participate in the program. See the future plans of the CLP..

Speaker: Walter Gretschmann

Circadian rhythm & Lighting control

Understand what your natural circadian rhythm is and how lighting control can affect it. Learn about the control options available to trick or match the circadian rhythm. Discover the interfaces available for manual override and programming. Preview the Well Building Standards.

Speaker: Andrew Gross

tm-30 overview

What is TM-30 and how to use it; this seminar explains the how TM-30 evaluates color rendition with better science than CRI.

Speaker: Amy Weinberg, LC



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0-10V dimming is one of the earliest electronic lighting control signaling systems and is still relevant today. This seminar explains what it is and when to use it.

Speaker: Wayne Edel